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Improvise and Optimize with the Star Citizen App

Star Citizen App
By | December 27th, 2018 | Categories: Interviews

Traveling from one place to another in Star Citizen can sometimes be a drag. Luckily for us, there’s the handy Star Citizen Travel Helper. With it, traveling between two locations, finding fuelling stops, and making your way across the vast expanse of space has never been more efficient and easier.

Palaven, the driving force behind the Star Citizen App, explains that just as this app helps players reach their goals in unconventional manners, Palaven also used rather unconventional tools to develop the app itself. Let’s see what else he has to say and hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.

(1) Tell us about yourself (name/nickname, hometown, age, occupation, favorite games that you play and what platform(s) you play)?

I’m Palaven, 29 years old and I live near Strasbourg (France). I’ve been working as an app developer for two years now. I got my nickname from a planet in the Mass Effect games. I took inspiration from “My thoughts are with Palaven” as well as “And mine with Earth.” I’m mostly a PC player and I actually play Fallout 76. Yes! I don’t know why even though the game is a disappointment.

(2) Do you work independently or in a team? If in a team, how big is it?

For this app, I worked independently.

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(3) What inspired you to create an app specifically for this game? When did it cross your mind to create your app?

The travel time between two locations in Star Citizen can be so long. As such, I wanted to optimize my travel, like knowing in which moon a location is, if the location is a trading post, and so forth. I thought that if I needed that, then maybe other players did too.

(4) What programming language or tool did you use to create this app? Do you have any favorite PLs or tools in particular?

Star Citizen Travel Helper was developed in C#, with Xamarin and Visual Studio. If you ask me why not directly Java? Well, it’s just because I simply prefer C#!

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(5) When it comes to designing the user experience/UX of the app, what motivated you or what influences did you have?

The idea was to create an app really easy to use; one with useful “in-game” information.I tried different UI versions and I think this one is the best.

(6) From the developer’s and gamer’s perspective, how do you think the app affects the overall experience of the game?

This app can help you to gain time in the game. For example, if you want to buy a ship, launch the app, look at the icons and you will know if a location sells ships.

(7) Is there any margin of error when it comes to the app’s performance and provided information?

Yes, a little bit. The database of the game is not accessible, so I must travel in-game and write all the existing locations, and verify each service in that location. And I can easily forget something, or simply don’t see it.

In the first version, there were some errors, so I corrected them after verification.

(8) What were your biggest challenges for this project? How did you overcome them?

The biggest challenge is to create the database and keep it updated, as I said in the previous question.

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(9) Are you expecting the game’s expansions to change your app’s dynamics and performance? Is it something that you’ve already prepared to tackle?

Star Citizen is growing very fast, so my app needs constant work to be updated. For example, the first version of Star Citizen Travel Helper only displayed the nearest orbit point of the locations.B ut the game changed and added the possibility to travel directly to a location, without traveling by an orbit point. This made the old version of the app obsolete.

For the V2 of the app, I planned ahead for the fast growth of the game; when the possibility to travel between systems will be available. I’ll just need to modify the database and the app will propose the choice between the systems.

(10) Are there any exciting new developments for your app that you would care to share?

Yes! I’m working on a search bar. Finding a location will be much easier than ever before. For the locations that sell ships or other items, I’ll add the details of which ship or item is available for purchase and at what price.

(11) Could you share a few quick tips to new players of the game?

Of course, download the app

(12) Any advice you’d like to share to aspiring game app or web developers?

Just do it.

The Star Citizen Travel Helper App to Infinity and Beyond

Speed is definitely of the essence, and with the Star Citizen Travel Helper app, you can cut corners and save time while playing the game. Whatever the future may hold for Star Citizen, you can bet that Palaven and his nifty app will be there to tinker with the app and help boost the overall gaming experience.

Check out the Star Citizen App and discover the world of difference it can make for you!

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