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Star Citizen is a game inherently mired in controversy–from disputes between the game’s creatives to the fact that the game was originally slated for a 2014 release. Oh, and let’s not forget about the wild crowdfunding figures surrounding it (over $250 million at this point in time).
The game, which began development in 2011, has seen modular releases since 2013. But a complete package for the vast, online multiplayer space trading and combat game has yet to see the light of day.
On Saturday, Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games announced, at a special dinner in Frankfurt, Germany, a new ship with a mine-laying mechanic coming to the game. It will be called Aegis Nautilus Solstice. And the price of Aegis Nautilus Solstice? $675. The price of the tickets to attend the ship’s announcement? $274.73. The minimum one would have to spend on Star Citizen to gain special access to buy a ticket? $1000. In total, a Star Citizen player would have to spend $1949.73 at the very least to attend the dinner and purchase the yet-to-be-released in-game spaceship with a yet-to-be-implemented feature in a game that still doesn’t have a full release.
lol they had a fancy dinner that was $275 a plate just to announce a $675 price for an 8-person minelayer concept ship in a space game with no mines and 50 person servers how the fuck is this real pic.twitter.com/zQp1x7q2zM— Beet Wagon (@a_beet_wagon) August 24, 2019
In 2016, Wired awarded Star Citizen a spot on its list of “Vaporware Games’ due to the game’s ever-changing release window. Wired cited the ever-growing ambitions of the game’s creators as a possible reason the game may never be completed entirely. Similarly, Massively OP awarded Star Citizen it’s not so prestigious “Most Likely To Flop” Award in both 2016 and 2017.
As I myself have not spent $1000 on Star Citizen, the details of this announcement dinner and new ship were revealed through a ResetEra thread. There was even a paywall preventing non-‘Chairman’s Club’ level backers from even viewing the purchase page for the event’s tickets. The announcement also specified that a non-limited edition version of the ship would be available to purchase for all Star Citizen players for $810.
Ignacio Martinez is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin and an intern at the Daily Dot. His work has appeared in the Texas Observer and on the airwaves at KVRX 91.7 FM.