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Star Citizen boldly crosses the $40 million frontier

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That’s not a typo. Star Citizen has managed to drum up enough financial support, meaning that a couple of bonuses are on the way to backers.

With enough cash in the bank to fund a few not-a-compounds, Nkandla style, the Cloud Imperium Games developed sci-fi pilot title will have two additional systems for players to navigate through when the game releases in 2015. According to the Star Citizen website, total crowdfunding now clocks in at $40 037 960 from 405 370 backers. That’s an average of almost $100 per pledge. Guess some folks really want to take to space again.

And already, there’s a new stretch goal. $41 million is the next goal, which will unlock the following for the game:

Procedural Generation R&D Team – This stretch goal will allocate funding for Cloud Imperium to develop procedural generation technology for future iterations of Star Citizen. Advanced procedural generation will be necessary for creating entire planets worth of exploration and development content.

A special strike team of procedural generation-oriented developers will be assembled to make this technology a reality.

I’m dead keen to see the game arrive in 2015. I just wish that my PC was capable of running it, because creator Chris “Wing Commander” Roberts has been clear about the fact that Star Citizen is going to boast visuals that’ll knock the socks off of consoles.

My hopes are high, and provided that the game never gets stuck in the kind of limbo that Duke Nukem Forever found itself in when 3D Realms went off the deep end, I’m hoping that it’ll start a small surge in bringing back the space exploration simulator.

Last Updated: March 11, 2014

78 Comments

  1. Shame, is this all PC gamers have to look forward to?

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    • RinceIsIngwer

      March 11, 2014 at 11:52

      BWAHAHAH! Nice sir.

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    • CrasH

      March 11, 2014 at 11:59

      Yea, a little sad but then again, makes one think when even if it has an ultra low gfx setting the console wont even load a loading screen…

      😛

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      • Hammersteyn

        March 12, 2014 at 07:49

        PC is better than console? You don’t say? 😛

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    • Willem Swanepoel

      March 11, 2014 at 12:14

      hahah nice but remember, we are not excited because it is PC exclusive, we are excited that it is an ultimate space sim that we all were looking for.

      As a PC gamer, I still think it is so damn stupid to have platform exclusive games but yeah, they decided that they want to build a PC game to have no limits on looks.

      There are also games like The Witcher 3, Dragon Age Inquisition, TESO, Wildstar, new SC expansion, GTA V for PC are the few things that gamers are looking forward to.

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    • General JJ the Fett

      March 11, 2014 at 12:15

      Well, you can’t really look forward to having better machines than consoles gamers, since that’s an ongoing thing.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 11, 2014 at 12:43

      No, there’s a new Pastel Accounting coming.

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      • General JJ the Fett

        March 11, 2014 at 12:44

        LOL
        Man I hate working with Pastel.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 11, 2014 at 12:49

          Oh, there’s much worse than Pastel.

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      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        March 11, 2014 at 15:47

        Lol’d too hard at this

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 07:48

      Hehehe

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    • consolesareforpussies

      March 12, 2014 at 17:05

      retard

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      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        March 12, 2014 at 20:15

        lol

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    • Jason Martin

      March 13, 2014 at 22:50

      I am guessing you are being ironic in that statement but even if it were it is an amazing platform for so many varieties of gameplay it really does have something for everyone. trading, exploring, racing, mining, manufacturing, spying, salvage (and perhaps in the future even space construction) and that’s just the most exciting non-combat jobs off the top of my head. Then you have your militias, bounty hunters, pirates, etc. and each of those has many possible gameplay subsets, such as investigative mechanics as a bounty hunter, and corresponding countermeasures for pirates and criminals.

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      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        March 13, 2014 at 22:53

        Yeah well….That statement is not to be taken seriously…The game is probably going to be amazing

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        • Jason Martin

          March 13, 2014 at 22:59

          I figured as much, it just made me think of just how many awesome games it could potentially be better than on accident just from the latest progress reports. To clarify, this game could actually pull off a better battlefield 2142 sequel than the now EA run DICE. If they do mech ground combat I wouldn’t be surprised if it were hailed as a true successor to the original Mechwarriors. And with the guiding hand of crytek and their FPS model to build off of there is no reason it won’t be extremely polished on that end. And we all already know Roberts and friends are the best of the best in the industry when it comes to making cool shit that flies.

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          • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

            March 13, 2014 at 23:02

            Very true, Mr Wing Commander knows his stuff. I’m just worried about the overall scope of the game. They seem to be extremely ambitious. If they can pull it off though then this will probably shoot past many other games. This is a Kickstater game after all, so one has to be wary.

          • Jason Martin

            March 13, 2014 at 23:10

            It WAS a kickstarter campaign to prove a concept to some established investment firms. But that turned out not to be necessary, and I think it’s perfectly reasonable what they have added on since the 23 million mark (what was need to cover development of the initial iteration of the persistant universe which is still all we will get on it’s actual release day. So far as I can gather that will include all modules and goals up to those announced at 21 million will be present in some form in game, with everything announced past that tagged for post release. With some exceptions like the alternate starter ship of course, which will likely be available on release.

          • Johan du Preez

            March 14, 2014 at 12:57

            I agree im also cautious about it but Chris Roberts have allot of experience in this genre if you look at Privateer/Starlancer/Freelance/Strike Commander/Wing Commander I believe he is the only person in the world that can pull it of.

          • Johan du Preez

            March 14, 2014 at 12:56

            and it runs on linux 🙂

  2. ElimiNathan

    March 11, 2014 at 11:35

    2015, lots of time to upgrade your PC Darryn

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    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      March 11, 2014 at 12:07

      Don’t think he knows how…

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      • General JJ the Fett

        March 11, 2014 at 12:16

        Everything’s colour coded these days though, so he should be okay.

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      • Hammersteyn

        March 14, 2014 at 07:38

        Off course he does. He gives someone cash and tells them to upgrade it.

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    • CypherGate

      March 14, 2014 at 13:18

      All for ONE game ^_^

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      • ElimiNathan

        March 14, 2014 at 13:28

        Don’t be daft

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  3. Corporal Stick

    March 11, 2014 at 11:43

    For me, it is the best thing since Freelancer.

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 07:50

      That was awesome. Still can’t believe a sequel didn’t come out for it.

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      • Jason Martin

        March 13, 2014 at 22:46

        Because Microsoft owned Origin and had a deadline for the game to meet that resulted in many planned features being excluded, causing Chris Roberts and some others to leave the company and make the film studio that infamously produced the Wing Commander movie, but also some newer movies you might not know he was responsible for such as Lucky Number Sleven and Lord of War.

        For all intents and purposes this is the sequel to Freelancer that never was, or viewed another way; What Freelancer could have been given more development time and a better install base in higher end pc hardware, only now they are future proofing it for 4k displays since that is just on the horizon.

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        • Hammersteyn

          March 14, 2014 at 07:38

          Need to start saving then. Get a PC at home and not use the office one all the time.

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    • Johan du Preez

      March 14, 2014 at 12:53

      For me its the best thing since Privateer 🙂 Never liked starlancer and freelancer much to arcady.

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  4. Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

    March 11, 2014 at 11:44

    So these guys made over $40mil on a game that hasn’t even been released let alone finished? EA could learn a few things from them

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    • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

      March 11, 2014 at 11:47

      Tim Schafer, Chris Roberts and EA walk into a bar

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      • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

        March 11, 2014 at 11:48

        You would think at least one of them would have seen it O_o

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        March 11, 2014 at 11:49

        one leaves with a shitty taste left in his mouth

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      • Kromas

        March 11, 2014 at 11:51

        To hear the punchline please pay $5. 😛

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  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 11, 2014 at 11:53

    I am so looking forward to this. Please don’t suck. Pretty please.

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    • RinceIsIngwer

      March 11, 2014 at 11:54

      I will die laughing if it does *runs

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 11, 2014 at 11:55

        Good. At least there’ll be a silver lining.

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        • RinceIsIngwer

          March 11, 2014 at 11:56

          0-O You didn’t last that long… Something I am sure you have heard before 😉

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 11, 2014 at 11:56

            Obviously I was referring to the laughing, not the dying.

            I’m so misunderstood.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 11, 2014 at 11:57

            HAHAHA! Nicely done sir.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 11, 2014 at 11:58

            It’s the snappy direction change only mouse users can achieve trollol

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 11, 2014 at 12:00

            And explains the motion sickness pills you lot knock back 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 11, 2014 at 12:01

            Yes, it’s so we can deal with the motion-sickness we get from seeing the zombie-like shambling masses.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 11, 2014 at 12:03

            2/10.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 11, 2014 at 12:27

            Your rating is biased.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 11, 2014 at 12:34

            You are of course correct. *Fixed 1/10.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 11, 2014 at 12:36

            That’s better. In case anyone wasn’t sure, the lower the score the better.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 11, 2014 at 12:39

            Damn man, we need to get that ego sorted out. You are NOT worthless!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 11, 2014 at 12:42

            I know. I’m priceless.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 11, 2014 at 12:45

            And you people give me and Tanya crap if we try to motivate each other. Hypocrites!

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 11, 2014 at 12:48

            Thrusting a stick of eyeliner into someones neck is not motivation 0-O

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 11, 2014 at 13:05

            I think it motivates him to be nicer.
            Also.
            Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 11, 2014 at 12:48

            It’s tough love. Don’t the two of you feel bonded more strongly through adversity?

      • CypherGate

        March 14, 2014 at 13:20

        LOL imagine the amount of pressure these guys have to really bring something great to the table after all the crowd funding. They would get slaughtered if they messed up.

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  6. R1ker

    March 11, 2014 at 11:58

    Luckily at the time when I made my pledge the rand was much stronger than now. I really hope it lives up to all the hype. Need to dust off that old Cyborg 3d pro.

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  7. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 11, 2014 at 11:59

    Have you seen Elite Dangerous, Darryn? It also looks pretty cool.

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    • BacchusZA

      March 11, 2014 at 12:38

      I keep having to tell myself I can’t afford to upgrade to the Alpha access packages for E: D. Waiting for standard beta, whenever that’ll be (April? May?) is haaaard though.

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  8. Admiral Chief in Vegas

    March 11, 2014 at 12:06

    Slap in Force Powers and Lightsabers and I’m in!

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    • Willem Swanepoel

      March 11, 2014 at 12:16

      Starwars 1313 … oh wait … sigh

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      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        March 11, 2014 at 12:16

        🙁

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    • General JJ the Fett

      March 11, 2014 at 12:16

      Man oh man.

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 07:50

      2015….. At least it should be free of bugs on release.

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  9. Rags

    March 11, 2014 at 12:18

    We got towels!

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 11, 2014 at 12:26

      Towel fights in the hanger at noon!

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  10. General JJ the Fett

    March 11, 2014 at 12:21

    I’m going to postpone upgrading my pc just for this. (not that I’m due for an upgrade anyway)

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  11. Wyzak

    March 11, 2014 at 13:36

    If you are excited about this check out Elite: Dangerous – it’s a very similar game but will be out in about 6 months I wager. It will be an awesome stop-gap before SC.

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    • BacchusZA

      March 12, 2014 at 07:57

      If they keep the current Alpha release schedule, then September – October for full release looks about right. I wouldn’t be surprised however, just disappointed, if it slips to around December though

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      • Wyzak

        March 12, 2014 at 08:00

        Could be yeah, but it will still be out long before SC.

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  12. vintysgc

    March 11, 2014 at 22:07

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    • Ken

      March 11, 2014 at 23:20

      Dear Vinty,

      Stop spamming your bad clan everywhere.

      Reply

  13. CypherGate

    March 12, 2014 at 09:52

    The visuals should surpass the latest PC Game in graphic fidelity. Comparing it to console just doesnt make any sense as they will be updating this game constantly.

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    • Johan du Preez

      March 14, 2014 at 13:12

      Yeh its pretty stupid comparing it to a console that’s the same speed as a entry level PC. This thing make 2xSLI TITANS struggle on Chris Roberts dev machine.

      I actually think my 2x 7970 crossfire wont be able to run this game on full graphics.

      To put it into perspective the 2x SLI TITANS will run Battlefield 4 with a average of 160fps on ultra.

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      • CypherGate

        March 14, 2014 at 13:18

        Gees my measly 460GTX will never handle this game even on low settings lol. Yup haven’t upgraded my pc in ages. I do need to though, but more for work purposes than gaming. I only game certain ones thats not available on console like Civilisation 5 or proper FPS’s from time to time. My latest and odd addiction though is Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+. Me and a buddy constantly competing on that game.

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        • Johan du Preez

          March 14, 2014 at 13:19

          I must give Pac-Man a try my buddy also raves about it. If you upgrade it will probably be better to wait until 2015 because your pc should be able to run all the console ports untill then 🙂

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          • CypherGate

            March 14, 2014 at 13:22

            Lol yeah maybe i should wait till then lol That Pac-Man game… hell… me and my buddy sat competing constantly on the same game mode which is similar to the classic layout, but on a 5:00 minute trying to achieve over a million score and it gets crazy difficult the faster the game gets lol You definitely should try it, but with a buddy. After a while me and my buddy was like….WTF? Whats the time and 5 hours passed. Was crazy. Cant remember the last time a game caught me like that. Usually if you with a buddy.

  14. Johan du Preez

    March 14, 2014 at 13:01

    Yeh its time to show the gaming industry what NEXT GEN really looks like… this game will be released with 4k support.

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