Chris Roberts’ Star Citizen just achieved another crowdfunding milestone, passing a few seconds ago a total of $150,000,000. At the moment of this writing, it’s comfortably sitting on $150,000,943, pledged by 1,811,605 backers.
On top of the crowd funding milestone, we also get the reveal of a rather spectacular new ship, the AEGIS Eclipse, which is the game’s first stealth bomber.
Below you can read a bit of lore about the ship’s history and concept.
Armed with multiple torpedoes and state-of-the-art scan diffusing technology, the Aegis Eclipse has been the UEE’s best, and least known, protection. It is the Navy’s top choice in border defense and a preferred first-strike weapon against the Vanduul. Now, in an effort to increase transparency with the Xi’an, the Eclipse is declassified and available for purchase by Citizens.
In 2930, the UEE Navy was in need of a more advanced stealth bomber to use specifically in defensive operations against the Vanduul. Military casualties were mounting in cases of direct combat with Vanduul capital ships. The Navy needed a ship that could strike quickly before the enemy detected their presence or soften up strategic targets in anticipation of a larger attack.
Aegis Dynamics won that bid. The arrowing design, massive firepower, and cutting-edge clandestine technology of their design easily surpassed the competition. The Eclipse’s advanced hull system is adaptable to environments thanks to multiple wing configurations that adjust to space or atmospheric flight.
After years of extensive field tests, the Aegis Eclipse went into service in 2932. Since then, the Eclipse has served as the unseen sentinel of our borders. Now, it is time to recognize the Eclipse’s many years of service.
The ship will be on sale until June 2nd for $275, and $250 in the war bond version. After the end of the sale, the prices will be respectively $335 and $305. It’s worth mentioning that ships are currently being sold for real money to give fans a chance to support the project, but all of them will be purchasable with in-game currency at launch.
You can check out a few pictures below, and keep in mind, for the sake of full disclosure, that the author of this article is among the over 1.8 million gamers who backed this project at its onset (even if he’s not nearly rich enough to spend $250 for a ship).
If you want to see more, you can also enjoy the rather spectacular new video released yesterday.