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

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

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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.

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dkdk999

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

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paulszki

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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TERMINATOR-SSD

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

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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.

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screecwe

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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sirchick

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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 :)

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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.

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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!

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sirchick

<< LINK REMOVED >> EA mmo ? what do you mean ....

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zrex2metagor

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>i dont think even he knows what he means

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Pewbert

Funny how everything cost $1 million.

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screecwe

<< LINK REMOVED >> Funny how simple concepts elude you.

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Pewbert

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You are a simple concept.

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Hurvl

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

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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.

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sirchick

<< LINK REMOVED >> The game already has released the first stage, the second stage is in a few weeks. They already showed it off at PAX east.

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screecwe

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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mr_nee

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

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screecwe

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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?

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Zloth2

<< LINK REMOVED >> They'll need to go further than that! And no, Snowden does not have "an extra bunk."

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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.

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hystavito

<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm guessing it's pretty easy to disappear in Mexico :).

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attirex

Vaporware.

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screecwe

<< LINK REMOVED >> Moron.

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Gamerno66666

Another one of these?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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MegaPhilX2

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Damnation_6

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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Dante-xero

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

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Trencher10

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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GarGx1

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

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Vojtass

LOL. Eddie, you're so predictable.

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Zloth2

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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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.

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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...

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screecwe

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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_Roo_

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Also 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.

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Damnation_6

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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MegaPhilX2

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We shall see...

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Morphine_OD

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

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GarGx1

<< LINK REMOVED >> Actually the average is about right, the average subscriber pledge is around $2000

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mr_nee

<< LINK REMOVED >> I can already see Kev giving this game 5