There may not be an end in sight for the development of Star Citizen but Cloud Imperium Games is letting players try the space simulation game for free.
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Starting on August 18 and running until August 27, current, returning and new players will be able to participate in Star Citizen‘s Free Fly Event.
According to the official website, the event is an opportunity for players to “check out the ‘verse and explore to their heart’s content. This Free Fly event will allow all players to check out six iconic ships which will be made available to all players during this event.”
— Star Citizen (@RobertsSpaceInd) August 18, 2021
The ships available in this event include the RSI Aurora MR, the CNOU Mustang Alpha, the MISC Prospector, the Origin 100i, the Anvil Arrow, and the Mercury Star Runner.
New players are required to register in order to access to the event. As well as with current and returning players, they will also need to input the Free Fly code: GETINTOTHEVERSE
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