Some of you might be aware of this huge, crowdfunded project called Star Citizen. It is a multiplayer space trading and combat simulation game that is in development by Cloud Imperium Games. It is set to be a spiritual successor to 2003’s Freelancer and was announced on October 18, 2012, through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Ever since then it has been under development, even though it has achieved this milestone.
$400 Million Raised
The Kickstarter campaign for the game drew in over US$2 million but it has now surpassed all odds. Around 3 million gamers who are waiting for this project have contributed over $400 Million towards this game’s development. In early 2020, Cloud Imperium Games had raised over $300 Million and now they have $100 million more in their pockets.
It is the highest crowdfunded video game and one of the highest-funded crowdfunding projects overall. After the Kickstarter campaign, they raised funds through the sale of ships and other in-game content. Even the game’s marketing campaign is now externally funded, and all this has led to some criticism. To be honest, rightly so!
Fans have shown immense patience and love for this game, and it is high time now that we hear something about it. Seriously, all this is a bit insane considering that there is still no release date for the project. But before we all get fiery, here’s what the devs have to say about the immense delays.
When Will Star Citizen Release?
Even after raising so much amount, the game is nowhere near a release, and it has become a bit frustrating. You might be aware that Squadron 42 was supposed to be the starting campaign of the Star Citizen Project. It was then announced to be a standalone project which will act as a starter for the main game. We have no information about its release as well, let alone Star Citizen. All we know is this.
“Squadron 42 will be done when it is done, and will not be released just to make a date, but instead only when all the technology and content is finished, the game is polished, and it plays great,” said the Chris Roberts, the founder of Cloud Imperium.
Ok so? Every studio as well as every fan wants the same. But that doesn’t mean it will release when every fan who was waiting for the game is dead. It is understandable that they want to present a well-polished game as we have seen what happened to Cyberpunk 2077 in the rush. But again, 9 years and 400 million dollars later, we still have no information at all. Some rumors claimed that the game may release at the end of 2022 but there hasn’t been any official word.
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