The gigantic Chris Roberts project continues to advance slowly but steadily, although this time we are not talking about the economic collection but the number of players. No less than 500,000 users are those who have already purchased a pack that will allow them to be participants in this great galactic epic. Since more than 48 million have been raised to date, the average spend per player is around $100.
And today, Star Citizen cannot boast of its level of progress (a limited combat module has been published in alpha state), but it can boast of overwhelming figures and numbers. What to date is the project that has raised the most (and what is left) through crowdfunding is still far from its definitive launch. The Kickstarter campaign that ended in 2012 gave November 2014 as the final release date of the game, but the 2 million dollars raised by then will have become 50 in a very short time, and the scope and ambition to create a game absolutely out of the ordinary have skyrocketed. We don’t want to get into whether it would have been more convenient not to add so many features and focus on getting a good game out a little earlier, but since many of us didn’t conceive of Star Citizen without Oculus Rift, for us it’s not a big problem to continue waiting for each other.
If it were not a living legend like Chris Roberts who was at the controls of the Cloud Imperium Games ship, the term vaporware would begin to haunt the minds of most backers, and although some are already somewhat disappointed by the time it takes for Star Citizen to see the light, there is no denying that the development team has always tried to be very transparent and keep the community informed about its progress and delays. Many games that follow a traditional development model (development team and publisher) would not have said a word about it until they were in a much more advanced state, but the crowdfunding nature of Star Citizen means that there is more communication with the public, which is the one who is disappointed (instead of a shareholders meeting) at each new delay. Anyway, to celebrate this very special figure, we leave you with the original Kickstarter trailer for Star Citizen.