PC space sim Star Citizen hits a mind-blowing $42 million
Crowdfunding campaign for Chris Roberts' new space game reaches yet another milestone.
Another week, another funding milestone for PC space sim Star Citizen. The game's already wildly successful crowdfunding effort has now reached a mind-blowing $42 million. This comes just days after creator Chris Roberts demonstrated the game's epic dogfighting mode at PAX East in Boston, Mass.
Roberts said in a statement that, "I can't think of a better symbolic victory than reaching that number in crowdfunding. The 'meaning of life, the universe, and everything' is now the amount pledged to let us build a new universe!"
The number 42 is popular with science-fiction fans based on its inclusion in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as a means to explain what life is all about.
At $42 million, the game's backers will receive an Updated Observist Guide (featuring holographic ships, items, and navigation interface in 3D), as well as the Explorer-class mobiGlas Rig--available to all players who backed before the campaign reached $42. In addition, now that the campaign has reached $42 million, developer Cloud Imperium Games will add a new fighter ship called Gladius, as well as a towel for their hangar.
Cloud Imperium did not say what the $43 million stretch goal is, but outlined plans for $44 million and beyond. Players will receive an additional hangar room at $44 million and you can vote right now on what you want for the $45 million goal. The options are a new ship's gun, updated scanner software, a new role-specific outfit, an engine tuning kit, a ship skin, a space plant, or a "mystery object."
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 429,367 people have backed the project so far.
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