Star Citizen Offering A $27,000 Add-On Pack

Get almost all the ships and more...for a price.

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Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games is offering an expensive new add-on pack for the hugely ambitious PC space simulator. The Legatus Pack, as it's called, comes with 117 ships and 163 extra things like upgrades and skins. It costs....$27,000.

And that's not all. To even view the Legatus Pack store page, you need to have already spent $1,000 on Star Citizen. If you haven't, you'll get a 404 error. For what it's worth, 117 is almost the total number of ships available in the game.

Forum user Dakuisha has a roundup of everything in the Legatus Pack--see it here (via PC Gamer). Other forum posters have pointed out that you can contact customer support to view the Legatus Pack store page if you haven't spent the required $1,000.

Star Citizen is the most successful crowdfunded project of any kind in history. It has raised more than $185 million, bringing in $35 million in 2017 alone. For more, check out one hour's worth of gameplay from Squadron 42 in the video embedded above.

German developer and publisher Crytek is suing Cloud Imperium Games over breach of contract and copyright infringement claims. Cloud Imperium has since fired back.

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At the end of the day, you are purchasing an unfinished entertainment product for $27'000.

Its kind of crazy....

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Honestly, I think this game is the perfect example of why the bigger publishers are sometimes a necessary evil.

As much as I admire Roberts (I've played every single game he has made and even watched the Wing Commander movie), he needs direction and structure which in his case only a major video game publisher seems to be able to provide. He has shown time and again that he is unable or unwilling to rein in his overly ambitious vision for Star Citizen. The truth is that if this game was being developed with one if the larger publishers, it would probably be scheduled for release next year or cancelled outright; either option would be better than the current situation in my opinion

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The game has become a scam which i thought might happen, will never buy into a player funded game ever again.

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taking microtransactions to a whole other level

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I have to admit that it was incredibly DUMB for CIG to create this $27,000 ship package. I know there are Space Whales out there who will happily buy the Legatus Package to support Star Citizen's development, so there is some justification for this thing's existence. But just because some people will buy a $27,000 ship package doesn't mean it's a good idea! If CIG's marketing people were smart, they would've realized how bad this looks -- and it does look bad, there's no denying that.

The problem is that Star Citizen has such a cloistered community of supporters, many of whom have spent a lot more than $60 on this game (myself included), that they're inside of a bubble and are completely oblivious to what this looks like to outsiders. Not only do they don't understand how bad it looks, but they zealously defend it. I've been arguing about this with several of my Org mates and they sincerely believe the $27,000 Legatus Package is great and it's a positive indication of how strong the support for Star Citizen is. I know them; we've had great discussions and cordial debates about Star Citizen for years, so I know that they're smart people. But on this particular issue, they just don't get it -- they can't see this from an outsider's POV.

They don't understand that CIG has served up a dead horse on a silver platter for all the haters and trolls to beat. This is going to be THE talking point that the haters use to criticize Star Citizen about from now on -- and it'll continue even after Squadron 42 and Star Citizen are finally released.

They also don't understand how this will turn off thousands of potential new Star Citizen players because, in addition to appearing to be a money-making scam, it could also be seen as Pay2Win. I understand that an average gamer might be considering buying a $45 Starter Game Package, then they see this story about a $27,000 ship package that includes nearly every ship in Star Citizen. That gamer probably thinks, "How do I compete with some rich d-bag who buys all the ships for 27 grand?" That gamer doesn't know that the rich d-bag can't fly all those ships at once, and can't operate the larger ships solo, so competing with them isn't as daunting as it might seem. But I understand that gamer won't know that context. That gamer will probably just roll their eyes, sigh, mutter, "tahelwithis!" and never consider buying Star Citizen again. I understand that. I can't blame them for that, because this looks really bad and self-defeating. I'm certain it's going to seriously harm recruitment and funding for months, and it might inflict irreparable harm to Star Citizen's dubious reputation in the gaming community.

I don't think this will be Star Citizen's doom. The game is still going to be made and I'll continue to play it for years to come. TBH I don't care about the Legatus Package because I don't want or need every ship in the game. I've already bought the specific ships that I need for my play style. I'll earn the rest in-game -- that's part of the fun and challenge. However, the damage this $27,000 ship package has done will mean that the Star Citizen community might not grow as large as it could have because this will probably turn off a lot of gamers. That's not good. Look what the loot boxes did to SW Battlefront 2. It failed to reach sales expectations and EvilCorp has virtually abandoned it. If a controversy like that can take down a Star Wars game, this controversy will certainly impact Star Citizen's sales performance.

The question is: Can CIG redeem itself in the eyes of gamers? (Not just Star Citizen backers.) I think that if CIG continues to deliver on deadlines (releasing a major update to the Alpha every 3 months, as promised) with exciting new content and gameplay, and demonstrate to the gaming community what Star Citizen has to offer, they can come back from this. CIG just made a really, really stupid mistake. <sigh> I just hope they learn from this.

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@reavern: I haven't bought anything however I just want to congrats you on your comment - well said.

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Please help me to decide.... I don't know if I should buy 2 or 3...

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This is nothing. "Shroud of the Avatar", which was heavily inspired by a direct talk with Chris Roberts about how best to bilk your backers with macrotransactions for years to come, has pushed a single Golden Castle for $30,000. It has player owned towns that went up to $6,000. To even own a fraction of all the available deco would cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, and some players have indeed admitted they've spent that and more.

It didn't even admit this was the plan at Kickstarter; it claimed it was developing a Buy to Own game, with no microtransactions at all; these charges were just to fund development of the game. It has finally (4 years late) launched, and has instead been built from the ground up as an F2P MMO with Premium Currency and official Real Money Trading on the forums.

They even admitted in patch notes they were temporarily hiding all the charges in the Add On Store on an NPC in game, because it was putting potential players off when they saw how greedy the developers were.

And that's before the year and a half of harassment, death threats, I've had to go to the police about from one unhinged individual, and the dishonesty, scamming, and predatory behaviour from the Real Money Traders treating the game as their private businesses...

What happened to the gaming industry over the last few years, eh? How did they take something which should have been a democratic, fan focused method of supporting artists that might not have been funded otherwise, and turn it into such a colossally toxic and avaricious nightmare?

How did we get to a state where $27,000 for most (but not all) of the ships in an unreleased game was not even the worst of it?

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@totalcowage: Once the game is in beta they'll be no more ship sales. Only thing you'll be able to buy is 20k in game credits a day which won't be much. This was a pay to own game from the beginning not a F2P mmo. You only need the base $45 to play if you'd like a head start you can pledge more to get more ships. The creators asked the community which ship packages they'd like to see the most and the most voted one was the all ships one. So no the devs didn't just come out with this out of no where. This game is so hated by gaming sites because they're paid to hate on it. If the game succeeds it'll show if you have a good enough idea the people will support you and a greedy publisher isn't needed. Games like kingdom come and the witcher were great because they have no publisher oversight. They can make games how they want them to be. Destiny one was cut into pieces due to their contract with activison needed a base game and 4 dlc's in such a short time. So they cut the game into parts to avoid having to make more dlc.

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I'm coming to this late, but... No, you have no guarantee that's going to be the model they follow. You should automatically be suspicious that they still need to constantly fund raise despite having a budget of nearly $200m by now, which according to their own Kickstarter should have completed the game a hundred times over; but you can have no certainty they don't plan to continue the model that is currently so successful for them, without requiring any level of completion, even after the game "launches".

After all, Shroud of the Avatar claimed it was Buy To Own at Kickstarter too, that the funding was only to get to "launch"; but they've continued to run Telethons for 2 years after the stopped wiping the servers, and for months after "launch"... Whilst we eventually discovered that they'd been signing contracts as far back as 2015 with outside publishers telling them the model was always to be a F2P with premium currency and permanent add on stores, which they could use to generate their own revenue later for giving Portalarium a short term cash boost now.

Game is probably going bankrupt in a few short months because the constant Begathons aren't bringing in enough money; and remember, they were given their model from Chris Roberts himself. Right there, there's proof the games industry is quite prepared to outright lie about even the basic game design as long as it keeps money coming in. You only have faith that Roberts himself isn't doing it to you too.

But what you don't have, even after all of this time, is a completed game. You just have $27,000 packs for spaceships still.

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I Don't have money falling out of my bumhole but if I did I'd rather spend that $27,000 on classic arcade cabinets and finishing off my NES/SNES collections. It's just too much for digital content that will probably vanish in the next few years.

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that OBS in the beginning

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WHAT A COINCIDENCE! 117 is ALSO ALMOST the total number of players who play this game.

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Next news, Scam citizen Director Moves to EA !!!!

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Help "POOR" company they don't have enough money, Buy 27k bundle!!!

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Could mention in the article that CIG will be making it's first ever E3 visit this year. But it's just a scam right.....

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@ccgod: Of course it is. They're just gonna use the exposure of E3 to gather even more money from naive gamers. ;)

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@fox_fury: If they wanted that they would of been at every E3 this is the very first one they'll be at.

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Congratulations - I’m officially turned off by this game. Just too much hype alone can do that, but this takes it to another level lol.

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Top 10 Jokes That Went Too Far.

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$27000!!! That averages ~$96-$97 per item in the pack. Considering that upgrades and skins are generally cheaper over new major items (like the ships) that would place the ships in the 100's category. That sounds like the worst of what mobile games would offer.

$1000 just to access the page. That sounds fishy. I guess it is to make sure only the serious addicts get more of the "stuff" and people not hooked don't rip the company apart.

The biggest issue I have with this (aside from the disgusting price), is this add-on is for an alpha product. What happens if all the ships are removed or nerfed in some way? What if the main game products suddenly are better? Will there be another $27000 fix-your-previous-pack add-on?

For anyone into this game, how did it actually manage to crowdfund so much money? Was it a fluke, or really big ambitions?

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This is just getting sad.

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It’s a scan this company should not make anymore games and should be put in jail . This game hasn’t been out and it never will big scan.

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@playstationzone: Dude.. it's not a scam. You can _play the game right now_. They'll also be at E3 this year. How can you be so dense? I bet you think the Earth is flat.

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It's the scam of the century for a farce of a game which has shown little to no progress over the 5+ years it's been in alpha phase development and they are still somehow finding people to willing to pony up hundreds to thousands of dollars for in-game ships that are useless without a game to go with especially a game that will never actually likely be finished. The promised Squadron 42 is two and a half years late as well.

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@akikisaragi: they show weekly progress and have been for years. Most of the early game had to be scrapped so its really only been in full development 4-5 years which is pretty standard for AAA non mmo games. Only thing that upsets me is that they didn't release the demo from the video to backers. That would go a long way.

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and yet there are still people who support and defend this game lol

looks like roberts is running out of funds AGAIN and felt it was time to exploit his pathetic whales. things are clearly getting out of control over there (as if they weren't already). who actually believes this won't be the biggest bomb of all time? this game is a fucking joke. these practices, along with cip, should be banned from the video game industry, without a second thought.

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Even if I was a millionaire ( I pray I do in the near future) I wouldn't spend the money on this.

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PC people talk about being the master race, and yet they're literally throwing away money on things like this.

I'll slum with my PS4 any day.

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@monkyby87: There are Many PC players include me who does not like this SCAM, and Stop talking "shitty" way about any platform user , What are you doing here if you don't like PC platform....

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@monkyby87: The number of people throwing ridiculous money at Star Citizen is minuscule compared to the number of PC gamers. It'd be like if I said all PS4 gamers like spending money on short, over produced games with no gameplay just because The Order is a PS4 exclusive.

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Quite the dilemma, should I buy me a much needed car, pay off these student loans, put a down payment on a house OR buy useless virtual spaceships...

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@TruSake: Or you just continue your simple life and ignore this package :)

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@TruSake: Ships ships!!!

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If anyone wants to look into the future look up what happened with Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. Its eerily similar to what Chris Roberts /CIG appear to be doing.

60 minutes did a good bit about it to if you want to look it up on youtube.

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@Hagan: I'd think looking into the past at what happened with Chris Roberts and Freelancer would be enough to make folks take a 'Wait and See' stance on Star Citizen.

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either someone has found a crazy money laundering scheme or Roberts is now just blatently cashing in on rich folks with an illness.

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I'm gonna buy 2 just because...

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