In Star Citizen you can be whoever you want and explore on your own terms. You can mine ore, haul cargo, become a mercenary, hunt bounties, or even take up a life of crime. Fly and drive a vast variety of vehicles in the ‘verse and play how you want to play. The possibilities are boundless. Read on, bold adventurer, for some tips to get started, ways to join our thriving community, and resources to learn more.
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From May 22nd until June 3rd, you can try Star Citizen for free, but you might be wondering where to find your ship when you first log in. If this is you, fear not. You’ve come to the right place.
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, enjoy yourself. 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. You can follow our detailed Getting Started guide to help you do just that, and reach the stars.
Star Citizen currently takes place in the Stanton system, a corporate controlled commerce hub filled with near-limitless opportunity. There are four planets and twelve moons in this system, each with its own points of interest. From massive cities to small outposts, busy space stations to creepy cave excursions, blizzard-kissed mountains to sprawling tundra, there’s plenty to see no matter your ultimate destination. Spool up your quantum drive and explore wherever and however you want.
Now that you’re out there, presumably 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.
These missions pay out 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 and components, even ships and vehicles are available for in-game purchase with your hard-earned credits.
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-to's 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.
Checking to see if servers are undergoing maintenance or 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 status along with a report of any outages.
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Emergent gameplay refers to situations/scenarios/events that happen either organically, or planned by the community itself, rather than the developer. Being an open universe, Star Citizen has no shortage of this!
From in-game racing competitions and large-scale player-vs-player battles, to simple roleplay events or in-game nights out at the club, the community employs the robust systems and mechanics of Star Citizen to create incredibly unique ways to play.
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The Star Citizen community is always buzzing with activity, and there's 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 bounty, join a convoy of cargo haulers, or simply 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.