Move over, pixel ships: Star Citizen is now selling pixel land claims

The Star Citizen community was once again rocked yesterday by the addition of new pixelstuff to buy ahead of launch, this time in the form of land claim licenses. Running $50-$100, the licenses “[entitle] you to claim a single 4km x 4km [8km x 8km for the pricier version] parcel of UEE land that has been zoned for commercial, residential or industrial use as well as a GEOTACK marking beacon.”

While people-who-are-totally-OK-with-this and people-who-have-totally-had-enough fight this out on Reddit, Cloud Imperium has stressed that the claims are not pay-to-win.

“Will I have an advantage over other players if I buy a claim license now? No. Licenses can be bought for UEC in game and no one will be able to claim land before the mechanic is available in game for all. People that own claim licenses now, during the anniversary sale to support development, and people that earn the money in-game to buy one will be on equal footing assuming they have enough UEC, especially as there will be millions of locations for people to explore and claim within the Universe over the life time of the game.”

Likewise, early bird players can’t suck up all the “best” land plots now because that’s just not how it works – you’ll still have to scout out land in the game for your outpost to sit upon. In fact, you don’t even need a license at all to grab land; they’re just meant for players who want in-game “UEE protection when constructing their own outpost,” as “you can freely build or mine planets and moons outside UEE controlled space but you’re on your own as far as security goes.” And don’t worry about running out of room, as the devs said that the planets are so large that a single one could hold an outpost for all 1.9 million current supporters and still have room to spare.

“These land claims are being made available for pledging to help fund Star Citizen’s development,” CIG says.

Meanwhile, Star Citizen has a new Around the Verse out covering the Consolidated Outland Pioneer capital ship that ties into the new land claim system. Apparently developers went to a real world source for inspiration: automobile factories. It was there while looking at the production lines that the members found the basis for a giant flying factory that would cross the galaxy to establish surface outposts. Check it out below.

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Kevin McCaughey

This game is so dead on it’s feet that I don’t know why people are still investing in it.

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miol

And don’t worry about running out of room, as the devs said that the planets are so large that a single one could hold an outpost for all 1.9 million current supporters and still have room to spare.

Can’t wait for a minority owning most of the UEE protected real-estate, especially after the richest persistent and still protected nodes are mined out! -.-

If they’re pricing plot claims for casual players, how much easier will it be for the min-maxers to get so many more?

Even if they decide one day to expand the territory protected by UEE, won’t those systems, bordering UEE now, not be the very first to be occupied & mined out by outlaws, long before that happens? o.O

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Joe Blobers

Good point. You may find some answer in the CIG Faq page.

You realize that you can make your business on any land, UEE or not UEE and that Land Claim give you just some extra to be a legal “farmer” of this square piece of land + UEE protection.

Also the UEE area include many systems hence planets/moons/asteroide. This is enough for millions of real players. But if several individual/group want to farm the very same little spot, among billions of others square land… game mechanism will apply…. Pew-Pew and reputation swift :)

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mysecretid

Oh, for f#ck’s sake …

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mike foster

I’m interested in the furor over this. Does it just taste especially sour to some people? CIG’s thing has been selling stuff that maybe will exist eventually in a maybe-eventually-finished game, so this doesn’t really feel as crazy as some critics are making it out to be (based on their established monetization model).

It’s kind of like…hmm. Like in whatever alternate reality SC exists in this seems totally normal, right?

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Kevin McCaughey

I can just imagine the next sale, next week: “Ladies and gentlemen, we are offering you the exclusive chance to own, in advance, a Penis or Vagina! Yes, your own sexual organ and exclusive due to it being coloured green!! You can, of course, have pink, but that will be the standard post-launch colour and this marks you out as different from the crowd.

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Ken from Chicago

I was actually worried yesterday when I saw NONE of the top comments were about STAR CITIZEN. Once again, another fund raiser that gives no advantage to players who pay it. However, lots of buzz for the game and the news articles about them. Reality restored.

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John Mclain

*Grabs a bag of popcorn* No matter how this game ends up, it’s gonna be a hell of a light/shitshow.

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OneEyeRed

I was an early adopter of this game and finally got a refund. I have nothing left to comment at this point other then stating even if this debacle turns out to be the game of the century, I want nothing more to do with it. Thanks Chris, thanks a bunch….

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Denice J. Cook

Er, I don’t even play this thing and never backed it whatsoever, but I’d be mad if I did: I’d be wishing they’d complete the rest of the game first before they go adding more and more unfinished systems to it.

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ichi sakari

spent most of today bopping around the 3.0 PTU, had a blast, came in here to check out all of the hand-wringing – same FUD with a new bone to chew on

I wish they hadn’t announced this mechanic, but only due to the ‘ammo’ factor. There’s no need to buy a land claim, if someone wants one they can get it in-game, there’s more land available than can ever be purchased, any beacon sales now go to fund development

have fun guys being shocked and appalled, I’m enjoying the game (without owning any land)

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xanadox

Good to hear you can play the game. I would really appreciate if I could have these questions answered:

Is there 1- player game option?
How many players can fight in space combat now?
Is it open pvp ? Is it full loot?
What happens when you lose the fight?
How do you get the credits to repair and buy land and get skills…?
Is there any kind of teleport? or you have to go through star gates till the systems you want?
Are there NPCs with missions?

Thx in advance for your answers.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

i play the game and am in ptu

there is no single player option but you can solo
ptu servers are 50 player caps
it is more or less open pvp, tho good luck finding anyone else in 3.0 atm. maybe levski is more popular than daymar tho idk. there is no full loot right now or any other incentive or penalty for pvping other than getting pirate status marking your vague direction.
alpha credits to repair/buy fuel/ammo/etc come from doing missions. you cannot obtain ships or ship gear in game yet except rental credits from grinding the arena modes. there is no “skills” progression.
you teleport back to ollisar on death right now and spawn in at ollisar (or grimhex if you die/load in while pirate state). there isn’t even the first full system yet, but QD is basically eve’;s warp and freelancer’s jump gates.
the NPC mission givers are not in game yet.

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xanadox

Thx for your answers.

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ichi sakari

there is a way to force a private server, but this is an MMO
there are 50 players in each instance, framerates suffer if they’re all in the same area
there are armistice zones of limited size with no combat, but most areas are open PVP; there are some consequences to attacking, there is no looting corpses but you can take cargo that people are carrying
you respawn at a respawn location, this will change over time; there is an insurance mechanic to reclaim your ship if its destroyed
missions reward credits, there is no skill levelling
no teleport except on death, there’s no loading screens, and the current universe is limited to one planetary system
missions are provided through a smartphone type setup, npc mission givers are on the way

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xanadox

Thx for your answers.
So there is a 50 ppl limitation.
Can you change from one instance to other? To gather more or to meet friends?

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Rhime

I would go to RSI’s website and check out the faq and do some investigating at your own pace. You won’t be disappointed…

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xanadox

I am a bit disapointed.

I think you mean to search in:
https://robertsspaceindustries.com/help

but I can’t find there the answers. Thx to deekay_plus and ichi sakari, I got what I needed.