Cloud Imperium Games is looking for 16 teams to create competing starships for Star Citizen.
If you're anything like us then you probably have an entire stash of spaceship doodled hidden under your bed that you're too nostalgic to throw away. If that's the case you might want to drag those out and look them over to see if there's anything worthwhile. We say this because Chris Roberts and Cloud Imperium Games have announced a new contest with the aim of adding a new, fan designed spaceship to Star Citizen.
Star Citizen brings the visceral action of piloting interstellar craft through combat and exploration to a new generation of gamers at a level of fidelity never before seen. At its core Star Citizen is a destination, not a one-off story. It's a complete universe where any number of adventures can take place, allowing players to decide their own game experience. Pick up jobs as a smuggler, pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, or enlist as a pilot, protecting the borders from outside threats. Chris Roberts has always wanted to create one cohesive universe that encompasses everything that made Wing Commander and Privateer / Freelancer special. A huge sandbox with a complex and deep lore allowing players to explore or play in whatever capacity they wish. That universe is Star Citizen.
From October 31st to December 31st 2013, interested persons can register for a chance to be included in The Next Great Starship competition. 16 teams will be selected from the registrants to compete for a $30,000 cash prize as well as other goodies and a chance to have their final ship design included in Star Citizen itself. "These sixteen teams of finalists will have to conceptualize, design, model, animate and rig their model while submitting their progress for weekly review by a panel of science fiction's leading concept artists, designers and celebrities, along with the man himself, Chris Roberts," said Cloud Imperium.
The actual competition will begin on January 31st, 2014 with the first of a series of weekly webcasts chronicling the 16 teams' efforts. The two finalist teams will be flown to Los Angeles for a final live competition on June 8th in front of the contest's judges. The final winner will earn the grand cash prize along with their ship's promised spot in Star Citizen. Interested parties should visit the Roberts Space Industries website for more information.
Source: Roberts Space Industries