Cloud Imperium Games released a new batch of concept renders, artwork and a video of Star Citizen‘s beautiful-looking Xi’An Khartu-al scout, which is already available for purchase to players.
The Khartu is the light attack craft of the Xi’An military. Contrary to Human ship design, the Khartu doesn’t have a traditional main thruster, instead featuring an array of maneuvering thrusters on articulated rigs. This design allows for incredible agility, making them the bane of UEE pilots, who bestowed the nickname ‘Quark’ because when all of the thrusters are firing, the ship looks like a spark flying through space. The Xi’An Aopoa corporation also manufactures an export model, the Khartu-al, for sale to human civilians as a dedicated scout/explorer. The export model features the same Xi’An maneuvering rig, but control surfaces modified for human use and a more limited armament.
You can check out the pictures and video below, and also a second video introducing Tony Zurovec, an industry veteran who will be at the helm of the game’s online persistent universe.
In other news, the game raised $46,979,343 at the moment of this writing, and will probably hit 47 million tonight. No one stops this train, plain and simple.