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[UPDATED] Star Citizen’s Crowd Funding Hits A Colossal $20 Million

Carl Phillips
ALL THE MONEY, Chris Roberts, Cloud Imperium, Crowd Funding, Space sims, Squadron 42, Star Citizen

First Person Combat On Planets Unlocked

UPDATE: As expected, Chris Roberts has posted an open letter on the Star Citizen website, thanking everybody who has helped the game reach the latest stretch goal. He also announced that in addition to unlocking ground-based FPS action, every backer would also get a Freelancer-inspired fish tank for their hangars. You can read the letter in full here.

ORIGINAL: The money keeps a-coming for the folks at Cloud Imperium Games, as Star Citizen's latest stretch goal of $20,000,000 has now been reached, further smashing the record for a crowd funded game. Hitting this latest target means that first person combat will now be available “on select lawless planets” when the game launches next year, allowing players the chance to shoot first.

The next stretch goal of $21 million will provide the ability for a Salvage Mechanic to be included in the game at launch. Here’s the blurb all about it from the official website:

Salvage isn’t an aside: it’s a career, with its own mechanic, story tie-ins and universe-shaping endgames. Search the galaxy for a host of valuable and interesting secrets using both the flight and FPS components. Discover the secrets of the ancient Hadesians, locate valuable components and cargo… or go down in history the first to make contact an entirely new alien race!

[UPDATE: In Roberts' letter, he also revealed the $22 million stretch goal - facial capture equipment. The aim of this one is to "let the team more easily create a variety of realistic characters," but that's not all - "the technology is mobile enough to allow us to take it on the road and capture select fans during special events!" Whether this means players will be able to use their own face for their in-game avatar, or whether it means they will pop up as a random NPC remains to be seen, but it's an interesting stretch goal none the less.]

We’ll keep you updated with the official word on this latest milestone for the upcoming space sim (as Chris Roberts will no doubt have a statement ready for the occasion) but we suggest you stay tuned to the site for an exclusive look into Star Citizen’s crowd-funding process that you won’t want to miss.

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