Cloud Imperium Games announces
a new Free Fly Weekend gets underway today,
offering everyone the chance to check out the Star Citizen
Alpha 3.5. The
post is from yesterday, so the tomorrow they refer to is today:
Cloud Imperium will make Star Citizen Alpha 3.5 free to download and play for
any player to celebrate the launch of Star Citizen’s city-covered planet,
ArcCorp. First revealed at CitizenCon 2017, ArcCorp is a massive planet almost
entirely covered in man-made structures. Players on ArcCorp will travel the
bustling plazas and neon-hued alleys of Area18 (the planet's main landing zone),
uncover local urban culture, meet colorful locals, and find new ways to make
To celebrate, Cloud Imperium Games will launch a “Free Fly” event encompassing
five ships that bring the Star Citizen experience to life. During the promotion,
it will be free for anyone to join the Star Citizen Persistent Universe and play
across Star Citizen’s more than 30 varying mission types, 10 traversable moons,
several “rest stops” and more. Players can download Star Citizen free here.
Star Citizen Alpha 3.5 includes numerous features new to Star Citizen,
- Playable Female Characters - at long last, Star
Citizen adds playable female characters. Implementing playable females meant
re-working nearly every interactable object in the game for use with an
additional player model, from seating to carrying to shooting and piloting.
- ArcCorp - a sprawling urban planet covered by city
space, ArcCorp features the new Area 18 Landing Zone, where players will
find a neon lit cityscape teeming with life.
- New Flight Model - an all new in-game flight
control system that applies to all ships in Star Citizen, incorporating a
total overhaul to the entire flight experience and adds gravity to
in-atmosphere planetary bodies. This New Flight Model is also applied to all
AI controlled pilots in Star Citizen.
- CIG Character Customization Technology – An
updated system for customizing your player character in the Persistent
Universe, which includes new customization technology empowering players to
select from up to three source heads and blend each of their various facial
features into a fully customized character. This replaces Star Citizen’s
previous 100-plus character permutations with a near-infinite pool of
character customizations that is used for both player and NPC characters.
All customizations are available for both male and the all-new female player
- FoIP + VoIP Improvements – New video streaming
technology which allows players to participate in video comms calls no
matter how far away they are in the Persistent Universe. Previously, as
other players were “streamed out” from server clients, they would no longer
be eligible as targets for a comms call. This update enables players to call
anyone in the Star Citizen Persistent Universe through tech that evaluates
your client and streams to the other party’s client as video data.
- New Environmental AI Bounty Hunting - AI bounty
hunters will now attack players with bounties placed on their heads, and AI
security forces will attack players with high crime stats.
Anyone who plays Star Citizen between May 1 and May 8 will have access to
the following five ships:
- Anvil Arrow - Featuring an ultra-aerodynamic
frame, slight profile, and the most advanced maneuvering thruster tech
available, the Arrow shines in Alpha 3.5’s new flight atmospheric flight
model. It’s the most agile ship in its class, and can hold its own in a
knock-down-drag-out dogfight with quad missile racks and a full complement
- MISC Prospector – equipped with a mining laser,
the Prospector is Star Citizen’s starter mining ship.
- Drake Cutlass Black – this ship packs real
firepower with both piloted guns as well as a manned turret. It is flown by
multiple crew members to haul and protect cargo. This is one of our most
popular ships for both new and returning players.
- Aegis Avenger Titan – one of our cargo ships, the
Titan is a light cargo hauler version of the Avenger specifically kitted out
to deliver payloads across the ‘Verse.
- Drake Dragonfly – a two seater hoverbike, the
Dragonfly is equipped with a laser cannon and is one of the best ways to
navigate surface-side in Star Citizen. The Dragonfly can fit easily in the
cargo hold of multiple ships, giving players an on-the-ground option after