Cloud Imperium founder and Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts announced that crowdfunding for the studio's ultra-popular space game Star Citizen has reached $42 million. The latest milestone is a combination of money from the 2012 Kickstarter campaign and subsequent donations via PayPal.
In 2012 Roberts and company launched a Kickstarter asking for $500,000 in funding. By the end of it, the game managed to generate $2,134,374. Since that time Cloud Imperium has managed to keep the money coming in by promising to add features and by giving backers access to prototypes of important gameplay elements.
To coincide with hitting this new funding milestone, Roberts announced that the following features will be added to the game:
- Updated Observist Guide: Additional funding from the $42 million level will go to expanding the website area of the Galactapedia: expect to see holographic ships, items and navigation interface in 3D! Imagine admiring your ships or planning your loadouts right here at the RSI website.
- Explorer-class mobiGlas Rig: Every player who backed before we hit $42 million will start the game with their own, visually distinctive mobiGlas "ExoGlas" rig which can be used to access the Observist at any time. I've charged the mobiGlas team with a very difficult task: creating a realistic interface that will help keep your affairs in order in an expansive galaxy. It's almost like building our own in fiction operating system for an imagined future, and it's very different task than building spaceships. This backer-exclusive mobiGlas kit will come pre-loaded with additional galactic information that new players would ordinarily need to explore or barter to fill out; it's our way of honoring the information you've collected about the Star Citizen universe through the RSI site and community over the past year!
- Gladius: The Squadron 42 team will develop an additional fighter for the game, the Aegis Dynamics Gladius-class light fighter. The Gladius will be the first fighter built entirely from concept to CryEngine in the UK! Here's the official description: The Aegis Gladius is the UEE's reigning light short-range patrol fighter. - A single-seat ship with no room for expansion, the Gladius is fast, maneuverable and capable of punching far above its weight. The main advantage to the design is simplicity: cheap to produce, easy to repair and outfit and quick to train new pilots on. The Gladius is an aging design nearing the end of its life-cycle, although iterative updates have kept it the most nimble fighter in the active fleet.
- Towel: And of course, everyone who backs before we hit $42 million will also receive a towel for their hangar. Don't explore the galaxy without it!
Roberts also noted that the Star Citizen development team is currently working on the game's dogfighting module in preparation for a full release.
You can read more about all this by visiting robertsspaceindustries.com.