Space exploration, trading, and combat game Star Citizen, in development since 2011 with a portion available to its 2.5 million early access backers, has passed US$250mil (RM1.04bil) raised.
With an average contribution of just over US$100 (RM417) per each of its 2,452,402 backers, Star Citizen shows little sign of handing over its mantle as the most crowdfunded game to date.
Having raised US$2.1mil (RM8.77mil) via the Kickstarter platform in November 2012, it has continued to accept payments via its own website, building out its playable alpha to include space dogfighting module Arena Commander and first-person shooter mode Star Marine, with story-driven Squadron 42 boasting an expansive cast and expected in 2020.
Backers not only purchase access to the game's available modules, but can also funnel additional funds into Star Citizen through the purchase of virtual goods such as spaceships and cosmetic paint jobs.
A fan convention, CitizenCon, was held in November.
Two more of Kickstarter's most crowdfunded video game projects released earlier in 2019.Shenmue III rose to US$6.3mil (RM26.31mil) through Kickstarter alone, marking a return for a franchise absent for 18 years, releasing mid-November to a relatively appreciative reception; Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night also closed out its US$5.5mil (RM22.97mil) fund in 2015, this time as a successor to the Castlevania franchise, debuting in June 2019 to a strong set of reviews. – AFP Relaxnews
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