Star Citizen is free from now until February 5th, allowing all players to experience the highly-anticipated space simulator without paying so much as a penny.
If you’ve ever been curious about Star Citizen but wanted to try before you buy, now may be your best opportunity. Cloud Imperium Games’ latest project is available to download and play for free until February 5th, allowing players to experience parts of the multi-genre space simulator without having to shell out the cash.
According to the Roberts Space Industries website, the company has enabled Free Fly on all accounts, allowing any player to jump straight into the action today. The Free Fly event gives everyone access to three unique parts of the Star Citizen experience:
- Star Citizen Alpha 2.1.2 – Also known as Crusader or the “mini-PU,” this is the nucleus of the world that Cloud Imperium Games is building. Featuring multiple space stations and environments, scripted missions, places to explore and more, Alpha 2.1.2 is your first look at a much larger universe!
- Arena Commander – Arena Commander is a ‘game within a game’ that the company used to develop their flight mechanics and ship combat balance. This gamemode allows players to take on human opponents or an AI swarm in single seat fighter.
- Social Module – Interact with other players while you explore your first landing zone, ArcCorp! The Social Module is intended as a starting point for world building in the full experience of Star Citizen.
People looking to get started with their free trial must simply register for an account on the website, or log into their current account. All Free Fly accounts will have access to three different ship types: the Hornet F7C military fighter, the Aurora LN starter and the Mustang Delta interceptor. According to the developers, this is the first Free Fly session that includes Crusader, meaning that there’s more to explore than ever.
Star Citizen has been highly anticipated ever since it became the most successfully crowd-funded project 3 years ago. Today, the space simulator has reached over $100 million in funding, obliterating its original goals and securing the game’s world record placement.
This trial period may help introduce a range of new players to the game, allowing those who weren’t willing to buy one of Star Citizen‘s pricey packages a chance to experience the open-world gameplay. Not everyone is turning up their noses at the game’s cost however, with one player known as Ozy311 confessing that he had spent $30,000 on Star Citizen so far and intends to spend more in the future.