Star Citizen continues to soar, hits $43 million in funding

"Another incredible accomplishment," says creator Chris Roberts about the space sim's latest achievement.

Star Citizen, the upcoming PC space sim from Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts, has reached yet another funding milestone. The crowdfunding campaign has now reached an incredible $43 million, which is up from $42 million just two weeks ago.

"Another incredible accomplishment by Star Citizen's backers," Roberts said in a blog post about the latest achievement. To mark the milestone, Roberts released work-in-progress images of the Gladius light fighter, which was unlocked at $42 million. One image of this ship is embedded above and more are available at the Star Citizen website.

All backers who contributed to Star Citizen before $43 million will receive a set of marine combat armor added to their accounts for use in the game's planetside first-person shooter module. The armor is (virtually) created of composite mesh fibers reinforced with ablative plates. This allows the person wearing it to be protected against energy and kinetic weapons, Roberts says.

Should Star Citizen funding reach $44 million, players will receive an additional hangar room. In addition, the votes have been tallied and the $45 million reward is a mystery object. "It's pretty cool seeing the community take a chance on something unknown instead of going for a free weapon or other upgrade," Roberts said. This object is "more than just a piece of flare," he went on to say, noting that "it's a puzzle players will someday compete to solve."

Voting is now open for the penultimate $46 million player reward stretch goal, and the options are updated scanner software, a new role-specific outfit, an engine tuning kit, a ship skin, and a space plant.

To put Star Citizen's $42 million into context, Epic Games revealed in 2006 that development on the original Gears of War cost $10 million, while Tim Schafer's 2008 action game Brutal Legend had a budget of around $25 million. It's still well below, however, the development budget for MMOs, which can run into the hundreds of millions.

Star Citizen is due to launch in full sometime in 2015. A total of 440,831 people have backed the project so far.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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dkdk999
dkdk999

It has no competition though, which doesn't seem like the best thing.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

can we have the dog fighting module now then please, GIVE US SOMETHING lol

JDFS
JDFS

The ships are way too expensive, it's ridiculous.
As much as I love their idea and game, the dev team are there for the money more than anything else, but anyway I'll be waiting for its release... in 2016.

sirchick
sirchick

If people think this game is vaporware, you do realise this is a company where you can go knock on the door of the studio and ask for a tour, they will do so and show you what they are doing for free. Unlike other companies that keep things "secret" due to competition, these guys do the opposite.

Plenty of fans have visited their studios.

hitomo
hitomo

this new EA MMO is coming along quit well ... and they dont even Need to pay a freggin dime, just reap the profits, Genius!


also interesting to know, they are working with cryengine since a few years now on that title, they even got 3 engine.programmers directly from cryteck wich are now working for this Indie Project ... Amazing!

Pewbert
Pewbert

Funny how everything cost $1 million.

Hurvl
Hurvl

While 42 has more nerd credit to it, 43 is also a fine number, it's actually a prime number.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

I didn't back this because I am in financial straights, but if they keep getting more money they will never release this game. 

Every time they reach the next milestone (getting 1 million more) they start to theorize  what they could add more to the game and this repeats over and over and this will result in what I said in my first sentence. 

I hope not, but it sure looks like this is what is happening.

mr_nee
mr_nee

You know what would be really funny? If dev would run away to Mexico instead of releasing the game

Fabian85
Fabian85

Most anticipated title by far. Really nice pre alpha footage. The possibility of docking other ships and doing fps combat or just fly around seeing combat inside the cockpit. Awesome feature and there are so many other appealing sides to this game.. Transparent how console people wish this game to fail because they wont get to play it.

Dante-xero
Dante-xero

Too bad we'll most likely have to wait a couple of years before it's done....

GarGx1
GarGx1

The Gladius will sell well if they release to backers, it's a fine looking ship

Vojtass
Vojtass

LOL. Eddie, you're so predictable.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

For those of you who think this guy is just taking the money, no him and his team are working all the time, he is one of the main devs of old games like freelancer and Wing Commander so he knows what he's doing.

I think the game is going to turn out great just like the old Wing Commander games were, If this game turns out 1 tenth as awesome as it looks it will be great.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

440,831 and 43 millions? That's more than 100 bucks in average! I bet someone just dumped 10 millions in it.

Dilandau88
Dilandau88

I'm starting to get the feeling that this game will out-hype itself. People's expectations are getting too high and I anticipate a flop when it releases

paulszki
paulszki

@dkdk999 There is Eve-Online which has a huge user base and who seem fiercely loyal to it. Then there is the X-series of which the latest games was apparently total rubbish but the games before it were apparently good and have a big community as wel. But my guess is that the makers of Star Citizen will take a couple of inspirations from those games and/or think about not so successfully integrated features.

screecwe
screecwe

@JDFS  So $40 dollars for a Single player game with 50+ missions, permanant access to the multiplayer Persistent Universe, and a ship is too expensive for you?

I think solitaire is more in your price range.

sirchick
sirchick

@JDFS  just buy one for $60 which is same price as any game, then you have the entire game, all ships are earned with in game money too. There are none reserved for $.


Rather than buying the game you just buy a ship and you're in :)

sirchick
sirchick

@Darkhol0w  The game already has released the first stage, the second stage is in a few weeks. They already showed it off at PAX east. 

screecwe
screecwe

@Darkhol0w  95% of the the last 20 stretch goals are little things like a space suit, or a ship, or a cool looking star. They are all minor things because CIG doesn't want to introduce feature creep. The majority of the extra money goes towards hiring more people and fleshing out facets of the game that would benefit from more money.

screecwe
screecwe

@mr_nee  You're the most original guy on the internet. Congratulations. This exact comment has not been said in every single Star Citizen post on the internet. 
What's your secret?

Zloth2
Zloth2

@mr_nee They'll need to go further than that!  And no, Snowden does not have "an extra bunk."

Fabian85
Fabian85

They are already in mexico they have devs there working on the game. So they would run to the same location where they are already based? Funny part was how your comment showed you know nothing about the game.

Barighm
Barighm

@Fabian85 Or maybe we just know better. Just because the stranger gives you candy doesn't mean he's a nice guy. Until this game is out, it's unproven.

Trencher10
Trencher10

@Dante-xero You got that right. Squadron 42 might come out in installments concurrently with a beta Star Citizen PU, but looks like a real SC PU launch is far off in the future.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Vojtass Yeah, every time there's news, he goes and posts it.  Never, NOT ONCE, has he gone out into the street and sung the news to passers by.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Oh stfu... you don't have a clue and I can tell you one thing... This will most likely destroy kick starter if the game does flop but don't act like you know how good the game is gonna be before it's release plz. We will see...

GarGx1
GarGx1

@Morphine_OD Actually the average is about right, the average subscriber pledge is around $2000

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@Dilandau88

You know, If I had a dollar for evey person who claims this game is over hyped I would  likely be able to pay for this game on my own by now.


What is this hype you talk about?

what is it about this game that is so over hyped as you so blatantly claim?

Can you point to specifics to prove the game is over hyped or are you just throwing comments out based on rumors and speculation?


How much do you actually know about this game and its Development, have you actually followed the Development or are you just one of those self appointed know-it-alls?

Ensabuhnur
Ensabuhnur

@Dilandau88  Based on the hanger module that he released months ago I would say your comment is baseless.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@Dilandau88 I dissagree but that's because I'm following the development process very closely.


Where do you even base this on? Just because it's budget is getting bigger? Do you follow the development at all?

Fabian85
Fabian85

Yes true for every game but its proven to be innovative already unlike anything on consoles. Or care to mention a title that pushes things further on these platforms and why?

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@Barighm Yes and no, we get to see progress in the form of modules releasing and we get to follow development step by step. They show off work a lot of the time too...it's not like they only release a trailer once in a while.

screecwe
screecwe

@DrizztDark  Considering that every game Chris Roberts has made has been insanely fun, and the majority are winners of multiple awards...it's not exactly a long shot to bet that the game will be a big success and a helluva lot of fun.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@DrizztDark So can you actually bring forth compelling arguments other then "U dunno crap AMG I know bett0r"? Time will tell and I think there is a 99% chance you are wrong.

Dilandau88
Dilandau88

@Darkwalker75 I have been following Star Citizen actually, though I am one of the few (it seems) that doesn't have money down and thus am not emotionally invested in its development like you. 


As such, I can look at the picture as a whole, from a distance, with a more objective perspective than someone who has built the game up in their head for the last 12 months, and has sunk significant personal investment into it. 


The hype around this game is unreal. 43 million dollars of hype in fact. I sincerely hope it does amazing, for your sake, for kick-starters sake, and for all of the the other investors sake.... But I also can't help but wonder if people have been building it up too much in their heads. Think Star Wars syndrome. After the initial trilogy, people had such high expectations none of the sequels ever stood a chance of appeasing people. 


Time will tell ! 

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Brother.. following what info the devs release to you and what the game as a whole is actually going to be like apon release are 2 different things. You shouldn't be so trusting man. I loved the wing commanders and space ships games I general.. Yes we do need a good one to release but damn you people are over hyping this thing based on funding received.. I hope your right and it is amazing but how often have we been disappointed with games with huge budgets lol... Think about it and don't be such a groupie for the game. I can tell you this will kill kick starter for games if this does flop...

Fabian85
Fabian85

Plenty of sandbox games out there with intense stealth mechanics and attention to detail shall i make a list for you? Can you name one game with the features this game has also adding 3 player ships with different spacecraftroles combination of fps space sim and planet exploration to the mix. Platforms matter in terms of visuals here it will look better than anything on consoles shown already by pre alpha footage. So why are you here downtalking such a nice upcoming title then?Exactly. Thank you for the talk and for proving my point.

MegaPhilX2
MegaPhilX2

@Fabian85  
I said that the platforms doesn't matter. But if you want an example on consoles, well I think Metal Gear Solid V really pushes the genre further because of its sandbox approach to stealth, driving mechanics and just overall insane scope and attention to detail. Platform doesn't matter. To me that's not at all the point of all this Kickstarter talk.

Have a nice day.

Fabian85
Fabian85

So you cant answer my question. That says a lot. Hangar module , docking parties etc in a space sim game is a new take on the genre. Respect great ideas and a platform that will give these ideas better visuals.

MegaPhilX2
MegaPhilX2

@Fabian85  For me this has nothing to do with PC VS Console. Regardless of platform, it is true that "Just because the stranger gives you candy doesn't mean he's a nice guy. Until this game is out, it's unproven."

_Roo_
_Roo_

@screecwe @DrizztDarkAlso unlike some developers (I'm talking to you Piranha) they are giving the players unprecedented access to the development process.  That is why people have the confidence to continue to invest in Roberts dream two years after it was announced and 2 more years minimum before it will be released.

In the end it probably won't be everything everybody is hoping for but I'm betting it will be a great game (with my money) and they are doing it right.  All the hate is amusing.

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@Dilandau88

You still have not given the specifics I asked for about what it is about this game that is over hyped.

As a matter of fact you specifically used the money they have gathered as grounds for it being hyped

.

That must mean that GTA V had$250 million of hype then.

And SWTOR had $200 million of hype.


And you also imply that anyone who has Money invested in this Project cannot have an objective view on this.


I think your problem, like so many others have, is not about the hype but rather about the fact that they have gathered an unprecedented amnount of money with a completely open development process.


If they had run the kickstarter and then after that ended said "ok we will make this game and let you know when its done", nobody would have been bothered at all.


People are scared that its a scam, is over hyped or will not deliver,  because they are not used to seeing things this early

People are using the traditional Development models for jsuding the Development of this game.

Many dont understand just how this wole process works, they expect to see a near finished product not a game in a very early alpha stage.


As such people think its over hyped, a scam or will not deliver because they think that what they see here and now are all there is to the game and that its impossible for the devs to deliver everything.


Not to mention that the greater majority of people who think these things also belives that everything promised, every stretch goal, will be in the game on release, which is another extremenly persistent misconception.


And no matter how things are explained these People juet keep sprouting their misingofrmation and micsonceptions as a given fact as if they know all there is to know about this Project.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@DrizztDark You have brought nothing to the table that shows the contrary, I watch all the weekly updates and read the articles on the side every week. I put time and effort reading into it. You're just a hater bringing emotional claims based on nothing. Yes one should always be sceptic but there is more to it then you're saying.

They have a weekly show on youtube where they tell about and show progress. I've seen all 66 episodes and have seen the progress, I've also seen the progress they made and the bugs they have fixed in the Hanger Module even tho it's Alpha.

Besides they raised most of the money POST kickstarter.

Again..give me some compelling arguments or reasoning instead of your baseless moaning.

MegaPhilX2
MegaPhilX2

@DrizztDark @Damnation_6 @ggregd

People get emotionally involved thinking they are part of the development but in fact, Kickstarter is nothing but a way for the developer to get funding. Nothing more. "Involving" people in the project is just a way to get more people excited  to give more money. I hope for the backers that the project will work but we never know what might happen. With stakes this high, I think it's almost guaranteed to disappoint a bunch of backers.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Man you have been spoon fed lol. You really thing your part of this don't you?

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@DrizztDark I dont care about the big budget, I care about their philosophy and the way they work. Also the community is there every step of the way to provide feedback. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. You're seriously being way too negative, try being more positive.

ggregd
ggregd

@DrizztDark  Kickstarter is already dead IMO.  It's turned into an incubator/proving ground for traditional investors to test new products, funded by market research guinea pigs sold on the idea of philanthropy.