Ever wanted to own a piece of the moon? Well, you can’t no matter what those sites trying to sell you land titles say. What you can do is buy a chunk of digital space in Star Citizen.
Cloud Imperium, makers of Star Citizen released an update last week that lets players buy land claim licenses. For US$50 ($65.85) you can buy a 4km x 4km plot of land in the United Empire of Earth or, if you’re feeling particularly extravagant, you can buy an 8km x 8km plot of land for US$100 ($134.64).
Players that buy land claim licenses are given ‘Geotack Marking Beacon’ to stake their claim on any of the billions of kilometres of virtual land designated for private ownership. The beacon will tell players if someone has stepped foot in their territory, and while destruction of a beacon is a criminal act within the Star Citizen universe it doesn’t impact ownership of land.
Full details can be found in the Q&A blog post on Roberts Space Industries.
Cynics may say that this land sale is a desperate cash grab from Cloud Imperium, who have been working on the crowd-funded game since 2011. That cynicism may be justified as Star Citizen has just reached US$172 million ($226.5 million) in funding.