Star Citizen's Spaceships Are Ridiculously Expensive

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Fucking hell; have they released the spec for this yet? It sounds ridiculous.

It's official, in order for me to even played this game, I must upgrade my pc in a couple of year or two.

I've contemplated buying in to SC but like the title says, in order to get something other than a space tractor you have to put in $65+ (without buying extra add-ons). I love the genre having spent enormous amounts of time playing freelancer, privateer, x-wing and Tie fighter but I personally have a problem spending that much no matter the polygon count on a game that is still in development.

Jaeger_CDN:
I've contemplated buying in to SC but like the title says, in order to get something other than a space tractor you have to put in $65+ (without buying extra add-ons). I love the genre having spent enormous amounts of time playing freelancer, privateer, x-wing and Tie fighter but I personally have a problem spending that much no matter the polygon count on a game that is still in development.

Well, you will be able to buy anything people get in backer rewards for in game cash as well.

...I take that back, the one thing that seems to be backer exclusive is lifetime insurance.

my god, seven million polygons on a carrier, how much emotions is that thing gonna have?

The sad point(lessness) of this is that when engaged in a dogfight with enemy fighters zipping past in all directions, all of these emotions will be totally lost on the player.

Desert Punk:

...I take that back, the one thing that seems to be backer exclusive is lifetime insurance.

From what I can determine from their RSI site, the insurance is only valid on the ship you buy with the package and non-transferable. I've yet to play a game where I've kept the starter ship for any length of time. If you want to have the insurance on a potentially decent long-term ship you have to buy in for a lot more than the $65 level.

This is the problem I have with SC in general. I'm not saying it will be a crap game or anything and if it's anything like privateer, freelancer, etc I'll be there, it's just the early backer benefits that have me cautious especially when they are already sitting on over $10 Million for something that isn't even out as a playable Alpha.

UrinalDook:

Also, yeah. As someone else said, your comment on zooming and needing to see 'the whole situation' implies you seem to think this is an RTS. It's a flight sim, and spaceship porn has always been a standard feature of such games.

Agayek:
You realize that the game is a space sim and not an RTS right?

D'oh! I did indeed assume that it would be an RTS. Space flight sims have become so rare that I didn't even consider that the player might not handling dozens, if not hundreds, of ships. Which is entirely my fault. I haven't played a game of this type since...TIE Fighter. I guess it's not so bad to have massive poly counts for objects that you really will be looking at one at a time from close up.

Jaeger_CDN:
From what I can determine from their RSI site, the insurance is only valid on the ship you buy with the package and non-transferable. I've yet to play a game where I've kept the starter ship for any length of time. If you want to have the insurance on a potentially decent long-term ship you have to buy in for a lot more than the $65 level.

This is the problem I have with SC in general. I'm not saying it will be a crap game or anything and if it's anything like privateer, freelancer, etc I'll be there, it's just the early backer benefits that have me cautious especially when they are already sitting on over $10 Million for something that isn't even out as a playable Alpha.

The insurance is transferable between players, just not between ships. You buy a ship in the pledge campaign, that ship has lifetime insurance that will replace it if the ship is destroyed. Then, if you sell the ship, whoever buys it from you then gets the lifetime insurance on the ship.

You can't move the insurance to another ship you bought with in-game currency, but the original ship will have it forever.

Also, while you could very well be correct in that the pledge ships may not be great in the long-term, that's not the impression I'm getting from it. Obviously, we can't make any judgments until we have some information about how the ships work and are balanced, but from everything I've read/seen, the goal, if not necessarily the execution, is for every ship to have one or more situations where it is the best choice.

The most emotional space ships in the history of gaming.

It's a cool thing they're doing I admit, but at the same time it worries me that if we end up only being able to fly with a small number of ships at the end of the day all because it would cost so much time and money to add a fighter to the roster.

Personally though, I don't like this... :( I would rather have more spaceships to fly which works and looks nice.

I had to re-read the article a couple of times to understand.

For hilarity's sake, I'm gonna list the misinterpretations:

1. If they had to build scale models of the ships, then it would cost up to $150,000. Move over NASA, we have a cheaper space program to fund.

2. In-game, the spaceships will cost up to $150,000, to purchase a ship you must have your character fill out his resume and find a high paying job with which he can accumulate funds.

3. For the multiplayer component, you can only use ships after purchasing them from the online store, they are that expensive. This is a game solely meant for the 1% of the 1%.

But seriously, spending that much on modeling alone? I know you have money to spend but jesus christ, this is what we want AAA Developers to stop doing. We don't need huge details to have a good game.

Jaeger_CDN:

Desert Punk:

...I take that back, the one thing that seems to be backer exclusive is lifetime insurance.

From what I can determine from their RSI site, the insurance is only valid on the ship you buy with the package and non-transferable. I've yet to play a game where I've kept the starter ship for any length of time. If you want to have the insurance on a potentially decent long-term ship you have to buy in for a lot more than the $65 level.

This is the problem I have with SC in general. I'm not saying it will be a crap game or anything and if it's anything like privateer, freelancer, etc I'll be there, it's just the early backer benefits that have me cautious especially when they are already sitting on over $10 Million for something that isn't even out as a playable Alpha.

I know exactly how you feel. I have backed, but only at the second most basic level - 26 - and even at that, I 'ummed and arred' until just before they put their old website down to make room for the new one. My justification was that, even if the ship-buying economy of the final game is completely whacked - with even the most basic ships beyond the starter taking months of grinding to get a hold of without buying in-game currency - I'll probably have enough fun with the 'Squadron 42' campaign for it to be worth my money, anyway. I got quite a few backer benefits for putting my 'pledge' in before the new site went up, from Lifetime Insurance for my starter through to around 3000 extra credits - not a lot of money, maybe enough for a new gun or something - to start the game with. LTI sounds significant but, from what I understand, ship insurance should be a fairly tiny part of your overall expenditure, in line with fuel and docking fees.

I'm just hoping they get the pace of ship-progression right. Roberts has been saying all along that pledging above the basic tier is completely unnecessary if you just want to get your hands on a certain ship, and going by his tone at least, it sounds like everything's going to be not only available in-game, but affordable. Of course, that's hardly a guarantee.

Now, I'm not sure if this is accurate - second hand information - but I believe he stated on the most recent livestream that it'd take around forty hours of normal gameplay to afford the Constellation, one of the highest-end ships in the game below all the limited capital ships that'll pretty much only be available to guilds who can work together to crew them. If that's true, I'm fairly comfortable with it. I mean, there are loads of far, far less valuable ships in the game, and assuming the progression curve works as you'd expect, you ought to be able to afford a new ship at least often enough not to feel like you're being artificially limited. And that's without factoring in the satisfaction of buying new upgrades for your current ship and such.

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