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Wing Commander lead reveals Star Citizen

Wing Commander lead reveals Star Citizen

Chris Roberts is famous for the Wing Commander series. He returns to the games industry after an absence of 12 years.

Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts is returning to the games industry and has unveiled his new title, a big budget hardware-heavy PC space sim called Star Citizen.

The game will be a return to the space combat simulators Roberts is famous for, having worked on both the Wing Commander series and Freelancer. He is aiming to fund it through a mixture of private investment and crowd funding with a target budget of $10m-$12m.

Star Citizen will set out to tax modern PC gaming rigs and Roberts intends to bring back a hardware-challenging mentality to the PC gaming scene and to help bring back the space sim genre.

'The traditional publishers don't believe in PC or Space Sims. Venture Capitalists only want to back mobile or social gaming startups. I say they're wrong,' says Roberts on Star Citizen's crowd funding page. 'I say that there is a large audience of PC gamers that want sophisticated games built for their platform.'

In terms of funding, Roberts is seeking between $2m-$4m through crowdfunding which his new company, Cloud Imperium Games, is handling directly as opposed to going through a platform like Kickstarter. The project has already raised more than $120,000.

Star Citizen is approximately two years away from being finished according to Roberts. When it is launched, he intends it to have a similar monetisation model to the Guild Wars games with players required to buy the game but then play online for free.

'I want to make a game again. I feel like I've got something to say,' Roberts told GamesIndustry International. 'The changes in the technology in the industry will allow me to do a much more immersive experience. The original Wing Commander was always about the immersion.'

Roberts claims that Star Wars has influenced almost everything he's done since seeing the film as a 'wide eyed eight-year-old'. He left the games industry in 2000 following the sale of his studio, Digital Anvil, to Microsoft and after directing a film adaptation of Wing Commander has since had a successful career producing films. He has a producer credit for films including the 2004 Punisher film, Lord of War and Lucky Number Slevin.

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Parge 12th October 2012, 10:16 Quote
This is pretty much the best thing that has happened to me in the last month.

I started a thread on it in the forums and the lack of replies is making me reconsider my sanity!

BIT TECH! - HIGH END PC ONLY OPEN WORLD MULTIPLAYER SPACE COMBAT GAME

Jeeze.

http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=245101
Tangster 12th October 2012, 10:31 Quote
Do want. Hopefully it's easier than the x-series games to get to grips with.
Kovoet 12th October 2012, 10:42 Quote
This sound so good
GuilleAcoustic 12th October 2012, 10:45 Quote
Didn't even read the news, just saw "Wing Commander" !!!!
Phalanx 12th October 2012, 11:02 Quote
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG*head explodes*
Shirty 12th October 2012, 11:07 Quote
Phil Rhodes 12th October 2012, 11:53 Quote
GravitySmacked 12th October 2012, 19:23 Quote
Pledged, this is one game that's long overdue!
LordPyrinc 12th October 2012, 19:39 Quote
I just watched the video from the Star Citizen website.

All I can say is Wow! Trying not to get my hopes up though in case it turns into vaporware. I never played Wing Commander, but I most certainly would give this game a good run.
SeƱorTasty 12th October 2012, 19:49 Quote
I don't usually feel the need to post but.....................

This is perhaps the most excited I've ever been in regards to a game...

words don't describe.... "shaking with excitement"
brave758 13th October 2012, 19:17 Quote
looks fantastic and will be backing
Griffter 15th October 2012, 09:03 Quote
yayyy
N17 dizzi 15th October 2012, 09:11 Quote
Where is my copy of freelancer!
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