Current Gameplay

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Current Gameplay - Star Citizen Alpha 3.3.6

For Current gameplay, Star Citizen Alpha 3.3 (And subsequent content patches 3.3.5 and 3.3.6) is a major release of the Star Citizen Persistent Universe. In this universe, up to 50 players in a single server may walk through stations, fly their ships, and explore the Stanton system.

Note: Star Citizen is still in early Alpha, meaning that you will experience game crashes, instability, low FPS, broken mechanics, and unpleasant player interactions. Please be sure to reproduce and report any significant bugs and issues on the Star Citizen Issue Council

Purchase

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Entry into the Star Citizen Universe requires a "Game Package". This package can be purchased on the Roberts Space Industries website. From there, purchase either the Mustang Alpha (Small, light starter craft) or the Aurora MR (Tough, versatile starter) game package for $45 USD.

You may decide to add-on the single-player Squadron 42 package for $15 USD at this point. Then, you may download the installer and the game and join the universe.

System Requirements

  • Windows 7 (64bit) with Service Pack 1, Windows 8 (64bit), Windows 10 - Anniversary Update (64bit)
  • DirectX 11 Graphics Card with 2GB RAM (4+GB strongly recommended)
  • Quad Core CPU
  • 16GB+ RAM
  • SSD strongly recommended

Arena Commander

(not totally balanced, some minor bugs - but runs smoothly)

(approx. 3h playtime to learn the basics, a lot more if you want to master your ship)

For all modes you can select different ships and change their loadout

Multiplayer

Vanduul swarm/ Pirate swarm (fight waves of enemy ships, 1-4 players) 2 maps Battle royal (fight 15 other player ships) 2 maps Free flight (no rules, up to 16 players) 2 maps Classic race (race against 3 other players) 1 map, 3 different courses Squadron battle (Team deathmatch 8 vs. 8) 2 maps

Singleplayer

Free Flight (explore the maps alone) 2 maps Pirate-/ Vanduul swarm (fight waves of enemy ships with 3 NPCs) 2 maps Classic Race (race alone against the clock) 1 map, 3 different courses Private custom match (play with friends only)

Battle royal (fight up to 15 other player ships) 2 maps Free Flight (no rules, up to 16 players) 2 maps Pirate-/ Vanduul Swarm (fight waves of enemy ships with friends and NPCs) 2 maps Squadron Battle (Team deathmatch up to 8 vs. 8) 2 maps Classic Race (race against 3 other players) 1 map, 3 different courses Earn REC-credits by playing multiplayer games, to rent ships and equipment for Arena Commander

Flight mechanics and ship handling are more on the simulation side, learning to fly your ship takes some hours of practice

Star Marine

(Not totally balanced, minor bugs, FPS drops)

(approx. 1h playtime, very standard shooter at the moment)

For all modes you can change loadout

Multiplayer

(2 different maps)

Last stand (domination mode with up to 12 vs. 12) Elimination (free for all with up to 24 players) Private (2 different maps)

Last stand (domination mode with up to 12 vs. 12) Elimination (free for all with up to 24 players)

Hangar

(some minor bugs and glitches but runs smoothly)

(approx. 10min - 1h playtime to see everything, depends on how many ships you have)

Walk around your hangar

Look at and access your ship

Decorate your hangar with flair items

Only singleplayer

It is currently not possible to start your ship from the hangar

Universe

In progress MMO, Sharded for now w/ server instances of up to 50 players. Server "stitching" planned to make all one shared universe.

(very buggy, crashes often, low FPS and FPS drops due to netcode and server restrictions are normal)

(approx. 3h playtime for just the missions, additional a lot more if you like to explore everything)

Planets

Hurston, with landing zone Lorville (fully explorable)

Crusader orbit (gas giant, not landable)

Moons

Fully explorable moons with trading outposts.

Arial

Aberdeen

Magda

Ita

Yela

Cellin

Daymar

Delamar, with Landing Zone Levski station

Space stations

Port Olisar (fully explorable)

Shops: merchants, weapons, clothes, components Spawn ships

GrimHEX (fully explorable)

Shops: merchants, weapons, clothes, components Spawn ships

Security Post Kareah (partially explorable)

Hack computer to lose crime-stat

Covalex Hub Gundo (partially explorable)

Short story driven mission

Rest Stops

Repair and refill your ship

Comm arrays

Hack or repair missions Missions

Simple delivery Search and investigate Reputation

Simple reputation system to gain access to different missions

Beacons

Make contracts with other players (combat assistance, personal transport) Ships

Change loadout

Equipment

Change personal loadout

50 players per server

Fly together in multicrew ships, walk around inside the ship, man a turret

Ships

(all ships are work in progress everything can and will change)

All ships (not all are currently buyable)

Ship status (can I fly them already?)

The Future

Development roadmap for 2018 and beyond

Primary Source copied with author permission, and updated for current release.

References