Star Citizen Goes Free to Play Until July 17 as Foundation Festival Welcomes New Players

Star Citizen is free to play starting today until July 17 as the Foundation Festival launches to welcome new players. It's another good chance to make up your own mind about this game 👀

Published: July 6, 2023 4:01 PM /


Star Citizen Foundation Festival

Today Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games launched the Foundation Festival events, which brings another Free Fly event.  

The Foundation Festival lasts until July 31 and includes a feature that connects veteran players with new ones to help them out as they move the first steps in the universe. This Guide System includes 12 core topics including vehicle combat, mining, trading, racing, and more.

Participating veterans can earn cosmetics, while new players who take the lessons are rewarded with weapons and a multitool set. Guided Sessions done during bonus weekends can earn players even more bonus armor and weapon sets.

Perhaps the juiciest part of this all for those who have never experienced Star Citizen is the Free Fly event that just started and will end on July 17, letting you enjoy the current build of the game without spending any money for the next 11 days. 

This is certainly useful for those who have heard the chatter about the game and want to make up their own mind by trying it first-hand. Those who are convinced will also be able to purchase the Aurora MR Foundation Festival Starter Pack with a 10% discount or the 100i Foundation Festival Starter Pack 20% off. 

Below you can check out a new trailer. 

In the meanwhile, Star Citizen's growing crowdfunding campaign continues to make progress and the overall tally recently passed $594 million ($594,344,526 at the moment of this writing) pledged from backers.

The number of registered users has also almost reached 4.7 million and it's now at 4,689,846, albeit not all of them are paying since many register accounts to access the free fly events like the one that just concluded. According to the latest information that creative director Chris Roberts himself shared in October 2022, 1.7 million players are actually paying customers. Of course, that number is a few months old, so it's probably higher now. 

Star Citizen is in ongoing development and was recently updated to alpha 3.19, which brought quite a few new features to the growing persistent universe. We also recently saw content coming with Alpha 3.20 including Seraphim Station, which will replace the old Port Olisar. 

Full disclosure: the author of this post has backed Star Citizen all the way back when its crowdfunding was first launched in September 2012.

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