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Star Citizen ship size isn’t everything, says developer

Star Citizen ships can be quite a controversial topic – digital starships are being sold for real money in a game that’s been in Alpha development for around 6 years, with some believing that potentially throwing thousands of dollars at a game without setting the release date as a foolish undertaking.

Personally, I think you can spend your money however you want, but I’m afraid I’m always outplayed in Star Citizen, no matter my expertise or playing time, by someone with a bigger wallet and a bigger vessel.

A recent Q&A session with Star Citizen Developers has thankfully allayed some of my worries. A specific part of the video addresses the issue of ship sizes and how they view a player’s progress in their chosen profession. Is a large ship always the best thing for any given task? The developer says no… mainly:

“There are situations that we envision in this game that we’re building where you might want two smaller things rather than two bigger things.” He continues: “There will be situations designed to encourage the use of smaller, ‘inferior’ vehicles.”

The discussion is interesting and matches the ambition of the project as a whole, they don’t want to lock you down or channel you into anything specific. The goal of Star Citizen is to give you the tools to play the way you want. “No one is going to stop you from buying an Orion as your first ship in the game, on your own, and trying to make it work.”

It’s good to know that I’ll have some use no matter what size ship I’m piloting at the time. It would be a shame if the game ended up turning into a “my capital ship is bigger than yours” pissing contest. The appeal for me personally, with these battles, is to be the fighter who walks in and out of the huge fights, like an annoying little wasp, stinging without prejudice.

There’s still no full release date for Star Citizen, or Squadron 42, which will “be done when it’s done”, apparently, but there are periodic Star Citizen updates. I just can’t wait to sit down and retire to my new life as a space trucker, just cruising along the space highway avoiding eye contact with everyone I meet.