In Star Citizen, you can be whoever you want and explore the stars on your own terms. You can mine ore, haul cargo, hunt bounties, become a mercenary, or even take up a life of crime. Fly and drive a vast variety of vehicles and play how you want to play - the possibilities are endless.
Read on, bold adventurer, for tips on getting started, how to join our thriving community, and resources to improve your skills.
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As you take your first steps into the expansive Star Citizen universe, you might be wondering where to find your ship. Fear not. You’ve come to the right place.
Initially, there’s a lot to take in. But don’t worry, there’s no right or wrong way to play Star Citizen. The entire point is immersing yourself in the game world. Stanton is vast, and it’s easy to get lost simply traversing the spaceport. Slow down, relax, and get acclimated to your surroundings and the controls.
When you’re ready to take to the skies and see what else is out there, you’ll want to find your ship. Follow our detailed Getting Started guide to help you do just that.
Star Citizen currently takes place in the Stanton system, a corporate-controlled commerce hub filled with near-limitless opportunity (additional systems are currently in development). There are four planets and twelve moons in Stanton, each with their own points of interest. From massive cities to small outposts, busy space stations to creepy cave systems, blizzard-kissed mountains to sprawling tundra, there’s plenty to see. Spool up your quantum drive and explore wherever and however you want.
Now that you’re out there exploring the ‘verse, it’s time to earn some credits. One way to do this is to run a mission. Open your mobiGlas (F1), navigate to your mission manager, and accept any available mission in one of many categories, from exciting high-stakes parcel delivery to earning your stripes as a bounty hunter. Consult our Missions and Contracts guide for more details.
Completing these missions earns credits that can be used to purchase a wide variety of items from shops found at most space stations and landing zones. Weapons, armor, clothing, ship parts, components, and even ships and vehicles are available for in-game purchase.
The best way to learn the tricks of the trade is from the citizens who have already mastered them. The Guide System gives you an easy way to find knowledgeable members of the community to help you get started or hone your skills in a particular role or profession.
No matter your style of play, the Welcome Hub is a one-stop shop when it comes to getting started. Alongside the Guide System, there are a wealth of tutorials and how-tos to kickstart your personal journey into the Stanton system. Looking for a deeper dive on something specific? Our in-depth Knowledge Base has all the detail you could ask for on anything from controls to in-game reputation.
Getting an error when trying to log in? These things can happen, especially during massive events. The Status Page gives you an overview of the Persistent Universe, matchmaking, and platform along with reports of any outages.
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Emergent gameplay refers to situations, scenarios, and events that happen either organically or are planned by the community, rather than the developers. Being an open universe, Star Citizen has no shortage of these!
From in-game racing competitions and large-scale player-vs-player battles to roleplay events, the community employs the robust systems and mechanics of Star Citizen to create unique ways to play.
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The Star Citizen community is always buzzing with activity, and there are a few places where you can see what they’re up to. Spectrum is your go-to place to discuss the game, find an organization, or just chat with fellow citizens. The Community Hub highlights the amazing creations the community has made, including videos, galleries, livestreams, podcasts, and more.
Whether you’re looking to make a name hunting bounties, join a convoy of cargo haulers, or crew up to explore the stars, the easiest way to find like-minded citizens is to join an Organization. Organizations are groups of players with their own distinct story, look, and goals. Each one has an archetype and a selection of activities that they focus on. Check out the Organizations section of Spectrum and join one today, or check out our Organizations hub for more info if you aren't quite ready to join up.
The Intergalactic Aerospace Expo returns to microTech for 2951! Fly over to the frozen city of New Babbage and make your way to the Tobin Expo Center stop on the monorail to check out the convention floor. Every day from November 19th through December 1st, the vehicle manufacturers of the 'verse will showcase their lineup of ships, ground vehicles, and more. Plus, you can rent any of these vehicles for free to put them through their paces! Check out the full schedule here, as well as our IAE FAQ for all the details.
Star Citizen Alpha 3.15: Deadly Consequences adds many improvements and new gameplay features, including the Personal Inventory system and medical gameplay. Read on to find out how to properly prepare for a mission and how to save lives in the 'verse.
A major step towards a truly persistent universe, the Personal Inventory physicalizes everything owned by the player and manages it through the new Asset Manager mobiGlas app. If you want to familiarize yourself with how the new inventory works, check out the Alpha 3.15 Patch Watch thread on Spectrum.
Your character's head, torso, and limbs can now be individually injured, each impacting control and movement. For example, a broken arm impedes aiming, while a head injury causes dizziness. Injuries are tiered, with less-serious ailments being temporarily treatable in the field, though all damage must eventually be dealt with at a medical facility. The Hospitals & Healing Comm-Link details every aspect of this exciting new addition.