The Next Great Starship

Spaceship modding contest
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The Next Great Starship
Event TypeContest
Date2014-01-31 – 2014-06-08

The Next Great Starship (TNGS) was a modding contest hosted by Cloud Imperium in 2014 that let the community to create a spaceship to be implemented in Star Citizen.[1]


The idea originated from Crytek suggesting to CIG in May 2013 that they would like to do a competition for modders and partner with CIG. Chris Roberts suggested to open this up to a broader audience and engage the community as a whole and let them in on the process. He wanted to give artists, modelers, texturers and CryEngine specialists a platform to showcase their work and also put a starship into the world of Star Citizen. Sandi Gardiner started working on the idea right after Gamescom in August 2013.[2]

A total of 270 teams representing 65 countries entered the contest,[3] 16 finalists were chosen, and the Four Horsemen won the contest with the Aegis Dynamics Redeemer.[4]


Type Prize
  • $30,000 USD cash
  • The team's starship will be implemented in Star Citizen.
  • The first production models for each team member.
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, Maya Premium, and one high-end AMD based system with Radeon R9 290X for each team member.
  • $10,000 USD cash
  • Alienware laptop, Autodesk Maya 2014, AMD Radeon R9 290X for each team member.
  • $5,000 USD cash
  • Autodesk Maya LT, and AMD Radeon R9 290X for each team member.
4th – 16th
  • Non-transferable and non-refundable $250 USD in RSI Credits for each team member.
Specialty (MVP in final three teams)
  • One Cintiq Companion, and "Make the World your Studio" tablet from Wacom.


The contest os open to all backers age 17 and older. Each team can consist of one to three people. The finalist 16 teams were selected from the 270 teams that registered into the contest by submitting their ship weapon model by December 31, 2013.[5]


  • Several contestants ended up bring hired by CIG.[6]

See also


  1. The Next Great Starship. Retrieved 2021-04-15
  2. David Ladyman, "The Next Great Starship". Jump Point. Vol. 02 no. 02. pp.66–69. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  3. The Next Great Starship Episode 1. Citizens - Comm-Link. Retrieved 2021-04-15
  4. The Next Great Starship Finale. Citizens - Comm-Link. Retrieved 2021-04-15
  5. The Next Greatship Registration. Citizens - Comm-Link. Retrieved 2021-04-15
  6. Star Citizen Live: Flight, Light & Insight, YouTube, 10 Feb 2023
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