PC space sim Star Citizen funding passes $31 million [Updated]

Most funded project in crowdfunding history reaches another milestone.

[UPDATE 11/25/2013 18:22]: Shortly after publishing this story, the game's developer revealed that they have raised $31 million. To put the amount raised by this indie project in context, the most raised for any project on Kickstarter was $10,266,845 for the Pebble e-Paper watch. The most amount raised for a game-related project was the Ouya at $8,596,474.

Original story appears below.

Funding for Chris Roberts' upcoming PC space simulator Star Citizen has reached $30 million, propelling the most successful crowdfunded project in history to new heights.

"Another one bites the dust!" Roberts wrote on the game's website. The milestone comes just days after the campaign reached $29 million this weekend. At press time, funding stands at $30,863,663 from 312,623 backers.

"Let’s make sure no one ever forgets that when publishers wouldn't spend a cent on AAA PC games, real gamers went above and way, way beyond to make Star Citizen happen," he said.

Roberts also revealed the Origin 890 JUMP ship today. Described as an "interstellar super-yacht," the ship will feature multiple decks, high visibility windows, and a boat bay.

Backers can now vote for the $33 million stretch goal ship from a group of seven roles: Bounty Hunting, Exploration, Trading, Cargo Hauling, Smuggling, Piracy, and Information Runner.

Star Citizen has been in development at Cloud Imperium Games for more than a year. The game itself centers on a storyline that is set in a persistent online universe.

Roberts has said that Star Citizen will fuse elements of his previous games, Wing Commander and Freelancer. Support for the virtual-reality headset Oculus Rift is planned.

Star Citizen is expected to be released in late 2014.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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500816
500816

we need star citizen on ps4

focuspuller
focuspuller

Now it's 32 million. As of this moment, 32,163,265.

RT-XD
RT-XD

You should be ready to update this to $32 million soon...it's at 96% (at time of posting this..obviously...)

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I'm glad this game is getting so much love I wish my fav devs at LGM aka little green men could get some backing like this for a project.

jhonMalcovich
jhonMalcovich

For comparison,

The Last of Us, Uncgarted 3 and Killzone Shadow Fall had a budget of 30M.

Witcher 2 costed 10M

And Halo 4, over 60M, but including marketing.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Its soo sad seeing PC gamers doing what they can to get games off the ground.  Online petitions and now fundraising. lmao  master race huh?

raymx
raymx

This is starting to get scary...

ewjiml
ewjiml

The only thing holding Star Citizen back is itself....the expectation that they better produce a good product or else....

Exia2004
Exia2004

i hope this will me more like freelancer and less like X rebirth

Kurushio
Kurushio

With as much time and money that they have been given, i would like to see some actual gameplay before i would want to invest. I hope it's as great as it sounds, but the last thing shown off was the hanger, which was cool, but that doesnt really show all that much.

spenta
spenta

So at some point the game will be just end up being free right? ;)

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Feels like a hipster invitation every time it reaches another million.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

I'm loving this because I am perfectly happy with the one ship and 80 dollar package I got a while back. All you people with crazy amounts of disposable income are making the game better and I don't have to pay any more for it! Thank You!

joalopes
joalopes

People want a quality AAA space sim. And people want more games that can take advantage of high end PCs capabilities. 

I bought both next gen consoles, because I want to play the next Uncharted  and the next Halo, Destiny and so on. But most games I play on the PC because it simply offers more choice, better graphics and so on. Still, all the marketing focus on consoles makes the PC look like an inferior platform (when it's not).
A good example is that gaming sites mention Titanfall as the next great FPS on Xbox One. But it's coming out on the PC too.

And Assassins Creed IV on the PS4 has one hour of extra exclusive content. But that content is also available on the PC version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXBTcg3WeM8

Star Citizen good or bad will be that exclusive PC title that may bring more people into PC gaming.


PinchySkree
PinchySkree

One of the ways PC gaming needs to go.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Man, just the thought that this can turn out to be a flop at the end... gives me shivers. Anyway, hope it'll be revolutionary and at least the backers should enjoy it.

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

this is like a snowball of money. the bigger it gets the faster it grows seemingly. at 40 mil the stretch goal should just say "cause we can"

Dimebag_Darrell
Dimebag_Darrell

When writing articles about anything that has a website, include a link to the website. It's just helpful to your readers. All the links in this article just link to older related articles. Nothing linking to the product.

focuspuller
focuspuller

While we're on the subject of spending money on a video game, let's also mention the fact that more then a few pledgers have taken it upon themselves to send gifts to the devs. Full lunches ordered, boxes of alcohol, all sorts of things.

As a pledger myself I have come to know some of these people, they are kind, friendly and very excited about the upcoming game. It is for that reason that I ask: When is a line crossed. Are people being taken advantage of?

The most shameless thing that I witnessed myself, was a senior member of the game staff, going into the chat room, and flashing for about an hour a link to donate money to his son's school charity.

RT-XD
RT-XD

uhh..no sorry. My mistake. It just went up to 98% in the few seconds it took me to type the comment XD

sirchick
sirchick

@jhonMalcovich none of those games are large scale mmo's which require cloud computing...so they are not good comparisons.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

@Gravity_Slave It's only charity if you don't receive anything in return.

The game is already half the price of most console shite.

screwjack86
screwjack86

@Gravity_Slave  They see you trollin'  Be hatin'

Its alright though brah.  If I were in your position I'd be jealous too  ;)

Zironn1
Zironn1

@Gravity_Slave Tons of mods you can shape the worlds weapons and things you do not like with them and change a game to what you enjoy.  plus next gen on a pc is upgrading it's an awesome world.

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@Exia2004 

Comparing the game to freelancer is probably one of he best comparisons you can do.

The devs has compared this game to the Wing Commander, privateer and freelancer games many times, but never compared it to the X series.

The game will be a sandbox open world like in the X series, but the gameplay will be more like the other games mentioned.

Unlike freelancer this game will have support for a large variety of controllers and other peripherals.

Joystick, HOTAS, mouse/keyboard, gamepad, Occulus Rift, TrackIR and a number of others I cant remember right now.

hypre1
hypre1

@Kurushio Luck for you then, they are releasing the dog fighting module next month so we will have loads of awesome gameplay vids to watch

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@spenta 

No not free.

Even after release you need to actually buy the game before you can play it, it will not be free, but there will not be any subscriptions to pay so once you bought it you can play it for free as long as you want.

K-A_L-A_D-U_R
K-A_L-A_D-U_R

@spenta It's already subscription free, you just have to buy the base game for access.

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@spikepigeo 

You are most welcome.

Not everyone wants to throw large sums of money at the game, and thats perfectly fine.

Every dollar they get helps make the game better, so the $80 you put into it are just as good as the $8000 that some people put into it.

sirchick
sirchick

@xsonicchaos the way they are building it though just lower the chances alot. Because they release it in parts, the first part was already released over a year and a half before the technical release of the game. Because of that the community feedbacks and alot has changed already from it. The next release (dog fighting) is out in December (i think). So thats a year before release date to make sure the fighting aspects are right !

Granted it could still flop but compared to big companies that "assume" to know what we want, SC release it then see what we say many many months before its out. For example some one wanted a fish tank in their hanger so we got a fish tank lol Which also had a 24 hour live stream of the fish tank haha

Try and get any game company to add something for a joke like that when a community asks for it - never happens xD

K-A_L-A_D-U_R
K-A_L-A_D-U_R

@focuspuller Talking shit again,


It was forum members who first found this out via a social networking site and urged him to ask the games community if they would like to donate, it was discussed among the community and one of the suggestions was for him to ask in the Chatroll where many members congregate. Nobody but a certain breed of fuckstick minded this at all......it being a charity and all.

You're a lying Gimp....again.

One wonders if you have some sort of agenda what with all the utter bullshit you seem to be spewing about his game.

joalopes
joalopes

@focuspuller They have "used" the community with good intentions. Veterans day, one with a Cloud Emporium employee charity against cancer, the son's charity is a very worthy project meant to help children in need. Many companies promote this kind of projects. It just so happens that the Star Citizen developers are keeping their promise of remaining engaged in the community. We get new updates almost on a daily basis, so I think their doing a pretty good job. I don;t know if the game will be worth it or even if I'll enjoy it but still, the message is quite clear.

RT-XD
RT-XD

@sirchick @jhonMalcovich is quite interesting to some extent though. This game will have a campaign which does not have to do anything with the MMO world - some of this funding is obviously going to go towards that area of the game. Thanks for those comparisons @jhonMalcovich - interesting to see that. Got any more? XD

sirchick
sirchick

@screwjack86 @Gravity_Slave its sad that you think we have to do it .... we do it because its fun to be involved... there are still plenty PC games without the petitions/ fundraising... just not a space sim.

focuspuller
focuspuller

@K-A_L-A_D-U_R The facts speak for themselves. Anyone who is interested can check.

Finding all my post and then swaring responses at me is not making a case.

focuspuller
focuspuller

@joalopes @focuspuller The employee in question is Eric Peterson. He is the top name listed in their Austin office and his job title is listed as President of Development, Producer & Designer.

This is a post of his on the game forum:

"Help my son raise money for underprivileged kids.

https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/brandon-p/lonestar24marathon

Thank you for your support - WM (Wingman as he calls himself)

Alright guys/girls we've pledged over $23 Million to a video game, let's show the world what we can do when it's for an even better cause."

I will say it again, more then a few pledgers have taken it upon themselves to send gifts to the devs. Full lunches ordered, boxes of alcohol, all sorts of things.

As a pledger myself I have come to know some of these people, they are kind, friendly and very excited about the upcoming game. It is for that reason that I ask: When is a line crossed. Are people being taken advantage of?

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@sirchick

I believe thats the intention.

At the $6 million goal an additional mission pack for SQ42 was uncooked.

https://robertsspaceindustries.com/funding-goals

They compared it o the secret missions pack from the Original Wing Commander game.

From what I understand the idea is to sell more expansions like that, just like in the good old days, rather than divide up the game and sell each part separately like publishers do today.

sirchick
sirchick

@Darkwalker75 @sirchick true thankfully Cloud Imperium don't agree with DLC. Everything can be earned with in game credits from playing the game ^_^.

Although a separate single player story would be nice in future after the Squadron 42 story.. if they sold that for a small price i'd buy it if the first one was good. Because at least theres no pay to win nonsense in single player.

focuspuller
focuspuller

@screwjack86 @focuspuller There is a time and a place for asking for money and in what context. The opinion of it being right or wrong (my own opinion aside) I leave for others to decide. But in either case it should be out in the open for others to judge for themselves.

screwjack86
screwjack86

@focuspuller I see the point that you're trying to get at but I didn't see Wingman's post about his sons charity as a bad thing.  Was he taking advantage of the community?  Yes he was but not in the sense that you mean.  If you're a parent you want to see your child do well and asking our generous community to help out was an avenue that was available to him.  I didn't donate and that's the ultimate point.  "Asking" someone to donate is a lot different than requiring someone to donate.  I guarantee everyone that did donate doesn't mind one bit.  They are generous and happy to help like you yourself have stated.  So no worries mate, our community can and is doing just fine.

focuspuller
focuspuller

@screwjack86 @focuspuller I care about myself and the money I spend, as well as a community of gamers to which I am a part of. They, like myself, are passionate about the games they love and support, and should receive the best, and not be taken advantage of.

As for Prime Minister, or President, or Sheriff, I'm happy with the job I have (a job that allows me to pay for family, house expenses, car expenses, travel, and among other things, video games). But there some people that do that gig for the right reasons.

screwjack86
screwjack86

@focuspuller  You really seem to care about how others spend their money and making sure they don't get taken advantage of.  That's commendable.  You should run for president   ;D

K-A_L-A_D-U_R
K-A_L-A_D-U_R

@focuspuller If you are a pledger yourself let's se your profile with what ships you have purchased, I don't believe for a second that you actually pledged.

sirchick
sirchick

@focuspuller it's hardly "taken advantage of" if people do it by their own choice...as thats not what being taken advantage of means, maybe you mean some other term. 

I am surprised they eat the food people send - god only knows what a evil minded person could try to do by sending food.... thankfully the community is not like that but if i was working there, i would have graciously decline eating what they send.