Today Cloud Imperium Games launched the “Invictus Launch Week,” in Star Citizen, an event during which the game will be free to try for everyone.
Despite the name of the event, it doesn’t celebrate the launch of the game, nor it lasts a week. It actually lasts eleven days during which everyone will be able to download the game for free and try a large part of the starships that are currently flyable.
All you need to do is to register an account and download the client. To achieve good performance, I would strongly advise to install the game on an SSD if you can.
Here you can find the schedule of the ships that will be flyable during the eleven days of the event as they will rotate in and out of the lineup periodically.
In order to celebrate the event, we got a few beautiful images directly from Cloud Imperium Games’ press release.
If you’re wondering what is the in-lore meaning of the “Invictus Launch Week,” the press release offers a handy explanation.
“Known colloquially as Fleet Week, the Invictus Launch Week marks the period between Emancipation Day and Armistice Day and the beginning of the new year of recruits for the UEE Navy. To honor the citizens who signed up to defend the Human systems during this time, pilots will have the rare opportunity for Free Fly test flights, special promotions, community contests, and more, including a special in-game fire-works display to usher in the arrival of immense capital ships appearing in the ‘verse for the first time.”
To be more precise, it’s sitting on $284,307,756 at the moment of this writing.
The number of registered accounts has also recently passed a milestone and it’s now at over 2.6 million (2,618,857).
As usual, it’s known that not all of them are paying players. The number includes free accounts created for a variety of reasons (including free fly events like the one going on now).
For the sake of full disclosure, the author of this article has been a Star Citizen backer since the original Kickstarter campaign several years ago, so you should keep that in mind while reading this article.