The F8C Lightning, a heavy fighter in Star Citizen, is now available for players to obtain through various means such as finding golden tickets or participating in in-game events. Players can customize the powerful ship and use it in combat situations, with updates and balancing expected in future patches.
The F8C Lightning, a heavy fighter in Star Citizen, is now available to fly in the game’s live build. Players can obtain it through various means, such as finding golden tickets in loot boxes or participating in an event where platinum tickets are marked on certain players’ locations. These tickets can be handed in for a chance to obtain the F8C Lightning with lifetime insurance permanently on the player’s account. Additionally, players can earn the F8C Lightning by progressing through Squadron 42, a game within Star Citizen. Cloud Imperium, the game’s developer, is also selling the ship for a limited time.
The F8C Lightning has impressive firepower and shielding, making it effective in most combat scenarios against smaller and medium-sized targets. It can be customized with different weapons loadouts, and while it is primarily designed for space combat, it handles well in standard atmospheric conditions. The ship does not have storage capabilities but does come equipped with an ejector seat. It currently has access to ship combat gameplay features but has not been converted for master modes in Arena Commander.
There are different versions of the F8C Lightning, with some exclusive to certain backers. The base F8C Lightning and the F8C Lightning Executive Edition, which includes a custom paint scheme and interior, are available during the limited-time birthday event. Players can acquire the ship by finding golden licenses or participating in the event through in-game activities. The ship can be purchased for $260 as a war bond or $300 with store credit.
Cloud Imperium’s decision to make the F8C Lightning available for purchase is seen as a thank-you to those who have supported the game development through the concierge program. The ship will still be obtainable through gameplay by completing Squadron 42. The release of the F8C Lightning is not considered the final version, as further balancing and updates are expected in future patches, especially after Squadron 42’s release. Players who miss the birthday event will have another opportunity to earn the ship in the future.