Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games is releasing a ship bundle for its controversial space simulator that costs an eye-watering $48,000.
Revealed on its website, the Legatus 2953 pack will arrive in the first quarter of 2024 and cost $48,000 despite the game not having officially launched yet.
“Ahead of all others, this definitive armada is an equal match to the noble title of Legatus Navium,” the Legatus 2953 item page reads. “Comprised of over 175 vessels from every manufacturer of note, this perfect collection, including all ships released and concepted through 2953, empowers every fleet commander to forge a lasting legacy, leading humanity towards a brighter future.”
Update 1/5/2024 11:20 am: Adding even more to the price, the Legatus 2953 pack seems to only be available to members at a certain tier of Star Citizen’s Chairman’s Club, one which requires spending $10,000 on other in-game items to achieve.
But baffling as a $58k bundle may sound to outsiders, for existing fans of Star Citizen this isn’t much of a shock. Star Citizen has been selling high-priced Legatus bundles to its biggest spenders for years now, with each new year bringing with it an updated bundle including even more new ships and a higher price tag to account for them.
The intention of the bundle, per Cloud Imperium back in 2018, isn’t necessarily to be an individual purchase by just any ol’ Joe. Instead, it’s as “a package that players will use to deploy ships, items, etc. across organizations/corporations/guilds,” with many players effectively rolling over credit from buying cheaper, prior bundles to get the new Legatus bundles for “just” a few thousand dollars.
IGN has reached out to Cloud Imperium for clarity on the bundle’s pricing structure.
Original story continues below: Star Citizen is considered one of the most controversial projects in all video games. Over the years it’s been called many things, including a scam by those who wonder whether it will ever properly launch.
What cannot be denied is the huge amount of money so far raised by Star Citizen, which CIG displays on its website. At the time of this article’s publication, Star Citizen had raised $658,161,596 from more than five million accounts.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.