Try Star Citizen For Free!
Dates: November 23rd 2018 through November 30 2018
Try Star Citizen for free during the anniversary sale week. During the Free Fly promotion anyone can join Star Citizen's persistent universe for free - download and try (play-test) the latest version (Alpha 3.3.6).
Important Information For New Players
We have written this guide because Star Citizen is a complex environment and there are some things to know before you sign up and download. If you're looking to try star citizen free these dates are crucial for you as this event is special and massive.
1 - Create An Account - Use A Referral Code!
Creating your account is your first step into the Star Citizen universe. Using a referral code grants you an extra 5000 UEC if you decide to one day purchase the game. You only get one chance to enter a referral code and that is at the moment you create your account.
Creating an account is free (whether you purchase the game or not). However, if you do not enter a referral code when you create the account you will not be able to add the referral code to the account later, therefore losing your chance to get 5000 free UEC when you purchase Star Citizen on that account. While you will still be able to make another account and then use a referral code it is recommended to use the referral code when signing up so that you do not forget at a later date.
To get a referral code for Star Citizen visit the Star Citizen Referral Code page -> https://scfocus.org/referral-code/
2 - Check the system requirements
To get the most out of your Free Fly event you will want to make sure your computer can handle Star Citizen. It is an advanced MMO universe under construction therefore the system requirements are quite steep. Even if your computer can handle other games Star Citizen can be very demanding on system resources.
CIG games including Star Citizen and Squadron 42 have the following minimum requirements. CIG strongly recommend having a system with these minimums to effectively install, load, and play the games.
- Windows 7 (64bit) with Service Pack 1, Windows 8 (64bit), Windows 10 - Anniversary Update (64bit)
- DirectX 11 Graphics Card with 2GB RAM (4GB strongly recommended)
- Quad Core CPU
- 16GB+ RAM
- SSD (or M.2) strongly recommended
CIG also recommend the following:
- Drive should be NTFS formatted with at least 43 GB for the RSI Launcher and Star Citizen for install and at least 10GB (SSD) - 20GB (HDD) additional space for the pagefile
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.5.2
- Ports opens for TCP 8000 - 8020 and UDP 64090 - 64110
CIG do not currently support Linux or Mac OSX Operating Systems. Be sure to check our Development Roadmap to follow our feature development progress.
More information available on the official support post here -> https://support.robertsspaceindustries.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000758928-Game-and-Launcher-Requirements
3 - Download the game
After you have created the account and checked that your system can run the game and has enough storage go to the Star Citizen download page:
4 - What you need to know before you start
Before you begin the Free Fly event you should have some idea of what you want to achieve during your time testing.
Players will start off in Port Olisar which is a space station in orbit around Crusader (gas giant). The Ship Expo is located at Lorville on planet Hurston. This is a long distance away so players have the following options to try to get there:
- Ask more experienced players for transport
- Try to fly there themselves
- Ask for directions (F12 opens chat window - Also F1 and then the Comms icon on the leftmost)
Once you spawn into your Hab at Port Olisar you will need to go downstairs to the ship deck to request your ship. Use one of the screens in the main room to request your ship. You should have a Cutlass Black provided for free during the 8 days of the event to use.
You will be able to rent the ships available at the expo by visiting Teasa Spaceport at Lorville city on Hurston.
Some of the in game locations include:
- Planet Hurston with its 6 distinct biomes (acidic, desert, trash, savannah, strip mined and polluted coast)
- Lorville City on planet Hurston
- There are 7 different moons to explore
- There is an asteroid base (Grim Hex) located at Yela Asteroid Field
- There is a planetoid called Delamar with Levski mining base
- There are secret and hidden locations
Each day from the 23rd to the 30th a different manufacturer will have its ships available for free flight. Given time constraints players should research which ships they want to test as time may not permit to test all of them.
5 - Flyable Ship List And Days
Starting on November 23rd, every day at 8am PST, a different ship manufacturer in the game will make its entire flyable fleet available for a 24-hour test flight period.
Note: You will need make your way to the expo center at Teasa spaceport at Lorville on Hurston to be able to rent the available ships for that day.
"There may also be some surprises in store for those of you who make the trek out to Hurston and see what Lorville’s all about, as well as some fun interactive activities here on the website, so stay tuned." - From the Official Free Fly Announcement.
Nov 23rd Day 1 - Anvil Aerospace
Arrow: Agile fighter "glass cannon" type ship
Gladiator: Two person bomber
Hornet F7C: Multipurpose medium fighter
Hornet F7C Wildfire: Special Edition of the F7C Hornet with custom livery and loadout geared for Arena Commander
Hornet F7C-R – Tracker: Sacrifices a turret for an advanced radar dome
Hornet F7C-S – Ghost: Stealth version of the Hornet F7C
Hornet F7C-M – Super Hornet: A two-seater multi-purpose medium fighter with a heavier loadout
Hurricane: A heavy fighter with excessive loadout, including a turret that punches through shields and defenses
Terrapin: Heavily armored ship with a advanced scanner for recon and exploration
Valkyrie: A gunship and dropship
Nov 24th Day 2 - Roberts Space Industries
Aurora ES: Basic ship for new ship owners
Aurora LN: Combat version
Aurora LX: Luxury variant
Aurora MR: The Aurora MR comes with cargo capacity and guns to ensure freight gets there safely
Constellation Andromeda: Multicrew freighter and one of the most iconic ships in the verse
Constellation Aquila: Exploration version of the Constellation
Constellation Phoenix: Luxury VIP transport Constellation
Ursa Rover: Durable and tough rover for exploring planet & moon surfaces
Nov 25th Day 3 - Origin Jumpworks
300i: High-performance touring ship
315p: Exploration version of the 300 series
325a: Combat variant of the 300 series
350r: Racing version
600i Explorer: Luxury space yacht of Star Citizen, designed to explore in comfort and style with a vehicle bay
85X: A luxury and sporty short-range runabout for pilot and passenger
M50: Origin’s premier racer - like a space formula 1 car
Nov 26th Day 4 - Aegis Dynamics
Avenger Stalker: A modified version of the Avenger for bounty hunters
Avenger Titan: Former police ship with a cargo hold
Avenger Titan Renegade: Special Edition of the Avenger Titan with custom livery and loadout geared for Arena Commander
Avenger Warlock: Armed with an EMP generator to disable enemies
Eclipse: Stealth bomber with heavy torpedoes
Gladius: An aged but agile light fighter with mid-range armament
Gladius Valiant: Special Edition of the Gladius with custom livery and loadout geared for Arena Commander
Hammerhead: Large Multi-crew corvette with manned turrets to counter fighters
Reclaimer: A heavy deep space salvage ship to reclaim wrecks and derelicts
Retaliator Bomber: A long-range anti capital ship bomber, covered in manned turrets and capable of launching size 9 torpedoes
Sabre: Combat ship that counters to the Anvil Hornet
Sabre Comet: Special Edition of the Sabre with custom livery and loadout geared for Arena Commander
Vanguard Hoplite: Long-range squad dropship with a turret gunner
Vanguard Warden: 2 seater long-range heavy fighter
Nov 27th Day 5 - Drake Interplanetary
Buccaneer: Light fighter with extra firepower but no ejection seat
Caterpillar: Heavy multicrew commercial freighter
Caterpillar Pirate: With superior cargo capacity and custom pirate livery
Cutlass Black: Highly versatile multrole ship with combat and cargo prowess
Dragonfly Black: Two-seater grav-lev bike
Dragonfly Yellowjacket: Two-seater grav-lev bike with custom yellow livery
Herald: Captures and stores information before leaving at blistering speed
Nov 28th Day 6 - Alien Manufacturers
Khartu-al: The fragile Khartu-al excels at lateral thrust and maneuverability
Nox:This gravity bike slices across rough terrain
Nox Kue: Silver paintjob grav bike variant of the Nox
Vanduul Glaive: Alien medium fighter replica drives fear with it’s ramming blades.
Vanduul Blade: This alien fighter slices through the air with it’s agility and shreds its foes
Nov 29th Day 7 - Musashi Industrial and Starflight Concern
Freelancer: Multicrew cargo freighter with turret and ordnance to deter those after its haul
Prospector: Starter mining ship
Razor: Formula 1 style space racer
Razor EX: Stealth special edition of the Razor outfitted with signature-reducing materials and stealth components
Razor LX: Special edition of the Razor features an overclocked engine, reduced maneuverability and armaments in exchange of straight-line speed
Reliant Kore: Fusion of Xi’an and Human technology, this light freighter allows you to haul cargo with a friend
Starfarer: Hheavy refueler multicrew ship
Starfarer Gemini: The Gemini version sacrifices capacity for armor and a missile launcher
Nov 30th Day 8 - Kruger/Argo/Tumbril/Consolidated Outland
P-52 Merlin: This snub fighter is fragile but difficult to hit
MPUV 1C: Small and unarmed utility runabout that transports cargo
MPUV 1P: Small unarmed utility runabout tuned to transport personnel
Cyclone: This robust two-seater buggy that can carry a little something in the back
Cyclone AA: Two-seater buggy with EMP functionality is armed with an anti-air missile launcher to deter threats from above
Cyclone RN: Unveils the fog of war, the recon variant of the Cyclone is mounted with a powerful scanner array
Cyclone TR: Support ground infantry with this combat variant, equipped with a mounted turret to provide cover fire for ground operations
Cyclone RC: Racing variant. It’s red, fast, and equipped with built-in nitro boost
Mustang Alpha: Consolidated Outland’s premier ship for those wanting to push the limits a little more when starting out
Mustang Beta: The Beta offers comfortable living quarters for beginners roaming the frontier
Mustang Delta: The Mustang Delta is armed with heavier weapons and rocket pods
Mustang Gamma: Racing variant of he Mustang series
6 - New player checklist
Please check the following items before your free fly:
- You have set up an account and used the referral code
- You have checked the system requirements (and have 43GB free on SSD plus 20GB pagefile)
- You have downloaded the game (https://robertsspaceindustries.com/download)
- You have researched which points of interest you intend to visit
- You have a suitable webcam (30fps to 60fps) for FOIP - Optional
- You have a Joystick - Optional
7 - Getting Started Video Tutorials
Expo Getting Started
Quick Start Guide
Grim Hex (Yela)
Have fun during the Free Fly! See you in the ´Verse!