Star Citizen Celebrates Annual Ship Showdown Event with One-week of Free Game Access and Test Flights for the Community’s Favorite Ships

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Star Citizen Celebrates Annual Ship Showdown Event with One-week of Free Game Access and Test Flights for the Community’s Favorite Ships

Cloud Imperium Games (CIG), developers of Star Citizen, are a new kind of independent studio dedicated to delivering AAA games outside the established publisher system. CIG was founded in 2012 by renowned visionary game developer Chris Roberts and continues to shift the paradigm of the game development process offering their community an unprecedented level of visibility and interaction with product development.

What: The Star Citizen Ship Showdown is a month-long celebration of galactic proportions where players around the world vote for their favorite vessels and spacecraft designs in the ‘verse. Players campaign for their favorite ships with original videos, songs, miniature, photos, and more. You can find an archive of the best community creations celebrating their favorite ships, here. The second phase of the event sees 16 of the most popular ships competing in a head-to-head bracket vote.

To celebrate the conclusion of this annual celebration, developer CIG welcomes new players with free access to download and play Star Citizen along with free access to Ship Showdown’s final four ships for both new and existing pilots. Those who have any of the final four ships with the most votes can also look forward to additional prizes including an exclusive in-game skin and leather jacket, while the ultimate winner will also receive a manufacturer-themed in-game backpack.

The final four most popular ships for this year’s Star Citizen Ship Showdown event include:

  • C2 Hercules
    • Utilizing the patented Hercules military-grade spaceframe and expanding cargo capacity, while sacrificing barely any firepower, the C2 has taken the private sector by storm. It has become the industry standard for racing teams, ship dealers and manufacturers, construction orgs, mining corporations, and even large-scale touring entertainment outfits.
  • MPUV Cargo
    • The ARGO Astronautics MPUV-1C (commonly ‘Argo Cargo’) is a dedicated merchant transfer ship, a ubiquitous intergalactic stevedore. Vast numbers of Argo Cargos are responsible for loading and unloading goods onto massive long-haul transports and miners that cannot otherwise land on planets or drydocks.
  • 600i Explorer
    • This multi-role luxury vessel from Origin Jumpworks features an exquisitely detailed hull design that balances performance and versatility in a sleek and timeless form.
  • Mercury Star Runner
    • The Mercury checks all the boxes expected of a dependable courier vessel, and then some. If you need it there fast and unscathed, you can’t do better than the Mercury.

The Star Citizen Free Fly event is scheduled to begin today on Monday, Sept. 20 at approximately 10:00am (Pacific Standard Time) and will run through Monday, Sept. 27. Star Citizen players can cast their votes on the Ship Showdown event page before Wednesday, Sept. 22, with the final winning vessel to be announced on Thursday, Sept. 23.

In addition, all the top 16 most popular ships featured in this year’s Ship Showdown event will be available to pledge through the end of the bracket on Thursday, Sept. 23. The final four winning ships will also continue to be available to pledge through the end of the Free Fly event, ending on Monday, Sept. 27.

After enjoying their time touring the stars during the Free Fly event and logging flight hours in the most popular ships from the most renown manufacturers in the ‘verse, players can look forward to discounts on Ship Showdown finalists as well as starter packs for the RSI Aurora and Consolidated Outlands Mustang Alpha. Make sure to visit for full details on sales and helpful resources for new pilots embarking on their first adventure in the expansive universe of Star Citizen.

To download supporting assets, including screenshots of some of the popular ships available during the Star Citizen Ship Showdown event, please visit our press kit.

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