Highly-anticipated space sim Star Citizen raised over $33 million since it launched its crowdfunding campaign a year ago.
This gives the game $10 million more than its initial expected budget.
Developer Robert Space Industries is expecting the funding to reach the $40 million mark by this November.
With each additional million, the studio will be adding new features to the game including different ships. At $33 million, Star Citizen will now feature the Anvil Carrack which “features on-board accommodations to allow for truly self-sufficient flight, including crew medical and repair facilities, and a mapping-oriented sensor suite capable of always charting a route home.”
To celebrate Star Citizen’s one-year anniversary since it first launched as a crowd-funded game, Robert Space Industries also hosted a four-hour livestream that showed never-before seen gameplay footage and revealed new details:
- Dogfighting module will not only be PvP but will include AI opponents as well.
- They have working version of Oculus Rift. Waiting for new HD set with the newer optics and trying to reduce lag from CryEngine. They want to wait until it’s perfect and expect to having something public ready for early next year.
- Xbox One & PS4 controllers were spotted in the feed and responding to questions about their presence, Chris Roberts explained that they have them to play for research and to compare, joking that they’ll destroy all of the available games. In a serious comparison to Ryse: Son of Rome,
- Capital ship battles will be a part of the game.
- Track IR support will launch next year.
- Dogfighting module likely not coming until early next year. Developers are adopting strategy of not releasing content or videos until they’re polished enough – part of the beauty of not being under publisher or shareholder deadlines or budgets. When it does release, players will be able to earn “test credits” to buy and try different stuff available in the game.
- Roberts thanked fans and urged that the extra funds will help ensure that Star Citizen is the “best best sim ever.” He confirms that it’s the biggest budget space sim ever.
Star Citizen is due to launch in November 2014.