The enthusiastically awaited space sim, Star Citizen, by Chris Roberts, has now surpassed the $100 million mark in funding. Avid supporters of the game have spent tens, hundreds and even thousands of dollars in contributions via crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, and also by pre-buying founders packages and ships.
Star Citizen has now become something of a big deal, despite the fact that the space sims genre had been neglected over the past decade. The manner in which this type of game has attracted so much attention from supporters is not that clear, which has led to numerous criticism about the game and the team behind it. However, it has continued to raise more money while its release date seems to keep moving far away.
Crowdfunding for the game started in 2012, with a release date set for 2014, which disappointingly did not happen. Chris Roberts has received a lot of bad press for continuously delaying the release of the game. Apparently, he’s being met with challenges associated with the extra money. And he keeps on adding more features to the game. Some people have voiced their fears that the release of a final product may be extended forever. But this delay is expected considering the amount of money that the game has raised – $100,138,860 from over 1 million supporters. In addition, a lot of heated allegations about the game have been ongoing on social media platforms with the team responding to almost each one. Star Citizen fans are confident they will get what they paid for. Some of them are in the forefront always ready to defend Roberts and his team. And to add to the hype, an A-list cast has been brought onboard including Gary Oldman, Mark Hamill, Gillian Anderson and Serkis Andy.
The first priority that Roberts should consider right now is to release an authentic version of the game so fans can finally get a taste of what they have been waiting for and promoting for quite some time. The fact that supporters of the game have been continuously purchasing virtual items shows the optimism and eagerness they have for the game. On the other hand, it must be understood that this is just like any other kind of crowdfunding project where the possibility of risks and possible losses cannot be avoided. That is why participants are always recommended to carry out due diligence in understanding the uncertainties of investments before putting their money in any crowdfunding project.