Star Citizen has a new $160 spaceship that you can’t use just yet

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Hey remember Star Citizen? That video game that is totally still going to be properly released one day as new features and modules trickle out of this ambitious space combat and exploration simulator? Yeah it’s still around, albeit not exactly in a proper state as fans furiously defend their decision to back the project with plenty of dollars so far.

Right now Star Citizen has the world record for crowdfunding clinched and then some, with its current total of contributions being around a hefty $144 million so far. Plenty of that coin also came from a steady stream of support over the last couple of years in the form of spaceships which could be purchased ahead of schedule.

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Maybe you wanted a more nimble explorer for the cosmos, or a battle-ready interceptor that has speed to match its armament. Whatever your taste, Star Citizen has it if your wallet is large enough. And if you happen to want to spend upwards of $160 on a new mini-gunship that you can’t use right now in the game, there’s an option for that as well. Dubbed the “Anvil Hurricane”, this new ship trades in armour for a stupid amount of guns and precision. Here’s the full description from Roberts Space Industries:

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Meet the A4A Hurricane, a fighting spacecraft that packs a deadly punch into a slight fuselage. The spacecraft compensates for its lack of creature comforts with its powerful armament, boasting six guns capable of blasting their way through nearly anything. Hurricane pilots have yet to find an enemy shield they can’t knock down.

Be warned, this is not a ship for beginners. Mastering her unique ratio of heavy weapons with little armor requires a particular mix of marksman and dogfighter. Naval pilots serving with Hurricane squadrons have fallen in love with the exclusively offensive design; their peers’ constant refrain of ‘are you having a little ship with your guns?’ has served only to further distinguish the flights of “Six Shooters.”

Standard model Hurricanes currently ship with six KBAR 11-Series Broadsword cannons (two gimbaled on the Size 4 nose hardpoints and four on the Size 3 turret slots) and four FSKI Ignite missiles for the Size 3 missile bay hardpoints. First blooded against the Tevarin near the end of the Second War, Anvil resurrected the classic Hurricane in response to increased Vanduul attacks in the late 29th century. The fighter still serves with distinction in multiple branches of the UEE military and will become available for the civilian market for 2947.

And here’s where it gets silly. You can buy the ship right now. You just can’t use it, display it or take it out for a joyride at all. Not yet anyway. “The Hurricane is currently scheduled to become flight-ready later this year,” the RSI post explained.

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Because it is a smaller spacecraft, which uses the existing Anvil design aesthetic and dogfighting mechanics already tested in the Star Citizen Alpha, we expect it to come online earlier in the pipeline.

The Hurricane is being offered for the first time as a limited concept sale. This means that the ship design meets our specifications, but it is not yet ready to display in your Hangar, fight in Arena Commander, or fly in the Alpha. The sale includes Lifetime Insurance on the ship hull and a pair of decorative items for your Hangar. A future patch will add a Hurricane poster and then, once the in-game model is finished, you will also be given an in-game Hurricane mini ship model!

Once this deal expires, the ship price will increase and not include Lifetime Insurance or these extras.

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Look, the idea of selling a concept isn’t exactly unheard of. That’s how season passes for games function anyway. It’s just the idea of charging that much cash for an item that you can’t use at all for a few months in a game that still shows no sign whatsoever of being finished in this lifetime beyond the current alpha, feels somewhat…weird.

Last Updated: February 27, 2017

  • This game is running really smooth lately. they have put a LOT of love in the networking code and I appreciate it. Still won’t buy anything bigger than the base ships though as on release you can just earn the ships in game.

    • Skittle

      When is release though? Hmm?

      • Original Heretic

        Should be ready for the PS5 release. Maybe.

      • S42 out November as it does not need any netcode optimization. SC next year.It should hit Beta same time as S42 though. That being said just get S42 when it comes out and get SC if you enjoyed that.

        • Skittle

          You’ve lost me. What is S42? I assume SC is Star Citizen?

          • Squadron 42 is the single player storyline version of Star Citizen. Basically everything that SC has minus the other players and cool cut scenes with Mark Hamil and co. Basically Freelancer 2.0.

            Star Citizen is that game minus the cutscenes and with multiplayer.

            They are as of some time last year 2 separate games. Those who bought or backed before the split get both. Those who did not have to buy each one seperate.

        • HairyEwok

          I bought the S42 bundle with a cheap ship some time last year since I heard they were going to exclude it from the base game.

    • Viper_ZA

      Just wanted to ask what the latency etc. was like as it seems pretty cool 🙂 Base ship is around $45, correct?

      • Not sure anymore as the game has broken down into 2 and I have no idea what the pricing is currently for either of them.

        • Viper_ZA

          Seems like a $45.00 / $35.00 split at the cheapest :/

  • Original Heretic

    This ship reminds me of The Defiant from Star Trek.
    Riker: It’s a tough little ship.
    Worf: Little?

    • Captain JJ

      Awww yisssss.
      I have a Defiant model at home.

      • Original Heretic

        Prove yourself a true Trekkie! Which movie was that from?
        No Google cheating!

        • Dutch Matrix

          It’s the one where Worf got a dog and called it Woorf!

        • Captain JJ

          First Contact, and then was in Deep Space Nine too.

          • Original Heretic

            The Defiant originated in DS9, yeah, it was constructed to gain the upper hand in the battle against The Dominion.
            But that line, yes, that was uttered in First Contact, years after the DS9 story arc.
            It was bit of a cheat on the part of the movie writers, a way to get Worf included in the movie. He mos became captain of The Defiant.

          • Captain JJ

            My memory is not as good as yours. XD
            Have to watch First Contact again actually. It’s been a while.

          • Original Heretic

            After writing all that out, I was slightly amazed at how much of it just popped to the forefront of my memory! Man, watched all that stuff YEARS ago. Suppose it just goes to show how much I loved it, back in the day.
            First Contact, I actually really enjoyed that movie.
            But damn, I was so surprised recently, in Nemesis, realizing that the young Picard clone was actually played by Ton Hardy! Back then he was unknown. Well, to me anyway.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Ton Hardy?

          • Original Heretic

            yeah, he’s Tom’s bigger, older brother. He weighs a kakload.

          • Captain JJ

            LOL

          • The only good First Conact was the First Contact War. 😛

          • Dutch Matrix

            Conact?

          • You know what I mean!

          • Captain JJ

            we know enactly what you mean! 😛

          • Good man!

          • Original Heretic

            Trekkie for life!

            Though I think I may have erred in saying that Worf became captain of the Defiant. I have a nagging sensation that he was still only Commander Worf there. He never reached Captain rank, did he?

          • Nope. Was in DS9 before, by quite a bit.

          • Captain JJ

            My knowledge of DS9 is very limited. I’m more of an Original Series kind of guy 😉

        • Captain JJ

          Wish I had a pic of my miniature Defiant model to post here.

  • HairyEwok

    Yuuup, still waiting on that release day announcement hey.

  • Sageville

    I’m struggling to see how this will actually be released…

    I’m now just waiting for the inevitable press release and subsequent consumer outrage…

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