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Star Citizen: Developers sell non-existent, virtual building land for $ 50

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 | bitcoin updates

          
    
    
    
            
            
        
            A virtual certificate for the virtual building land option that does not even exist virtually.
                
                
                (Picture: MeriStation)
                
            
             Sounds like a bad joke, but it's nonexistent: players can now buy virtual vouchers for nonexistent virtual land on nonexistent virtual planets. In a game that has been in eternal alpha for years.
            

        

        Fans of the ambitious crowdfunding project Star Citizen now have another opportunity to give the developers money. Cloud Imperium Games (CIG), the developer behind the notoriously delayed space simulation, is now selling $ 50 and $ 100 Virtual Landmarks. If you spend $ 50 on a four-by-four-kilometer piece of virtual building land, you should be aware that it does not buy the virtual land, but only the option of populating virtual land someday. Neither the virtual plots nor the virtual planets on which they are located exist at the present time.
No benefits in the context of a $ 50 donation Evil tongues claim that not even the game in which the virtual planets are to be installed later exists. Chris Roberts has so far earned $ 168 million in donations and sales of virtual ship packages, but Star Citizen has not passed the status of an early alpha after years of development. Although you can try out various ships, fly a few missions and land on celestial bodies in a very limited solar system, but a full-fledged game is not yet.

  

          
          According to Chris Roberts, the settlement of foreign virtual worlds should look like this (or something similar).
        
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            Roberts Space Industries
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    According to CIG, buyers of land options have no advantages over players who later buy or earn their land with in-game currency. Since building land does not exist in the game, they can not secure seats. They only buy a voucher to later stake out land with a claim marker. For this, however, the developers first have to incorporate the appropriate technology into the game, which allows players to build their own buildings on planets. In addition, a claim marker does not prevent other players from settling there. He only makes it illegal within the borders of the United Empire of Earth (UEE). Later in Star Citizen there will be safe and lawless areas in space, as is the case with the space MMO EVE Online.
Bad timing after Battlefront-ShitstormWhy the developers right now sell virtual land coupons, where a debate over in-app rip-off and loot-boxing for weeks shook the gaming community, is difficult to understand. After EA fell out of favor with loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront II, many players are focusing their attention on customer reviews and comments on other ways to make money with games they find unfair. Star Citizen has been the subject of much talk in the past, as Chris Roberts and co-sponsors finance their project with, among other things, selling non-existent concept ships for an unfinished game. Accordingly, the sale of virtual land options is seen as even more critical by many observers.

            
        
The developers emphasize that the purchase of land vouchers is purely voluntary. It was to offer to players who wanted to continue to support the crowdfunding project in monetary terms. Whether this is necessary in view of 168 million already earned, is an open question. From the outside, it looks like a brave attempt to ask a player community, which is easy to get excited and has already generously donated for the project, to checkout. After all, who knows if the virtual land in question will ever exist? Or if the game in which it exists is ultimately worth playing. According to crowdfunding researchers, developers and business experts around Roberts are doing everything right.

(FAB)

      

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