Star Citizen hits $9 million in funding

Upcoming space simulator from Chris Roberts and Cloud Imperium Games reaches new funding milestone.

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Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts' upcoming space simulator Star Citizen today reached $9 million in crowd-funding, up from $8 million in the middle of February.

The game's Kickstarter campaign closed with $2,134,374, while funds through the Roberts Space Industries website stand at $6,885,668 million and climbing.

The funding milestone for Star Citizen comes a week after developer Cloud Imperium Games announced it would expand its network of studios and open an office in Santa Monica, California.

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, and support for the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift is planned.

Much like Guild Wars II, Star Citizen will be available through a one-time purchase, but will not require a subscription. Players can also purchase virtual items with real-world money to customize their ships.

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joju_australia
joju_australia

geees xxxxHeretic817xxxx dont you know! THEY ARE Hydrogen intake fans! GEES man where have you been! hahaha! 


xxxHeretic817xx
xxxHeretic817xx

Still can someone tell me why the fighter has fans on the nose.

fans. in space!?

CptJohnnyRico
CptJohnnyRico

this game is gonna be stunning, getting a haswell and going crossfire just to play it on max everything!

starduke
starduke

Dang, this game, plus the Rift, t'would be amazing!

xxxHeretic817xx
xxxHeretic817xx

Have a lil Faith. I take Roberts at his word. The main thing will be keeping the majority of the funding out of the hands of greedy investment banker types that have to turn a million into a billion and end up ruining the fun, killing the fan base, tanking their own profits, and walking away wondering why this was such a bad investment.

So back the project, I did.

Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion

This game looks amazing.  Here's to hoping we can get it in our grubby little hands very soon.

i_like_toast
i_like_toast

for a game that's raised so much money and as someone who backed for $120, it's really annoying seeing how much micro transactions they're already planning into the game.

SgTFuzzy-18
SgTFuzzy-18

ahh they are sneaky on this one "through a one-time purchase, but will not require a subscription. Players can also purchase virtual items with real-world money to customize their ships." 

looks like it will turn into  P2W  type of game 


maitkarro
maitkarro

Woot, if it's better in all ways (as in not different but better, and more stuff) of Star Trek Online, then I'm in.

Daian
Daian

I would be a lot more interested in this if it wasn't an MMO.

Tychobrahi
Tychobrahi

This game is gearing up to be the greatest Space RPG ever made! 

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

Hope some of the characters from Wing Commander makes a cameo :)

kevinvegda
kevinvegda

I'm a Pledger...Can't wait for it... XD

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

Finally, the return of high-quality space sims!!  I miss you Tie Fighter...

gecko054
gecko054

Yay! Space simulator looking forward for this ;)))

Derpalon
Derpalon

This game is going to be fracking awesome.

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

really looking forwards to what i see as a pure game made by gamers with Zero publisher molestation.

Any game is much better without overbearing dicks like EA and Antivision  poisoning the product.

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

They have enough money now to create a superb AAA game

xxxHeretic817xx
xxxHeretic817xx

@joju_australia - LOL. I know. I thought it was just someone decided spinny fan things look cool. It looks like the reply is edited below but one of them was like:

What are you an idiot?!! Those are hydrogen scoops!

I mean damn! thanks for the info.... Next time I will check the inline specs. on the rotary girders. LOL

xxxHeretic817xx
xxxHeretic817xx

Yikes! OK. Well the Ram Jet thing makes sense. No, I had no idea there would be atmospheric flight as well. (pretty cool). No, I guess I have not played his other games. I do vaguely remember Wing Commander but I was just a kid back then and I barely remember it beyond; it had a cockpit.

So, that clears it up. I thought it was just an incredibly stupid design, as in, a radiator fan in the vacuum of space - LOL.

MXVIII
MXVIII

@xxxHeretic817xx  They are hydrogen scoops, you can fly into the atmosphere of gas giants and refuel. Its also used for atmospheric flight, so the engine will run like a traditional ramjet when you enter atmo. That part wont be at launch though, but its set up for the future.

sirdia
sirdia

@xxxHeretic817xx They're not fans per say. They're intakes for fuel. The ships run off of hydrogen, which they collect in certain parts of space. You can actually run out of fuel in this game.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@i_like_toast Star Citizen is not the only game that gonna be out from these guys and MTs are not pay to win here . MMO elements of the game will allow them to fund their games themselves for years to come .

MXVIII
MXVIII

@i_like_toast The micro transactions were advertised since the very beginning, this is not new at all. Also its literally a Cash shop, as in you pay cash for ingame currency, that is all that is going to be offered. Everything in the game is going to purchasable with ingame money.

starduke
starduke

@i_like_toast I really don't care much about the MTs, as long as they don't make the game pay to win. It seems like they're being careful about that.

sirdia
sirdia

@i_like_toast So you're mad that a non-subscription based MMO that plans on updating content every 2 weeks, has microtransactions (something that was advertised from the beginning)?

Interesting....

sirdia
sirdia

@SgTFuzzy-18 Erm...no. Most of the things in the game store will be for aesthetic changes on your ship. You can buy cash, which can buy parts, but there is a limit as to how much you can get per month. EVERYTHING you can buy in game, can be earned in game. So no, it is NOT P2W

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@maitkarro You simply cannot compare the two games.

SC offers so much more than STO ever will.

I'm willing to bet real money that even the SC Alpha will be better than STO will ever be.

No loading screens, 1st person piloting, motion capture for ingame characters.

The game promises to be better than anything currently available.


Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@Daian Not again . Who told you it's MMO .? Industry is in that bad condition that people forgot about old school PC games which used to be complete Single Player and Multiplayer package .?

Anyways ... they are taking the same route as that of Starcraft 2 . It have Offline single player campaign which have 50 missions in one playthrough . Once you finished that , you can restart the campaign and make different choices which will give you different point of view on plot with different missions like Wing Commander games and Witcher 2 . Then comes multiplayer , E Sport and MMO features of the game . Complete package . Sounds like you didn't read much about the game .

MXVIII
MXVIII

@Daian There is also a single player campaign that has a whole bunch of missions, it was even extended as part of the stretch goal, so the SP campaign is even longer than it was supposed to be, and it will get updates too.

bignick217
bignick217

@Daian It doesn't have to be MMO...  You can play it single player offline or online.  You can play it MMO online persistent universe or you can set up your own private server (just like freelancer) and play online with just your friends.  Also no DRM and no subscriptions.  So it's entirely up to you how you play it.  Don't want to play it MMO, you don't have to.

bignick217
bignick217

@Bond_Villain They said there would be at least one during the initial campaign..  I'm personally hoping for either Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, or Tom Wilson.

Dante-xero
Dante-xero

@Simplythebest12 Well, nowadays it costs roughly 50-100 million $ to make a AAA game, but then again a lot of that is marketing.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@xxxHeretic817xx You haven't you played his previous games .? There are moments when you fight on Planet surfaces and land on planets as well . The scale of this game is beyond your imaginations .

SgTFuzzy-18
SgTFuzzy-18

@sirdia @SgTFuzzy-18  

Hey if thats the way the game goes that's fine- but I would like to see the business model after the game has actually been released


They could go in the path of valve or EA/Activision

maitkarro
maitkarro

@Darkwalker75 @maitkarro If it won't be anything like that, meaning it won't be similar and better in what STO does, then I wouldn't even bother with this sim, as in STO you have the best combat system for that genre it's action based and with cooldowns for skills, no need to worry with energy or mana pots, your health regens on your own anyways, also the different gameplays are a lot of fun, being on planets or traveling in space and managing your crew also the ship itself. The sim won't have those dungeon like maps yeah, good point but loading screens will still happen if you warp, or well fast travel to somewhere, as normally it's loading procedurally as you're moving towards it, but if you're suddenly there, you have to wait till it's done loading the world. Also I can compare it to whatever I want, in similarities or in differences.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@Dante-xero @Simplythebest12 Most of the money is for marketing . For Example original Gears of war took 10 million to make and 3 times more to market . On other hand Final Fantasy 7 had taken 100 million dollars on marketing and far less than that on actual game . Should be noticed that the game was already 1 year in development before announcement and they are not building technology from scratch but working on Cry Engine 3 .

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

@Dante-xero @Simplythebest12 

A lot of that money goes to the big bosses, who sit on their fat ass's and do nothing to help the game at all. But still expect their end of year bonus. I think all games should be made crowdfunded, that way you get true vision of the intended game and not some rundown crap of what higher up they think it should be. Respect to all the kickstarter people who bring out their ideas to the masses, and the people that fund them.

sirdia
sirdia

@SgTFuzzy-18 @sirdia Roberts has a real hatred of the way EA does things. That's why he quit the industry for 10 years. The guy has always come off as a gamer who made his games just so he could play them. It just happened that other people would like them too. 

I wouldnt be too worried. CIG has already backed down on things they were going to implement because of popular opinion on their forums. I have never seen so much community interaction from a developer in my life. It's pretty amazing.