Submit! Star Citizen’s Next Great Starship Registration Closing

Today is your last chance to enjoy 2013 (a rather good year, IMO). It’s also your last chance to get into the Star Citizen Next Great Starship modding contest.

Registration for the contest, which tasks modders with designing their very own Star Citizen spaceship, closes in under 24 hours, so  if you want the chance to see your creation in Chris Roberts‘ upcoming space sim, act now. Oh, and you could win a stack of cash and some PC goodies.

Here’s the rundown: Teams of up to three people are invited to design, model, and rig their own spaceship — soup to nuts — with the winning design making it into the space sim and the team receiving $30,000 in cash and some impressive hardware for their efforts.

After registration, you’ve got to prove you’ve got what it takes with a preliminary challenge: create a fully designed wave particle cannon. A nine-member judges panel, including Roberts and CIG devs, will vote on the entries and weed out the 16 best (CIG notes one of the 16 will be chosen by the Star Citizen community). From there the spaceship design battle really begins, and we’ll all get to keep a close eye on progress. Each week, teams will submit video updates and they’ll be edited into an episode of The Next Great Starship, a series that will run on the Roberts Space Industries YouTube channel. Throughout the course of the series, teams will be eliminated until the final two will compete live in front of the judges panel in Los Angeles. Fun.

Timeline: registration closes today. The 16 teams that make it through the preliminary challenge will begin competing on January 31, and the final two teams will compete on June 8. Here’s what they’re fighting for:

GRAND PRIZE: $30,000 in cash for the team members. Your Great Starship is included in Star Citizen and each member of your team receives the first production models off the press!  As well as Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, Maya Premium and one high-end AMD based system with Radeon R9 290X (for each team member)
SECOND PLACE: $10,000 in cash for the team members. Alienware laptop, Autodesk Maya 2014, AMD Radeon R9 290X (for each team member)
THIRD PLACE: $5,000 in cash for the team members. Autodesk Maya LT, AMD Radeon R9 290X (for each team member)
SPECIALTY PRIZE: (to the most valuable player out of the remaining contestants among the final three teams voted on by the judging panel): One Cintiq Companion, the new Windows 8 “Make the World your Studio” tablet from Wacom
FINALIST TEAMS 4 THROUGH 16: $250 in RSI Credits (non-transferable/non-refundable)

The whole shebang is sponsored by Alienware, AMD, Autodesk, Crytek, Cologne Game Lab, Wacom and YouTube. So don’t worry, all your crowdfunding dollars (now at more than $$35.5 million) are still going right into Star Citizen.

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4 Comments on Submit! Star Citizen’s Next Great Starship Registration Closing

psycros

On January 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm

So this is how RSI is spending your Kickstarter money – on lavish contest prizes. Hmm…well, it might not be so bad. We’ll probably get some good user-created content this way, and in truth if you’d probably invest about the same amount for professional developers to do it. Heck this might even be a stealth recruiting tool for the studio.

psycros

On January 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Oh and to Mr. Sharkey..if you thought 2013 was a good year, you are in really, really exclusive club – the members of which include primarily people recently rescued from desert islands, mental patients and the president of China.

anon

On January 2, 2014 at 4:38 am

It says none of the money from crowd funding is spent on prizes dude..

John

On January 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm

@psycros

RSI is not the company’s name, it’s Cloud Imperium Games.

They are not spending the crowd-funded money on this competition, it’s entirely funded by sponsors like Alienware, AMD, 3DS MAX, Crytek, etc.

Even if they did decide to use crowd-funded cash on this competition, they already spent 50-150 thousand dollars making a single ship for the game, so why not let the community get a chance to create a ship they want?