Star Citizen - IAE 2952 Drake Corsair
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You Can Try Star Citizen for Free Today as IAE 2952 Kicks Off With New Ships

Another chance to make up your own mind about Star Citizen for free will become available today.

Today Cloud Imperium game is launching one of its biggest events of the year, the Interactive Aerospace Expo 2952.

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If you’re wondering about the date, Star Citizen’s in-lore calendar moves with the real one, so we’re in 2952 within the game’s universe.

The event will start in an hour or so at the moment of this writing and it will continue until Nov. 30, allowing everyone to download and try the current build of the game without paying a dime.

Various manufacturers will be showcased on a day-by-day basis at the Expo (you can find the calendar below) which you can visit in the game on planet Microtech.

Interestingly, the pirate and militia-friendly manufacturer Drake Interplanetary will be the official sponsor of the event and will launch two ships, the new starter Drake Cutter, and the explorer Drake Corsair.

To kick off the event, we get new videos including one featuring the Corsair, one showcasing the Cutter (and the upcoming rework of the Origin 600i), and another introducing the IAE 2952 and showing that Jax Mcleary (the game’s spoof of former Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson) is actually still alive and kicking. He was simply stuck in the upcoming new Pyro system, “guest” of a band of outlaws. As usual, the video is rather hilarious and you can enjoy it below.

Considering the controversy surrounding Star Citizen, this event is certainly a good chance to try it out and simply make up your own mind.

In other Star Citizen news, the crowdfunding total has just passed $511 million and it’s currently sitting on $511,269,113.

The number of registered accounts has also recently passed 4.1 million, having reached 4,153,611 at the moment of this writing.

As usual, we know that not all of these are actually paying customers, as many accounts are created for free fly events like this one. A few weeks ago, we learned that about 1.7 million of these actually purchased the game, alongside an update from Chris Roberts himself.

For the sake of full disclosure, do keep in mind that the author of this article has been a Star Citizen backer since the original Kickstarter campaign several years ago.


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Giuseppe Nelva
Proud weeb hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long-standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality), MMORPGs, and visual novels are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans on Earth of the flight simulator genre.