Star Citizen’s crowdfunding has reached a new milestone, as Cloud Imperium Games has now raised over $500 million for its development. The game initially launched a crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter in October 2012, quickly raising over $2 million on that platform and starting a trend that would see it regularly raise more cash over the years.
As spotted by Eurogamer, at the time of writing the current investment total sits at $500,121,052 from 4 million backers. What’s noteworthy here is that Star Citizen hit the $400 million milestone in November last year, which means $100 million in funding has been raised in the last 10 months alone.
After a decade in development, Star Citizen is in an alpha phase and a final release date for a full game launch has yet to be revealed. There are many features, starships and locations to explore in the alpha build, but the highly anticipated Squadron 42 single-player campaign has yet to materialize. Star Citizen’s single-player adventure is one that fans have been anticipating for years now, and the story features many big-name actors like Mark Hamill, Gary Oldman and Gillian Anderson.
Cloud Imperium hasn’t been without controversy though, as Cloud Imperium got into trouble with the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) last year for shipping ads for sale that weren’t playable or even visible in the game.
Cloud Imperium has begun limiting the amount of detail it shares with its community on its roadmap, With studio explanation that its “most passionate players” saw these features as promising and grew increasingly frustrated when these goals were delayed and moved to later dates.
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