Star Citizen at $73M; Rental Equipment Credits Controversy

A new Letter from the Chairman on the Roberts Space Industries website talks more about the future of Star Citizen now that they've stopped laying out additional stretch goals and talks to backers about their support of the project (for the record, the space combat game has now surpassed the $73 million mark). Chris Roberts also addresses a recent controversy within the game's community over "Rental Equipment Credits," a complicated system of equipment rentals for the game. There's an article criticizing this concept on Ten Ton Hammer that helps an outsider understand what's up with this system, and why this may raise concerns, saying: "you cannot earn REC and then purchase any items or equipment in Arena Commander right now or in this upcoming update permanently. You can, instead, earn REC to rent equipment and ships to try before you buy or, if you are committed enough, to keep playing with as long as you can continue to earn enough REC to pay the rental fee every 7 non-consecutive days of playing." In his post, Roberts acknowledges the controversy, though it's not certain how it will be dealt with:
Finally, I know that everyone is expecting me to talk more about Rental Equipment Credits. I took part in the heated discussion over the weekend and one of our priorities this week was clarifying some of the confusion about the system. I don’t have much to add right now, but I do want to stress: we asked for your feedback because we genuinely wanted it. A sincere thank you to everyone who provided that feedback. I’ll stress: we’re going to create a system that’s fun, not one that hurts players. Like everything else in Star Citizen, we will balance and expand our system to that goal once it launches until it meets our vision, and we will not settle for less.
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Feb 21, 2015, 14:27
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Re: Star Citizen at $73M; Rental Equipment Credits Controversy Feb 21, 2015, 14:27
Feb 21, 2015, 14:27
 
I've never seen a bunch of crying little babies as I see on here.

I play AC every night and its the best space shooter out now, just like Freelancer was the best one 15 years ago and the Wing Commander/Privateer was the best in the early 90s.

X games have gone to shit. And ED is cool for about 5-6hrs and then bore fest with nothing to do. No new X-wing games coming.. so this is all we have and its pretty damn good for being .001 done.

Have anyone of you played coop or even against real people? Go compare it to any space and and please provide a better one. Yea I'm sure your Tie Fighter game is "better", it was great 20 years ago. Those games don't hold up and now are basic arcade shooters.

SC has depth already with all the customization one can do to the ship, no other space game has 10% of what AC has now!

I bet all whiners on here are either console games who can't get SC or player who despise all space games. Go play your other games.

Until someone lists a better space game you clearly don't care about the genre and all you really want to do is whine about SC, even if you agree it turns out to be great, you'll still whine about it.
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