Subscriptions are contributions that any user can make to the Star Citizen Project. They represent a regular payment of either $10 or $20 per month – either automatic, through a Plan, or manual, through Passes (see below), and confer a special “Subscriber” status to the user, giving them access to various exclusive content and perks. Subscriptions are now entering their second year, the very first subscriptions were proposed to the public in late 2012.
Subscription revenues contribute to the Star Citizen project’s development by funding Around the Verse (Thursdays at 9AM PST!) and Jump Point, the monthly digital magazine of Star Citizen. The revenues also fund the development and release of subscriber-exclusive perks and merchandise!
The Centurion subscription, at $10 per month, is the entry level and gives access to the basic subscription rewards:
After 12 months you will receive these perks in addition:
The Imperator subscription, at $20 per month, adds the following in addition to the Centurion rewards:
After 12 months you will receive these perks in addition to Centurion and Centurion after 12 months:
Each level of subscription can be paid for monthly or annually through the store.
There’s two ways to become a subscriber : through a Plan or through Passes.
A Plan is a recurring payment that you subscribe to through your Payment Processor. It can be a monthly-recurring payment or an annually recurring one. Every time a payment is processed, your subscription is automatically expanded by one period (month or year, depending on the plan).
A Plan can be cancelled either through your Billing and Subscriptions page or through the Payment Processor itself. Although cancelling a Plan doesn’t cancel or refund any payment that has already been processed. If you’ve already paid for a month, and you cancel your subscription, you’ll remain a subscriber with all perks intact for the remainder of the month. Cancelling a sub simply cancels all future payments.
A Pass is a one-off payment that grants you Subscriber access for a limited time. They’re an excellent alternative if you can’t or don’t want to subscribe to a recurring payment plan. Passes also don’t require a Credit Card to be purchased. You can even buy them with Store Credit.
A Pass gives you exactly the same perks as a regular Plan, and also contributes to your subscriber history. You can even buy a bunch of them at a time and not worry for a while.
CAUTION : passes should NOT be bought while you still have an active subscription. You’ll end up paying twice for the same amount of time. If you want to buy a Pass, make sure to cancel any active subscription first.
Jump Point is released once a month, usually the last Friday of each month. The Vault can be updated up to 2-3 times a month with abandoned concept art.
Some perks take effect the moment you subscribe :
Others will need you to accumulate a certain amount of months of subscriptions to unlock :
The 15%-off Coupon will be awarded starting August 1st 2014, to anyone who has accumulated at least a year of Imperator Prime time. The coupon will be single-use, on any transaction in the store, capped at a maximum discount of $100 USD.
When we reach these milestones in development, we will launch a survey for all eligible subscribers. Stay tuned!
Unfortunately yes, it is too late : the wall elements have already begun production so we can’t make anymore changes or additions (or removals, for that matter…).
It is absolutely impossible to simply switch the card on a subscription. If you currently have a Plan, and need to change the Credit Card associated to it, you need to cancel the active subscription first. You will then have to subscribe again to a plan with your other card.
It is also impossible to simply switch the type of a subscription. You need to cancel any active subscription and buy a new one with the Imperator Plan.
It’s a dangerous thing to ask, but yes you can! But first you need to cancel any active subscription you may have. Once this is done, you can buy any number of month- or year-passes from the store. As soon as you’ve paid for them, their cumulated time will be added to your personal Subscriber history. DO NOT re-subscribe with a recurring plan until the passes have run out their course, or you may end up paying twice for the same time period.
At Cloud Imperium Games we are always excited to see our fans. Sharing the development of Star Citizen is one of the major goals behind the project and it is a privilege to allow office visits when possible. That said, the realities of game development necessitate guidelines on the process. Here are the official rules on office visits to Cloud Imperium studios:
At present, visits are to be conducted on specified days each month (or 2 months). Backers that qualify for a visit must schedule ahead of time. We can have multiple visits on one of these community days and the tours usually last for about 1 hour. We have a general outline for how to conduct a tour but the hurdles of game development may require deviation from the norm and we ask our visitors to be flexible. Other than that thank you for wanting to visit Cloud Imperium Games and thank you for making Star Citizen possible.