Star Citizen Alpha update opens up new space trucking options

Star Citizen is still in alpha, but it’s also approaching its tenth birthday. The latest update, Alpha 3.17, focuses on adding new commerce options to the ambitious space game – new features that let you sell unwanted salvage, customize asteroid mining operations, and complete your own ship-to-ship refueling maneuvers. allow to do. hauler

The Starfarer, a Musashi Industrial and Starflight Concern heavy refueling vessel (which lists $300 USD) can now perform ship-to-ship refueling on stranded ships, and can also fire off fuel tanks in space. It is possible to charge for fuel services, which makes Starfare an even more powerful money making platform as of update 3.17.

Of course, not everyone wants to carry space gas around, and if you are, don’t worry: You can now sell your unwanted items to NPC merchants. They’ll now buy extra weapons, armor, or other items you’ve looted from the bodies of your fallen foes, for cold, harsh United Earth credits, no questions asked.

Here’s a trailer that walks through the latest update:

If you’ve been making a living by mining space rocks, you’ll be pleased to know that there are new mining tools that make it easier to find the delicious ore inside. Gadgets can be placed on the surface of asteroids and they can have a range of potential effects: some make asteroids easier to break open, while others increase the yield of ore you’ll be able to pull from them.

There is also a new ‘entry level’ ship design for players looking to get into the import/export business. MISC Solution A is now available (for a suggested pledge $80 USD to start), and has expandable arm technology that allows it to carry large cargo shipping containers. This makes it great for quick, attractive surface-to-station round trips.

Finally, Alpha 3.17 adds the first implementation of Star Citizen’s interactive river technology, which you can check out on Microtech. There’s also the new Maria Pure of Heart Hospital on the planet Hurston to move into downtown Lorville.

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