As someone who once aspired to obtain a Doctor of Medicine qualification (although my life had other plans), the architecture and designs of hospitals in video games have always been of interest to me. From the creepy clinic in a horror game to the sterile environments of a post-modern research lab, there are a lot of elements which game developers can take advantage of to make their hospitals unique regardless of context. In their recent Alpha builds of Star Citizen, each major patch as of late has come with its own hospital area in one of the game’s hub cities.
Flying across the Star Citizen universe this past week on a hospital tour, we have gone from the depressing sights of Lorville’s Maria Pure of Heart, the industrialised Empire Hospital in Area18 and most recently the modern surrounds of the Orison General Hospital in Orison. All distinctly designed, each offered a very different vision towards healthcare in the 30th Century.
Our final stop in the game’s four current hub cities is New Babbage, microTech, the ultra-modern and progressive city sheltered from the pillowing gales of snow outside its walls. In the Aspire Grand district, the same location where player apartments are located, is the Brentworth Care Center. With all the mod cons such as a pharmacy, insurance information booth, player wards and spacious surrounds, along with some (sadly unexplorable) areas such as an ICU and wings dedicated to a whole array of diagnostic and treatment facilities. Of the four, this is easily the hospital I would choose to stay at.
I encourage you to walk around Brentworth Care Center for yourself, but whether you are not a Star Citizen backer, are not handily located on Microtech or whatever other reasons – scroll down to see what is arguably the nicest looking hospital in the ‘Verse to date.
Exterior / Lobby / Elevator
Patient Ward and Private Rooms
In development by Cloud Imperium Games and their studios across North America and Europe, Star Citizen is being helmed by Wing Commander (1990s) creator Chris Roberts. The game has currently been in a long-term alpha phase with no confirmed release date. Despite this, the studio has raised more than $435 million USD through on-going crowdfunding. Please keep in mind should you decide to purchase towards Star Citizen, that this is an incomplete project and that you are pledging towards an extended crowdfunding campaign with no 100% guarantee of a finished product.