PSA: Star Citizen is holding another free fly event until August 27

    
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You want to hop into the ‘Verse of Star Citizen but you also don’t feel like investing in a starting package for a game that is taking years to leave alpha. Or maybe you’ve read all the grumbling or the effusive praise and want to know what things are like for yourself. Whatever your reason, you can now jump into the game completely free for a limited time.

Between now and Friday, August 27th, Star Citizen is holding a free fly event that lets players try out the game’s current alpha release along with six different ships to try their hand at things like combat, smuggling, or mining. All players need to do is sign up for the game (or otherwise login if they’re already registered), enter in the code GETINTOTHEVERSE, and download the game to experience what’s new. Pretty simple and painless. Unless, of course, the servers buckle under the free player load.

Longtime MMORPG gamers will know that Star Citizen was originally Kickstarted for over $2M back in 2012 with a planned launch for 2014. As of 2021, it still lingers in an incomplete but playable alpha, having raised around $350M from gamers over years of continuing crowdfunding and sales of in-game ships and other assets. It is currently the highest-crowdfunded video game ever and has endured both indefatigable loyalty from advocates and immense skepticism from critics. A co-developed single-player title, Squadron 42, has also been repeatedly delayed.
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Turing fail

I recall reader comments stating that uninstalling SC is an ordeal, which somewhat dampens my interest in trying it.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I’d be curious to know what an ordeal amounts to. Run the uninstaller and delete the files.

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Nosy Gamer

Apparently the game doesn’t have an uninstaller. But there are plenty of guides available on how to uninstall the game.

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Kushaja

Well that’s just stupid. The game has a normal uninstaller and everything. Its just called RSI Launcher and not Star Citizen

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Sleepy

See my comment above.

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Sleepy

Sorry Hikari, but it really isn’t straightforward. There’s no mention of the app in the control panel installed apps list in Windows, and while I found a launcher uninstaller in the game folder, it doesn’t uninstall the game, just the launcher! I’ve deleted the remainder manually, and have my fingers crossed that it hasn’t left any other muck on my PC.

Separately – christ, it still runs like an absolute dog. I suppose you’d call my PC a recent medium spec, but even with everything on low I’m at maybe 10fps? What I could see of the slideshow looked pretty, I’ll give it that, but there’s no way this ever getting launched in a state where more than the top 5% specs can play it.

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Kushaja

A few performance tips: turn textures to high, set all else to medium or low; install on ssd; use 32 gbs of ram, preferably.

Granted, cities are still a massive fps hogs, due to their sheer size and npc clutter, space is much more welcoming, fps wise. Im still doing fine with 16 gbs of ram and an rx 580 mind you. and by ok i mean 25+ fps in cites and 50 + fps in space…

Im still not sure whats going on with the uninstaller, but it always uninstalls normally for me, might be a bug, see if there’s an option issue in alpha spectrum forums.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I don’t really see much of your first paragraph as above and beyond.
Over half the games I have installed don’t touch Windows’ Add/Remove Programs because it’s just not good (leaves artifacts, fails to update registry information, gets caught up in permissions errors, etc).
I’m always conscious of where a game resides on my computer and often go back to clean up (and often backup) critical files so I can save my screenshots and in case I want to reinstall later. If you use Steam and don’t do this, you likely still have files and folders connected to nearly every game you’ve ever played on the platform.

To the second part, as was said below, the game needs to live on an SSD. This is unfortunate, but it’s common with several modern games. Yes, you’re going to get some lag here and there. There are a lot of tweaks that can and should be done. The game basically allows you to turn anything and everything off. I’d start with clouds if you’re on Orison.

I play on a first-generation Ryzen 5, 1660 Super, 32 GB of RAM (a recent upgrade for work purposes), by no means in the top 5%

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Sleepy

Huh, that spec is almost exactly the same as mine – my card is the Radeon equivalent but otherwise very similar. I’m not getting another 16gb of memory to try out Star Citizen though.

I’ll take a look again in another 5 years!

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traja

The game runs awful even on a more high end system. Just tried it with R5 3600, 32GB, 3060Ti and an SSD. I am getting between 30 and 55 fps on station at 1080p. It doesn’t even matter what settings I use. The lowest and the max give the exact same fps just look different.

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Joe Blobers

You can also recall 200.000 new backers joined in 2020 (individual backers with pledged account not just registered users for free fly).
Unless you have not enough space on your SSD, some do have 250 or 500Go full of others software, you can just keep it there and perform the latest incremental update. All for free.

Should you really want to save space, SC is not a Norton product you have to fight with to uninstall :)

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CMDR_Cotic

You can also recall 200.000 new backers joined in 2020 (individual backers with pledged account not just registered users for free fly).

Do you have a source for that?

According to this article https://massivelyop.com/2020/10/19/star-citizen-has-720k-total-backers-and-34k-subscribers-according-to-gathered-public-data/ there were 720,000 backers at the end of 2020 which averages out at 102,857 per year. Yet you’re saying they gained double that in 1 year.

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Joe Blobers

Gathered data were inaccurate as per @ NightNord himself.

Letter from the Chairman at end of 2020: 1 million individual backers, 200.000 new in 2020.
2020 has been a very good year for the gaming industry, CIG included.

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Hikari Kenzaki

It was pretty stable last night, especially for a free fly weekend.
We managed to do some harder space mission and what is likely our most successful cave raid to date.
Disclaimer: We typically play on the AUS servers. They’re generally more stable when the US servers are getting rushed.