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Star Citizen

Platform(s): PC
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Developer: Cloud Imperium Games

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'Star Citizen' Kicks Off Free Fly Event, Celebrates Valentines Day and Lunar New Year - Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 8, 2024 @ 10:20 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.

CIG is inviting new and veteran players to play Star Citizen during the first Free Fly event of 2024. From Feb. 8-15, everyone can play for free with access to five diverse ships ranging from the luxury Origin 400i touring ship to MISC’s solo mining vessel, the Prospector. Following December’s Alpha 3.22: Wrecks to Riches update, which features expanded in-game PvP content at Jumptown, new open-world derelict settlements, 20 new and diverse hairstyles, improvements to Arena Commander, and much more, there’s never been a better time to explore the ‘verse! For full updates on this February Free Fly event, visit the official page.

Coinciding with the start of the Free Fly event are two in-game celebrations for citizens; Coramor and the Red Festival, the in-game equivalent of Valentines Day and Lunar New Year. Coramor takes place from Feb. 8-15, celebrating the season of love and commemorating a tragic tale of lovers lost in space. Throughout the event citizens are encouraged to exchange gifts with loved ones, visit their favorite romantic destinations, or send comms into the vastness of space in the hopes of attracting new love. Couples can also join a special ‘Duo Showdown’ mode in the Arena Commander module that’s active throughout the event, achieving relationship goals as they attempt to defeat other pairs of pilots to earn a unique challenge coin. Learn more about the history of the event and this year’s festivities here.

The Red Festival, active from Feb. 8-26, commemorates the Lunar New Year of 2954, the Year of the Dog. As is tradition, red envelopes have been hidden throughout the Stanton system for lucky players to discover and sell to vendors for always-useful aUEC currency. While the Year of the Dog embodies traits like loyalty, kindness, and honesty, a new Arena Commander mode, Kill Collector, will require quick reflexes and killer instincts as well. This fast-paced FPS deathmatch mode will require players to loot lucky red envelopes from defeated enemies, earning their team points and rewarding players with a special challenge coin for their efforts. For a more detailed breakdown of Red Festival activities and rewards, visit its dedicated site.

During the Free Fly event from Feb. 8-15, players can enjoy testing the following ships for free:

  • Consolidated Outland Nomad: This small, flexible starter ship punches above its weight and is perfect for the solo pilot, coming complete with spacious living quarters and cargo space capable of transporting goods or smaller ground vehicles. It comes with strong defensive weapons and missiles to keep pilots safe throughout their travels.
  • Origin Jumpworks 100i: Luxury and performance go hand-in-hand with Origin’s entry-level touring ship. Leveraging Origin’s exclusive AIR fuel system, the 100i’s eco-friendly design greatly expands its range compared to similar vessels. Explore in style without sacrificing comfort!
  • Origin Jumpworks 400i: Designed for pilots in need of a larger vessel that can deliver in terms of speed, safety, and style, the Origin 400i exudes opulence with its sleek design both outside and within. Superb fuel efficiency and unexpectedly powerful shielding and armaments make the 400i a perfect vessel to tour even dangerous planets and regions in comfort.
  • RSI Scorpius: Get straight to the action with the Scorpius, a two-seater heavy fighter that brings surprising agility, powerful weaponry, and an iconic adaptable bi-wing configuration. An on-rails turret on the top of the ship affords unprecedented range and coverage in addition to its front facing cannons, making it a threat from any direction.
  • MISC Prospector: The Prospector comes with everything a one-pilot mining operation might need; a ship scanner to locate and analyze prospective ore, a retractable and adjustable frontal arm supporting a variety of mining lasers, detachable containers for easy storage and transfer, and a small complement of weapons to defend their claims.

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