It appears they can.
Especially these morons who are buying “digital land.”
For the price of $50 USD, you can own a 4km square parcel of land on any “planet, moon, or asteroid” under United Empire of Earth (UEE) control.
From there you’re basically free to do with the virtual land whatever you please. Want to start a virtual space commune? Zone your land for residential use. Thinking of launching your own space shop? Get a commercial use zoning permit.
It’s almost like actually buying land in real life, but for much cheaper… and it doesn’t exist outside the digital realm.
If you’re worried the “best” plots of land will get grabbed up by no-good carpetbaggers and speculators, Robert Space Industries wants you to know that won’t be a problem.
Since there are billions of available kilometers, with more being added, “all players will have the ability to find and claim new ‘hot spots.'”
For players worried a mere lot isn’t fancy enough for their space exploits, “estates” measuring 8km x 8km are also available. The land can be purchased through in-game currency in addition to plopping down real-world cash.
Last year Star Citizen was made available for free for a limited time, but to begin your space journey now requires the purchase of a “game package” from the Robert Space Industries website.