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Since the threads by ominous "fans" who repeatedly post nothing but provocative price announcements, deliberately creating the illusion this game would be insanely "expensive":
it should be clarified once and for all:
SC release version + a starter ship: 30 $ (play when game is released)
SC release version + alpha + beta module access + starter ship: 45 $ (play available Alpha module right now)
You get a ship and a basic ship insurance you can extend with regular ingame credits you´ll earn by running missions, trading, bounty hunting or any other ingame activity. Just. Normal. Gameplay. No $$$ necessary for ANYTHING.
THIS GAME IS BUY TO PLAY.
Want a better ship but not pay any $$$? Go work for it as a pilot and buy it in the game when it´s released.
Insurance is worth only a few credits, you earn it easily in game anyway.
How much other people are donating to the project and what they get as pledge rewards is really none of anyone´s business.
You know how crowdfunding works? Good.