Just a bump so this thread doesn't auto lock in the next week.
Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 is just around the corner (finally) and with it, delta patching. What that means is the patcher won't download multiple gigs of libraries for each update and instead download only the files that have changed. This is great news for everyone because it means updates client side happen much faster, but also, for those behind metered connections, they can spend less of their cap on updates and more on gaming.
The other big news is facial tracking software that's going into the game at some point in the 3.+ branch. Basically, with your standard webcam and only your monitor lighting your face (worst case scenario for this type of software) it will still be able to pick out enough details of your face to not only register you looking around and thus change your view in game accordingly, but also register your lips moving and display that on your character for everyone else to see in real time. If you smile, your toon will smile. if you frown, your toon will frown. When you speak, your toon will move their mouths emulating this as well.
The part of the gamescom presentation that everyone cares about, the actual gameplay. Jump ahead to 2:07:42 to see a cap ship go boom.
Love that turret view.