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The Next Great Starship Competition Announced For Star Citizen

Carl Phillips
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The Next Great Starship Competition Announced For Star Citizen
Contest, New UK Studio, & Others Reveals At CitizenCon

During the early hours of the morning, the folks at Cloud Imperium Games announced a contest for budding modders and designers to create their own starship for upcoming space sim Star Citizen. Done in the guise of a "reality show contest" (think X Factor, but with less annoying sob stories and more awesome spaceships) those that take part  will be in with a chance of winning a variety of prizes as well as getting their creation added to the virtual 'verse - but the main prize of $30,000 is a nice added bonus.

Has that piqued your interest?  Hit the jump to learn more.

The competition was announced during the presentation at CitizenCon, an event held to celebrate the anniversary of Star Citizen;s unveiling. On stage, studio head Chris Roberts explained how the contest will demonstrate how the development of each ship happens, as well as providing a unique way for fans to truly interact with the game ahead of its launch.

“Our fans have been clamouring for a way to get even more involved in the making of Star Citizen and I think we’ve found the ideal solution,” said Chris Roberts in a press release issued earlier today. “What better way to become part of the game than to create a spaceship that you and your friends can actually fly and take into battle. The winners of this contest will have to travel through an amazing process to get to the end, but there will be no doubt after navigating the weeks and months of tough competition that these three individuals will deserve the crown as designers of The Next Great Starship.”

So how will it work? Teams of up to three people will be able to register for the contest from October 31st, before submitting a design for a "fully designed wave particle cannon"as part of a preliminary round via YouTube. From there, the best 16 teams will be selected by a celebrity judge panel and then assigned mentors in their bid to bring their ship to virtual life. Here's the full list of prizes:

·         GRAND PRIZE: $30,000 in cash for the team members. Your Great Starship is included in Star Citizen and each member of your team receives the first production models off the press!  As well as Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, Maya Premium and one high-end AMD based system with Radeon R9 290X (for each team member)
·         SECOND PLACE: $10,000 in cash for the team members. Alienware laptop, Autodesk Maya 2014, AMD Radeon R9 290X (for each team member)
·         THIRD PLACE: $5,000 in cash for the team members. Autodesk Maya LT, AMD Radeon R9 290X (for each team member)
·         SPECIALTY PRIZE: (to the most valuable player out of the remaining contestants among the final three teams voted on by the judging panel): One Cintiq Companion, the new Windows 8 “Make the World your Studio” tablet from Wacom
·         FINALIST TEAMS 4 THROUGH 16: $250 in RSI Credits (non-transferable/non-refundable)

Naturally, we'll keep you updated on this rather exciting opportunity.

Other News From CitizenCon

"The Next Great Starship" wasn't the only surprise from last night, as fans got to get a first glimpse at two of the bomber spaceships that had previously only mentioned. First of all we got to see the two-seater Gladiator torpedo bomber:

The Next Great Starship Competition Announced For Star Citizen

After that, Roberts unveiled the Retaliator Heavy Bomber - a multi-person ship with several turrets and the ability to have a luxary apartment module thrown in for good measure:

The Next Great Starship Competition Announced For Star Citizen

Both of these ships are available to buy on the official website, complete with Lifetime Insurance, until Monday evening GMT.

It wasn't all about spaceships though, as Chris Roberts had yet another announcement up his sleeve. Erin Roberts, Chris' brother and developer of Privateer 2, has left Travellers Tales Games to head Cloud Imperium Manchester - a new UK studio whose focus will be the development of Squadron 42, the single player campaign for Star Citizen. Considering Erin has been involved with many of Chris' projects in the past, his inclusion to the CIG team is a very welcome one to fans of the genre.

The Roberts Space Industries website should be updating with details on all of this news later today, but in the meantime you can watch the CitizenCon 2013 presentation in its entirety via the video embed below.

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