Chris Roberts' Star Citizen has broken a staggering US$36 million in crowd-funding. The legendary Wing Commander creator revealed the news through a letter
on the game's official site, adding that they reached the figure over the Holiday period without any promotion, it just happened organically.
"I’m happy to report that the Star Citizen Development team will be back on the job as of Monday, revitalised and with an ever-greater determination to do everything to make this the Best Damn Space Sim Ever," Roberts wrote. "Your continued financial support allows us to chase this goal with confidence."
As a result of the figure reached, Roberts also revealed a the first the new backer-voted systems:
Tamsa System – Located near the fringe of Banu space, Tamsa System features a massive central star that has collapsed into a black hole. Only two planets remain in the system, a chthonian world and a gas giant located far from the black hole’s event horizon.
A new US$38 million user-voted goal was also revealed -- a "fully aquatic planet":
Cano System is home to a G-Type Main Sequence Star that’s almost identical to Earth’s. Of the four planets in the system, only one is inhabited: Carteyna. Located on the edge of habitable zone, Carteyna is a classic waterworld. Fortunately, its planetary axis constantly keeps the northern hemisphere away from the sun, which allowed for the water to freeze into the landmasses used as the initial landing zones in 2587. Multiple attempts have been made to try to convert the thick atmosphere into something breathable, but the process never seemed to stick. In fact, over the years, every time there’s a new technological development in geo-engineering, they test it out here on Carteyna only to yield the same result. Almost fifty years ago, scientists discovered microscopic organisms in the very early phases of life in the depths of the oceans. This caused a massive uproar throughout the UEE at the prospect that they had been attempting to terraform a developing world. Carteyna was immediately placed under the Fair Chance Act. Unfortunately, Humans had been living here for almost over three hundred years and the families that had been here for generations felt that they had earned rights as residents. After years of debate in the political and scientific community, the population was allowed to stay, but only under certain conditions: future terraforming attempts have been outlawed and the Human population has been consolidated to a single arcology to minimize their impact on their environment and the development of whatever species is growing in the deep.
Star Citizen is due to launch sometime in 2015, and as Roberts is quick to point out in his letter, the above is just a small representation of what the continued support means for the game's expansive development. Stay tuned for more on this raging crowd-funding success right here on AusGamers.