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Star Citizen's latest ship costs $250, but you can't fly it yet

Star Citizen players can buy the sleek, new Aegis Vanguard spaceship for $250 during a "limited concept sale" that lasts through April 6, but they won't be able to fly it yet, according to a post on the game's official site.

Roberts Space Industries says that the A3G Vanguard "meets our specifications, but it is not yet ready to display in your Hangar or to fight in Arena Commander." But to help fund Star Citizen's development, the creator is offering it for sale throughout the next week.

During the sale, the Vanguard comes with lifetime insurance on the hull and a pair of decorative items for each player's hanger. Later, buyers will get a poster and an in-game mini model of the ship. RSI also said that the price will increase and that future purchases won't include the insurance or other extras.

"The A3G Vanguard is the United Empire of Earth’s dedicated deep space fighter. Initially developed as a bomber-destroyer, the Vanguard is a hard-charging bulldog of a ship which features extensive forward-mounted weaponry designed to tear through the shields and armor of other spacecraft," the post reads. "Four high-caliber forward laser cannons and a massive central Gatling gun give the Vanguard an unprecedented amount of sheer striking power. So-named because their multiple-jump range allows them to form the forefront of any military expedition, Vanguard have seen extensive service against the Vanduul."

Though still in development, Chris Roberts' Star Citizen has more than $77 million in funding from backers and early access players of the Windows PC game. In the last week, the developer secured more than $1.2 million. Much of that money comes from ship purchases like the Vanguard. Players can collect and often fly their ships in the game's nascent modes. Eventually, they'll be able to take their purchases into the full game.

For more on Star Citizen's gorgeous spaceships, be sure to watch the video below, in which we travel to an asteroid field and tour a hangar containing thousands of dollars worth of vehicles.

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