September 29th 2017
My time working at Origin Jumpworks were some of the most creatively fulfilling years of my life. I can't imagine any other company that consistently challenges its employees to strive for a new ideal, rather than wallow in the complacency of conventional thinking. The experience and relationships I developed in my twenty years with Origin have continued to define me as an artist, an engineer, and as a person.
Ever since I established Infinity Customs, I have incorporated the lessons and practices I learned to my shop. When Origin approached me three years ago and asked to collaborate on a new open-canopy design, I knew I couldn't refuse, because I knew that in our endeavor, we would accept nothing less than the next step in design and engineering.
When we sat down to begin work on the X1, we began with an exercise taught to me by the legendary ship designer I am pleased to call my mentor, Akira Yedomos. He believed that “only by attempting to reach beyond, could one build for the real world," so the entire team was encouraged to unshackle their imagination and build a vehicle that adhered to as many or as few 'established' rules as they wished.
The result was a fast, maneuverable open-canopy racer that's as much of a work of art while at rest as it is in motion. With thrusters seemlessly integrated into the sleek hull, the X1 organically fuses function with form and continues Origin's proud legacy of luxury perfection.
The X1 is being offered for the first time as a limited concept sale. This means that the ship design meets our specifications, but it is not yet ready to display in your Hangar or to fly in Star Citizen. The sale includes Lifetime Insurance on the ship hull and a pair of decorative items for your Hangar. A future patch will add a X1 poster and then once the in-game model is finished you will also be given an in-game X1 mini ship model! In the future, the ship price will increase and the offer will not include Life Time Insurance or these extras.
If you’d like to add one to your fleet, they’re available in the pledge store until 22:45 UTC October 9, 2017. You can also view a detailed schematic of the X1 in the Holo Viewer in the Tech Overview of the ship page, and be sure to enjoy Origin Jumpworks' X1 brochure.
As with every Concept Sale, we will also be doing a Q&A post. There will be a forum thread on Spectrum to take your questions. Make sure to vote for the questions you most want to see answered and we will be posting the dev’s responses next week. Look for the Comm-Link Schedule next week to find out when that post will go up.
What Is A War Bond Ship?
War Bond ships and packages are a way to directly support Star Citizen's continued development. Ships labeled War Bond are available at a discount, which is possible because they can not be purchased with store credit from melted items. Standard versions of these ships without the War Bond discount are typically offered for purchase using store credits at the same time a concept sale page goes live.
Remember: we are offering this pledge ship to help fund Star Citizen’s development. The funding generated by sales such as this is what allows us to include deeper, non-combat oriented features in the Star Citizen world. All ships will be available for in-game credits in the final universe, and they are not required to start the game. The goal is to make additional ships available that give players a different experience rather than a particular advantage when the final persistent universe launches.