Chris Roberts and his company Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) have announced details on a design contest for fans of Star Citizen that could net budding designers a cool $30,000. The modding competition, The Next Great Starship, calls for teams to design, model and rig a spaceship that will be integrated into Chris Roberts' upcoming space simulation game. Teams of up to three people are eligible to enter the competition which carries a grand prize of $30,000. Sponsors for the competition include Alienware, AMD, Autodesk, Crytek, Cologne Game Lab, Wacom and YouTube. The contest was officially unveiled last night at the one year anniversary celebration for Star Citizen in Austin.
Teams interested in getting in on the competition can register for The Next Great Starship beginning October 31 through December 31. A preliminary challenge involves the making of a fully designed wave particle cannon, submitted via a YouTube video to a nine member judging panel including Chris Roberts and other members of the CIG design and art team, Crytek and to-be-announced celebrity judges. Those entries will be narrowed down to a final 16, with one of those 16 to be chosen by Star Citizen backer voting.
Then those 16 teams will then have to make their Starship entries. Beginning January 31, 2014, episodes of The Next Great Starship will air once a week on the Roberts Space Industries (RSI) YouTube channel with each team providing a work in progress update to the judging panel. Judges will eliminate teams down to a final two which will compete live in front of the judging panel and the community during the final episode that takes place June 8 in Los Angeles.
"Our fans have been clamoring for a way to get even more involved in the making of Star Citizen and I think we've found the ideal solution," said Chris Roberts. "What better way to become part of the game than to create a spaceship that you and your friends can actually fly and take into battle. The winners of this contest will have to travel through an amazing process to get to the end, but there will be no doubt after navigating the weeks and months of tough competition that these three individuals will deserve the crown as designers of The Next Great Starship."
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)
For more information about The Next Great Starship and to enter the competition (beginning October 31) check out www.RobertsSpaceIndustries.com.
Roberts' company has raised more than $21 million from backers all over the world making Star Citizen the top ranking crowd funded project ever. The funding has come from a combination of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign as well as ongoing crowd funding via the game's official site.