dont they already sell ships for ridiculous amounts of money?
Yeah, they're already setting a bad precedent by charging huge sums without even having a game attached to it. I will not be surprised if they ever sell ships that cost thousands. Not sure how sustainable that will be though. They'll probably want micro transactions too.
Unless of course this is a dream and they somehow have rich sponsors that pump them full of money for the passion. I mean if I was rich I'd totally do that.
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