Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts’ latest project has amassed $6,316,262 through dual crowdfunding efforts across Kickstarter and the game’s official website, Roberts Space Industries. The figure breaks the prior record for crowdfunding, which was held by Obsidian Entertainment’s Project Eternity – the studio’s Kickstarter campaign raised just short of $4 million.
Star Citizen accrued ‘just’ $2,134,374 from Kickstarter, while the official website drive pulled in $4,181, 888. The total number of backers on Kickstarter reached 34,397, and 56,499 contributed to the RSI portion.
“I am absolutely elated by the incredible outpouring of support for this project,” said Roberts. “It’s clear that space sim fans have just been waiting for a game like ours to come along and rekindle some of the excitement that’s been missing from PC games and the space sim genre. With the resources that our fans have provided, it means the team will be able to provide more features in Star Citizen and deliver an even better game.”
“I’ve been looking for an opportunity to jump back into gaming. With all the tools and tech currently available, I can now make a game that really provides gamers with cutting-edge visuals, a highly detailed, immersive world and visceral, heart-pounding combat that only the PC can provide. In fact, PC gamers don’t need to take a back seat to any other platform. With Star Citizen, I want them to be able to stand up, be counted and completely enjoy all that their PC can deliver.”
Existing backers can now choose to upgrade their tiers, donating more money to receive additional bonuses, while those still wishing to back the project can still do so, but won’t receive early-backer perks such as lifetime ship insurance. The team intends to take a short break to regroup, then continue working on the game, which it expects to reach alpha-state by next winter.