Star Citizen releases new Drake Interplanetary Corsair for sale along with ship name reservations

    
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The folks at Star Citizen are back with another Around the Verse video, and this week, LA Studio Director Eric Kieron Davis and Narrative Director David Haddock give players a look at the game’s newest ship and take them behind the scenes to look at some of the devs’ latest work. The new ship in question is the “exploration-focused” Corsair, Drake Interplanetary’s answer to RSI’s Constellation, which is being unveiled and made available for purchase today. You can snag the ship itself for a cool $195 US, or you can get a bundle of multiple Drake ships — or the whole lot of them — for $520 and $2,630, respectively.

The ship website is currently locked behind backer access restrictions, but MOP reader DK was kind enough to supply everyone some snapshots of the deets.

Alongside the concept ship sale, Cloud Imperium has also announced that it’ll be offering players the chance to reserve their own ship names… for a price.

“Please note that not all ships currently offer this feature, however the feature to reserve a ship name may be added to many more ship models in upcoming promotions. In the future, all ships will be able to be given a name. This particular pledge perk is for reserving a name for your ship ahead of time. […] The acquisition of the ship is required to reserve a name at this time. While, eventually, everyone will be able to name their ship(s), early access to the name reservation system is limited to those making pledges that specifically mention they grant access to this feature.”

Redditors aren’t too enthused with the idea of semi-unique ship names, to put it mildly; they’re more mad about that than about the fact that reservations for names are effectively being bundled and sold. Do note that giving your ship a dumb name could actually hurt its resale value since names are forever (unless you upgrade).

The video also features an interview with Senior Lighting Artist Arthor Yang, who delves into the process of implementing the delightfully cyberpunky hologram advertisements and their associated lighting effects into the Area 18 plaza. It’s an understandably complex process, but the final result is a rather dazzling far-future atmosphere that’s well worth the effort. Meanwhile, in the props department, Props Artist Jake Taylor gives players a peek at the process of modeling a variety of street-vendor stalls that players will encounter as they wander the streets of Star Citizen’s settlements.

Source: Official Site, Reddit. Thanks, DK and Cotic!
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Crowe

I’m a gold ticket holder and a longtime CR fan but… this is idiotic. I should be able to name my ship whatever I want (subject to an automatic list of excluded words) and it shouldn’t matter if anyone else has a ship named the same thing. The ships should be unique by serial numbers, not names. In Star Citizen, it will be the norm for players to have a dozen ships.

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Melissa McDonald

Drake ships. What’s next, “Yeezy” ships?

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McGuffn

This sounds like a wonderfully dumb idea.

What happens if the ship is destroyed?

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deekay_000

you start the timer to be able to respawn it again whenever you want?

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oldandgrumpy

Scam Citizen is at it again.

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Michael18

While I am happy with my pledge of $35 or $45 (can’t remember) for SC and honestly admire some of the things they’re doing (seamlessness) and their overall ambition, I’d be extremely wary of spending any further money on the project, at this point.

The fact they are willing to rig one of the most simple and established features of a space game, naming your ships, in a way that it creates an artificial scarcity to give them a leverage for monetization is a huge red flag. This game seems to be for the big spenders and if you are not willing to play by that rule by throwing more and more $$ at them you’ll always be 2nd class. So it seems better to not spend anything at all, for the time being.

My hope that all this is just a necessary evil to finance the development and will vanish on release day is waning.

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just in case anyone is confused by the article’s wording, teh name reservation doesn’t cost extra. it’s just included with this ship. which costs that much.

there’s no extra item for name changes and they aren’t selling name changes or saying they plan to sell name changes in the future.

they just say that this is towards their ship naming functionality in teh future. which this is not the first ship to come with name reservations.

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Bree Royce

I’m not sure why people would be confused since “ship name reservations” is right there in the title, but I’ve embedded a MUCH longer quote from the FAQ and made it stand out more just in case. (Edit: I suppose some people act confused on purpose, like my good friend “CIG just figured out how to do girl hair” from yesterday. :D)

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PanagiotisLial1

The problem is, many people on effort to post fact do not read the full article too, lol

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Bryan Correll

Read the article? But I’m opinionated noooowwww!

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deekay_000

yeah idk everyone seems to think it’s something you spend extra on specifically or something and is being announced as a revenue stream.

idk maybe i’m confused where they got this from is all?

edit: idk how they got these things from teh article either tbh. i just don’t know where they concluded it was being announced that ship naming was a thing they were selling specifically???\

:S

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McGuffn

From this:

“however the feature to reserve a ship name may be added to many more ship models in upcoming promotions”

They may mean that they have many more completely new ship models to sell (which wouldn’t surprise me) or it may mean that they have many more promotions for existing ship models in which you’ll be able get a name for your ship and screw over those that don’t want to put down more cash for a ship and game they paid for, in full, years ago.

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600i has had name reservation with purchase since gamescom 2017.

this feature is not going to cost extra when the first playable iteration is deployed. it’s not going to cost extra when it’s full developed.

yes name reservation (which is seperate from the function of ship naming although tied directly to it obviously), is a bonus for some ships.

so what if they add bonuses to their products. it’s literally an every day world wide thing with products of all shapes sizes costs exclusivity and quality.

i personally think they should’ve implemented iteration 1.0 of the function before adding reservations for it as a bonus for certain ships. but that ship sailed a couple years ago now.

personally i suspect that the reservations are going to end up relatively moot. beyodn that, yall cite games where you can rename your ships for free at anytime, as if anyone names their ship anything but utilitarian organizational shit like “dps drone boat” or w/e internal org lingo they have for organizing those things. maybe chris roberts is naively trying to make people care about how they name their ships beyond that or the usual alienware somethingawful 4chan evinelol memes?

i mean it’s misguided perhaps, but the smoke over this is a bit silly given the real life practice of how people actually use vehicle naming functionality in games.

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McGuffn

Your final two paragraphs are premised on the notion that there aren’t people that take thought and care when naming their characters/ships. That clearly isn’t the case.

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deekay_000

your entire premise is predicated on making wild guesses and assumptions about what they will or won’t do with the system when they haven’t indicated either way.

it’s full of wild assumptions about just what’s there now as it is.

also yall realize that character/player names are already built in with the elsewhere mentioned coh/sto/etc semi unique naming functionality right?

they have the tech to do the thing. so we can ask them to consider going with that paradigm instead of the inevitable leet speak and unicode laden results we’ll get.

but making wild assumptions and screaming about monetization over something that is, as far as monetization goes, actually super mild in teh scheme of things in terms of what is actually going on with this instead of raging that they are charging to name your ships forever in the future which is not even remotely the case
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the thing here is that none of this name reservation business is news. the news here is that All ships will be nameable eventually.

the reason the ship naming reservation stuff is currently tied to specific ships is for limited testing purposes as they develop and deploy it, before it’s ready for wider user access.

this is not the is not the stale mmorpg memes hill to die on. they aren’t going to be charging $5 a ship name change, and if they did, to be quite frank it wouldn’t be totally out of step with decades long traditions of online gaming.

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McGuffn

My statement is based on the quote that was put out by the company.

I thank you for being involved and providing info.

That said, conjecture about a statement the company itself decided was fit for release is different from defending said company with a fallacy (“as if anyone names their ship anything but utilitarian organizational shit like “dps drone boat” or w/e internal org lingo they have for organizing those things. maybe chris roberts is naively trying to make people care about how they name their ships “)

Believe me, Chris Roberts isn’t the galileo (newton) or moses of getting people to care about their characters. He’s not the first person to think of it. Players themselves have been doing it for decades. He’s not the first developer to think of it either. Pretending otherwise is silly.

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as you so well point out, players don’t need vehicle naming functionality to name their vehicles in their rp.

and you miss mread me yet again, no one is saying chris roberts is anything special with regards to this. it’s just what the guy/company seems to be thinking here. it’s not hard, he’s not the first to think it or do it in a game with traditional named vehicles. idk why you would think anyone is saying so.

it’s not that hard. we don’t know what w/e bullshit ship name system will even look like yet, but we do have their player/(character ish) naming system so far and it’s up there with the aforementioned semi unique naming schemes out there. so that’s some thing to note.

go post on spectrum that you want non unique or semi unique ship naming instead of fishing for bogey men and ghost that haven’t even been born yet.

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McGuffn

What this is aimed at it is getting people to spend money and spend money early. Star Citizen announced their new ship today, the Boeing 737 Max 8. The Max 8 launches with the ability to reserve a name for the ship. Be sure to buy now before the good names are taken!

“I’m sorry Ma’am. The name Deathbox 3000 was already claimed by United, you’ll have to choose another one. Uh…. no… Charnel House Legolas is also reserved. Charnel House Legolazzz2 is available if you would like that name.”

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deekay_000

your complaint is basically that a company using the crowdfunding model of revenue is doing crowdfunding model type sales incentives and bonuses.

it’s like complaining that MOP offers badges and other perks to patrons who give them moneyz, or mark jacobs’s CU game offers a wide assortment of perks and niceities in progressively pricier packages for giving them money.

like no shit sherlock they incentivize giving them money earlier than later, that’s how the crowdfunding business model works ffs.

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McGuffn

Yes, my complaint is that a company using years of cumulative and sometimes predatory moneymaking schemes on an unreleased product has come up with yet another moneymaking scheme that sits atop of the other moneymaking schemes.

As I stated in the initial post, my main concern with this is that they are going to have “promotions” that allow you to get a name for a ship you purchased years ago. So what you thought was a complete purchase has now been re-monetized.

By the sound of it, these promotions will be dribbled out so that one month they’ll introduce the ability to name some ships, and others added to the list at later dates.

Don’t worry though, I expect we’ll be here again when they graciously allow you to purchase unique vanity plates for your terrestrial vehicles. Or the ability to paint a unique pinup girl on the side of your ship.

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deekay_000

>As I stated in the initial post, my main concern with this is that they are going to have “promotions” that allow you to get a name for a ship you purchased years ago. So what you thought was a complete purchase has now been re-monetized.

so basically we’re just making things up to be mad about now?

>By the sound of it, these promotions will be dribbled out so that one month they’ll introduce the ability to name some ships, and others added to the list at later dates.

sound of it? where did you come up with this from?

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McGuffn

No, this is not making things up. This is reading what the company said.

The company said: “a ship name may be added to many more ship models in upcoming promotions.”

Why do you need promotions (notice the plural, that means more than one) if you’re only going to have a single, solitary promotion where you release the naming system for all ships in one go.

If none of the previous ships can be named, that’s somewhat less of a problem (but also an unfair disparity) than releasing a brand new ship with naming rights at launch.

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deekay_000

you realize that what they’re saying is that in teh future everyone will be able to name any ship right?

they’re not saying they’re charging for it or going to charge for it. it doesn’;t cost *extra* with this ship, it’s just included. it’s not sold seperately. it’s just something they plan to use *this ship* and *future ships potentially* as a test bed for the functionality.

how do you even get from what they said there to “they said they’re going to charge for naming ships”. jfc.

the feature will be available for everyone down the road. you get this right? they don’t say anywhere it’s something they plan to charge for, they say it’ll be included with future promotions potentially. not anything about charging for ship naming reservations for ships you already have.

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future promotions implicitly being you know stuff like including it in ships like they’ve done this time and with the 600i previously that they plan to test the function with first btw.

like gd dude.

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McGuffn

What does this mean? From their Faq:

IF I UPGRADE TO THE SHIP WITH THE PERK, WILL I BE ABLE TO RENAME IT?
No, only new Warbond pledges can be renamed. Upgrading to the ship will not grant you access to this perk.

And how does it differ from this:

CAN I RENAME MY SHIP AFTER I’VE ALREADY PICKED A NAME?
Yes, you can rename your ship anytime, if the new name is not already taken or inappropriate. Note: you will place the previous name back in the ‘pool’ so it is possible if you wish to change back, that it may not be available.

For example, in the first question, they don’t even explain what “the perk” is. Let alone what an “upgrade to the ship with the perk” is, or why it is necessarily inferior to a new warbond pledge. And If only new warbond pledges can be renamed that means only new cash put down on a purchase from the store gives you that ability. From another faq page (https://support.robertsspaceindustries.com/hc/en-us/articles/115013194987-Pledges-FAQs#h_142629918261528922773622) I know that much.

As someone who put money into this years ago and is waiting for launch, none of this makes any sense whatsoever. Their FAQ is only causing me to ask questions I never even thought to ask.

To confuse things further, they contradict themselves in the second question I included. Where they say, sure you can rename your ship whenever you want, no questions asked. I guess that means only for “new warbond pledges” and not “upgrades to the ship with the perk” from the first question but who knows.

The second question also directly contradicts what you’ve been saying about the ship naming system, which is that chris roberts wanted you to put more thought into naming your ships, or the implication that picking a name could hurt its resale value, etc…

I can assure you I’m not deliberately trying to be an asshole. I just look at this and it looks like they’re trying to create as much confusion as possible around the idea of when and whether you’re able to name a ship, give it a unique name, which ships can have unique names and which cannot, but it seems likely that people put down good money in the past and can’t access a naming feature available to other ships, and were doing so blindly.

And that’s all separate from whether you have to put more money down to lock in that name or whether it can be renamed and how that’s different from naming it in the first place.

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the ships with the name reservation will be the first to have the ship naming function tested.

that’s the perk. you get to test that function when it’s first implemented if you have one of these ships that come with name reservations.

that’s it. that’s all.

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Joe Blobers

Quote: “I expect we’ll be here again when they graciously allow you to purchase unique vanity plates for your terrestrial vehicles. Or the ability to paint a unique pinup girl on the side of your ship”

That is known as micro-transactions and one of the main source of revenue for most MMO not having monthly subscription. Not sure we have to come back later on each time they make new asset available with cash :)

And about “predatory moneymaking schemes on an unreleased product”… this is called Crowdfunding model and used by ten’s thousands of project since so many years.

A good example from Wiki : In 1885, when government sources failed to provide funding to build a monumental base for the Statue of Liberty, a newspaper-led campaign attracted small donations from 160,000 donors

… Don’t agree with such model? Fine, just don’t pledge and join when the project reach an acceptable level based on your own expectation.

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Melissa McDonald

Yeah I hate that stuff. It’s why my master jeweler in LOTRO is named Kimberle instead of Kimberly.

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Paragon Lost

Love the look of that ship. That said, I’m actually beyond the disgust emotion when it comes to how they keep up on this cash shop system on an unreleased game.

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Joe Blobers

Disgust to have the choice to never pledge more than your initial pledge?

All Crowdfunded model do have several level of pledge. Including much smaller project like, for instance, War of Rights:

Price Reward Backers
$15 Private
$20 Musician
$24 Journalist
$29 Corporal
$35 Sergeant
$44 2nd Lieutenant
$53 1st Lieutenant
$69 Captain
$84 Major – Digital Edition
$191 Lieutenant Colonel
$214 Colonel
$237 Brigadier General
$390 Major General
$581 Lieutenant General
$840 General Of The Army
$1321 Secretary Of War

Difference with a ship at +200$? None. You pledge to support a project in development.

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Bryan Correll

Hmmm. I better go secure some names.

Nostromo
The Minnow
H.M.S. Pinafore
Nina
Pinta
Santa Maria
U.S.S. Missouri
Deez Nutz
Queen Anne’s Revenge
…….

Man, this is gonna cost to0 much. Screw the whole thing.

Edit: Can’t believe I left out Boaty McBoatface.

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Alex Willis

Don’t forget Montezuma’s Revenge!

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Utakata

The Moby Dick, because it’s named after a whale? o.O

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PanagiotisLial1

The Black Pearl

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François Verret

Why can’t we be unoriginal and name all of our ships the Millennium Falcon, the Defiant, or the Serenity? I understand the need for characters to have unique names, but these are just ships our characters are piloting; there’s no reason they can’t have the same names as others.

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Godnaz

With the game laden with bureaucracy and special snowflakes, the studio has incentive to lock in and charge for unique vessel names.

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Alex Willis

You do understand that making ship names unique is actually adding to the complication of bureaucracy, right?

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You have to elaborate on that because I’m assuming one of the ideas behind unique ship names is so that players will not be able to hide behind anonymity. There are many layers to this that I’m not going to paragraph but the scanning and reporting system is suppose to indicate the status of a vessel. Wanted level, owner ID and status (stolen or not), cargo, number of passengers aboard and more. Because we won’t be able to tell who is aboard, at least we’ll be able identify the ship and get a more clear idea of its intent.

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They could easily do this by simply giving all ships a unique registration number and then ship names don’t need to be unique. I think what Alex is saying is that this is a solved problem… if Ultima Online and Champions Online can do it, Star Citizen can too. :D

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i feel they’re gonna have to make it non unique when it times come to do it up. there’s already more ships than players so to say so it makes sense that you’d run out of cool names pretty quick.

i’m not a gambling man but i’d wager that chris roberts would rather have non unique naming than have leet speak and unicode abuse all over these ship names LOL

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Bruno Brito

i’m not a gambling man but i’d wager that chris roberts would rather have non unique naming than have leet speak and unicode abuse all over these ship names LOL

It’s a bet, but to be fair, it would be fucking hilarious.

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you can also bet that if it does end up being the 1337 speak way some terrible name collage vids are in order. LOL

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François Verret

It’s all about the moolah.

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Godnaz

Both in game and out, it is all about the moolah, not doubt.

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Paragon Lost

I named my 100 ton Imperial Scout Ship back in a 1978-80 tabletop Traveler rpg game campaign the Rocinante.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocinante

I thought I was being creative, but decades later two authors of a science fiction book series had the same idea. Guess I’m not all that creative. lol. Of course they’re gamers to so that makes sense. :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Expanse_(novel_series)

Which bred a popular TV show as well. hehe.

Anyhow back on topic, I agree, why can’t they use the same names, just have a further IDentifier, which is numbers and letters based on planet of origin, type of ship etc. Example ISS-100-Rocinante in the case of my scout ship mentioned above. Where as James Holden’s ex Martian Navy ship the Rocinante might be MCRN-CV-Roscinante.

Anyhow valid point.

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Roger Melly

what no enterprise ?

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François Verret

I thought about it, but there aren’t really ships of that type in Star Citizen, so I went with the Defiant.

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there’s a few long range longer term exploration focused ships. i don’ tthink any are in game yet. but if they were exploration isn’t in the game yet in the sense it will be someday, but it is in the game in terms of there’s a tonne of shit to look around at and literally explore in the purest sense of the word. lol

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Jiminy Smegit

News like this makes me feel like a bewildered, senile old gamer. The fact that items in an unreleased game that presumably will retail for about $60 are being sold for over 40 times the cost of the actual game is beyond insanity to me. Is this reality? Give me the blue pill please Morpheus.

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A Dad Supreme

Aside from the fact that I would actually like to play Star Citizen one day after it (presumably) launches, the one thing I truly hope is that it not only does launch but is an amazing game.

The last thing I want to hear from Star Citizen apologists after many years of just concept ship sales and (seemingly) mediocre space-play is:

“It was all the HATERS that killed the game! People kept saying it was a scam and then everyone stayed away and stopped buying ships, and then they ran out of money!”

So while I joke constantly at an admittedly easy target, I sincerely hope their fanbase never stops buying these ships for more reasons than one.

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If it somehow doesn’t live up to expectations, those apologists will disappear into the aether or become pitchforking petulant. It’s refreshing to hear this from you, Dad. I always had a feeling you didn’t like the way things were going. You are right though. At this rate, it better be fucking amazing.

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i enjoy the game for what it is now. it’s gotten a whole lot more enjoyable over the past year for me. i can see why others are not prepared for the current state of things and won’t be for years to come.

i don’t think any of the haters have much effect on it other than being about as confused about the game as anyone else who watches noobifier or boredgamer anyway.

i think between the people who sell the game as christ’s return and the people who obsessively do weird internet flame war shit with the game mostly just serve to distract from the actual gameplay stuff that’s there. and from productive discussions about stuff like the meta or where the cool sight seeing spots are or the best and safest(or most exciting) ways to farm credits or what small arms or body armour are the best.

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I do hope they manage to come out of the whole process with a great game too.

One I love Sci-fi as a theme and I love games with spaceships as well.

Second if it does fail, it will mean the collapse of crowdfunding through kickstarter, even all together if a project of this size falls, it will fall with a big noise.

I think chances are more they will succeed but I can see they got some bumpy road ahead

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A Dad Supreme

I’ve always said here on this forum since announcement I’d definitely be on this game if it launched and was competent. I just won’t/haven’t given them any money to make it so I’m able to remain impartial since I have no actual skin in the game.

If it’s good, then I can buy it. If it’s not, then I can shake my head and be glad I dodged another bullet (like Fallout 76).

Either way, it’s all about the easy laughs right now since as a non-backer, that’s all that’s available to me at the moment.

It’s funny because other than DK, I never see anyone who’s actually invested criticizing the game in any way, but actively defending so it’s kind of a two-way street.

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Paragon Lost

Which is why I’m always torn at being critical. I am actually pretty disgusted that they keep releasing ships for sale from an unreleased and fully funded (repeatedly at that) game. But I do want them to succeed and I want to play the damn thing. Frustrating, in a word.

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Nosy Gamer

But it’s not fully funded. When CIG published their financial statements, it clearly showed that. If they don’t keep selling ships, they will either have to start laying off people or cease work on the game.