The Competition Heats up in Star Citizen’s Annual ‘Ship Showdown’ Event with Eight Community Picked Ships Vying for the Trophy, All Available to Fly for Free from Aug. 31 – Sept. 7

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The Competition Heats up in Star Citizen’s Annual ‘Ship Showdown’ Event with Eight Community Picked Ships Vying for the Trophy, All Available to Fly for Free from Aug. 31 – Sept. 7


Cloud Imperium Games (CIG), developer of Star Citizen and Squadron 42, is a new kind of independent studio dedicated to delivering AAA games outside the established publisher system. Founded in 2012 by renowned game developer Chris Roberts, CIG is shifting the paradigm of game development towards a more inclusive process, offering its global community an unprecedented level of visibility and engagement by granting ongoing access to a product in active development.


Star Citizen’s Ship Showdown is an annual celebration of galactic proportions with the goal of uncovering the community’s favorite in-game vehicle. Fans around the world rally behind and vote for their most-loved flyable ship or drivable ground vehicle, with bragging rights and epic prizes on the line. Each year sees a growing lineup of competing vehicles vying for the love of the community, with this year’s Showdown being the first for many of Drake’s finest vessels including the entry-level transport Cutter, iconic Vulture salvage ship, or multi-crew Corsair exploration vessel. In Phase 1 of the competition, the community rallied behind their favorites with original creative creations such as videos, songs, miniatures, photos, paintings, and more. Players can explore all of these creations archived on the dedicated Community Hub. The event is now in the Live Showdown phase, with head-to-head voting each and every day. This stage will conclude on Sept. 7 when the winning vehicle is crowned.

Watch the Star Citizen Ship Showdown trailer

In celebration, developer CIG welcomes new players with free access to download and play Star Citizen, as well as giving free access to Ship Showdown’s top eight ships to both new and existing pilots. Players who own any of the final four ships can also look forward to additional prizes including exclusive in-game paints and manufacturer-themed posters, all for free. These four will also be featured as the ‘Best In Show’ vehicles for this year’s Intergalactic Aerospace Expo (IAE) event in November, where prizes will be distributed to eligible backers. The ultimate winning ship of the community competition will remain available to fly for free for all backers after its crowning on Sept. 7, through Sept. 30.

The top eight most popular ships for this year’s Star Citizen Ship Showdown include:

  • Drake Cutter: When function, price, and practicality are what matters most, the Cutter is the perfect ship for the job. Limited but effective armaments, spartan amenities, and ample storage space make this light freighter one of the most popular ships for pilots first taking to the stars.
  • Anvil Arrow: An agile and dexterous light fighter, the Arrow’s ultra-aerodynamic frame and generous weapons package can outmaneuver and outgun its opponents.
  • Aegis Redeemder: Sporting a plethora of weapons systems including remote and manned turrets, the Redeemer can engage with a wide range of enemies no matter what the angle of attack may be.
  • Drake Vulture: Be a one-pilot salvage operation with the Vulture. With ample storage and surprising agility this entry level salvage vessel has the tools to get in, get the job done, and get home safely.
  • Anvil Terrapin: Taking after its namesake, the Terrapin features heavy armor and oversized shield generators. Combined with long-range scanners, it is one of the most popular deep-space exploration vessels. Explore with confidence and safety.
  • Drake Corsair: Trade defenses for firepower and range with the Corsair exploration vessel. With room for four crew, dual quantum fuel tanks, and a complement of six weapons, the ship is ready for any challenge it may face in deep space.
  • Constellation Andromeda: A flexible freighter, the multi-purpose Constellation packs a surprising punch. Whether hauling valuable cargo or transporting personnel, the vessel’s arsenal of weaponry and ‘built-in’ P-52 Merlin snub fighter help guarantee whatever precious cargo it carries arrives safely.
  • Origin Jumpworks 600i Explorer: Serious exploration doesn’t require giving up creature comforts with the 600i and its companion rover. The ship’s wraparound canopy affords pilot and crew clear, unobstructed views for stunning vistas, and an expanded exploration module for long-haul missions.


Fly the top eight ships for free during The Star Citizen Ship Showdown from 9:00am PDT Thursday, Aug. 31, until 9:00am PDT Thursday, Sept. 7. After the Free Fly window ends, the winning ship will remain available for all backers to fly for free until 9:00am PDT Saturday, Sept. 30.


Sign up for a free account or log in at to download the Star Citizen client to participate in this event. To cast a vote for one of the top eight ships, visit

For further information, including how to download and play Star Citizen, visit the official website. Enlist today and join this ever-expanding universe by visiting the game’s Welcome Hub and Guide System for tips on how to play. Keep up to date with Star Citizen development via the game’s Progress Tracker and roadmap. Millions of players from around the world have already joined to help CIG build the most-ambitious game ever made. For continued updates, follow Star Citizen on Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube.