Crowdfunded house simulation sport Star Citizen has launched its $27,000 (£20,000) Legatus Pack, which incorporates practically all its spacecraft plus extras.
Star Citizen Online Game Launches $27,000 Gamers' Pack!
Solely gamers who’ve already spent $1,000 within the sport can entry the pack.
Cloud Imperium, the creators of Star Citizen, has obtained greater than $200m in crowdfunding since launching a Kickstarter marketing campaign for it in 2012.
In keeping with its web site it has greater than two million gamers, though the sport itself remains to be in growth.
Star Citizen goals to create an enormous science fiction universe that may be explored in dozens of spaceships, with first-person house fight, all on-line and multi-player.
A single-player model, Squadron 42, is at the moment being developed and can embody performances by Hollywood actors together with Mark Hamill, Gary Oldman and Gillian Anderson.
Each are overseen by US video games developer Chris Roberts, who made the Wing Commander franchise.
Whereas luxurious in-game packages should not unusual, the pricing of the Legatus pack is unusually excessive, stated Steve Bailey, senior analyst at IHS Markit.
“Regardless of there being no ‘actual’ object hooked up to this package deal, it might nonetheless supply tangible worth to patrons,” he stated.
“Placing apart the advertising and marketing worth of this transfer, purchases like this could bestow particular standing on patrons inside Star Citizen’s neighborhood, in addition to providing excessive shortcuts to a extra superior function inside the sport itself.”
Nonetheless, he added that it additionally raised two potential issues.
“Can Star Citizen can preserve the sort of compelling visibility from right here on out to justify these sorts of premiums on its contents, and how much influence does this have on the sport’s equity, as perceived by different gamers?”