Apparently, there’s no stopping the train of the Star Citizen crowd funding campaign, with more and more gamers joining the over 1.8 million backers that are throwing their money at the screen in the hope of seeing the space simulator of their dreams realized.
A few minutes ago, as you can see in the conveniently precise picture below, backer number 1,808,7777 dropped the bucks required for the crowd funding campaign to reach 149 million dollars.
There are certainly many reasons behind this unprecedented success, and besides the fact that in the past Director Chris Roberts created one of the best, if not the best, space sagas in the history of gaming, it’s fairly obvious that the thirst for a game delivering what Star Citizen promises is real and very much solid among a rather sizable niche of gamers.
You’d think that Electronic Arts, that still retains the rights for Wing Commander, would consider doing something with it. Yet, the folks at Redwood remain silent, too busy with Star Wars, and the IP remains locked deep in some archive, after that ludicrous attempt called Wing Commander Arena in 2007.
In the meanwhile, Cloud Imperium Games is continuing to recruit followers, and built multiple development studios from scratch. With a top-level AAA budget, and the ability to compete on the same playing field of the big publishers that have been neglecting the genre for over a decade, they aim to achieve the space dreams of many gamers.
Whether they’ll be successful or not, future will tell, but there are certainly many willing to put their wallets on the line on the hope that they will. For the sake of full disclosure, I am one of them, as you probably already know by now.