Star Citizen is free to play until the end of the month • Eurogamer.net

Star Citizen is free to play from now until 1st June, 2020.

In an update on the official website, developer Cloud Imperium Games confirmed the free play week comes in celebration of its latest event, Invictus Launch Week.

Not only will you be able to explore the universe for free, but you’ll also be able to test a number of vehicles, too, giving you the chance to try before you fly.

“To celebrate Invictus Launch Week, we’re hosting a Free Fly of epic proportions!” the team said (thanks, VG24/7). “All you need to do is sign up for an account, download the game, and you’re set to play for free for the duration of the event. Most ships on display are available to test-fly for free, so just select the ship you want, and take to the skies.

“Different manufacturers take over every other day, so keep checking back to be inspired by everything the event has to offer. All ships available for the Free Fly will also be available in the pledge store during the event on their designated manufacturer days. We’ll also make available a selection of ships that won’t be apart of the Free Fly, but will still be available on the pledge store. Which ones? Think firepower! It is a military show after all.”

To get involved, head on over and sign up for an account.

In related news, Cloud Imperium recently outlined how survival mechanics will be implemented in Star Citizen. In the latest instalment of Inside Star Citizen – a behind-the-scenes dev diary that details the current, and future, plans for the sci-fi game – developers take us through Actor Status, a survival system that requires you to regulate your system by eating, drinking, and controlling your temperature. Players can be affected by both hypo- and hyperthermia, and be improved – or hampered – by their choices of food and clothing.

Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games recently settled its lawsuit with Crytek over the alleged misuse of the latter’s CryEngine. Crytek’s lawsuit, which first came to light last December, argued its licence with Cloud Imperium only granted the Star Citizen developer the right to use CryEngine for one game. Since the agreement was made, however, development of Star Citizen has splintered off into two separate projects – Star Citizen and standalone single-player story title Squadron 42 – which Crytek believed contravened the terms of its licence with CIG.

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