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Star Citizen Is Free To Play For Now

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During the IAE 2953 event, Cloud Imperium Games is giving away free copies of its ambitious space game Star Citizen

The annual Intergalactic Aerospace Expo, which returns this year, is another opportunity for new players to jump into Star Citizen’s expansive space setting for free. Star Citizen’s early access is getting closer to becoming Cloud Imperium’s starry full release by the day, with over two million dollars raised through its original Kickstarter alone and frequent updates. The free access to the current event allows you to experience the game as it evolves.

Over a decade after its initial release, Star Citizen remains one of the most anticipated space games. If you’re a fan of all things space but haven’t yet had the chance to jump into Star Citizen and see if it’s your kind of interstellar experience, now is the time to do so because it’s free for a limited time during the annual Intergalactic Aerospace Expo.

Over a decade after its initial release, Star Citizen remains one of the most anticipated space games

From now until Thursday, November 30, you can play for free. You’ll be able to try out the game’s new tutorials, test out over 130 spaceships, and get a discounted starter pack during the IAE 2953 period. Cloud Imperium also claims that fleet meetups, PvP events, racing events, screenshot competitions, and other limited-time events will be available beginning Monday, November 27.

As the launch of Cloud Imperium’s new single-player mode Star Citizen Squadron 42 approaches, the IAE 2953 event provides a free and not-so-daunting opportunity to learn the game’s ropes with the assistance of its dedicated community. With a new game mode on the way and the event already underway, both new and old players are enjoying Star Citizen at this critical juncture.

According to MMO Population, the unique sci-fi game is seriously ambitious and only seems to grow, with hundreds of thousands of active monthly players currently. According to estimates, Star Citizen has over 20 million total players, making it one of the most popular online games in the world. To put this in context, Cloud Imperium’s game is larger than Guild Wars 2 and RuneScape.

It’s also exceptionally well-funded, even by triple-A standards. Star Citizen has received more funding than Cyberpunk, GTA 5, and RDR 2 combined, with more than $600,000,000 raised for development. When the community raises enough money to reach a milestone, Cloud Imperium works toward a new goal in exchange, such as new gameplay content or ships to collect. On the Roberts Space Industries website, you can keep track of the game’s progress and goals.