The ever controversial question and sources of hesitancy in people’s mind. Is Star Citizen worth getting into? Is it a hoax or is it actually developing? Is it playable? We’ll try to answer these questions for you.
First of all, let’s recap the history of Star Citizen. Chris Roberts started the Kickstarter for it at 2012, with a vastly undersized company that we could only call it a company due to formality at that time. The original Kickstarter was extremely different from what we know and have today.
The Kickstarter game was stated to be more of a single player experience, not much focus on planets, zoned, Freelancer-esque landings and “roaming” the planets/moons. Focus was on shooting and story and graphics were not the quality we see nowadays.
However backers requested more features, over time, the project shaped to what we know today. It was no longer possible to finish in the stated time of 2014 of course.
Due to immense amounts of, some could say, “scopecreep” the development lengthened and to this day, still continues.
A lot of the frustration people have stems from this slow development time. Some backers have invested hundreds or thousands of dollars, getting caught up in the hype around the game’s potential, only to be told over and over again that the game is still not finished.
Which is all a fair point. And the lengthier the development time, the bigger the expectations are for the game. Star Citizen will likely never be able to meet some of these expectations at this point.
Despite this, though, the game is still playable today. It isn’t perfect, and there is still plenty of content to be developed, but many people are already current playing and enjoying the game.
Right now, you can complete missions (combat, delivery), earn money by mining and trading, exploring all the Moons, Cities, Stations, and Caves, and interact with other players. That’s enough to keep you occupied for weeks or months alone, depending on how much time you have to play.
Don’t be put off by the $27,000 ship packages or people claiming the game is solely pay to win. You actually don’t need anything other than your good ‘ol Aurora or Mustang package to get started.
All in all, if you’re a big fan of the genre and look at it as a way to help fund the advancement of the game whilst getting early access, Star Citizen may be for you. If you’re looking to buy a polished game outright at this time, maybe it’s worth waiting for now.
Remember, you do have 30 days to try Star Citizen out for free. So if you’re curious you might as well give it a shot, and request a refund if you find out you’re not satisfied.