There are now, according to Chris Roberts in his latest Letter from the Chairman, a million Star Citizens, and for that milestone, Roberts has decided to mark it with something special: alpha access and module passes have been scrapped.
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What this means is that every backer that’s pledged for any Star Citizen package will receive access to the game. There are no tiers or extra costs – you can now get access to the whole thing.
“No Star Marine pass, no Alpha 2.0 pass… no additional payment needed for any module in the works, pre-release,” explained Roberts. “Going forward, should we need to put out some sort of limited release it will be done through the PTU test server. All backers will have access to any live release, the moment it publishes.”
And to thank the earliest supporters, Roberts is giving everyone who has an alpha package a bonus of 10,000 UEC, while everyone who picked up the Arena Commander pass will get 5,000 UEC.
“It goes without saying that I’m proud of the incredible community that has come together to support Star Citizen to this point,” Roberts continued, “and I’m so excited to watch and take part as you grow, evolve and change as we approach the finish line. Whether you were an Early Backer, a Veteran Backer, someone who joined yesterday or even one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’… we are all Star Citizens today, equal and with the same thing owed to us: the Best Damn Space Simulator Ever.”