Star Citizen Shatters $3 Million Crowd Funding Mark

Wing Commander developer Chris Roberts and his new company Cloud Imperium said on Thursday that their cloud-funding efforts for the upcoming space sim for the PC, Star Citizen, has surpassed three million dollars in pledges.

According to Cloud Imperium, this is a combined number stemming from the company's self-managed crowd funding program which has received more than 2 million pledges, and the Kickstarter program which has brought in more than 1 million. So far there are around 44 thousand backers, and both crowd funding projects still have another 10 days to go.

"It’s hard to believe we’re already at this important milestone," said Roberts. "It’s far beyond our initial objective and well into some of the stretch goals…and we still have 10 days left in the campaign. This amazing success is all thanks to our incredible fans.

"This is extremely exciting for me and our team because it will enable us to create the game we’ve been talking about to our fans over the past month. But we can do even more. I’m still hoping that we’ll reach four million dollars before we close. This will allow us to do more sooner, especially on things like our modder tools."

The support Cloud Imperium has received should speak volumes about the PC gaming community's desire for more AAA, high-class titles. For years PC gamers have seemingly been tossed aside as publishers and developers have flocked to the consoles, citing piracy among other hardware and financial reasons. Even Microsoft, which launched Windows 8 a few weeks back, released the fourth installment of its flagship Halo franchise just days ago without producing a PC counterpart.

After spending ten years in the Hollywood film industry, Roberts has returned to the PC gaming sector to create the game he wanted to make back when he was still developing the original Wing Commander in the early 1990s. His current endeavor, Star Citizen, has been in the works for the past 12 months, and will be launched exclusively for the PC platform.

"[It] will include all the Chris Roberts hallmarks that fans of his games have come to expect over the years: high quality cutting-edge visuals and technology, a virtual world that is immersive and detailed, a sophisticated storyline that is wide in scope and visceral, heart-pounding space combat," the company said on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Cloud Imperium launched a pledge referral program. Current backers are encouraged to enlist their friends in the crowd funding efforts. In turn, they'll have a chance to win prizes like an Alienware Aurora desktop computer, Oculus Rift headsets, Nvidia Geforce graphics cards and Logitech joysticks and gamepads.

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  • karash5050
    Star Citizen and several other crowd-funded titles appear to be the way forward for future PC games. That is to say there doesn't need to be a publisher in place when there digital distribution systems, notably Steam. This is my opinion of course...

    SC has my support! Warframe and Strike Suit Zero, too!
    Here is a referral link if anyone hasn't pledged yet.

    This game looks like it will be amazing
  • myromance123
    I really hope they support Linux later on, it would be an awesome addition to my games list on Ubuntu.
  • pliskin1
    I honestly thought this would be farther than $3 million by now.
  • fuxxnuts
    does anyone else think while it seems like a potentially promising game that all this hype about startup funding may end up dwarfing the game in the end?
  • Gundam288
    pliskin1I honestly thought this would be farther than $3 million by now.It's at $3,129,199 right now. You should know Tom's is kinda delayed by now.

    I already pledged and I'm thinking about pledging again to get cheap copys of the game for my buddys so they can play with me. (they are $30 now, compaired to the $60 they are going to be selling for at launch, plus thouse copys get extra free stuff in-game as well.)

    kinda shocked that Tom's didn't say that both people get a shot at free stuff for both ends of the referral program.

    the rewards are as follows for program:

    GRAND PRIZE (one awarded to the user with the most recruits)

    (1) Alienware Aurora Desktop*
    (1) Oculus Rift headset
    (1) Logitech G940 HOTAS setup
    (1) Idris-class corvette in Star Citizen to serve as your command ship

    RUNNERS UP (six awarded to the users with the most recruits)

    (1) NVIDIA GTX670 graphics card
    (1) Logitech F710 Game Pad
    (1) Anvil Gladiator Bomber in Star Citizen

    RECRUIT PRIZE (one awarded by drawing among recruit entrants)

    (1) NVIDIA GTX680 graphics card
    (1) Logitech G940 HOTAS setup
    (1) Anvil Gladiator Bomber in Star Citizen

    Daily Prize packages

    (awarded randomly from a pool of anyone with at least one recruit that day):

    (1) Logitech F710 Game Pad
    (1) Anvil Gladiator Bomber in Star Citizen

    (awarded randomly from a pool of anyone recruited that day):

    (1) Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick
    (1) Pack of 1000 In-Game Credits

    If anyone cares, my refer link is:

    as for the desktop they are offering, here are the specs.

    *Aurora Desktop specifications:

    PROCESSOR 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3820 (10M Cache, Overclocked up to 4.1 GHz)
    OPERATING SYSTEM Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
    MEMORY 16GB (4 X 4GB) Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
    HARD DRIVE 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s
    SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
  • Herr_Koos
    AWESOOOOME! Keep going, this game is going to be amazing.
  • ojas
    I hope i'll be able to pledge in time....

    GO SC!
  • Spread the word! Pledge like there was no tomorrow! We can make $4 million!
  • robertdv
    My refer link:

    To the stars!