Star Citizen
03. How to play

Becoming a Citizen

Becoming a Citizen

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Your Ship

Basic Flight

Get familiar with your ship's controls in Star Citizen's flight simulator, Arena Commander. Select the Singleplayer Free Flight mode from Arena Commander's main menu to hop into your cockpit and log some flight time by yourself. You can use the mouse and keyboard as outlined below or use a joystick to control your ship.

Keyboard: The W and S keys control your ship's speed. Fly faster by holding down SHIFT to activate afterburner. To roll left and right, press Q and E respectively. Press A and D to strafe left and right. SPACE and LEFT-CTRL to strafe up and down. N will change your flight mode between normal and landing mode.

Mouse:Move the mouse to steer the ship's pitch and yaw.

For more information on what your ship is capable of, review the full keymapping.

The Ships

In Star Citizen, what you fly can be almost as important as who you are. From small freighters to luxury starliners to military warships, there’s a ship for every role and a role for every player. Whether you're an aspiring pilot, gunner, engineer, medic, navigator or any of a dozen other optional crew positions, you can select a ship, join with your friends and take on the universe. As the saying goes, "There’s no perfect ship – only the perfect ship for you."

Take a look at all the vehicles available in the RSI Pledge Store:

Combat Training

Once you've got the hang of flying, test your newfound skills by battling in a simulated dogfight. From the Arena Commander menu, select the Singleplayer Vanduul Swarm mode and get ready to face off against some of the deadliest alien combat pilots around.

Keyboard: To target nearest hostiles, press T. If you become targeted by missiles, press V to cycle between countermeasures and press C to deploy them.

Mouse: LEFT-CLICK and RIGHT-CLICK will fire your primary and secondary weapon groups. To acquire missile lock, press MIDDLE-CLICK and hold to fire.

Arena Commander

From intense multiplayer Squadron Battles to daring races around high-speed tracks, Arena Commander has plenty of gameplay modes where pilots can show off their skills and win themselves a spot on the community leaderboards. Not only that, but this in-game flight simulator is the perfect place to test out ships and weapon loadouts before heading out into the 'verse.

Electronic Access

While battling in ranked matches in Arena Commander, you can earn REC which can be used to rent ships and weapons.

Click here to view Electronic Access.

What's to come The Future of Flight

Star Citizen's roster of vehicles will develop alongside the rest of the game. New ships will become available that will enrich additional roles and play styles, while the ship team works to improve and rebalance existing ships based on gameplay data and valuable feedback from the players.

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*Note: Star Citizen Alpha 3.4 is currently available to download and play. Additional features and updates will be released as they are developed.

Show PC Requirements

* Windows 7 (64bit) with Service Pack 1, Windows 8 (64bit), Windows 10 - Anniversary Update (64bit)
* DirectX 11 Graphics Card with 2GB RAM (4GB strongly recommended)
* Quad Core CPU
* 16GB+ RAM
* SSD strongly recommended