Star Citizen’s Kickstarter campaign may have ended in November 2012, but its crowdfunding push never did. Kickstarter's original $2.1 million total now constitutes less than 5% of the frankly absurd $47m raised to fund the game’s development. Yet even as Chris Roberts raises concerns that developers Cloud Imperium will run out of meaningful ways to expand the eventual game, the Star Citizen community have voted for the stretch goals to keep coming.
Past goals have promised future Star Citizen players everything from extra missions and ship types when the game is released, to more frequent community updates on the game’s official website. A dedicated page over at Roberts Space Industries tracks progress to the latest unlock with a big, blue percentage bar.
Cloud Imperium recently asked Star Citizen pledgers whether they’d prefer the goals to stop - but 54% voted for them to continue, and Roberts has stated his intention to “honor that choice”.
“Every dollar supports Star Citizen’s persistent universe, but I’m not comfortable promising additional features with each million unless they’re truly additive,” he wrote.
“When we have a new idea that really impacts the final game and needs the funding then we’ll offer it here. But you can expect a number of player rewards and new ways of highlighting Arena Commander as immediate goals.”
The $47m stretch goal was an engine tuning kit which will allow players to view and tweak their vessel’s energy output with ease. It will be the last player-voted reward item.
I honestly don’t know how Cloud Imperium work this way, continually expanding their scope even as they code the game. It’s clear they still have years of development ahead of them. Have you played around with Star Citizen’s alpha dogfighting module yet?