Star Citizen reveals a non-functional $600 ship at a private function for its Concierge level backers

    
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There’s apparently another new Star Citizen ship on the way. A pretty pricey one, too. That news isn’t terribly remarkable considering some of the ship costs currently available, but what may raise eyebrows is how it was revealed and the fact that this spacecraft makes use of gameplay mechanics that aren’t even in the alpha build yet.

A thread on ResetEra unveiled the whole matter, showing images to a special Aegis VIP Event in Frankfurt, Germany, where Concierge backers would have a Q&A with Chris Roberts and some devs and be shown a “special Aegis announcement.” This event, by the way, was a ticketed event, with admission costing $274.73. In spite of this, remarkably, all of the tickets reportedly sold out.

So what was the Aegis announcement? The Aegis Nautilus Solstice Limited Edition – Warbond. This mouthful of a spacecraft is capable of laying mines or sweeping and disarming mines, features an industrial hangar, and lifetime insurance, all for an eye-watering $675. It should be noted that not only is this ship not flyable yet, but laying mines, sweeping for mines, and disarming mines are not gameplay features that are in Star Citizen’s alpha build yet either.

As one would expect, there’s been plenty of discussion about this new craft, and much of it has been featuring some spicy reactions, with one redditor calling the price tag “a small price to pay to taste CIG’s boot polish” and another redditor rather intelligently pointing out the difficulty of laying mines in a game with full 3-D movement.

sources: ResetEra via VG247, Star Citizen subreddit, thanks to Cotic for the tip!
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Zero_1_Zerum

The worst part is…
Say the game does come out. I got the starter ship, on the Kickstarter, because I wanted to start small and work my way up to the bigger ships BY PLAYING THE GAME. But, they’ve ruined any balance of the game, before it’s even out, by selling super powerful ships. It’s definitely pay to win. I don’t see much point of playing a game where someone could wreck me day one, with their huge ship, just because they had more money than me.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Almost $700 for a collection of pixels and polygons… what’s that old saying about a fool and his money?

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Joe Blobers

… Except you don’t have (and any backers either) to buy it beside the single 45$ starter package.
Your previous comment about so called P2W just demonstrate you missed SC specifics which are 10% players and 90% NPC’s with the fact that ANY of those expensive ships can’t be flight or used efficiently solo… while having a bunch of guys who will grind their way solo or multiplayer in a matter of a couple month or weeks (depending on ship size/costs).

They buy just time, not forever unique big ships owned by a fraction of backers.

… Not counting the all project is driven from day one by concept ships sales.

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Robert Mann

Well, for all that there are many reasons to get a cynical chuckle in here, mines have been done in space games before. Yes, in full 3d. Granted, making area suppression with individual mines would take a long time…

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ichi sakari

minesweeper confirmed!

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Mewmew

“another redditor rather intelligently pointing out the difficulty of laying mines in a game with full 3-D movement”

But is it that intelligent to point out?

I assume the mines don’t just sit there and that they have some lock on and chase system to chase enemies coming anywhere remotely near them, possibly thousands of kilometers or more. You could also drop huge walls areas of mines that would spread over quite a big area (and they could make it so the mines were invisible to lots of enemies as well).

It wouldn’t be like you’d laying a single mine out in 3D space and hoping someone actually runs into it. They’ll be either spread out into very large fields, attracted to enemies from a fairly long distance, or more likely both.

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Robert Mann

Or used as a deterrent for chasing, potentially.

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Tee Parsley

I suspect that when Chris Roberts bails/gets tossed out of SC, he’ll take the special effects units with him. Then he can go back to pretending he’s a Hollywood mover and shaker.

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Richard de Leon III

I may not have gotten into the SC hype train, I’ll admit thats one sexy looking ship. I’ll appropriate the pic and deck plans for my starfinder tabletop game…..>.<

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Marty Woods

I think I have got to the same point with CIG that I have got to with a certain world leader , nothing surprises me anymore and in both cases I don’t think it will end well .

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Bruno Brito

Deekay, i love you man, but i dare you to make youtube content of this.

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Veldara

I’ve seen findom relationships that gave better bang for their dollar.

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Alex Willis

Well, there’s one Google search that’s forever on my work computer record.

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Bruno Brito

Wait…what?

Should i google that?

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Alex Willis

Oh my yes.

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Bruno Brito

O h , g o d n o p l e a s e w h y d o e s t h i s e x i s t s

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Alex Willis

Gotta spend (all) your money on something.

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Bruno Brito

This is not spending. Spending gives you control over it. This is literally making yourself hostage to the whims of another.

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Alex Willis

This is literally making yourself hostage to the whims of another.

Welcome to, like, 85% of erotica.

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Bruno Brito

I thought i was pretty normal, i’m realizing that i’m kinky for thinking i’m standard.

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Alex Willis

so normcore