Hey, Star Citizen has been released! Well, sort of. A very, very tiny part of the game has been made available to Kickstarter backers, who can now walk around their own personal hangar, marvelling and pawing at the spaceships they were gifted for funding Chris Roberts’ space sim.
You can sit in the detailed cockpits and look at the beautifully rendered gauges, but you can’t open the hangar bay doors and fly out in search of space adventures quite yet. It’s a lot like being 14 again and sitting in the driver’s seat of your mum’s car in the garage, imagining what it a thrill it might be to drive along the M50. Except my legs never glitched when I was getting in and out of a Nissan Almera.
The Hangar Module is still in early alpha and so naturally comes with a fleet of weird bugs and animation glitches. The CryEngine powered showroom also comes with a hefty minimum requirement, a 64-bit system, 8GB of RAM and a thunderous graphics card.
Players who own at least the $30 Digital Scout pack and one of the five compatible Star Citizen ships can download and enter their hangar at their convenience, at which point they’ll be able to explore the area in third or first person. Ships can be entered and cockpits can be sat in, interiors can be admired, exteriors can be scrutinised, locked doors can be frowned at and imaginations can run wild.
It’s essentially a showroom and a tech demo rolled into one, but having hard-bought ships exist in some tangible sense has already begun compelling backers to start handing over more cash to expand their collections and improve their virtual hangars.
Star Citizen’s Dog Fighting Module is to follow in the coming months, which sounds ever so slightly the more interesting of the two releases.