Crowdfunding sensation (for better or worse) Star Citizen is offering up a new feature for players to prepurchase, in-game real estate.
A recent update has announced that players will be able to purchase in-game land on the myriad of planets, moons, and asteroids controlled by the "United Empire of Earth" (UEE). Paying a total of $50 nets you a UEE claim license, which will give players the ability to stake a claim on a 4km (2.5 miles) lot of land in UEE space. An 8km (5 miles) "estate" license is also available for $100.
The license gives players a "claim beacon" that will essentially mark the piece of land claimed by a player. According to the given FAQ, the beacons serve as both a designation of claimed property and a remote monitoring station capable of transmitting real-time weather information and motion detection that will alert the owner of the beacon of any unwanted activities on your property.
The FAQ also reassures players concerned about losing out on quality real estate, noting that billions of square kilometers of land are available, along with the possibilities of new Star Systems being introduced into the future. The developers are also banking on the living economy of the game to help regulate any land-rushes that may happen in the future. "prospecting and the purchase of land are two pieces of a supply-and-demand equation governing how rapidly land of a distinct perceived value will come on the market."
Star Citizen has been in development since 2012, when developer Cloud Imperium Games officially launched a Kickstarter that raised the first 2 million of the now nearly $170m that the game has raised in crowdfunding, largely due to ship sales. Since then, Star Citizen lead Robert Spence has continually updated the game, mostly providing updates and feedback from the official Robert Space Industries website to the player base. The game, which is currently celebrating it's 5 year anniversary with an anniversary sale, has yet to be officially released.
The game has been under controversy for some time now, mostly due to the lack of an official release date and the ongoing development being hampered by new in-game features- many of them being pre-purchasable by players who have or have not bought into the original kickstarter. Development for the game, however, is still ongoing.
What are your thoughts on this? Willing to buy a piece of land in Star Citizen? What do you think of Star Citizen's continued crowdfunding? Leave your comments below.