During Voidspace's early access, we offer a set of donation rewards to those who donate to the project pre-release. These rewards function similar to Kickstarter rewards where each tier achieved will unlock a new set of rewards, and all previous reward levels obtained will also be granted. This allows people to help support the development of the project, and support server costs, in exchange for premium accounts, skins, store credit, and a number of other unique benefits. The main reason people use the donation rewards is to get access to the game early while it's still in development, but the second most popular reason is to get store credit for buying skins.
Check out the pledges page for details on the donation rewards you can get.
You can think of this perk as a thank-you for supporting us on multiple platforms. For example, if you already have a premium account purchased for your account on JoeBob@gmail.com, and you then buy the game again on the Google Play Store (cost is about $13) under the same account, you will be given a special $20 donation reward credit which will apply towards your donation reward tiers.
Voidspace has an in-game store that allows you to buy skins for equipment, ships, and base modules. These skins don't give you any special abilities, they are purely cosmetic in order to avoid pay-to-win scenarios. We are using a similar model to that which Fortnite uses where we will offer skins that you can use to customize the look of your ships and equipment, and in some cases these skins may only be available for a limited time. Players who acquired the appropriate donation reward tier will also be able to buy special skins that will only available to those early adopters, and some of those skins will also be granted to players for free.
In order to encourage people to donate to the project on a monthly basis, we have added a new bonus program that rewards people for acquiring new donation reward credit in each calendar month. The way it works is as follows:
If the player maintains their monthly donations after the fifth month, they will continue to receive a 50% store credit bonus with each payment.
If our player has the 50% monthly donation streak and they donate a $100 lump sum, in addition to any store credits they recieved from that donation, the monthly streak bonus will also be applied. This means our player will additionally recieve $50 worth of store credit from their donation. This benefit ALSO works no matter when you make your donation during your monthly streak. For example, if the player did a $100 donation in the first month and then setup a subscription for $10 per month after that, when the second month rolls around and the $10 subscription amount is paid - the player will have achieved the 20% monthly streak bonus and that 20% will be applied to the initial $100 donation as well, giving them a total of $22 worth of store credit.
Please be aware that direct store credit purchases have their own bonus structure and are not part of the monthly streak bonus program.
The above image shows the credit store for buying store credits directly. This is NOT used to buy donation reward credits, for those you must go to the pledges page.