Holy Crowdfunding! Star Citizen Nears $18 Million
When any videogame Kickstarter hits its funding goal, it’s an impressive accomplishment. When a project crosses the magical $1 million threshold, it’s pretty amazing. That one-time record holder, Obsidian’s RPG Project Eternity, topped $3.9 million is nothing short of remarkable. Now that we’ve established a bit of context, consider this: Chris Roberts’ Star Citizen is about to shoot past the $18 million marker, and it’s rapidly approaching its final $22 million goal, which would make it the first truly AAA completely self-published game. Wow.
On August 31, Roberts Space Industries announced it had reached its $17 million stretch goal, adding a new flyable ship class, the Battlecruiser, to Star Citizen. Five days later, total funding is at $17,881,959 (as of this posting) and climbing. That’s nearly $900,000 in just five days for a crowdfunded project that launched nearly a year ago. One more time with feeling: wow.
On the detailed Star Citizen campaign tracker you can see that, at its current pace of roughly $1 million contributed each week, Star Citizen will hit its final $22 million goal in just a few weeks.
I had the chance to interview Chris Roberts himself back in July, and along with explaining why he felt Star Citizen was making crowdfunding history, he described his vision for the space sim thusly:
“My dream is to make Star Citizen the Barcelona, or the Green Bay Packers is the example in American football, of videogames. If I can maneuver Star Citizen where all we care about is making the game better every day and supporting the community, that’s what I want to achieve. I think the community that’s backed us so far has responded to that idea. To some level it feels empowering they can get involved and make that happen in a domain where normally you need these big mega corporations.”
A year ago, I never thought such a thing was possible. Now it doesn’t so much seem like a question of if, but when? I have the feeling I’ll be writing about Star Citizen hitting $22 million soon.