A Developer Accidentally Leaks 48GB of Data From the Entire Unfinished Build of Star Citizen

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To say that Cloud Imperium Games and Robert Space Industries’ Star Citizen is a highly anticipated game is an understatement – the crowd-funded space simulator has raised tens of millions of dollars in funding since its inception years ago.

Despite how long the game has been in development and how much cash the project has raked in, the developers have been keeping their cards quite close to their chest – probably to avoid hyping things up too much in fear of their fans getting restless.

Now, we’ve gotten a premature look (via WCCF Tech) at a sizable, unfinished portion of the game, from a developer on the game. Here’s a video a fan uploaded, showing off the massive Bengal ship:

The original leak came from a user by the name of Disco Lando, who showed off a batch of screenshots to fans, from the latest build of the game. However, there was a curious URL in the background, which naturally got one fan to see where it led. This URL turned out to be a huge cache of 48GB worth of screenshots, 3D models, information, and more, from the game’s current build.

It’s worth mentioning that Star Citizen offers several tiers to buy your way into owning the game, each offering different rewards, depending on how much you pledge.

Editor’s Note: The article originally stated that you could buy ships with real life money, something that is confusing at best. This has been reworded for accuracy.

Brandon Orselli


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  1. PintSizedPurple
    May 26, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Once the game is released, you’ll be able to buy the ships with in game currency,

  2. King of Bros
    King of Bros
    May 26, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Scam Citizen getting scammed

  3. Crizzyeyes
    May 26, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    That is, if you don’t get blasted into space dust by all of the good go– I mean savvy players with permanently insured death machines.

  4. Nonscpo
    May 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Wonder what the modders could do with that 48GB worth of data?

  5. PintSizedPurple
    May 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    You buy insurance with in game currency as well, Its just you have to buy it monthly.

  6. lucben999
    May 26, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Probably porn… somehow.

  7. jeka69
    May 26, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    You know what’s horrifying? That it actually is more likely than you think.

  8. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    May 26, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Man how do you drop the ball that hard

  9. Anon534
    May 26, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    >It’s worth mentioning that spaceships in game are bought with real money, like the Bengal shown above.

    Thats disgusting

  10. 1mirg
    May 26, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Well, I guess I’m gonna avoiding getting Star Citizen then.
    Meh, no lose there. Elite Dangerous is out and coming out with a expansion soon

  11. Choppinfoot
    May 26, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    They are literally many thousands of dollars, too.

  12. Obviously FakeAlias
    Obviously FakeAlias
    May 26, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Even if Star Citizen comes out and is one of the best games of all time, it’s still more of a scam than it is a game.

  13. Ken
    May 26, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Umm..that’s false. You can’t buy the Bengal. The writer is wrong.

  14. Ken
    May 26, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    No, they literally aren’t.

  15. Anon630
    May 26, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I love how people can’t be bothered to inform themselves about something they want to comment on but decide to comment with their opinionated misinformation anyway.

  16. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    May 26, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Yeah I want to apologize about this one – I should’ve looked at the article again as I was rushing to publish this one. I’ve updated the OP with an accurate description.

  17. Ken
    May 29, 2015 at 12:06 am

    That’s a package that contains 66 ships. Not a single ship. There is no single ship that costs “many thousands of dollars”