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There’s still time to catch Star Citizen’s free-to-play week

Update (26/11/18): Star Citizen is now half-way through its free week, allowing players to try 70+ ships on a rotating schedule. Unfortunately 18 ships under Anvil Aerospace and Roberts Space Industries have come and gone, but there’s still plenty to check out ahead of November 30th.

Those interested simply need to head over to the official website to create a Roberts Space Industries account, subsequently downloading the client and game. Before braving the download, it’s worth brushing up on the minimum specs required to run the title. At the very least, the developer sets a high bar of 16GB of RAM, an SSD and 2GB of VRAM at the bear minimum, although emphasis is placed on 4GB of VRAM being “strongly recommended” instead.

When hopping in, the player is granted a Cutlass Black ship before trying any others. Rotations change at 8am PST (4pm GMT), replacing Origin Jumpworks with 14 Aegis Dynamics ships in just over an hour’s time. Drake Interplanetary, Alien Manufacturers, Musashi Industrial and Starflight Concern and Kruger/Argo/Tumbril/Consolidated Outland are still to follow, ending 8am PST/5pm GMT November 31st.

Oringal story (16/11/18): Just shy of $200 million raised, Star Citizen is nothing short of a video game phenomenon full of plentiful promises that have ignited the optimism of some and cynicism of others. Sceptics out there can finally hop on board and see just how far the game has come during its development, as Cloud Imperium Games is hosting a free-fly event beginning next week.

In celebration of its anniversary, players can boot Star Citizen with or without having bought into the crowdfunding starting November 23rd until November 30th.  This is paired with the arrival of Alpha 3.3.5, which contains the game’s first world, Planet Hurston. Its capital city of Lorville debuted at CitizenCon 2018 in October, where creator Chris Roberts boasted that NPCs will make the world feel alive.

All 70+ ships currently in the game will be made available to fly during this period, split up by the in-game manufacturer. Once a ship has run its 24-hour course, it will remain locked unless purchased. Unfortunately, this could prove inconvenient to those with commitments. A list of ships and when they’re available can be found at the bottom of the article.

With promises to increase in-game performance for many, Cloud Imperium Games has fixed a variety of bugs and implemented various tweaks. The added stability and the addition of Planet Hurston certainly begin the transition Star Citizen from a tech demo into the video game promised years ago. So far, there hasn’t been a better time to dive back in.

23rd: Anvil Aerospace

  • Arrow
  • Gladiator
  • Hornet F7C
  • Hornet F7C Wildfire
  • Hornet F7C-R Tracker
  • Hornet F7C-S Ghost
  • Hornet F7C-M Super Hornet
  • Hurricane
  • Terrapin
  • Valkyrie

24th: Roberts Space Industries

  • Aurora ES
  • Aurora LN
  • Aurora LX
  • Aurora MR
  • Constellation Andromeda
  • Constellation Aquila
  • Constellation Phoenix
  • Ursa Rover

25th: Origin Jumpworks

  • 300i
  • 315p
  • 325a
  • 350r
  • 600i Explorer
  • 85X
  • M50

26th: Aegis Dynamics

  • Avenger Stalker
  • Avenger Titan
  • Avenger Titan Renegade
  • Avenger Warlock
  • Eclipse
  • Gladius
  • Gladius Valiant
  • Hammerhead
  • Reclaimer
  • Retaliator Bomber
  • Sabre
  • Sabre Comet
  • Vanguard Hoplite
  • Vanguard Warden

27th: Drake Interplanetary

  • Buccaneer
  • Caterpillar
  • Caterpillar Pirate
  • Cutlass Black
  • Dragonfly Black
  • Dragonfly Yellowjacket
  • Herald

28th: Alien Manufacturers

  • Khartu-al
  • Nox
  • Nox Kue
  • Vanduul Glaive
  • Vanduul Blade

29th: Musashi Industrial and Starflight Concern

  • Freelancer
  • Prospector
  • Razor
  • Razor EX
  • Razor LX
  • Reliant Kore
  • Starfarer
  • Starfarer Gemini

30th: Kruger/Argo/Tumbril/Consolidated Outland

  • Argo MPUV 1C
  • Argo MPUV 1P
  • Cyclone
  • Cyclone AA
  • Cyclone RN
  • Cyclone TR
  • Mustang Alpha
  • Mustang Beta
  • Mustang Delta
  • Mustang Gamma
  • P-52 Merlin

KitGuru Says: I’ve yet to try Star Citizen, so I might brave the large download to see what’s what. Have you given the sci-fi epic a chance? Do you think you’ll hop into the game during its week free period?

 

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