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Star Citizen: Rental Equipment Credits – PvP Währung

Auf der offiziellen Star Citizen Seite wurde nun die Währung Rental Equipment Credits, kurz REC, vorgestellt. Damit werdet Ihr in dem kommenden Sci-Fi MMO viele wichtige Dinge kaufen können.

Rental Equipment Credits

Mit REC werdet Ihr Euch Software für Euer Raumschiff oder direkt Ausrüstung für das Sim-Pod mieten können. REC verdient man sich dabei durch vielfältige Aktionen im PvP verdienen.

Doch warum mieten? Gekaufte Gegenstände bleiben für eine Woche in Eurem Besitz. Danach müsst Ihr Eure gewünschten Sachen neu kaufen. Folgend erfahrt Ihr noch mehr zu dem System in Star Citizen.

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Design: Rental Equipment Credits

We’ve all been there: a budding young Aurora pilot loads up Arena Commander to play for the first time. That first battle isn’t a great success, but between the ‘First!’ medal bonus and a lucky missile, enough REC is earned that an F7C Hornet doesn’t seem that impossible to earn. A few matches later, the mechanics of space flight are starting to be understood, so the REC flows a bit easier and it isn’t much longer before even the Super Hornet is within reach. Diving all in for the big guns, our plucky hero has become death, destroyer of worlds… and it feels good! But as often happens, life gets in the way, and it’s over a week later before the Star Citizen logo comes back on screen. Imagine the surprise to find that Super Hornet still selectable in the Arena Commander start menu! A few matches later the rental use runs out, but it’s enough time to earn up the REC to take advantage that sweet renewal discount. Dogfighting is a great thrill of course, but eventually curiosity takes hold and the next rental is an M50. What a difference! Racing seemed so trivial before, but this thing can really fly. At this point, any new arrangement of ships or equipment is always attainable with just a little bit of focused play. Still, there was something special about that first Super Hornet, so maybe it’s worth keeping around…

What are REC?

REC, or Rental Equipment Credits, is a virtual currency that can be spent in Voyager Direct or the mobiGlas virtual store to rent software licenses on any equipment that can be used in the Sim-Pod (future iterations of Arena Commander will be accessed through a pod added to your Hangar.) Players earn REC through success in Sim-Pod activities – Arena Commander, the upcoming FPS Module, etc – with additional medals providing bonus REC and recurring incentives for progression.

How do I Earn REC?

REC is earned by playing competitive (ranked) multiplayer matches of Arena Commander, the FPS Module or any other Simulated Experience in Star Citizen. Each match awards REC from a common pot, awarding the greater share to the winners, which is then split among the members of the team based on performance. For example, in Arena Commander:

  • Squadron Battle: – REC is earned based on the number of kills plus the k:d if positive, weighted against the ticket difference.
  • Murray Cup: – REC is earned based on the final position multiplied by the proximity to World Record (by ship), weighted against Personal Best (by ship)
  • Capture the Core: – REC is earned based on personal score weighted against the score difference.

Players can also earn bonus REC from medals, which are awarded for various milestones – umber of kills earned, number of missiles dodged, total matches, etc. These medals track over multiple matches and are recurring, so players can always make some progression even if they only play a match or two here and there.

To prevent exploitation, this pot is associated with a total score expected from all participants, and scales REC yield based on the total score actually achieved. It also scales based on the number of participants. For example, a RECpot of 12,000 with a total score of 100,000 will only split 9600 REC if the players only collectively manage to score a total of 80,000 points. That same game will only split 4800 REC if the 10 player match only gets 5 participants.

How does the rental system work?

All rented equipment is rented for one week of real time use – guaranteeing that you always get at least a little bit of time with the ship. Ships and weapons cost 10% of their UEC price, rounded up. Once an item has been rented, it can be renewed for another week at a 20% discount. Renewals can only be bought a week in advance. (Remaining rental time is visible in your RSI account and within the Sim-Pod HoloTable)


    • 9-series Longsword: 4,000 UEC; 400 REC. (320 RECrenewal)
    • M4A Laser Cannon: 8,000 UEC; 800 REC. (640 REC renewal)
    • Hornet F7C: 140,000 UEC; 14,000 REC. (11,200 REC renewal)
    • Redeemer: 250,000 UEC; 25,000 REC. (20,000 REC renewal)


There are also broader goals available for the REC endgame – for example, we envision building a Community Chest into which players can donate REC that builds towards permanent prizes and other gameplay experiences. Imagine having the option between renting new equipment or helping the community earn something together… it should make for an interesting challenge!

Current Balance Plan

Averaged at 1800 REC per hour. Please note that this currently represents ‘back of the envelope’ thinking; actual balance will likely alter significantly after the system launches and we determine how players use the system. But the goal remains to create a system that makes renting additional equipment a fun challenge rather than an impossible chore.

  • Ship Cost: at 10% UEC, F7C rents for 14,000 REC. (7.7hr)
  • Weapon Cost: at 10% UEC, M4A rents for 800 REC. (26.6min)
  • Renewal Discount: at 20%, F7C renews for 11200 REC. (6.2hr)
  • Real Time Rented: 1 week.
  • Payout Pot (Per Game Mode): 10k for full Squad Battle, split 70-30.

Game Modes that Yield REC

    • Squadron Battle
    • Battle Royale
    • New Horizons Raceway
    • Capture the Core

Can I use rented ships and equipment in non-ranked modes?

Yes, and there will be no limit on such uses.

How do I spend REC?

REC is spent on ship and equipment rentals or Sim Pod unlocks. This can be done from Voyager Direct, the mobiGlas, or the Sim Pod. Once a ship/item is rented, it can be renewed for 1 additional week at a discount.

As the system is developed, REC can also be spent to unlock additions to your Sim Pod, such as aesthetic changes like different background images/theme in the menus, or gameplay changes like opt-in handicaps which can be taken to boost REC yield at the cost of additional gameplay restrictions. Finally, REC can also (eventually) be donated to the Community Chest, a mystery box that results in Community Events when enough total REC is accumulated. Community Events benefit all players who log on while they are in effect.

Will my equipment carry over into the Persistent Universe?

No, equipment rented in Arena Commander will be available only in your sim pod. When the Persistent Universe launches, you will have access only to upgrades purchased with UEC (or provided as gifts during the pledge campaign.) But we anticipate Arena Commander continuing to exist in the Star Citizen universe; it is, after all, a game played in SC’s future!

Why have rental items instead of permanent ones?

We know that choosing rental equipment instead of permanent AC-only unlocks will likely be the most controversial part of this plan. We’ve run through countless scenarios offering one, the other or a mix of both… and what we’ve decided is that at this time, rental is the way to go. What follows is the five key points we used to make this decision:

  • Arena Commander progression should NOT equal Persistent Universe progression. We believe strongly that players need to go out into the world to truly progress; a system that permanently rewards you for staying home and playing the simulator will reduce that experience in the long run.
  • It is a buffer against exploits. We fully expect players to discover bugs and loopholes in the REC system… but with a one-week rental deadline, the most damage they can do to the game is unbalancing it for one week.
  • It’s a first blush at future balance goals. The goal has always been to balance effort and convenience – whether you have time or money, you should be able to have a good experience. That’s going to take a lot of work to get right, so this is the earliest possible version of it to help us start to understand how this will work out in the wild.
  • It allows for a tool for ‘directing’ testing. If we are going to be working on a particular ship or item, we can put it on sale – a tactic that wouldn’t affect players who had already unlocked it.
  • It prevents stagnation during alpha. It should not ever be possible to “complete” (or win) this pre-alpha game.

What’s Next?

We envision enhancing the REC system alongside everything else in Arena Commander going forward! In addition to building the system out based on player feedback, we have several systems we hope to deploy in future patches:

Daily Challenges

REC can be earned by completing personal and community daily challenges. Community challenges pay out at the end of the day if they have been fulfilled, and reward all players who have contributed to the challenge at all. These also have the benefit of allowing new gameplay features to be highlighted.

Personal Challenge Examples

    • Get 10 kills at 50% throttle
    • Dodge 10 missiles without using countermeasures.
    • Capture the Core 10 times.

Community Challenge Examples

    • Kill 3000 vanduul in Coop Swarm
    • Complete 500 laps in Old Vanderval
    • 5000 total kills.

Community Chest

The Community Chest accumulates with REC donated to it until it reaches 100%, when it activates a surprise Community Event that is available to all players during its duration (which can be set individually for each event, but which would generally last 2 weeks). When it reaches 100%, a Community Event begins and is available to all players during its duration.

Discounts / Bonus Yield

REC discounts on specific ships and equipment can be used to encourage users towards their use. Ships can also give bonuses to REC as additional incentive.

We are hoping to launch the REC system with Arena Commander’s next major patch, currently scheduled to be AC 1.1. This will allow backers to earn REC and spend them on store items. Additional functionality will be added as we go, just like the rest of the AC development process! Until then, please provide your feedback below. You’re helping us build Star Citizen AND Arena Commander, and we want to know what you think!

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