Star Citizen launches Arena Commander for backers

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Y’all ready for this?

The bugs which led to the delay of Star Citizens‘ anticipated Arena Commander have been taken care of and the dogfighting module is now playable in an alpha capacity. If you’re a backer, download it here, or simply update through the game launcher. There’s even a full-blown manual!

Two modes, Vanduul Swarm and Freeflight, are playable using the Aurora, 300i, and Hornet — though, it’s worth mentioning, you’ll be given a loaner vehicle to play with if you haven’t pledged for access to one of those ships. With this V0.8 release of Arena Commander, only a small set of people can play the Battle Royale and Team modes but as “lag and synch issues” are addressed in the coming weeks, more players will be given access to that content.

“There will be many updates over the coming months adding features and content — We’re going to be adding in all the ships you pledged for… and plenty you haven’t seen yet,” wrote designer Chris Roberts. “There will be new game modes, environments and equipment. We’re going to work on performance, stability and improve the technology: the loading screens you see today won’t be present in the finished game! For now, though, enjoy your first taste of space combat in Star Citizen‘s developing world; I look forward to hearing your feedback.”

Arena Commander Launched! [Roberts Space Industries]