To celebrate seven years of farting around with a ton of money, Cloud Imperium Games is letting you play Star Citizen for free. Well, for a week, anyway. Starting November 23, you can download and play the game until November 30. The celebration coincides with the launch of Hurston, the game’s first planet, along with its city of Lorville.
Of course, Cloud Imperium doesn’t just want you to stand around your Hab making coffee. During the free week, every flyable ship in Star Citizen is yours to test for free in a 24-hour period with daily rotations. Each day showcases a different manufacturer, with its entire inventory available for a test run. There will be more than 80 ships to fly over the course of the week.
During the promotion, it will be free for anyone to join the Star Citizen Persistent Universe and play across not only Hurston and Lorville, but Star Citizen’s more than 30 varying mission types, 8 traversable moons, several “rest stops” and more. Players who accumulate in-game currency can use it to purchase additional ships, flyable until each server re-start.
The event also celebrates Star Citizen Alpha 3.3.5. With it comes not only the planet of Hurston, but new updates as well:
- Object Container Streaming, a processing tool that controls how much of the game’s massive universe must be loaded by player’s CPU. The OCS is an important behind-the-scenes technical milestone that enables the rapid creation of future content and locations, including the Planet Hurston and its main city, Lorville. Object Container Streaming has led to massive performance gains, which can be seen on the newly launched Star Citizen Telemetry page.
- ‘Face and Voice over IP’ allows players to connect their webcams and control their in-game character’s facial expressions with their own, creating a new level of immersion never before seen in video games.
- FPS AI Enemies and Missions to populate the universe with NPC enemies to hunt or be hunted by.
- ‘Scramble Race’ Missions for players to compete across Star Citizen’s massive planetary bodies.
To get started, all you need to do is head to the official Star Citizen website. There, all that’s left is to create an account and download the game — no laughably massive cash transaction required. Check out the Free Fly schedule while you wait:
Nov 23 – Anvil Aerospace
- Arrow: Agile fighter that packs a huge punch. A speedy glass cannon.
- Gladiator: A ruggedly built two-person dive bomber.
- Hornet F7C: Tough and dependable, the F7C is a multipurpose medium fighter.
- Hornet F7C Wildfire: Special Edition of the F7C Hornet with custom livery and loadout geared for Arena Commander.
- Hornet F7C-R – Tracker: Sacrificing a turret for an advanced radar dome, the Hornet Tracker seeks what is hidden.
- Hornet F7C-S – Ghost: Stealthy, quiet, silent – the Ghost haunts an area by keeping a low profile.
- Hornet F7C-M – Super Hornet: A two-seater multi-purpose medium fighter with a heavier loadout.
- Hurricane: A heavy fighter with excessive loadout, including a turret that punches through shields and defenses.
- Terrapin: Heavily armored ship with a sophisticated scanner, ideal for recon and exploration.
- Valkyrie: A heavily armed multirole gunship and dropship.
Nov 24 – Roberts Space Industries
- Aurora ES: A descendent of the X-7, this is the perfect choice for new ship owners. Versatile and intuitive.
- Aurora LN: For the combat focused, the Aurora LN comes with bigger shields and larger weapons that pack a punch.
- Aurora LX: The Aurora Deluxe, adding luxury and comfort for long stretches in the deep black.
- Aurora MR: A balance of function and performance, the Aurora MR comes with cargo capacity and guns to ensure freight gets there safely.
- Constellation Andromeda: A multicrew freighter with modular design, the RSI Andromeda is one of the most iconic ships in the verse.
- Constellation Aquila: Exploring the stars and distant horizons, the redesigned cockpit offers max visibility with a rover and sensor suite to explore it all.
- Constellation Phoenix: A chariot of the Gods, this converted luxury, high performance Constellation freighter is ideal for VIP transport.
- Ursa Rover: Rugged, Durable and tough, this is the rover you need to explore a multitude of environments.
Nov 25 – Origin Jumpworks
- 300i: Travel in style with this high-performance sleek touring ship.
- 315p: Traverse the ‘verse with this high-performance exploration focused ship.
- 325a: Origin’s sleek signature fighter, the 325 makes a great companion for finding your mark in style and sophistication.
- 350r: Origin’s sleek signature racer, the 350 makes a great companion for leaving your peers in the dust.
- 600i Explorer: The luxury yacht of Star Citizen, designed to explore in comfort and style with a vehicle bay.
- 85X: A luxury and sporty short-range runabout for pilot and passenger.
- M50: Origin’s premier racer, small, fast and highly agile.
Nov 26 – Aegis Dynamics
- Avenger Stalker: A modified version of the Avenger, catering to bounty hunters with prison cells.
- Avenger Titan: A former police ship with a cargo hold for light freight and courier abilities.
- Avenger Titan Renegade: Special Edition of the Avenger Titan with custom livery and loadout geared for Arena Commander.
- Avenger Warlock: A variant of the Avenger, armed with EMP generator to disable enemies.
- Eclipse: A sleek stealth bomber, armed with heavy torpedoes.
- Gladius: An aged but agile light fighter with mid-range armament.
- Gladius Valiant: Special Edition of the Gladius with custom livery and loadout geared for Arena Commander.
- Hammerhead: A multi-crew corvette bristling with manned turrets designed to counter fighters.
- Reclaimer: A heavy deep space salvage vessel to reclaim wrecks and derelicts.
- Retaliator Bomber: A long-range anti capital ship bomber, covered in turrets and capable of launching size 9 torpedoes.
- Sabre: Favoring agility over durability, this ship is light, sleek and deadly.
- Sabre Comet: Special Edition of the Sabre with custom livery and loadout geared for Arena Commander.
- Vanguard Hoplite: Long-range Squad Dropship with a turret gunner.
- Vanguard Warden: Long-range Heavy Fighter with a turret gunner.
Nov 27 – Drake Interplanetary
- Buccaneer: A light fighter that sacrifices durability and an ejection seat for raw fire power.
- Caterpillar: A heavy multicrew commercial freighter. Lightly armed, with superior cargo capacity.
- Caterpillar Pirate: A heavy multicrew commercial freighter. Lightly armed, with superior cargo capacity and custom pirate livery.
- Cutlass Black: Black is Back. Drakes multicrew Cutlass is highly versatile, with combat and cargo prowess.
- Dragonfly Black: A two-seater grav-lev bike. Easily traverses rough terrain, or closes the distance in space.
- Dragonfly Yellowjacket: A two-seater grav-lev bike. Easily traverses rough terrain or closes the distance in space with custom yellow livery.
- Herald: No secret is safe, Drake’s Herald captures and stores information before leaving at blistering speed.
Nov 28 – Alien Manufacturers
- Khartu-al: Enigmatic, exotic and agile. The fragile Khartu-al excels at lateral thrust and maneuverability.
- Nox: Sleek and fast, this gravity bike slices across rough terrain. Perfect for scouting and racing.
- Nox Kue: Sleek and fast, this gravity bike slices across rough terrain. Perfect for scouting and racing with a bespoke Silver paintjob.
- Vanduul Glaive: This Alien medium fighter replica drives fear with it’s ramming blades.
- Vanduul Blade: Armed and Dangerous. This alien fighter slices through the air with it’s agility and shreds its foes.
Nov 29 – Musashi Industrial and Starflight Concern
- Freelancer: A multicrew cargo freighter, with turret and ordnance to deter those after it’s haul.
- Prospector: A miner’s best friend, with a powerful mining laser and saddle bags to turn mineral to profit.
- Razor: Cutting ahead of the competition, this sleek racer will give the others a run for pole position.
- Razor EX: Stealth special edition of the Razor outfitted with signature-reducing materials and stealth components.
- Razor LX: Special edition of the Razor features an overclocked engine, reduced maneuverability and armaments in exchange of straight-line speed.
- Reliant Kore: A fusion of Xi’an and Human technology, this light freighter allows you to haul cargo with a friend.
- Starfarer: Keep fleets on the move with this heavy refueler.
- Starfarer Gemini: Keep fleets on the move with this heavy refueler, the Gemini version sacrifices capacity for armor and a missile launcher.
Nov 30 – Kruger/Argo/Tumbril/Consolidated Outland
- Argo MPUV 1C: A small and unarmed utility runabout that transports cargo.
- Argo MPUV 1P: A small unarmed utility runabout tuned to transport personnel.
- Cyclone: Stir up a storm with this robust two-seater buggy that can carry a little something in the back.
- Cyclone AA: This two-seater buggy with EMP functionality is armed with an anti-air missile launcher to deter threats from above.
- Cyclone RN: Unveils the fog of war, the recon variant of the Cyclone is mounted with a powerful scanner array.
- Cyclone TR: Support ground infantry with this combat variant, equipped with a mounted turret to provide cover fire for ground operations.
- Mustang Alpha: Consolidated Outland’s premier ship for those wanting to push the limits a little more when starting out.
- Mustang Beta: Home is where the heart is, the Beta offers comfortable living quarters for beginners roaming the frontier.
- Mustang Delta: The Mustang Delta is armed with heavier weapons and rocket pods.
- Mustang Gamma: Racing the competition? The additional engine loaded into the back will provide competitive the edge you need.
- P-52 Merlin: Small, agile and comes with a sting. This snub fighter is fragile, but difficult to hit.
Cam has been shooting for high scores since his days playing on the Atari 2600. Writing about video games since 2005, Cam has also worked with GameSpot, GamesRadar, and PlayBoy.