Star Citizen is free, Star Citizen, which surpassed an astronomical $300 million in crowdfunding in June, is holding another “Free Fly” session for the next couple of weeks, giving prospective pilots a chance to get behind the controls of some of the game’s most popular ships at no charge.
This time around, free fliers can choose from among 16 ships chosen by members of the Star Citizen community as “prime representatives of the best and most iconic spacecraft in the game.” This “Ship Showdown,” as it’s called, is actually an annual event that will see community voting on the best ship continue through brackets, until the best of the best is crowned. I’m not sure if there’s any point to it beyond bragging rights, but if you’re impressed with what you see and want to commit, discounts on starter ship packs are also being offered throughout.
Here’s the official blurb for more details:
Imagine a universe that combines the freedom of exploration, the thrill of combat, and the unique challenge of building a life in space. Star Citizen puts ultimate control in the hands of the player, whether you’re making your way as a cargo hauler, exploring the vastness of space, or scraping out a living outside the law, you will navigate through a mixture of procedurally generated and handcrafted worlds and interact with a variety of characters.
Star Citizen is in active development. You can download and play Star Citizen Alpha 3.8 now. Additional features and updates will be released as they are developed.
From high speed dogfights to intense FPS warfare, battles can occur anytime, anywhere. So whether you’re chasing down ruthless bounties or raiding civilian cargo haulers, it’ll be up to you to decide which side of the law you want to fall on.
The explorer builds a life on the pursuit of knowledge and discovery. They will seek out the unknown or sometimes just surrender to the thrill of getting lost. Whether it’s a hidden outpost, a derelict ship or a beautiful sunset, explorers are eager to see what’s waiting over that next ridge.
The latest Free Fly trial period is open to all new players, and is set to run until September 23.