Star Citizen creator wishes that he had been clearer on the development schedule

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A lot has been said about Star Citizen so far. It’s the kind of game that is soaked in a level of ambition usually reserved for runaway Hollywood blockbusters with an unlimited budget. That being said, it’s the kind of game that I want to see succeed, a massively gorgeous space simulator that is playable thanks to certain chunks of it being released to backers.

Thing is, the full game certainly isn’t anywhere near being finished, and all the arena modules in the world can’t hide that truth. Development is still ongoing, and will be for quite a while yet. And it’s an aspect of the game that creator Chris Roberts says that he wishes he had made clearer back when the 2012 crowdfunding had kicked off.

“One of the oxymorons of crowdfunding is you’re asking for money to make this game, but you don’t know how much money you’re going to get,” Roberts said to the BBC via GamesSpot.

Unless you just want to pocket the rest of the money, which isn’t my thing at all; I want to make the best game possible.

Nobody is surprised these days when a game is delayed from its initial launch date. Just about every big budget title does that lately anyway, to the point where Star Citizen doesn’t even have a speculative launch window pencilled in. It’ll be done when it’s done. And that’s something that Roberts says he wished that he had communicated more clearly to fans.

“Games get cancelled all the time. Games get pushed back,” Roberts said.

By the time you hear about a game, it’s probably been in development for three years and already had a whole bunch of delays. There’s a whole bunch of stuff that I know from when I was at EA, working with Microsoft–loads of games got cancelled, loads of games got pushed back. Things always took much longer than anyone thought. But the general public isn’t aware.

I think on the crowdfunding side, we can all do a better job. If I was crowdfunding again I think I would be more–I would spell this out more. Which would be, ‘If we’re getting more money and the scope changes, the timeline is going to change.’

Roberts also touched on the Star Citizen community being “incredibly supportive and positive,”, a collective of backers who now number upwards of a million so far. To be fair, if I’d backed a game by purchasing a digital spaceship that cost me several hundred dollars, I’d also be incredibly passionate about Star Citizen.

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Last Updated: February 18, 2016

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  • Commander Admiral Chief

    4 years………….

    • VampyreSquirrel

      And 4 more…..

    • Hammersteyn

      Inorite? Imagine backing this while in Grade 7 with birthday money, still in primary school and you’re still waiting by the time you finish high school

      • Mighty Meh

        Lol, time went so much slower back then XD

    • Monkeyman

      I didn’t realize October 2012 was four years ago.

  • Original Heretic

    This game has a development schedule?!

    • Hammersteyn

      Yep, the used the same road map Moses had when they walked through the desert

      • RustedFaith


        In all seriousness the PU module is amazing, flying around with a multi crew ship and doing some missions gives you a good feeling of where its going and I am damn exciting.

      • Stan

        And Moses is as mythical as much as most of the Star Citizen “content” is – he never existed either.

      • Stan

        And we are still waiting for the next coming of Jesus who promised to return within the lifetimes of the people he met

        “So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.“ (Luke 21:27-32)”

        We are still waiting nearly 2000 years later…

        Sound familiar ?

        • Hammersteyn

          Yeah, just like Star Citizen

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    It will be done when Half Life 3 is done!

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      I think HL3 will be done first…

      • Monkeyman

        OK… THAT was funny.

  • Hammersteyn

    Well it’s beaten Daikatana which took about three years

  • Spathi

    “To be fair, if I’d backed a game by purchasing a digital spaceship that cost me several hundred dollars, I’d also be incredibly passionate about Star Citizen.” – To be fair, you can get Star Citizen for $45 😛

    • Mighty Meh

      Im just stoked that I backed it when $45 wasn’t R720 000 000.00

      • Hammersteyn


      • Spathi

        Hahahahahhhahaa! Too true!

      • Commander Admiral Chief


      • Pariah


  • Pariah

    “To be fair, if I’d backed a game by purchasing a digital spaceship that cost me several hundred dollars, I’d also be incredibly passionate about Star Citizen.”

    That’s wrong.

    “You’d have to be incredibly passionate about Star Citizen to buy a freakin’ space ship for hundreds of dollars. Probably you’re lacking a little in the common sense department, but keep on being passionate bros.”

    • RustedFaith

      I spend $150 on a ship package 3 years ago, to be honest even if I didn’t spend the money I would still be as passionate about the game.

      Who wouldn’t be for the first real pc game in over a decade. The first game where we (PC Gamers) wont get dragged down by the inferior consoles.

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