Star Citizen’s latest update 2.6.1 is on it’s way & adding/joining friends in Star Citizen alpha 2.6 IS possible.
Here is what the RSI website says about the update:
NETWORK – BIND CULLING (ORIGINAL ESTIMATE 23RD NOVEMBER, PUSHED TO 2.6.1)
Due to other network stability bugfixing and support, we were not able to make enough satisfactory progress to include this with 2.6.0.
NETWORK – MESSAGE ORDERING
Delayed due to other Network bugfixing.
The work was originally checked in to 2.6.0 and was part of the builds on the early Evocati pushes. However we quickly discovered that it was causing some nasty client crashes, so it was deemed better to remove this code for now and continue developing it for a future patch.
NETWORK – SERIALIZED VARIABLE (ORIGINAL ESTIMATE 8TH DECEMBER, PUSHED TO 2.6.1)
Serialized Variables was reliant in part on the Message Ordering work that ended up being removed, so was too risky to try and include without it