Newly Announced Drake Cutlass Steel Variant Flyable in Star Citizen

For the longest time in the ambitious crowdfunded sci-fi game Star Citizen, players have been able to access the trio of Cutless crafts from the in-universe ship manufacturer, Drake Interplanetary. With the Black serving as an all-purpose craft, the Red serving as a gritty hospital ship and the Blue acting as a police/security craft – the ships may not have won me over necessarily, but did have their appeal to a section of the game’s fanbase – including those planning to operate in the seedier parts of space.

Developer Cloud Imperium Games has decided to offer a new fourth variant of the craft, which is both on-sale and flyable in the ‘Verse today. The newly unveiled Drake Interplanetary Cutlass Steel variant comes at a premium price of $258.50 USD (or $231.00 USD warbond w/ lifetime insurance). For its price, you get a Cutlass which sets out to be “equal parts daunting dropship and menacing gunship”, developed off the idea that “whoever has the most guns and the most muscle makes the rules”.

Key features of the ship include:

  • A fearsome battlefield hybrid, the Cutlass Steel is built to deliver devastating air and ground support. With 13 guns, ample missiles, and the ability to carry over 20 personnel into the hottest combat zones, the Steel can single-handedly turn the tide of any conflict.
  • The Steel strips the traditional Cutlass interior to make room for 18 jump seats and personal weapon lockers, ensuring your squad is ready to hit the ground running, no matter the mission or conditions in the air.
  • The Steel is just as effective a gunship as it is a dropship, with five modified GT-210 Yellowjacket anti-personnel guns mounted to its doors. These deadly ballistic Gatlings from Gallenson Tactical Systems sport an impressive rate of fire, capable of shredding targets on the ground and clearing problematic landing zones.
  • A perennial favorite of independent mercenary outfits and paramilitary groups across the galaxy, the Gallenson GT series’ extreme rate of fire and high-velocity rounds make them a real threat against fighters of all classes. Manually operated, the Steel’s door guns are absolute hell for any foolhardy pilots trying to engage it in a dogfight.
Newly Announced Drake Cutlass Steel Variant Flyable in Star Citizen 9

In total, the Cutlass Steel comes in at 36m in length, 26m in width and 14m in height. With a maximum speed of 150m/s, it offers 2x S3 pilot controlled weapons, a single S3 sized manual turret, 1x S2 remote turret and 5x S1 mounted guns. While the ship comes installed with a basic skin, following other concept sales, you can also purchase five different coloured skins priced between $4.95 USD and $7.70 USD apiece – Saurian, Cypress, Hawthorn, Coalfire or Mistwalker.

For more information on the Drake Cutlass Steel and to pledge towards it, click HERE.

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.

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