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'Star Citizen' Brings Back The Intergalactic Aerospace Expo With Reveals, Free Game Access And Over 120 Ships To Fly - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2022 @ 6:00 a.m. PST

Star Citizen is an epic experience where players can fly highly detailed space ships, explore life-sized planets, battle on foot through massive space stations, and discover adventure in an ever-expanding and changing galaxy of unmatched scale.

Star Citizen delivers the next generation of space flight simulation gaming, combining FPS (First Person Shooter) combat and persistent MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) gameplay to create a living, breathing first person universe capable of truly unlimited gameplay experiences. In addition, through the game's advanced Newtonian physics engine, Star Citizen enables players to experience an unparalleled space sim flying experience with ship control, performance and response calculated based on dozens of dynamically generated physics based variables.

Star Citizen will not require a subscription, and not be free-to-play, it will will be available for a one-time purchase. And while players will be able to play in the Star Citizen universe for free, there will also be virtual items available for purchase with in-game credits so players can customize their ships and other items.

The galaxy’s premier annual aerospace event, the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo (IAE), returns from Nov. 18-30 in Star Citizen!

The IAE celebrates the ever-expanding number of ships available in Star Citizen, replicating the look and feel of real-world conventions in-game for an immersive experience. Players will be able to explore the digital event as they would any convention, from strolling through fully interactive expo halls and seeing the latest ships on display each day in incredible detail, to meeting up with friends to explore and partake in exciting activities, or chance encounters with strangers that launch new friendships. No matter what career, or side of the law, players choose to pursue in-game, IAE is a time for all Citizens to come together to celebrate one thing they all love – spaceships!

Being sponsored by Drake Interplanetary for the first time, IAE 2952 will showcase ships from the top manufacturers across the ‘verse, with new ships on display each day on the show floor at New Babbage, microTech. Players can look forward to several new reveals during the event, starting with the Drake Corsair making its in-game, flyable debut. In addition to new reveals, players can freely test-fly more than 120 ships during the event. This year’s IAE takes place during troubling times in the ‘verse as the XenoThreat has been detected within Stanton, making it imperative that pilots have access to the latest tech and hardware available to protect themselves.

Featuring free access to over 120 ships through Nov. 30 and new content on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to play Star Citizen!

CIG has created a handy Travel Guide for first-time attendees to help get their bearings.

Highlights for this year’s Star Citizen IAE 2952 event include:

  • Play for Free from Nov. 18-30: Download and play Star Citizen for free during IAE 2952.
  • Test-fly Over 120 Ships in Star Citizen for Free!
  • Take a Tour of the Latest Ships: Two display halls will host manufacturers throughout the event, with a new company exhibiting each day and ships shown the day before moving to a second hall for any latecomers. Players can make discoveries daily, whether it be the perfect ship for their chosen career or something entirely new as they look for their place in the ‘verse. A full schedule of which companies will be featured each day can be found on the IAE 2952 website.
  • New Ship Reveals: Drake Interplanetary, Anvil Aerospace, and Roberts Space Industries will be revealing new vehicles throughout IAE 2952 as they take to the show floor.
  • Drake Corsair: Event sponsor Drake Interplanetary will be launching their vision for a crewed exploration vessel on the first day of the event. Available to fly immediately, the Drake Corsair supports a crew of up to four players, complete with oversized fuel tanks, living quarters, and strong armaments allowing it to boldly venture into the unknown!
  • Best in Show: Starting on Nov. 27, attendees can look forward to rewards from this year’s Ship Showdown competition! The final four ships, the Carrack, Mercury, C8X Pisces Expedition, and Scorpius, will all receive limited-edition paint options, with owners of all ships also receiving limited-time manufacturer challenge coins. This year's ultimate winner and the first ship in Star Citizen history to win two Ship Showdowns, the Carrack, will be commemorated with an in-game ship model celebrating the milestone.

The Intergalactic Aerospace Expo 2952 begins on Nov. 18 and will run through Nov. 30. For more information on IAE 2952 and an event schedule, check out the official website here.

IAE 2952 is hosted in New Babbage, on microTech, with Drake Interplanetary sponsoring this year’s in-game event. New pilots can sign up and enjoy the free access to Star Citizen during this year’s event here.

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