Roberts Space Industries website
has more details on the
to split Star Citizen
into two separate games. The post is titled
"Package Split Information" (and if you've ever had your package split, you know
how painful that can be), and it also includes word that they are extending the
current "free fly" period for the crowdfunded space combat game(s). Here's part
of what it says:
Last week, we announced the date for the impending Star
Citizen/Squadron 42 ‘package split.’ Today, we’d like to clear up some confusion
about exactly what’s happening!
First of all: the package split does NOT impact any current backers. If you’ve
already pledged for Star Citizen, you will have access to both the persistent
universe and the Squadron 42 single-player campaign. All ‘Squadron 42’ packages
sold before the split also include access to the persistent universe. The split
applies only to any new packages purchased after February 14, 2016.
Additionally, we would like to announce that the current Free Fly has been
extended up until February 14th. Our hope is that this will give anyone
interested in Star Citizen a chance to try the game and see the progress we’ve
made before the split occurs, letting them get in at the lower price.
Here are some other common questions we’ve seen in the community:
Why split Squadron 42 and Star Citizen?
When we started Star Citizen’s crowdfunding campaign, the plan was that earlier
backers would get a lower price on the Star Citizen starter package than those
that backed later. The plan was to first gradually increase the price and then
split up various modules for “a la carte options.” This gave backers who joined
the project early on and helped get it off the ground an advantage. With the
package split, we’re accomplishing this objective without increasing the amount
of money needed to join the persistent universe. The ‘package split’ is the
first introduction of the anticipated a la carte option: you can pick which part
of the game you’re interested in, for now the single player campaign or the
persistent universe, and then can choose whether or not to purchase the other
module as an add-on.
Are Star Citizen and Squadron 42 still connected?
YES! The package split does not change the fact that Star Citizen and Squadron
42 are part of the same game universe, or the fact that the games are
functionally connected. You will access Squadron 42 through the same game
client. And your performance in Squadron 42 will still have an impact on your
career in the persistent universe, whether you buy both segments together or if
you choose to add one further down the line. Finally, you will receive access to
Star Citizen’s Arena Commander with the “Squadron 42” pledge to practice your
flying skills. We continue to see Squadron 42 and Star Citizen as two modules
that make up a larger whole. While we know not everyone enjoys both single and
multiplayer games, we would certainly encourage you to try both for the complete
Star Citizen experience!
What will the separate games cost?
The base price for either an Aurora starter package (with the persistent
universe) or the Squadron 42 single player campaign will be $45. If you would
like to add one or the other (Squadron 42 to a Persistent Universe package, or
the Persistent Universe to a Squadron 42 package) it will be a $15 addon. (These
prices are not final, and are subject to change with future promotions.)