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Star Citizen trailer visits new galactic horizons and weird aliens

Beginning with a Stanley Kubrick riff, the new trailer for Star Citizen journeys through various space-fiction familiars, and is none the worse as a result. Presented as an ad for galactic travel outfitter Roberts Space Industries, it introduces us to the thrill of discovering new planets and weird new lifeforms, while crewing a sleek and shiny spaceship. Star Citizen has so far raised almost $50 million in crowdfunding. Created by Chris Roberts, it's a massive space-combat, trading and exploration adventure that is being released in modules. Other new trailers released in the last 24 hours tease the game's first-person shooting and racing modules as well as some new spaceship hangars.

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Star Citizen's dogfighting module Arena Commander now available (update)

The first public release of Star Citizen's dogfighting module, Arena Commander, launched today as version 0.8, creator Chris Roberts announced on the space sim's official website. Arena Commander's expected launch last week was delayed due to unresolved bugs and "too many blocking and critical issues outstanding." Users can download Arena Commander via the Star Citizen Download page or by updating their existing Hangars through the launcher, which will replace the user folder when it patches. The latest version grants qualified backers access to the Vanduul Swarm and Freeflight modes and includes flyable Aurora, 300i and Hornet. V0.8 introduces multiplayer functionality for the Battle Royale and Team modes to a small number of players, initially. The modes will roll out to a larger...

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See Star Citizen's dogfighting, and more, in action

For those who didn't get the chance to see Star Citizen's dogfighting presentation at PAX East 2014, whether in person or streamed on Twitch, Cloud Imperium Games has released this 30-minute video showing that demonstration and much more for the record-setting, crowdfunded space combat simulator. The presentation itself begins at 9:30 and lasts to about 22:30. It's followed by another 15 minutes of footage and interviews from the PAX East show floor, which details how to set up a dogfighting match in Arena Commander, the online multiplayer module that will be offered to backers before the full game is released in 2015. Polygon was at the event shown in the first half of the video, and had hands-on time with the game's dogfighting; our impressions of it may be read here. Star Citizen...

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Star Citizen's $30K spaceship design contest airs Jan. 31

The Next Great Starship, a series covering the $30K spaceship design competition for Cloud Imperium's Star Citizen, will air on YouTube from Jan. 31. The weekly series involves 24 final teams competing for a grand cash prize of $30,000, with a handful of those eliminated each show. The competition launched in October last year and saw 270 teams from 65 countries entering for the chance to have their craft design used in the space exploration sim. The series will run for the next three weeks, airing on the Roberts Space Industries YouTube channel every Friday at 6 p.m. ET/ 3:00 p.m. PT. Judges include Cloud Imperium Games co-founder Chris Roberts, developers from Star Citizen's art, design and animation teams and unannounced celebrity judges. The Next Great Starship finale will air on...

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Star Citizen achieves additional funding goal for Squadron 42

Chris Roberts' crowd-funded space sim, Star Citizen, surpassed its $29 million stretch goal for additional funding on its single-player campaign, Squadron 42. Squadron 42 takes place within the game's universe and can be played offline and with friends. According to Roberts' post, the extra funding will help make it "a true spiritual successor to Wing Commander." "Squadron 42 can go above and beyond anything you've seen before," Roberts wrote. "From opening with an epic battle instead of a training patrol to missions that seamlessly combine boarding and space combat, we aim to put you right into the action! Additional funding will let the team realize this, with enhanced mission design and more resources and animations to enhance fidelity." In the video above, Roberts and designers...

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Star Citizen's latest fictional commercial is for your own personal starfighter

The latest Star Citizen trailer masquerading as an in-universe commercial for the spaceship of your dreams introduces the 2944 edition of the Anvil Aerospace Hornet F7C. A versatile single-pilot starfighter with over two centuries of serving humanity in its exploration of the stars, the Hornet F7C has been adapted for civilian use alongside the military model. That isn't to say that the civilian version of the Hornet doesn't pack a punch; the trailer shows it defeating a pair of adversaries through superior maneuverability and superior firepower alike. A brochure on the game's site preserves the fiction of the game world by presenting the four main types of Hornet models as it might to a prospective buyer in the Star Citizen universe. A modular design, the Hornet can be a well-rounded...

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Star Citizen trailer advertises the galaxy's most popular spaceship

A new Star Citizen trailer takes the form of an in-universe advertisement for the latest model of a popular spacecraft. In the trailer, a prospective buyer ponders the different options he wants on his 2944 model year Aurora: Should he spring for extra cargo space, bigger guns and rockets, or perhaps a fancy leather pilots' chair? On the game's website (which masquerades as a site for the fictitious Roberts Space Industries, makers of the Aurora), the craft is described as dependable and customizable, "the perfect beginner's ship." Players can pledge between $25 and $45 in real-life money to the game's development funds and be rewarded with an Aurora of their very own when the game eventually launches. Star Citizen is currently planned for a launch in late 2014. Backers who have...

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Star Citizen trailer shows detailed ships and space battles

A new trailer for Star Citizen focuses on the sights and visuals of the upcoming persistent-world space sim. The trailer briefly shows some of the human characters walking around as well as pure renders of the game's spaceships on an abstract background, but the real meat is the space scenes. Capital ships and smaller fighters alike are rendered at a very high level of detail as they fly through asteroid fields and blast each other with laser cannons. Star Citizen is planned to launch some time next year.

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Star Citizen will feature an economy system 'equally in-depth' to its combat

Star Citizen, Chris Roberts' crowd-funded space exploration game, will feature a deep economy system affected by player actions, according to a post on Roberts Space Industries. The lengthy update provides details on how the system will function in-game. According to the post, the game's economy is "built to represent millions of entities" within the universe that work together to build and transport resources and goods. "Miners and other resource gatherers work to extract basic resources from the available supply, traders collect those goods and deliver them to other places, escorts protect those convoys from harm (while pirates attempt the opposite), refineries turn the raw goods into processed goods, and factories collect these processed goods to build the finished products that...

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