Star Citizen funding climbs to $19 million

Record-setting crowdfunding campaign for Chris Roberts' PC space simulator reaches new milestone; $21 million stretch goal revealed.

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The crowdfunding campaign for Chris Roberts' PC space simulator Star Citizen has reached $19 million, propelling the record-setting effort to new heights. Star Citizen is the most crowdfunded project--of any kind--of all time.

"It's hard to believe we're here again already in just over a week! Star Citizen Backers have brought us to an astounding $19 million!," Roberts said in a statement. "Stretch goals we thought would take months to reach are being unlocked every week. Thanks to you, the dream of a true AAA PC game without the restrictions of a publisher has become a reality."

Should funding for Star Citizen reach $20 million, developer Cloud Imperium Games will add first-person combat, though no new details are available about this mode.

The $21 million Star Citizen stretch goal was also revealed today. If funding reaches this level, the Salvage Mechanic "career" will be introduced to the game. According to Roberts, "Salvage isn't an aside: it’s a career, with its own mechanic, story tie-ins, and universe-shaping endgames."

To mark the announcement of this stretch goal, Roberts revealed the first concept art (below) for Star Citizen's female explorer. Explaining her design, Roberts said, "we didn't want a cheap pinup," but rather a "badass space explorer."

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

According to Roberts, it 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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Discussion

272 comments
gamemaven
gamemaven

This funding seems a little shady to me. Give him a certain amount of money and he will put an extra career in the game? How do you need millions for that? I bet you this guy is not even going to use the full amount of money for the game, and is taking money on the side. Just saying.

goggles123456
goggles123456

Will this be a subscription based game?  I can't seem to find that info.

goggles123456
goggles123456

If they reach 25 million, it should be F2P, LOL

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Hot shit, this or Elite Dangerous -_- damit I can't have both, AND Elder Scrolls online...

ChiliBean2000
ChiliBean2000

Not surprised since Chris hired some of the best dev's on the planet.   I expect nothing less than pure epicness!

Jake518
Jake518

Amazing! These guys are gonna have to deliver.

blackothh
blackothh

I have high hopes for this one!

Chai_Tea
Chai_Tea

Can't wait for this game.  I miss Wing Commander.

Fia1
Fia1

when is this thing going to release? i hope this one brings quality based on the money they got, because most of the kickstarters get like 400% more cash of what they expected but the game turns out to be as if they only spent what they originally thought they would get or even less and the rest of the money just dissipated into oblivion

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Why do they need so much money? Seems like a lot to develop this game. 

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Finish the damn game!  Also, where's the kickstarter for x-wing, tie fighters reboot?

LatinproX
LatinproX

Stupid donators, do you really think  they need 19 million dollars to make a game that will cost a fraction of that. Dumbasses. They will laugh at you all the way to the bank.

Brazucass
Brazucass

Cant wait to play Privateer online!

Seifer24
Seifer24

Hope tis one lives to the hype.

I enjoyed free lancer a lot back in the days.

Lets hope this one will trulu deliver.

Additionally the immersion of this game looks incredible.

aovannor
aovannor

AAA means aggressively marketed in the mainstream.

I hope everyone's money isn't just going to be used for advertising... or even a large chunk of it. Asking fro development costs is fair do for those that want it. Asking for crowd funding for marketing though? That shit should be illegal.

Smosh150
Smosh150

@gamemaven It has been stated many times before, you can look it up if you wish, but all of the features that are announced when they reach a goal are already going to be implemented, it is just announcing new features every time they reach a funding milestone.

wifdae
wifdae

@goggles123456 

yes it is free to play. But you must purchase the game, or buy in now and purchase a package that will include the game. Squadron 42, the single player campaign, is what I'm still a bit confused about. 

screwjack86
screwjack86

@xeoneex66 Can't have both???  Sure you can!  Just divorce/leave your loved ones so you have the time to enjoy them all.  They're superfluous anyway.  :D  

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@Fia1 

The Estimated release for the game is November/December 2014 at the earliest, possibly not before Q1 2015.

If you are interested in the game and have not done so yet, you can buy a Pledge pack to get Access to both Alpha and Beta.

Cheapest pack With Alpha/Beta Access cost only $40

Grandstream
Grandstream

@Fia1 It's due for sometime next year. That and Project Eternity are both looked forward to on my end from a private developer perspective. Along with Witcher 3, of course.

Usually, fixed budgets ensure a fixed list of content. However, a budget that increases means that they have the means to recruit more manpower and expand the game out, but they will aim for a deadline as much as they can.

At the rate they are going, they made over an extra three million dollars over the past three weeks. And the holidays are around the corner, too. What do you wanna bet those who get some holiday cash to spend decide to invest into this?

blackothh
blackothh

@Heshertonfist they dont "need" it, they are being given it, and with the flow of working capital, they can keep adding things into the game with as much money as they have to work with.

Grandstream
Grandstream

@Heshertonfist The game's going to do a ton of stuff:

1) It's an HD Space Sim, so it's going to be a big title with a lot of processes

2) It's going to look good and push PCs as far as they can go, acting the part of a benchmark title

3) With a fixed budget, a development team can usually focus on a laundry list of things they can accomplish with that figure; with a budget that is increasing and has yet to see an end, those extra funds open up development of additional ideas and projects to expand on the original title (especially since that kind of money will usually go toward funding development costs, manpower, so on)

4) Why NOT give them so much money if they are giving us a title that is just going to have more and more added to it as they can afford it?

blackothh
blackothh

@plm3d_basic one thing that you should try to do when it comes to a kickstarter project, dont get impatient! it will be done when it gets done and without money grubbing publishers forcing deadlines, the quality should be very high.

gamerguy06
gamerguy06

@LatinproX Actually you're the idiot for not understanding the concept crowd funding. People don't "donate" money. They make an advance purchase on the product and in most cases at a discounted price with extras that won't be available for the masses when the product launches. So in essence they've sold 20 million dollars worth of copies of Star Citizen.

Now please go hang yourself.

screwjack86
screwjack86

@LatinproX LOL, I'd say you were a bad troll but you've gotten quite a few people to respond to you.  I'm digging your posts, keep it up  :D

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@LatinproX 

trolling and calling people dumbass for your own ignorance is not going to get you anything but trouble.

It would be a waste of time trying to explain these things to you anyway because you dont want to understand, you just want to think that you know better than anyone else.

blackothh
blackothh

@Seifer24 Privateer was my first space game that I loved. Descent Freespace 1 and 2 were also awesome. Freelancer was a great game too. Currently my space game of choice is X3 and its expansion sets. 

Currently excited for X Rebirth and this one for sure.

LatinproX
LatinproX

@aovannor For the amount of money they are getting for free, it had well better be. Otherwise they should be liable for lawsuit. Bunch of mooching freeloaders.

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@aovannor 

They are not asking for crowd funding for marketing.

As a matter of fact, from what I understand they have not spent a single dollar on any kind of marketing yet.

All the marketing that has been done by the players via word of moth and players contacting various gaming medias and tipping them about the game, getting them to write an article about the game.

That is why they can manage with such a small budget compared to most mainstream games, because they dont have the expenses for marketing and the stupid corporate overhead that publishers have.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@screwjack86 Well thats fine and dandy, but thats not really what I was referring to :P I meant I won't have time to play all 3.  Even if I have no life thats alot of time going from one game to another HAHA

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@screwjack86 well wasn't referring to family and loved ones :P, I was more or less talking about being unable to maintain all 3 at once X_X

LatinproX
LatinproX

You just put your foot up  your own ass, dumbass. Pun intended.  How do you purchase a product that may never be released? Imbecile.

LatinproX
LatinproX

@PsV1710 @LatinproX and the elephant in the room begs the obvious question. why did it cost that much?Even though that was an exaggerated  estimate to begin with so that they can escalate their budgets. You can actually almost hear their accountants almost snickering at how gullible their investors are. Just like NASA, pay 1000 dollars for a frigging screw.

LatinproX
LatinproX

@Darkwalker75 @LatinproX what trouble?it means nothing to me and makes no difference. Ignorant? that`s only you trying to defend an obvious scheme, fool. How much money does it take to sit in front of a pc and design a game that other people  make independently for a few thousand dollars. Get over yourself, douchebag. Yes, you donated way too much and you`ve been had, keep trying to justify that. It changes nothing.  They made you, you fell for it. That`s it.

LatinproX
LatinproX

@noandno @LatinproX look down, someone else said it was more like $265 million doolars. This lends the whole scheme no creidibility whatsoever. I rest my case. Wham-bam-thank -u-mam.

goggles123456
goggles123456

@LatinproX @aovannor Basically, what you are saying is that crowd-funding is bad because the ignorant masses get ripped off, in your opinion.  Why is it bad for a company to crowd-fund a game?  They're asking for funding and leaving it completely open...and the world is answering.  Ask, and ye shall receive, right?  LatinproX, you have issues with money.  Money is not bad, money is not the source of evil in men's hearts, and it is okay for this game to be funded so well.  You can complain all you want if the game tanks after launch, but until then, keep your silly omens and nay-saying to yourself.  You aren't impressing or convincing anybody.

LatinproX
LatinproX

@Darkwalker75 @aovannor right, so they have all that money that they don`t need and still want to get more. Sounds worse than money grabbing companies like EA.

aovannor
aovannor

@Darkwalker75 @aovannor Well they either don't know what AAA really means or they are planning on doing it later. If you disagree with that then you don't know what AAA means either.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@Darkwalker75 Hehehe, funded that the day they opened the kickstarter. :D Trying to avoid having expectations, just hoping for the best.

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@Daemoroth @Darkwalker75

Nothing With EA surprises me anymore.

Only thing that would surprise me With EA, would be if they changed their policy and started making good games instead of destroying them.

It sounds to me like you liked the original Syndicate Wars.

If you did that, have you seen the spiritual successor to that game, Sattelite Reign, by the original Developer?

http://satellitereign.com/

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@LatinproX 

May never be released?

Where the hell do you get that idea from?

Why dont you take some time to do some research instead of making stupid ignorant comments based on nothing but what you read in this one single article.


LatinproX
LatinproX

@screwjack86 @LatinproX suit yourself. That`s my point. We can disagree. They may have the best of intentions but that doesn`t make it worthwhile. As they say,` the road to hell is paved with good intentions.`

screwjack86
screwjack86

@LatinproX @screwjack86 Then I disagree with you. I think they have the best of intentions.  Anyway, why do you even care?  Its no skin off your back regardless.

LatinproX
LatinproX

@xeoneex66 @LatinproX @Darkwalker75 tools for development, they already have them. Rendering software, they already have it. And unless they eat caviar and fois gras everyday for lunch that`s the only way their budget will  be so high. Which, BTW, they are doing on your nickel and dime.

Altazen
Altazen

@xeoneex66 @LatinproX @Darkwalker75 and there's salary to pay which is important, people can't work for free even if they want to, unless they're super rich.  overall, I think the $19m for a game of this magnitude is a little low to be honest.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@LatinproX @Darkwalker75 Actually?  If you did any of your homework properly, you'd realize it takes ALOT to make  agame of this magnitude.  Tools for development, a shit tonne of computers, rendering software, a place to house said computers, LUNCH for the workers, You'd be surprised just how much money is used for development.  In case you haven't realized this industry rivals the movie industry and comes damn close with some of its development.  So before you are so beligerant and ignorant, do your homework.

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@LatinproX @goggles123456 @aovannor 

So what you are saying is that because the potential for abuse is there, Roberts are just out to sucker us for money?

And because other projects like this has gone bad, you expect this game to go down the drain as well?

Thats an extremely cynical attitude.

You clearly have no idea how many publisher backed games have gone down the drain long before they were released.

Not to mention all the games that have been successfully released using the crowd funding model

Just because the developer gets the money from the gamers instead of a publisher does not mean the game is going to go bad or that someone is pulling a scam.

You say you disagree, but the way your comments are worded makes you sound like your just a cynical troll looking to convince others to agree with your views.

LatinproX
LatinproX

@goggles123456 @LatinproX @aovannor I don`t care to impress or convince anyone as  I don`t give a damn one way or the other. Just stating my opinion given the fact that crowd funding could be abused by unscrupulous schemers. You`ve  seen  how many projects have gone belly up an no money was returned. Now, get over yourself and excuse you for not agreeing. We all have the right to disagree.

blackothh
blackothh

@LatinproX You totally dont understand. They are not asking for more money. The money is coming from different levels of pre-orders. The popularity if the game is growing. They are saying what they can do with more money if it comes in. nobody is losing out. I donated my 25$ or whatever it was, long ago for pre-order and I just keep getting more excited at the amount of features they want to put in the game. If I want to up my pre-order to say 50$ because I feel that the game is worth more to me then 25$ at this point then thats my choice. Either way, everybody involved wins.

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@aovannor

Depends who you speak to really.

The gaming press tend to use AAA to mean a really high quality game. 

Marketing droids will use it to refer solely to the advertising budget (ie. the actual quality of the game is irrelevant).

Its not a term thats set in stone.