Star Citizen reaches $38 million; can you believe it?

PC space sim from Wing Commander Chris Roberts reaches yet another funding milestone.

Star Citizen, the PC space simulator from Wing Commander Chris Roberts and developer Cloud Imperium Games, is continuing to break records. As of this week, the game has now raised more than $38 million from over 382,000 backers. This is up from $37 million at the end of January.

Star Citizen is already the most successful crowdfunded project in history from a dollars perspective, easily surpassing the next closest competitor: the Pebble Watch ($10 million).

To put Star Citizen's new funding milestone 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.

Now that the $38 million milestone has been reached, players have unlocked the Cano, Oretani, and Kabal systems. You can read more about them on the game's website. Should funding reach $39 million, Cloud Imperium Games will announce a "new goal that will help chart the course for the future of Star Citizen in a different way," Roberts teased. Up until now, every milestone has unlocked a new system.

"As always, thank you for your continued support of Star Citizen. It's hard to properly express how grateful we are to the community for letting us pursue this dream," Roberts said. "I know that everyone is eager to see more of Star Citizen as quickly as possible--more ships, more systems, more gameplay--and I promise you that we’re just as eager to get that out there."

Star Citizen is expected to officially launch sometime later this year.

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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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askanison40
askanison40

TWO CORRECTIONS

1ST - "...Up until now, every milestone has unlocked a new system..."

Actually, only the last four (we're minutes away from hitting $39 million as I write this) million dollar-milestones have unlocked systems. Previous milestones have unlocked new ship designs and other things.

2ND - "...Star Citizen is expected to officially launch sometime later this year..."

Actually, the game will officially launch sometime in 2015. Presumably sometime during the second quarter.

Other than that, very nice article.

ccgod
ccgod

Watch all the vids on youtube this game is going to be epic

GodforSaken
GodforSaken

Amazing, can't wait for the dogfighting module to come out... well done CIG and keep up the good work as always... 

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Originally I thought Eddie was being over zealous to report every +1 million for Star Citizen after like 30 mil; now I see these are the game's own milestones. Well, I eagerly await its arrival; I may even buy it if it turns out good.

allgenre89
allgenre89

Oh cant wait!!

I know.. the hype!

Not gnna pay a shit until it comes out, then we'll see how it does. Most hyped games fail.. but with amount of money.

Please make it AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Boddicker
Boddicker

IDK.  I grew up in the 90's with games like TIE Fighter and Wing Commander and I want to see the space flight sim genre make a comeback in a big way, but this is either going to be a disappointment to ALOT of people or the greatest game ever.


You know how these things usually go............

ghost59
ghost59

yes. this is what  pc gamers should be doing. supporting   pc games.  forget the console games that will never come to pc. like destiny.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

This is the most crowdfunded game in history and it will be the biggest flop in history if it doesn't deliver.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

Yeah but games cost a fraction of current development costs back when Gears of War came out, and the PC is a lot more powerful than any console, never mind a 360.

I'm impressed that they've managed to get this much support, but that's not translating into how good I think the game is going to be, which really doesn't have much to go on right now.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Mr eon I also put in for elite because more space games the better off the pc world is..How ever this game keeps growing I hope they hit 40 million this year..Its just amazing is why..What if elite did it like this they also could've got such a bigger game for there community..Saw the videos of the alpha for elite looks fun..Im waiting for the dog fighting patch to hit in a month for star citizen..Just to practice will be cool an fun..

MrEon256
MrEon256

Can you believe it that Gamespot once again writes another article about how SC has gone up another digit in their funding without real news about the actual game while at the same time completely ignoring Elite: Dangerous since it was funded more than a year ago. Especially since Alpha backers of Elite: Dangerous are right now playing a multiplayer combat build of that game...


Actually, yes. I can believe that...doesn't surprise me at all actually... ;)


Don't get me wrong...SC is going to be great and I backed it on day one, but I don't think ONE article about Elite: Dangerous is to much to ask for...if some of the "reporters" here just went through all of the updates and newsletters from Frontier Developments they could easily write a major feature about the game...

warriors30
warriors30

No, Eddie, I really can not believe it.

Later.

Saladudo
Saladudo

Camera not fixed to ground vehicles' suspension, please

DuaMn
DuaMn

Oh man, this game going to fail so bad.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

is this just gonna be flying round in ships and all that, or can you actually walk round and travel to other planets and so on.

jyml8582
jyml8582

This game better rock my world upside down face.

wallacom
wallacom

With all those pledge packages, it looks more like pay to win.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

It cost 25 million to make Brutal Legend? It didn't even SELL a million copies lol.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

What we can't believe is your disturbingly obsessive need to write an article anytime someone donates more than .01 to Star Citizen.


Surely you can find enough sources for other stories to copy and paste for click baiting purposes.

Loshead
Loshead

I CAN't wait for this game, I pledged $75 got the avenger starter pack

berserker66666
berserker66666

Wait.......I thought this game would come early next year

StHapns247
StHapns247

Honestly, no, I cannot believe it.

burnettaj
burnettaj

Wow! Talk about tremendous pressure. If this game flops....oh boy watch out. 

keeper262
keeper262

I hope this game turns out great...especially since I already spent 75$ on it lol.

LtReviews
LtReviews

With 38 million, I would expect a Linux and OS X port.



MasterTheHero
MasterTheHero

Personally, I think Star Citizen should freeze the ability to continue funding the game at the moment. An overabundance of money could end up bogging the game down in features that will never get finished.


Money does help in adding features, but game design will still be paramount for the game to actually be fun and successful. They should just build with what they have now and feature lock it.

ccgod
ccgod

@allgenre89 You should think about getting a ship now lots of benefits for being a backer.  wish i would of known about this game when it was on kickstarter they got a lot of goodies.  From watching all the youtube vids they really seem to know what they're doing I don't see any possible reason to why this would fail

warriors30
warriors30

@MrEon256  Elite: Dangerous is a cool looking game. To be honest, I've never heard of it before but thanks for telling me about it. 

Nehkara
Nehkara

@Aaronp2k  Flying around exploring in spaceships, combat, trading, etc.  But it will also have FPS aspects (ship boarding and FPS ground combat).  There will be space stations and landing zones on planets where you can get out and explore those locations.  Hang out in a bar, shop for new equipment for your ship, or look for work.  100+ systems at launch in the MMO persistent universe.  Full singleplayer campaign with 50+ missions.

wallacom
wallacom

@jyml8582  I just hope the insurance option will be reasonable, I have doubts about it.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@wallacom  If you're not convinced about it, you can stick to single player campaign. I'm sure it will be fun and engaging.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@burnettaj  

I want it to be a great game, but with Eddie's almost manic obsession over how much is being donated to it, there is very dark part of me that wants it to be the next Aliens: Colonial Marines.


I know it's wrong, but the little pseudo-journalist can make one crazy sometimes.

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@LtReviews  

That is not up to CIG.


They actually want to port it to both Linux and Mac, unfortunately since the CryEngine the game uses are only available for Windows they cannot do anything about that until Crytek ports the engine to Linux and OS X.


So if you have a problem with that you need to take that up with Crytek who owns the engine, and tell them to port the engine to Lunix and OS X so the game can be ported to them as well.

screecwe
screecwe

@MasterTheHero  Remember, this game will have operating costs after release. Especially considering they are planning on continuing to release content every 2 weeks. 

notorious98
notorious98

@MasterTheHero Completely agree here.  In this aspect, more money is just going to add more content and possibly push the game back or cause certain features to be lackluster or unfinished.  The best way to accomplish this would be to allow funding to continue, but use that money towards producing content offered in a later free patch.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@burnettaj  

Oh don't get me wrong, as a huge fan of the Original Wing Commander Series, I am REALLY looking forward to this.  I just think it's silly for Eddie Clickbait to focus so much on the funding instead of the game itself.  


For those of you who are backers, you have my praise.  :)


And for Eddie, please, find a more creative way to waste your time, and ours, since that unfortunately seems to be your main goal on this Site.

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@TheWatcher000 @burnettaj 

As a backer and someone who has followed this game since its announcement in Oct 2012, I will defend the development of the game against the many uninformed trolls and console elitists around who are just bashing the game because they are too lazy to get informed.


That said, I understand what you are saying@TheWatcher000 and I think the amount of money the have raised are not really suited for an article about the game anymore.


We all know the game has amassed an incredible amount of money and support, so another article on that sounds like a lazy repeat of previous articles.


It would be nice if the guy who writes these articles would take the time to do a little research and find something else to write about the game rather than just repeat the last article with a few changes win words and that it has reached another million. 


@TheWatcher000

If you fin the articles here on gamespot about SC to cause you to have doubts, might I recommend that you read other articles about the game instead?

I can recommend articles like the one at Joystiq, which talks about the starship competition among, rather than just the funding goals of the game.

http://massively.joystiq.com/2014/01/30/star-citizens-starship-design-competition-down-to-24-teams/

holosuso
holosuso

@wallacom @keeper262Yes Yes you do, a pledge of $30.00 USD gets you the game, an a pledge $40.00 USD gets you the game as well as alpha and beta access.

dakkafex
dakkafex

@Darkwalker75 @LtReviews  well crytek just anounced they are adding linux support to cryengine :D

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@TheWatcher000  

I fully agree with you on that.


Even I as a backer think its getting very tedious to read about the latest funding goal each time they reach another million.


I dont even read the articles anymore, I just read the comments.

Joystiq on the other hand actually tried to find other things to write about and not just the latest funding goal.


And I think Eddie here should take a cue form them and find other things to talk about then just the funding goals.


There are so much information available about the game that it should be easy to find something else to talk about.

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@wallacom @holosuso@keeper262 

If you do donate make sure you buy a pack that comes with a copy of the game, and not just a ship.


Allot of people mistakenly buy only a ship and not a pack with both a ship and the game.


Its a quite common problem it seems and I like many others find it odd that CIG has not done something to advise first time pledgers of it when they buy only a ship and not a pack with the game as well.