It's only worth it if you want to get in early and pledge money. That's the short answer. The long answer is get one of the small single seater ship packages, they will be cheaper now than at release, because the game will probably go for $70 or something. This way you get a ship with decent perks, beta, and the game when it comes out. So any ship you want under $100 is probably better to get now. A good small all around goodie is the Aurora Legionaire (LN), get the Arena commander starter pack and upgrade to the LN. The truth is, we need pilots for our bigger multicrew ships. Our Carracks, which will be needed to map out jump points or locate capital ships and so forth for our fleet. Or the Constallations for command and control during battle. So no one *needs* a ship, but the game isn't going to be reset at release only at some point during the Beta. So if you want to get in at "game start" you would need to buy before "Release"