Star Citizen Nears $100 Million in Crowdfunding

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Chris Roberts’ Star Citizen has raked in a lot of money in crowdfunding – so much so they’re near $100 million in donations.

The game has been in development since 2012, when they initially started crowdfunding via their own website, and later, on Kickstarter.

If you’re looking to get in on the game’s current build, you can pledge via their official website.

Editor’s Note: The article originally stated the game broke $100 million, which is not the case at this time. We’ve updated it for accuracy.

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  1. Etherblaze
    November 30, 2015 at 9:28 am

    not sure what to say about this. Feels like a long term sham that wasn’t intended to be a sham.

  2. Mir Teiwaz
    Mir Teiwaz
    November 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

    And how close to done is this game?

  3. Neojames82
    November 30, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Yeah I’ve been hearing some bad stirrings in the background that this game is no where near completed and that they are not spending the money right. I feel this project is going to blow up and blow up big time.

  4. Neojames82
    November 30, 2015 at 9:38 am

    From what I’v heard, not even close.

  5. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    November 30, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I’ll never understand why people would pay thousands of dollars for ships for a game that isn’t even out of alpha phasing.

  6. Furluge
    November 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Still a ways off. The release date they currently estimate, which it has been for a while now, is the end of 2016. I expect it to be more like 2017. The have had multiplayer ship combat in alpha for a while and now have a small system environment for multiple players ships and on foot combat on their unstable build test server.


    You can just go and see where they are, it’s not a secret. If you are so inclined go download it and sift through it to see what you can turn up. :)

  7. lucben999
    November 30, 2015 at 10:17 am

    So it officially has a bigger development budget than MGSV.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  8. Jeff
    November 30, 2015 at 10:19 am

    The single player campaign is supposed to be launched next year. The mmo-esq portion is quite a way away though. If you do a google search for “star citizen” and select the video tab, you’ll be able to get some idea of where it’s at development wise

  9. Mr0303
    November 30, 2015 at 10:31 am

    This is the last big project from the initial Kickstarter craze. It is taking a slightly different route from Mighty No 9 and Broken Age, but its success or failure may define the future of crowdfunding.

  10. korval
    November 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

    According to the site it’s 99,154,509. That’s $845,491 away from $100 million. So no, they have NOT “broken” that amount.

  11. BeakieHelmet
    November 30, 2015 at 11:55 am

    That was all Derek Smart, who has had a longtime hatred of Chris Roberts.

    Just look at the persistent universe test they have up and form your own opinion.

  12. Neojames82
    November 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Well I know about that story and all, but I believe I heard it from other sources, like internal rumblings. Still think this game isn’t going to be anywhere near close to the hype it is (or was in my eyes) riding for so long. People eventually are going to get sick of waiting.

  13. BeakieHelmet
    November 30, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Not so long as they have 45 minute twice a week updates on the game and continue to deliver content to the backers, not to mention everything else they do to keep the community in the loop.

  14. Nin
    November 30, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Yeah, I don’t think that any big triple AAA kickstarters are going up any time soon if this one fails.

    Though it should be said that Mighty no 9 and Broken Age technically did not fail, just got overhyped and had very messy production incidients.

  15. Mr0303
    November 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    That is correct. What I meant was will it deliver a good game and will it sell outside of the Kickstarter, but with this one I don’t think those sales matter.

  16. scemar
    November 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    the game sounds and looks awesome

    here’s hoping it actually comes out someday

  17. Tim Stevenson
    Tim Stevenson
    November 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Derek Smart hates everything that isn’t Derek Smart. Truth be told, Smart attempted the same thing with Battlecruiser years ago, when the technology couldn’t support it. That, and it was really poorly executed. I think most of it is resentment.

  18. Nicholas Scovelle
    Nicholas Scovelle
    November 30, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    litrly 90% of articals like that are click bate the games moving along granted not as fast as the origanl kick starter said but the games literally trippled in size since that at the request of us backers and we are getting the single player portion of the game in 2016 so yea the moneys not being spent wrong its just a game thats so much larger then anything that has been done so they are dealing with issues that no one has has fix for yet like you would in say a CoD game whare the codes pretty much 60% rehash from the last game

  19. sniper23
    November 30, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Maybe they are too rich and they want to waste their money.

    Well, I don’t mind actually. I liked the game and the concept itself. Someone must fund the game, anyway.

  20. Ken
    November 30, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Did your friend Billy tell you?

  21. DeusEx
    November 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I haven’t seen anything doomsday about its development, but I have seen a lack of producers reigning in the ever increasing feature creep.

  22. Nodoka Hanamura
    Nodoka Hanamura
    November 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    It’s autism at it’s finest, JC. I could buy the A-10, Mi-24, F-18 and M1A1 TUSK from THE Omega Concern in Second Life for same or possibly less than their Cutlass Red, and still have enough to pay up my In-world rent for a YEAR. AND EVEN THEN I HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO THEM, UNLIKE STAR CITIZEN.

  23. Urobolus
    November 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    He’s so happy from all the people that got suckered in. Other game companies are taking note.

  24. Viktor Fel
    Viktor Fel
    November 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    What I really want to know is if the ships will poop on command.

  25. lucben999
    November 30, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Only if you bought the $5,000 Space Poop upgrade, if you pay $10,000 you also have access to unlimited poop for your poop ship.

  26. lucben999
    November 30, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Wasn’t there a guy whose wife left him because he spent tens of thousands of dollars on virtual ships for this game?

  27. Jack
    November 30, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    pic related

  28. No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I don’t now if I want them to fail or put something out.

  29. comicbookinvesting
    November 30, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Derek smart is now the bogey man that SC fans bring up to deflect concert for their paper thin game. The dude isn’t even in the news any more and no one brings him up EXCEPT sc people, now.

  30. Vidura
    November 30, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    lol you really pick on SC when big companies like EA rip you off constantly ? No one is forcing you to buy into this game, the devs are some of the most transparent I seen with their development. They already proved major parts of the game in working order, this is not your average game but every cent is going into development and not publishing.

  31. Dragon75
    November 30, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Whatever other sources you may have herd it from is likely just repeating what that guy is saying.
    Even the internal rumblings stuff was originally his claims, and he got Escapist to post an article claiming to have inside information from former employees.
    Sources which was quickly found to be questionable at best, and most certainly not credible.

  32. Dragon75
    November 30, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    What feature creep?
    Not been anything since the $65 million goal.
    Everything they have revealed and talked about in he past years time are things that been planned and known about as far back as the beginning of the crowd funding campaign.

  33. Thanatos2k
    November 30, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    So…..release date?


  34. Thanatos2k
    November 30, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    When you embrace feature creep instead of determining scope like any sane software developer does, you’re doomed from the start.

  35. Thanatos2k
    November 30, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    If this fails, it’s not because of Kickstarter. They have only themselves to blame.

  36. DeusEx
    November 30, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    What I mean is they work on one thing and get some way there, but start working on another thing entirely and now you’re only 1/5 done instead of 3/5 done.

  37. King of Bros
    King of Bros
    November 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    [Scam Intensifies]

  38. Feniks
    November 30, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    The world we live in is fucked up. Did you know 1 billion people don’t have access to a reliable source of clean drinking water?

    And then you have those who throw thousands at a game that doesn’t exist.

  39. Feniks
    November 30, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Same with anime. Somebody needs to buy the blurays and rip them.

  40. Feniks
    November 30, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Half-life 3 will ship with a Star Citizen demo.

  41. Neojames82
    November 30, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Well, all I can say is, all of you that defend this game, which is your right, hope you get the game you were hoping for. I’m just a cynical asshole sometimes when it comes to crowdfunding gaming these days so don’t mind me.

  42. Jonathan Harrison
    Jonathan Harrison
    December 1, 2015 at 1:59 am

    That’s called iterative development, goes with the territory of games development, (been a game dev and engineer myself). To put it simply, when tech needs to be built (especially cutting edge like SC), then it takes time and R&D which no one can predict easily and each game mechanic needs to work with the other as this is an MMO. They are developing all prioritised parts of the game in parallel and releasing as one unified dev stream per live patch release. This is how all Developers do it, you’re simply not usually privy to this info as this is the first company to go full open development from the get go at pre-alpha. The core tech is almost complete (as stated by recent developer interaction in their community section and content can now be developed with clear paths in mind. This is essential to finishing the game to the highest standard, unlike EA or some other half-assed publisher forcing talent to kick it out the door half baked. Most developers don’t even mention a games release window till 6 months or some before completion and even then manage to delay it despite ‘solid release dates’ a la Ubisoft, GTA V PC version etc. Plus their budget + staff tend to be considerably larger than 100 mil. Considering this is the first game to have localised physics grids (the ability to movie relative to an object within a second object within a universe all with independent physics (hence realistic ship simulation and the ability to walk around ones ship) never before done, immersion has never been higher. I am currently playing the PTU (test build) of the large space map SC alpha 2.0 with multicrew and can say its one hell of an achievement and solid proof and framework on which to build the SC universe. IT WORKS and IS REAL. Delays are frustrating (myself included in this want everything right now, self entitled world we live in, however, quality takes time when the bar is set this high so I rein in my indignation and count my blessings that they will to quote ‘its done when its done’. That is what I have wanted many developers to say in the past when you see their buggy pieces of garbage they call games. Its only had 3 years of development and I highly doubt Mark Hamill and Gary oldman would have added their names to a project that would fail considering they play pivotal roles in the singleplayer campaign Squadron 42. Seriously, you only have to look through their excessively large collection of videos, documents and gampleplay footage to see that its coming along well and if anything the pace has continued to increase as lo andbehold, the core technology has been implemented. Who would have thunk it, you can only build a game world when the tech is in place to build said world. Massive rant over, may you all bask in enlightenment and please give a good game and a brilliant developer unshackled from publisher constraints a chance.

  43. TargetDrone
    December 1, 2015 at 5:58 am

    you know, that is one of the most stupid arguments ever…. even if i hadn’t spent a couple of thousand dollars supporting that game, i wouldn’t give a single cent of that money for some charity….
    why? because it comes from my fun money, which i use for my amusement… and i don’t find donating to charities fun…

    if you do, feel free to though…

  44. Dragon75
    December 1, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I always appreciate when someone who works in the industry takes the time to explain these things.
    I have little knowledge about these things myself, so whenever someone explain these things it gives me a chance to educate myself.

    But its difficult to read this wall of text, so could you please put in some spaces and paragraphs so it easier to read?

  45. TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 1, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Wish Shenmue 3 got this kind of money. It can barely get 10 million. :(

  46. Feniks
    December 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I love how defensive people always get when you point out why the human race needs to be gassed ;)

    It was just a funnu observation, IDGAF about this world either really. Just here for vacation.

  47. Imsdale
    December 1, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I’ll never understand why people feel they are cool cause they want Augmentations and Cyberware that doesn’t exist.. and need to tell others.. without these backers putting their money up for the common good the game wouldn’t be made.. if nobody paid taxes there wouldn’t be roads or healthcare either.. someone will have to pay to make it happen, totally understandable if you care about it.. same as people coming together to build playgrounds for their kids in the neighborhood or whatever..

  48. Domaldel
    December 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Would you be able to predict how many bugs will turn up for new and never before seen features of a million dollar budget AAA title with more lines of code then I think you can grasp in your head up front?
    Keep in mind that every new line of code can break pretty much anything previously made in unpredictable ways.

    Last time they tried to give us their internal schedule they got a ton of critique for delays that’s quite frankly inevitable in big programming projects.

    The reason big titles can sometimes have exact dates is because they’re already mostly done by the time we get to hear about them (after having been in development for 4-5 years in many cases)

    There is however a rough schedule for each of the different parts of SC.
    So if you follow the game you got a pretty good idea of when things will ship and given that they release new information 5 days a week we know about any changes in those schedules almost as fast as the devs do themselves.

  49. sniper23
    December 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Eh? Maybe we should stop wasting money by starting from Alcholic drinks and Cigarettes.

  50. madattak
    December 1, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I used to think they were a good idea (FTL for example did its kickstarter project well and an excellent game resulted) but so many games (And I suspect SC will be one of them) just keep sucking in money, failing deadline after deadline, until eventually the dev just goes ‘fuck it’ and releases some half finished crap.

  51. Senator SmellyPants
    Senator SmellyPants
    December 1, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    No, there is a guy who doesn’t have a wife because he spends tens of thousands on ships for the game.

  52. Dragon75
    December 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    It keeps astounding me how little people actually comprehend of how game development works, and how unwilling they are to actually try to educate themselves.

    The deadlines you refer to are not deadlines, they never were, they were estimates.
    But even so this is a perfectly normal thing, not just in game development, but software development in general.

    The only reason people get the impression that you are describing here, is because this is the first time we are given full insight into the development(this includes any and all delays as well as the reason why they happen), this has always been done behind closed doors before, as such we don’t know about any delays that might have happened along the line.

    As for FTL, the scope and scale of that game is far smaller than SC is.
    Also FTL is a single player game only with rather simplified graphics, where as SC is 2 games in one, a single player game and an MMO using state of the art graphics.
    As such there are far fewer things that can cause problems and delays during development, which in turn results in a shorter development time.

  53. Dragon75
    December 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    There is a guy who has both a wife and a kid, and have spent tens of thousands of dollars on the game.
    His wife done have anything against that either, and the guy took on extra work to pay for that so that it would not affect his regular finances.

  54. Dragon75
    December 1, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Well if that concerns you so much, why don’t you try to do something about it instead of telling others what they should do, how they should think and how they should spend their money?

    You can start by giving them your paychecks so they have money to build wells to get water.

  55. Chris Ashmore
    Chris Ashmore
    December 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    To be honest it seems the heavily modified cryengine seems to be struggling with the ambitions of star citizen from what ive experienced thus far. The optimization seems to be non existent in SC but i guess why optimize something that isnt even close to finished. It does look impressive but sadly PTU 2.0 seems to be not even functioning for many right now (well definitely me)after the latest patch, but dammit i wanna see this game succeed.

  56. Imsdale
    December 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Comparing SC with its 100 million and professional and visionary developers to some random failed kickstarters that want to make money is hardly fair. It tells me you don’t know what your’re talking about. SC will probably be the most awesome game made to date. But dont take my word for it.. find out for yourself, google SC Alpha 2.0 and read up on what the creator intends.. BTW, I supported FTL, Wasteland 2, Project Eternity and Shadowrun plus a bunch of others. They turned out OK..

  57. Imsdale
    December 1, 2015 at 2:08 pm


  58. Scott Winterringer
    Scott Winterringer
    December 1, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Please cite said sources or said source must be false.

  59. Scott Winterringer
    Scott Winterringer
    December 1, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Star Citizen is finishing up major changes to the game engine. Actual content is being built very quickly now that the baseline is getting up and running. They built the first system in a few months. with these assets they should be able to make the next one even faster, and the one after that faster. Please cite your source, as you keep mentioning “you heard” or whatever.

  60. Scott Winterringer
    Scott Winterringer
    December 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Features are locked in. any changes are for performance, such as the remodeling of ships. the cutlass post is a fantastic one for displaying this, or would you like loading screens and buggy content?

  61. Scott Winterringer
    Scott Winterringer
    December 1, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Source please?

  62. Scott Winterringer
    Scott Winterringer
    December 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Sounds like a wild story. Source?

  63. Scott Winterringer
    Scott Winterringer
    December 1, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    You don’t have to buy the cutass red package, to play. Star citizen is not interested in following the same route as “premade” games. premade games like CoD, Battlefield, or games that just want your money ‘EA”. Star citizen is more interested in your feedback (what you want in a game) than your money for development. Star citizen is in development.

  64. Scott Winterringer
    Scott Winterringer
    December 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Please go out there and fix the water shortage then. Earth is 2/3 water. Shouldn’t be too hard right?

  65. madattak
    December 1, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Yes, I have. However it’s one of the most ambitious games ever made and the problem with those is that they can’t live up to the hype. Hey, if SC is good, then I’ll be lining up to buy it too. I’m just doubtful.

  66. madattak
    December 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    True enough, I do small scale game work myself, deadlines was incorrect. That being said, I’ve seen many ambitious project like this fail. Lets just hope this is the exception.

  67. Nodoka Hanamura
    Nodoka Hanamura
    December 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    My point about this still stands. And I’m not the only one in this camp.
    Even though SC is still in development, it could go Tits up at any time for any reason, as with any game. At least with these “premade” games, Most of the time, when you preorder shit, you almost always get it, unless at the last fucking moment, they pull the fucking plug on it, and they usually refund it. Whereas with SC, you’ll be shit out of luck if the problem originates from a compromised bank account, or a scandal that leads to chargebacks out the ass.

  68. Lightor
    December 1, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    By your logic no one should ever have any luxry item ever. You can’t order ice cream for desert or own a TV because people are dying of thirst. So everyone should live a life of financial servitude to everyone who has less than them? Sounds like a worse world than we have now.

  69. Deadringer
    December 1, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    What is this bs can’t live up to the hype crap. It’s kinda hard not to live up to the hype considering ur already playing it. It’s not like it’s behind a closed curtain

  70. Deadringer
    December 1, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    But it’s the kind of world Obama would like us to live

  71. Benjamin Peters
    Benjamin Peters
    December 1, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    It started raising money for the game in 2012, I don’t think development on it started until they opened their first office in March of 2013.

  72. Benjamin Peters
    Benjamin Peters
    December 1, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I’m not sure if they’re defensive so much as scoffing at the immense foolishness of your comment.

  73. Benjamin Peters
    Benjamin Peters
    December 1, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Right, now people bring up mysterious “internet rumblings” instead, probably because Derek Smart was rightly mocked off of the topic and yet the people that quoted him before don’t seem to want to stop. It’d be embarrassing if people shouting Star Citizen is scam turned out to be wrong.

  74. Benjamin Peters
    Benjamin Peters
    December 1, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Hey, I can appreciate that honesty.

  75. Benjamin Peters
    Benjamin Peters
    December 1, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    We can’t forget about Pillars of Eternity, Shadowrun, and Wasteland 2. They all did really well as far as finished projects.

  76. Benjamin Peters
    Benjamin Peters
    December 1, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Don’t be that guy, guy.

  77. Benjamin Peters
    Benjamin Peters
    December 1, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    This post for Great Justice.

  78. Neojames82
    December 2, 2015 at 1:14 am

    As do I. :)

  79. Joe
    December 2, 2015 at 3:14 am

    I thought you liked paying taxes?

  80. TargetDrone
    December 2, 2015 at 5:49 am

    that’s what i said actually… nowhere did i endorse everyone living in financial servitude and not spend money on luxury…. as i stated.. everything i spent on star citizen came out of my fun funds… meaning money i planned on blowing to get entertainment and excitment out of live…. how someone does that, is everyone’s own business… if someone gets his rocks of on donating, more power to them…
    that is not to say i am against charity, but that is taken from a different segment of my monthly funds…

  81. Lightor
    December 2, 2015 at 7:33 am

    That was a misreply, meant to be @disqus_pK9MPDilwk:disqus.

  82. comicbookinvesting
    December 2, 2015 at 8:12 am

    FWIW, it won’t be embarrassing for people calling SC a scam if it turns out legit, because they don’t have any skin in the game. Not real skin in the game.

    The people who spent hundreds or thousands on the game have a LOT more to lose.

  83. Dragon75
    December 2, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I think you are replying to the wrong person here.
    As I said above there has been no new features since the $65 million goal.

  84. Benjamin Peters
    Benjamin Peters
    December 2, 2015 at 11:22 am

    You’re right, it’ll just turn out they were cynical edge-lords who were way off-base with their rantings and ravings about the impending harbinger of doom that is Chris Roberts. This is a lame excuse: “It’s ok to adamantly hate something you don’t really know much about, because there’s no consequence for it.”

    Currently the consequence is looking like a fucking loud idiot of the previously stated description.

  85. Ken
    December 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Well shit, since it was on the internet, it must be true!

  86. Ken
    December 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve seen ambitious projects succeed. Doesn’t mean that I should assume every ambitious project will succeed.

    I don’t understand the desire to assume that unrelated projects by other designers have any sway over what happens with Star Citizen.

  87. Ken
    December 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    People like you are so fucking annoying. You’re the one that start babbling on at a party and everyone around you rolls their eyes and comes up with an excuse to get away from you.

    And then people just don’t invite you out.

  88. Ken
    December 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Who cares? We’re investing in something that we want to see happen that wouldn’t otherwise happen because publishers don’t give a crap about Space Sims.

    If you don’t like it, fuck off. We don’t care.

  89. Nodoka Hanamura
    Nodoka Hanamura
    December 2, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Fine by me. Just remember that if and when SC does, if they do – go tits up, you’ll be the losers in this.

  90. Ken
    December 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Welcome to real life, where everything you do has some sort of risk. Sorry that we don’t live in a nice fluffy world where everything happens how we want it.

    Thing is, we know the games Chris Roberts has made. He’s worked on massive projects before. He’s won tons of awards before. He’s worked in the movie industry and put out some pretty decent movies.

    It’s more than reasonable to look at his past accomplishments, and come to the conclusion that it’s very likely he’ll put out a great game.

  91. Mason Collier
    Mason Collier
    December 3, 2015 at 1:49 am

    I have seen enough of the released content, That I can see that its just a matter of tying everything together and finishing some ship detail. I have donated a fair amount, but nothing compared to what others spend on there boats, skiing equipment, or other hobby. I enjoy the friendships I have made, and look forward to the finished game and playing it with the friends I have made

  92. Dragon75
    December 3, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I’ll never understand why some people are so “concerned” with how other people spend their money, or have to try and tell them how they should and should not spend it.

  93. Nodoka Hanamura
    Nodoka Hanamura
    December 4, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    The Irony in your statement is hilarious. I’m telling you the same damn thing you’re telling me.

    Everything does go the way we want it to – Yes. That’s what I’m saying. SC has the chance to go tits up – every project has a chance to die.

  94. Steve
    September 10, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    *Concept ships. It seems the majority haven’t even been made to fly around the buggy arena commander tech demo.