Chris Roberts, the creator of Wing Commander, has revealed his return to videogame development after a twelve year stint as a movie producer (including The Punisher, Lord of War, and Lucky Number Slevin), announcing a new PC-focused Space Sim titled Star Citizen at GDC Austin 2012.
The game has reportedly been funded thus far via private investment, but hopes to raise further capital via crowdfunding on Roberts' official website
, claiming that if it's able to attain a lofty target of between US$2M to $4 M that further private investment will enable them to remain independent of publishing partners --although no running tally seems to have been disclosed for that.
Let's put high-end PC gaming and Space Sims back on the map!
Star Citizen brings the visceral action of piloting interstellar craft through combat and exploration to a new generation of gamers at a level of fidelity never before seen. At its core Star Citizen is a destination, not a one-off story. It's a complete universe where any number of adventures can take place, allowing players to decide their own game experience. Pick up jobs as a smuggler, pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, or enlist as a pilot, protecting the borders from outside threats. I've always wanted to create one cohesive universe that encompasses everything that made Wing Commander and Privateer / Freelancer special. A huge sandbox with a complex and deep lore allowing players to explore or play in whatever capacity they wish.
You can watch the trailer for the game's single-player component --which confusingly has it's own title "Squadron 42"-- embedded below.
Being built on CryEngine 3, Star Citizen intends to be managed with a service model similar to Guild Wars 2, rather than subscription or free-to-play, and also hopes to implement support for the promising Oculus Rift head-mounted display tech.
The game is said to be in the early stages of development, with no stated release date yet. Several interviews with Roberts have gone live today on various publications: Polygon
, GI International
, and Shacknews