Star Citizen the upcoming space trading and combat game has already broken all records for crowdfunding totals but now in a post on the company's website its CEO has confirmed the company has now raised US$35million.
The new figure follows the announcement of new stretch goals after the game reached its previous high of US$33million towards the end of November. And now yet more stretch goals have been added with the Tamsa and Tanga star systems coming into play at $36million and $37million respectively.
Following November's announcement 6,617 new backers came forward with extra funds, making the total number of backers announced so far 330,000. That actually amounts to over $100 per backer - far more than any buyer would normally be spent on a AAA game.
Designer Chris Roberts has posted on the company's website describing the details of this latest update.
"Wow! When I started this journey I would have never guessed that we would have come so far in such a short time. $35M in funds raised to build Star Citizen before the end 2013 it truly a monumental achievement! You’re not just re-writing the rules of how games are made and funded but you’re showing the power that a committed community has to achieve a vision that so many people said was no longer relevant. You’ve broken every record there is in crowd funding – and not just for games – for any type of project!
Star Citizen will eventually be a highly detailed, vast space trading game with combat and socialising elements, and even talk of incorporating citizenship rules such as paying tax.
It is being developed in a modular fashion with the first portion of the game already completed. This consists of a hangar module that allows the player to store and view their ships, with future updates adding the ability to upgrade and modify them. Following this a dogfighting module will be added, then a social module, a persistent universe and so on.
Bit-Tech forum members have already formed there own 'Bit-Sec' fleet with many members having also donated to the development fund. Checkout the thread on our forums
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