Star Citizen's Latest Macrotransactions Are Driveable Tanks, Priced from $95 to $725

Written by Neil Soutter on Sat, Dec 23, 2017 10:00 AM
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The weird (and potentially wonderful, we just don’t know yet????) world of Star Citizen got even stranger this week with the introduction of yet another way to pledge your support. They’re now selling land-based tanks to backers, ranging in price from $95 for the Tumbril Nova Tank LTI Warbond, through to $725 for the Deluxe Ground Vehicle Pack LTI VIP. If you’re buying that last one then I can only reason you’ve gone absolutely insane, particularly since Crytek went public with its lawsuit against Cloud Imperium Games.

It’s only been a matter of weeks since CIG offered up virtual plots of land for $50 per 16 square kilometres, with potentially billions of square kilometres up for grabs. If you want to spend money, CIG has got you covered in every which way.

These latest goodies were revealed in an announcement that is hidden to non-VIP members,  but PC Invasion has managed to snag a print screen of the new tanks.

The Nova looks like a pretty run of the mill tank, albeit with a starting price of $95. Should you be the patient sort, CIG reiterates that Nova tanks will be purchasable with in-game credits once Star Citizen officially launches. The same goes for everything in Star Citizen, although it remains to be seen just how many credits are going to be required. Too few and it’ll piss off those who pledged, too many and it’ll piss off fans who’ve been holding out for the official release.

As with anything Star Citizen, any pledges for these vehicles will “help fund Star Citizen’s development” and allow for deeper features in the world. The downside is that the Nova tank is only just entering the development pipeline, which basically means the concept art is pretty much the only thing that exists. It’ll actually be available a lot further down the line, and “may be released after other concept ships and vehicles have been completed.” Invest in one of these pledges and you’re playing the long game, basically.

Okay then, yet another way to pump more money into Star Citizen. Will anybody be biting on a Nova tank purchase? Or is this one tank tread too far? Let us know your thoughts!

Source: PC Invasion

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16:57 Dec-26-2017

Wtf that greedyness in todays games?F*ken tranzactions and so on to milk the playerbase like crazy!For 700 usd i can buy a new rig! :D A not bad!

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20:01 Dec-26-2017

In the past 15-16 years games have become 10x times more expensive to produce, while the player base for 99% of the game types has only about doubled and the price has remained the same at 60$, the risk is too huge for the companies, so they want to make as much profit from a game and they do NOT expect most people to buy their dumb micro transactions and DLCs, so that's why they cost as much as they do, in this case it's crazy how much they cost... they usually expect 15-20% of the player base to buy micro-transactions and DLCs.

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20:22 Dec-27-2017

Prices of games have increased a bit but for example EA, they spend less money on games in recent years than they did in 2009 and people defend them with games are expensive to make line. If you look at evidence this is just corporate greed

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20:52 Dec-27-2017

I'm saying overall, of course they are most-likely cheaper as they threw away any singleplayer component in their biggest games, usually it is short, boring and terrible and when you make sport games for years it's obvious that in the end it's mostly copy-paste with a few changes.

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12:43 Dec-26-2017

Those extra ships or tank are totally optional. Only a starter package of 45$ is needed... not a single extra $. Crowdfunded by Backers.

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15:00 Dec-26-2017

cheating is also optional and also costs money and is just like those micro-transactions, but it's bad... conclusion you should NOT use both NOR pay for.

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13:35 Dec-24-2017

Yeah, there is a limit to this kind of stuff. Personally i think you should never have to spend $725 in game, especially not for some tanks. This is a very bold thing to do nowadays.

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11:53 Dec-24-2017

Might end up purchasing a real ticket to see earth from space, it's cheaper.

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18:19 Dec-26-2017

Seems legit!

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08:19 Dec-24-2017

Hope you know all micro transactions will be removed when the game is released this is just for the testers in reality, if you really want this it will take you a bit of time playing after game's release

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07:07 Dec-24-2017

I hate microtransactions in games but the more overpriced they ll be the less people will buy them. Atleast I hope so.

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12:46 Dec-26-2017

This is development phase so funding a +450 team require pledges while micro-transactions will allow CIG to keep delivering contents after Beta.

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00:16 Dec-24-2017

I want whatever these Devs are smoking.

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13:24 Dec-24-2017

Hahaha lol, me too xd

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23:17 Jan-02-2018

Will it allow me the superpower of being able to charge anyone virtually anything for any service? If so, Inject me with those Marimonies.

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22:03 Dec-23-2017

Who valued 1's and 0's at 95 dollars+ ?

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22:25 Dec-23-2017

That's like saying that software shouldn't cost 95$ or more... -_-
who valued a rock at 2 billion dollars+ ? BOOM!
Source:
https://www.worthy.com/famous-diamonds/the-cullinan-diamond

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20:44 Dec-25-2017

Diamonds are expensive because one giant company owns all mining rights to diamonds and sets the prices based on how much they are willing to let sold.

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21:50 Dec-23-2017

this game has became way too overrated(by the time it's complete - other games will provide the same thing or more without this much of a hastle);the number of people who pour money in this already-obvious-way-too-expensive-game is pretty high.
to those who disagree:retry Freelancer and stop wasting your money, because we all know why StarCitizen came to life :)

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21:08 Dec-23-2017

I SMELL PYRAMID SCAM

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12:44 Dec-26-2017

This patch 3.0 together with best anniversary sale and vertical slice prove that beside a few trolls, all prophecies of doom have been proven wrong, at large :)

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19:46 Dec-23-2017

I don't like this misinformation. These are "micro transactions" anyway you want to put it, but it is for funding the game. The devs have already stated multiple times when the game is fully released all will be able to acquire in game.

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02:16 Dec-24-2017

this is going out of hand imagine if other publisher/developer follow suit of this kind of business model selling overprice virtual stuff for games that's not even release in who knows if its going to be release 5 to 20 years in the future.

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18:52 Dec-23-2017

This game, it never ceases to baffle me.

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18:39 Dec-23-2017

whistles a bit and people downvote me for saying that the game is a rip-off, especially with the lawsuit from Crytek.

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15:03 Dec-23-2017

I doesn't mind even if they ask 50000$ ,sane people won't give them money anyway. I hate micro-transactions.

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14:37 Dec-23-2017

This is getting way out of hand, will most likelly backfire on them...

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14:30 Dec-23-2017

And people complain about EA :D Wake up, all companies want your money, not just EA. Everyone thinks about how to get more money out of their product. Tell me that you wouldn't try to do the same.

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02:54 Dec-24-2017

not too the point when it destroys your reputation

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14:13 Dec-23-2017

Lolololololololololololol

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12:45 Dec-23-2017

that's not macrotransactions that's majortransactions!

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14:37 Dec-23-2017

Indeed, they are taking this to a whole new level...


" to boldly go where no man has gone before" comes to mind :)

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12:16 Dec-23-2017

This is not a good sign in any way shape or form. rather they are have terrible business model staff or having budget crisis. But selling in-game items without player bonding with actual game first is never gonna work out.

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12:05 Dec-23-2017

Ppl are getting royally shafted and not only do they not complain... they pay for it. Star Citizen is just a scam to rip off the naive.

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