Arm yourself. It's a cutthroat galaxy out there.

It’s a cutthroat galaxy out there and you’ll need combat skills to survive. Whether you’re a trader, miner, explorer or dedicated combat pilot, you’ll need to be ready to stand your ground and fight.

Every ship can be outfitted weapons that fit your combat style, from rapid-fire multi-cannons to auto-targeting beam lasers. Combined with a selection of shields and armor, your ship can be armed to take on the galaxy’s pirates, law enforcement or even rogue commanders.

If you choose to fly in Open Play you’ll encounter other commanders in a galaxy where friendly fire is always on. Rogue commanders are those pilots who have betrayed the Pilots federation by turning on their own; those pilots can carry huge bounties, making them prime targets for skilled hunters.

And combat pilots now face a new challenge, rising from the shadows. Combat pilots are humanity’s frontline against the Thargoid alien incursion.  The Aegis research initiative has been created to arm and equip Commanders with experimental technology to defend the galaxy from the Thargoids.

There are credits to be made taking on assassination missions, hunting criminals or being a mercenary for the galaxy’s superpowers. Arm your ship, choose your battles and take on the galaxy. Combat offers direct progression to the rank of Elite.

Bounty Hunting

Equip your ship with some firepower and a Kill Warrant Scanner, then prowl the galaxy’s occupied sectors. Some ships will be friendly, but others will carry valuable bounties you can collect instantly by destroying their ship. Pick your targets carefully; wanted ships are used to fighting back.


Assassination missions are available at starports, and friendly factions will offer better missions. As your combat rank advances you’ll unlock more challenging missions. Equip your ship for combat and pack a Frameshift Interdictor in case your target tries to run, then let the hunt begin.


A pirate can make a living hunting vulnerable ships near Nav Beacons or Resource Extraction points, forcing them to dump their cargo or tearing straight into their cargo hatch. The most daring pirates can extort other commanders or use limpet drones to extract cargo straight from their target’s hold, and sell the loot at a local Black Market.