As part of the community's Ship Showdown 2022 event, eight ships are included in the most recent free fly event for Star Citizen, which temporarily makes the game free to play. Additionally, players can vote for their top eight Star Citizen ships as part of an ongoing contest, with the eight featured in the free-fly event taking first place in the first round of voting. \n \nThe most recent free fly event for Star Citizen makes the game temporarily free to play while exhibiting a selection of eight ships from the community's Ship Showdown 2022 event. The eight vessels in the free-fly event were the top vote-getters in the campaign's first round, allowing players to vote for their favorite Star Citizen ships. \n \nThe eight ships featured in the Ship Showdown free-fly event are entirely free to use in the game's spaceports for the length of the event, even though all of Star Citizen's ships can be acquired using in-game money through gameplay. These vessels cost $600 Carrack, $475 Origin 600i, $325 Aegis Redeemer, $240 RSI Scorpius, $260 Crusader Mercury, $125 Argo RAFT, $70 Aegis Avenger Titan, and $60 Anvil C8X Pisces Expedition. These eight spacecraft cost a staggering total of $2,155, which is a significant financial commitment for virtual spaceships. \n \nAlthough Star Citizen is still in an early alpha stage and has an inflated pricing structure that targets affluent "whale" players prepared to pay hundreds of dollars for access to ships, the game has drawn criticism for its expensive pricing structure. Nevertheless, Star Citizen has received more than $400 million in donations from the crowd throughout its 11-year development, maybe despite or perhaps even because of this. Fortunately, some packages are available for around $50, including the $45 Aurora MR Starter Pack, for interested players on a tight budget. \n \nPlayers who purchase Star Citizen can anticipate plenty of fresh material in the future as developer Cloud Imperium Games makes additional advancements. Star Citizen routinely receives significant upgrades that introduce new features or improve current ones.