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Star Citizen tops $42 million crowdfunding milestone

New features to be added after a further $2 million is generated in one month

Space MMO Star Citizen has generated over $42 million in funding, according to Cloud Imperium Games.

Studio founder and Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts set up a Kickstarter for the game in mid-2012 with an initial target of $500,000. The total raised by the funding drive's conclusion was $2,134,374.

Cloud Imperium has since continued to raise funds on the Star Citizen website by selling additional spaceships and other virtual goods priced from $25 to over $200 per item. The initiative has generated $2 million in the last month alone, taking the total to $42 million.

To coincide with the new funding milestone, Roberts has announced that the following features will be added to the game:

  • Updated Observist Guide: Additional funding from the $42 million level will go to expanding the website area of the Galactapedia: expect to see holographic ships, items and navigation interface in 3D! Imagine admiring your ships or planning your loadouts right here at the RSI website.
  • Explorer-class mobiGlas Rig: Every player who backed before we hit $42 million will start the game with their own, visually distinctive mobiGlas "ExoGlas" rig which can be used to access the Observist at any time. I've charged the mobiGlas team with a very difficult task: creating a realistic interface that will help keep your affairs in order in an expansive galaxy. It's almost like building our own in fiction operating system for an imagined future, and it's very different task than building spaceships. This backer-exclusive mobiGlas kit will come pre-loaded with additional galactic information that new players would ordinarily need to explore or barter to fill out; it's our way of honoring the information you've collected about the Star Citizen universe through the RSI site and community over the past year!
  • Gladius: The Squadron 42 team will develop an additional fighter for the game, the Aegis Dynamics Gladius-class light fighter. The Gladius will be the first fighter built entirely from concept to CryEngine in the UK! Here's the official description: The Aegis Gladius is the UEE's reigning light short-range patrol fighter. A single-seat ship with no room for expansion, the Gladius is fast, maneuverable and capable of punching far above its weight. The main advantage to the design is simplicity: cheap to produce, easy to repair and outfit and quick to train new pilots on. The Gladius is an aging design nearing the end of its life-cycle, although iterative updates have kept it the most nimble fighter in the active fleet.
  • Towel: And of course, everyone who backs before we hit $42 million will also receive a towel for their hangar. Don't explore the galaxy without it!

Roberts also said that the Star Citizen development team is currently working on the game's dogfighting module in preparation for full release.

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