Chris Roberts: Cloud Imperium Won’t Sell Out
Fearing Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR might be the start of a trend, fans have been filling the Star Citizen forums with threads about the possibility of Cloud Imperium Games selling out.
After Star Citizen passed the $41 million in crowdfunding marker, creator Chris Roberts responded:
“We have no plans nor interest in following this path!” Roberts stated. “We don’t need to go to anyone with deep pockets to make OUR dream a reality. To mass-produce hardware like the Rift, you need an outlay of hundreds of millions of dollars. Luckily our ships are digital so we have hardly any cost of goods, just the cost of developing the universe of Star Citizen and running servers that Star Citizen’s universe will be simulated on. Thanks to the generosity of the Star Citizen community we have these two things covered.”
Roberts added that he’s been down the acquisition route before and there’s a reason why he wanted to make Star Citizen independently.
He also said that, while he was surprised by the news of the Facebook/Oculus VR marriage, he still supports Rift and believes it will only help get the headset into the hands of consumers sooner.
“My hope is that Facebook’s funding will let Oculus compete with much bigger companies and deliver an attractively priced consumer headset at the scale needed for mass market adoption without the loss of the incredible passion that convinced me to back the project,” Roberts said. “I haven’t heard or seen anything to the contrary so until I do we are fully committed to supporting the Rift.”