Having risen near $100m, partly via Kickstarter, a lot of gamers are looking forward to its launch courtesy of Roberts Space Industries. Star Citizen is a crowd funded game that brings together solo, cooperative, FPS, third-person, open-world gameplay and mixes space exploration alongside with hand-to-hand combat. There is a lot the game has to offer, but its release date has made a lot of people sceptical. Here we look at the Star Citizen game release date, prices and trailer. See also: Games you should be most excited about for 2016.
Star Citizen: Release date
Star Citizen is due for a commercial release in 2016 so there’s a bit of a wait yet. However, there are details on the alpha and other releases available which are not so far away. At the time of writing, Star Citizen is in alpha testing, where Alpha 2.5 has been released and 3.0 was showcased at Gamescom 2016 this year.
The Star Citizen FPS, third-person, exploration game has undergone a few preview releases for backers on Kickstarter and those who have invested in the game’s development.
There was an initial alpha release of the Hangar Module, allowing backers to explore, upgrade and modify their ships in first-person. Later in 2014, the Arena Commander module allowed backers to test ship combat and racing, where it also included four-player cooperative gameplay.
In 2015, a scaled-down version of the Persistent Universe was release in form of Alpha 2.0, this also included the module Planetside and a co-op, singleplayer campaign which fell under the name of Squadron 42. Fast-forward to 2016, the game is now in Alpha 2.5, and 3.0 is imminent.
We therefore expect the game to come out in fall 2016, where the game will be open to those who have bought ships or backed the Kickstarter project. Also see the best gaming laptops and best gaming PCs.
Star Citizen: Prices – packages, ships, extras and subscriptions
Initially funded via Kickstarter, Star Citizen isn’t a game you simply head to Amazon and order or even download from Steam. In fact, you can no longer pledge on the Kickstarter page but you can head to the official site to buy into this game.
For starters you’ll need a Game Package in order to play Star Citizen. You’ll need to select which ship you want to play with based on things like speed, agility, type and design. There are a lot to choose from with prices starting at £35.10 for one of the starter packages. At the opposite end of the scale you can go for ‘The Completionist’ which will set you back a cool £12,600 – this does include a lot of ships, but even with a huge sum of money, you still won’t have any of the ships built post-2014!
You can also buy individual ships and there are plenty to choose from ranging from less than £50 to hundreds of pounds. Extras (aside from free ones) and include items like upgrades, skins and maps.
Two Star Citizen subscriptions are also available from the store. The Centurion plan for £7.80 per month will get you perks like access to monthly digital magazine Jump Point, decorative items for your hangar added to every two months and access to a subscriber-only forum and chat room. After a year you get things like your name added to the game – somewhere – access to fan events, ship decals, a 10 percent coupon and website beta access.
The Imperator Prime subscription costs £15.60 per month and includes all the Centurion perks plus other extras which will help you progress within the game. After a year you’ll get a 20 percent off voucher for the store and an ‘Advanced Test Pilot’ badge which is a single-use token allowing you one day of access to test fly any available spacecraft each month during a future dogfighting alpha test.
Star Citizen: Platforms
If you’re wondering whether you will be able to play Star Citizen on your games console, the answer is no. The game is purely (and rightfully) built only for PC(Windows or Linux). It won’t be available on other platforms like Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U or anything else you can think of.