Star Citizen is a game project that started out as a cool idea from Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts for a new kind of star-trotting ship combat game to this huge, crowd-funded mega-beast that promises to be based upon galactic trade and making a living, breathing galaxy for you and your friends to explore, work, own and even monopolize. I was a bit hesitant about the game at first, because as much as I liked Wing Commander, what I’ve always wanted in a space game has been the ability to have a ship and traverse the galaxy in it with a crew of friends — with the occasional space battle.
Amazingly enough, thanks to the fact that people keep funding the Star Citizen project, this is exactly the game that is being developed right now. I’m not sure how this is happening, but people keep pumping more and more money into this game making it one of the strangest success stories not only of gaming, but for crowdfunding. Star Citizen has met a crazy stretch goal of $36 million over the holiday period, making it by far the largest crowdfunded project ever, promising to be a huge, huge game with bigger implications. I mean, Cloud Imperium Games in Austin moved from a basement into a huge new office and that is only one of three offices for the company.
Both Jason Nawara and myself recently took the plunge and bought our own ships, ensuring early access to the game and while all you can do right now is hang out inside of your own personal hangar and explore your ship, it already shows a ton of promise. There is great attention to detail within the ships and the hangar and while there isn’t a ton to do, being able to climb into your cockpit or back into your sleeping quarters is pretty cool. It’d probably be cooler if I splurged and spent over $100 to buy a freighter, but it sounds like earning in-game money to buy a bigger ship won’t be impossible, might as well get the full experience, right?
Anyway, Star Citizen reached a $36 million goal, which means that they will include the first backer-voted star system, the Tamsa System, in the game. The Tamsa System is a two-planet system whose star has collapsed into a black hole, leaving those two planets that are left in precarious positions. The next goal is at $38 million and is a new system with a few planets, one of which being an inhabited water world (not featuring Kevin Costner). There is also a poll up for a third possible backer-voted system if $40 million is reached.