A massive number of space sim fans have generated nearly $US34 million in crowdfunding for Chris Roberts' Star Citizen. Now they're all just milling about, waiting for the game to be finished. Soon they'll be able to mill about in large groups, thanks to the impending launch of the game's Organisation System.
Organisations are just like guilds, only in the future. Players with similar temperaments, dreams, hopes, goals, maturity levels and interest in role-playing, banding together to share their voyage into this strange new galaxy. When the Organisation System launches, players will be able to formally form-up around their leaders as Corporations, PMCs, Crime Syndicates, Faith-based groups or just generic, boring Organisations (boo).
Players will be able to join Organisations by either applying or being invited. Once they're in, they'll be able to communicate via a chat tool on the Roberts Space Industries website (which can be integrated into outside applications). I imagine there'll be a lot of "I can't wait for the game to come out!" going on in those chat rooms.
Oh, and good news for the uncreative -- duplicate Organisation names are possible, with a 10-digit alphanumeric designation identifying different groups sharing the same name. I can't wait to join The Rebel Alliance DHF842HS9!
With plenty of future updates planned for the system, including guild forms and blogs, it sounds like Star Citizen's is going to be fully-formed long before the full game is released. Good for them.
All About Organisations [Roberts Space Industries]