Star Citizen’s crowdfunding has reached a new milestone, as Cloud Imperium Games has now raised more than $500 million for its development. The game originally began with a crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter in October 2012, quickly raising over $2 million on the platform and starting a trend where it would regularly raise more money over the years.
As he noted Eurogamer, the current total investment is $500,121,052 from over 4 million backers, at the time of writing. What’s remarkable here is that Star Citizen hit the $400 million milestone in November of last year, meaning $100 million was raised in just the last 10 months.
After a decade of development, Star Citizen is in alpha and the final release date for the game’s full launch has yet to be revealed. The alpha version contains numerous features, starships and locations to explore, but the long-awaited Squadron 42 single-player campaign has yet to materialize. The Star Citizen single-player adventure is the adventure that fans have been waiting for years, and the story features a large number of actors such as Mark Hamill, Gary Oldman and Gillian Anderson.
The development has not been without controversy though, as Cloud Imperium found itself in trouble with the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) last year for advertising ships for sale that could not be played or even viewed in-game.
Cloud Imperium also began limiting the amount of detail it shared in its roadmaps with its community, with an explanation of the study that its “most passionate players” saw these features as promises and became increasingly upset when these goals were postponed and pushed to later dates.
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