Star Citizen - Chris Roberts, lots of spaceship porn, lots of promises


#3603

Valentine’s Day sale is up. Until the 20th. Not that I think you should buy anything, mind you. I’m just sharing information.

https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/transmission/15707-V-Day-Sale-Love-Is-In-The-Air-and-Space

As for 3.0, no one knows when it will arrive. Perhaps not even CIG.


#3604

I’m sticking with the Aurora ES I bought three years ago. Still brand new, never been flown!


#3605

“Hey, honey! I got you a virtual ship that for a game that may never actually ship in the way the developers have promised. Plus, it was only $620!”


#3606

A steal! (No literally Chris Roberts robbed us)


#3607

“Happy Valentine’s Day honey! I got you a Vanguard Warden! What is that? It’s a virtual ship that you can’t fly in a game that won’t be finished for a few years…honey…honey, come back!”

Geezus these guys.


#3608

Nothing says “I want your sex” like the gift of a spaceship .jpg
All right all right all right


#3609

The vanguard warden is flyable, as are all of the ships in that sale.


#3610

Well that’s reassuring.


#3611

Ooohhhh gooooood.


#3612

So much salt down here. Thirsty. :)


#3613

Why do the Valentine’s start editions have “limited stock” ie. 1,600 left. Is that a joke right? Tell me that’s a joke.


#3614

Those game packages are $35 instead of the usual $45. The discounted price is artificially limited by both time and quantity. I’m sure it’s primarily a marketing tactic, although I suppose it also serves to inhibit resellers.


#3615

Bespoke upcycled artisan pixels aren’t easy, or cheap, to create.


#3616

Creating an artificial limit on something to add an element of collectibility isn’t exactly a new marketing technique, folks.


#3617

I know but usually that’s durable goods. The fact it’s on a digital ship is pathetic.


#3618

Here’s an example.
I have an Audubon print. A really cool painting of a giant crane. It’s a numbered print, there were only 400 made.

It’s a print, so they could have made infinity of them. But they instead only printed 400, thus making them more “special”.

This is exactly the same thing.


#3619

At least it won’t make a very big deal if this game fails. I mean, not many people really like space sims anyway.


#3620

It’s not that the concept is unusual in the real world, but I can’t think of another MMO that’s actually had a limit on how many of something is available. Usually it’s just a super-rare drop or something. I guess there haven’t been many MMOs that were distributing loot explicitly on the basis of paying for it though.


#3621

The promotion in this case is an actual game package. $35 gets you Star Citizen (the game) plus the chosen starter ship. They always mention that all of these ships will be earnable in-game on release.


#3622

Yes, you don’t actually have to buy these things. Literally everything sold can be earned in game, without spending real money.

And honestly, I think this kind of thing is less sleazy than the slot machine loot box crap in other games.