Star Citizen nets $40m in crowd funding

Over 400,000 backers have helped the developer hit the milestone amount.

Fan-funded space sim Star Citizen has netted over $40 million in backing, according to developer and industry veteran Chris Roberts.

Touted as a new space adventure from the man behind Wing Commander, Star Citizen promises to be a ground breaking sci-fi game, allowing players to take the helm of a ship in dog fights, explore worlds first hand and take part in group online events.

Fans seem to have taken to the idea of “bringing space sims back” with MMO elements and a single-player campaign entitled “Squadron 42” in reference to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

“We've done it again! The Star Citizen community has pushed us to another incredible crowd funding goal: $40 million, a number that would have been an impossible dream at the start of the game's development," Roberts commented.

The company has now expanded its funding goal to $42 million and is offering a number of in-game rewards and goodies for those willing to help hit that goal.

“The full impact of each additional dollar is actually felt across the board: the project currently employs over 200 people... Thank you for your support, for making this possible. I can’t wait to show you what we have in store for Star Citizen; stay tuned!”

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