PC space sim Star Citizen reaches an astonishing $37 million

New game from Chris Roberts hits yet another funding milestone; "The breadth of the Star Citizen community continues to astonish…"

Star Citizen, the upcoming PC space sim from Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts and developer Cloud Imperium Games, has now raised $37 million from fans. To put that into context, Tim Schafer said last night that 2009 game Brutal Legend cost $25 million to develop.

At press time, funding stands at $37,019,348 from 367,834 total backers.

That's not the only milestone Roberts announced, as he also said players have now created more than 4,900 Organizations just 12 hours after the new system went live last night. The web-based Organization system is a clan offering of sorts that will be updated on a regular basis going forward.

"The breadth of the Star Citizen community continues to astonish: you’ve taken up our charge and are creating something truly unique," Roberts said.

Now that Star Citizen has raised $37 million, players have unlocked the new Tanga System, which lies at the heart of an "unusual" rectangular planetary nebula. A second new system, the UDS-2943-01-22 System, will also now be available to players.

Finally, you can now vote for the final system stretch goal at the game's website, which will be locked if funding reaches $39 million. The options are: Lost Human Colony, Tevarin Ghost World, and Xi'An Science Outpost.

"Thank you for your continued support. Whether you’re part of a thousand-person Organization or planning to explore the galaxy on your own, 2014 is going to be the biggest year yet for Star Citizen," Roberts said.

Star Citizen is the most successful crowdfunded project of any kind in history. The game is expected to officially launch sometime later this year.

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Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

There seems to be one thing allot of people fail to grasp whenever an article about this game is posted.

We get to see behind the scenes, follow and even to some extent influence the development of the game, from day 1.

People are not used to this, they are used to be told that a game will be developed, and then they hear nothing until at most 6 months before release, at which point they are being given countless trailers and gameplay videos of the almost finished game.

Because of this allot of people not only expect but even demand, is to see gameplay footage at a stage when everything is still being built and coded.

So because there up until recently was no actual gameplay footage for them to show, people instead focus on the amount of money the game has gotten in funding.

And this in turn seems to have most people refuse to take the time to understand what is actually happening and instead convince themselves that the game will fail or that its a big scam.

It would be like showing up for a concert at a time when they are still in the process of setting up the stage and equipment and demand you be given a pre-view of the concert before things are set up for use, and then claim its a scam because its not ready yet and try to convince those that buy tickets in advance that they are fools for doing so and that its a scam.

That people want gameplay footage before they want to pledge for the game is fine, and actually something I can both understand and completely respect.
But if they want that they have to be patient and wait for it to be available, not go around and expect and demand to be sown something thats not available yet.

Not use it as an excuse to go around trash talking its funding success and make irrational and utterly unfounded accusations about how the game will fail, of how its a scam and how we are all fools to believe in a person who has distinguished career as a game developer with a number of highly successful, popular and state of he art games(for their time).

vadagar1
vadagar1

warning warning ... buthurt console mother ship detected ..... arming all missiles..... firing .......


beep, beep, beep


... target destroyed.....

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Chris Roberts takes a massive dump after an afternoon burrito binge.


Eddie Makuch is there with the details of texture and length.


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Romayo83
Romayo83

I'm guessing this isn't being released on the new consoles lol


zintarr
zintarr

The only winner here is Chris Roberts who is laughing at all the fools throwing money at him.

nurnberg
nurnberg

A few questions about Kickstarter :


1-Do backers get a portion of the profits of the game?


2-Can the company basically do what they want with the money?

1nUrF4c3
1nUrF4c3

I wonder how much of this fund will actually b used for the game developement...

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

They should move to Eastern Europe where a dollar goes much further!  Maybe not practical.... but I hate to see a game like TW2 being made with only $20 million, and a game like CoD costing over $100 million!  It boggles the mind!

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

Alright, enough articles about how much $$$ the game has made. Let's see some articles about how the game is coming along or some gameplay vids, etc. 


I don't care how much money the game has made or how pretty it looks, I wanna see how it plays.

rarerichz
rarerichz

HOW DID THIS GARBAGE GET 37 MILL , I SWEAR SOME GAMERS ARE BORING AS HELL.

StHapns247
StHapns247

Has it been a month already since we had the mandatory update on this? Jeez, feels like just yesterday it was at $36 million. 

cboye18
cboye18

Roberts: "we can put the investments in a money market mutual fund, then we reinvest the earnings into foreign currency accounts with compounding interests ..... aaand it's gone!"  

cvbz
cvbz

my god... Should I just be expecting an additional million to be added each week until the release of the game?

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

This will not end well...it will be crushed under the weight of it's own hype.  I hope, for all of the Crowd Funding space, it does not fail.

attirex
attirex

Man, I cannot wait to watch this disaster unfold--buggy launch, rushed patches that fix one problem but create ten others, mediocre gameplay and reviews, etc.


Then…the lawsuits! And bankruptcies. And ruined lives and careers. Woo hoo!

sad_dorito
sad_dorito

random recommendation for space nerds :

 Kerbal space program 

thank me later



spenta
spenta

No pressure to make the most epic game ever considering how your target consumer has helped flip the bill to the tune of nearly $40 million dollars.


Seriously though, if this game is anything less then amazing it'll be hard times for any future titles to get this kind of public funding.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

@vadagar1 butthurt console mothership can't be destroyed. It's impervious to logic. So long as consoles exist, butts shall continue to hurt.

sbonmedit
sbonmedit

@nurnberg Backers get only what the company offers them. For example if you donate $5 then you'll get an in-game item and if you donate let's say $100 then you'd probably get the game for free with additional content and other stuff like early access to alpha. And yes the company can do whatever with their money, but of course a percentage of the money raised goes to Kickstarter,


But seriously, they offer to make a new system for each $ million they reach, and that's just fuc*ing absurd.They should make more stuff fore a freaking million dollars and not just "Hey if you give us another million dollars, we'll make a new system which is probably going to be the same as the other ones because we just want to make you think that we're earning those other $36 million.

zintarr
zintarr

@1nUrF4c3 Well skim off about $11-million in taxes...likely more.

Romayo83
Romayo83

@nl_skipper 

Advertising.

Probably for paying A-List actors to appear in there commercials.

screecwe
screecwe

@rarerichz Don't worry, I'm sure COD 19 is coming out soon. You can wait in line outside of gamestop like the rest of em.

nurnberg
nurnberg

@attirex 1 million people paid full price for a shitty alpha-stage game on Steam.  My point is that PC gamers like to spend their money on garbage.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@sad_doritoYOU FORGOT STARBOUND!!! (Both awesome games.)

ggregd
ggregd

@spenta The really sad thing is unlike traditionally funded games, not one of the people who invested in the game will see a penny of return if the game is really successful.  It all goes to Chris Roberts' closely held corporation.  It would be naive to think established developers like Roberts are motivated to crowdfund solely to maintain their artistic vision.  

Time will tell if this is a good or bad thing for gaming.

screecwe
screecwe

@sbonmedit They're not making anything that's difficult to add in because they don't want to feature-creep the game. If they keep adding massive features, the game will never get done. These stretch goals are meant to be minor, as most of the money is going towards hiring of new people and spending extra resources on previous stretch goals that would benefit from more fleshing out.

ecurl143
ecurl143

@ggregd @spenta Indeed, I can't help but start to get a little cynical now that the Cloud Imperium bank vaults are overflowing with cash.

It will be interesting to see if this game lives up to the expectations of the backers, never mind Joe Public.