Continuing their annual Ship Showdown month for ambitious sci-fi game Star Citizen, developer Cloud Imperium Games has confirmed they will be holding a Free Flight Week from now until Monday 27 September 2021. This will grant anyone who has not backed the game access to the PTU Alpha environment where they can explore the current state of ‘The Verse’ along with access to the four finalist ships for this year – C2 Hercules, MPUV Cargo, 600i Explorer and Mercury Star Runner. Those who are backers already will be granted access to all four ships over this period.
Backers who have any of the final four ships with the most votes will be eligible to receive additional prizes including an exclusive in-game skin and leather jacket. Owners of the ultimate winner will also receive a manufacturer-themed in-game backpack.
More information on each of the ships are below. Personally, I highly recommend checking out the Mercury Star Runner if you like a versatile all-purpose ship.
Utilizing the patented Hercules military-grade spaceframe and expanding cargo capacity, while sacrificing barely any firepower, the C2 has taken the private sector by storm. It has become the industry standard for racing teams, ship dealers and manufacturers, construction orgs, mining corporations, and even large-scale touring entertainment outfits.
The ARGO Astronautics MPUV-1C (commonly ‘Argo Cargo’) is a dedicated merchant transfer ship, a ubiquitous intergalactic stevedore. Vast numbers of Argo Cargos are responsible for loading and unloading goods onto massive long-haul transports and miners that cannot otherwise land on planets or drydocks.
This multi-role luxury vessel from Origin Jumpworks features an exquisitely detailed hull design that balances performance and versatility in a sleek and timeless form.
Mercury Star Runner
The Mercury checks all the boxes expected of a dependable courier vessel, and then some. If you need it there fast and unscathed, you can’t do better than the Mercury.
In development by Cloud Imperium Games and their studios across North America and Europe, Star Citizen is being helmed by Wing Commander (1990s) creator Chris Roberts. The game has currently been in a long-term alpha phase with no confirmed release date. Despite this, the studio has raised more than $265 million USD through on-going crowdfunding. Please keep in mind should you decide to purchase towards Star Citizen, that this is an incomplete project and that you are pledging towards an extended crowdfunding campaign with no 100% guarantee of a finished product.