Picking your Star Citizen starter ship and starter pack is an exciting time as a new player. In this page, we provide our recommendations for and reviews of the best Star Citizen starter ships and show you how you can purchase a starter pack on the official Roberts Space Industries website.
The Avenger Titan is the best all-around Star Citizen starter ship, but it is not the lowest-cost option.
The Avenger Titan starter pack pledge normally costs $75 USD.
The Aurora MR is a competent Star Citizen starter ship, and usually the lowest cost option.
The Aurora MR starter pack pledge normally costs $45 USD.
The "Cutty Black" is a significant upgrade both in capability and cost among the Star Citizen starter ships. It is also considered a good upgrade ship to purchase in Star Citizen after earning the credits in-game.
The Cutlass Black starter pack pledge normally costs $125 USD.
Before you pledge for a starter pack, you should check to see how well Star Citizen will run on your computer. Star Citizen is a high-performance game, and if you don't have the right components, then it may not run well on your computer.
With that said, you don't need to have the latest and greatest hardware, but there are key components, not just your CPU and GPU, that can make the difference between the game running or crashing.
Check out our Can I Run Star Citizen page for details on how well you can expect Star Citizen to run on your computer what you can do to make it run better.
A Star Citizen Account is Required to Pledge for a Star Citizen Starter Pack
Pledging for a Star Citizen Starter Pack
Checking Your Current Starter Pack
The Star Citizen developers are using a crowdfunding process to fund the development of the game.
In this process, users "pledge" money to fund development, and as a reward, the developers promise to give you a copy of Star Citizen and the ship you pledged for when Star Citizen is released. However, this is not a purchase - in the unlikely event that the developers go out of business or development ends before the game is completed, you cannot request a refund.
Though fellow Citizens may talk about "buying a ship" or "buying a package", we are actually pledging money to fund development!
Star Citizen is still under development, and the developers describe it as a playable alpha. Periodically, the developers need to perform a wipe of the databases that track player progress.
In the worst of these wipes, everything you have earned, found, or purchased in-game is lost, and you are forced to restart the game with only the original 20000 UEC stipend and any ships or gear you have in your Star Citizen account hangar. These worst-case wipes occur roughly every 3-12 months, but they are not on a set schedule - these wipes are directly driven by development progress.
When this happens, you will need to complete missions in the game to earn back the credits you need to buy the ships you were using.
However, if you pledge for an upgraded ship (or multiple ships), then those will be available to you immediately after the wipe.
Some players don't like the idea of starting back at a basic ship and instead purchase upgrades, while others have restarted with an Aurora MR after every wipe as they prefer to play a "zero-to-hero" journey.
The key point to remember is: you do NOT need to pledge for a high-end or more expensive ship to play Star Citizen!
Squadron 42 is a single-player space epic that is set in the Star Citizen universe and currently under development by Cloud Imperium Games.
Featuring FPS missions, ship-to-ship combat, and immersive settings, it occurs in a human-alien war that occurs shortly before the events of Star Citizen.
Squadron 42 is intentionally separate from Star Citizen.
You will be able to play Star Citizen without owning Squadron 42 not only now, but also when Star Citizen is released.
You don't need to, but if you're interested in the concept, you might be able to save some money by pledging for it now.
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