Space MMO Star Citizen has generated over $40 million in funding, according to its creator Chris Roberts.
Cloud Imperium founder and Wing Commander creator Roberts set up a Kickstarter for the game in mid-2012 with an initial target of $500,000. The total raised by the funding drive’s conclusion was $2,134,374.
Cloud Imperium has since continued to raise funds on the Star Citizenwebsite by selling additional spaceships and other virtual goods priced from $25 to over $200 per item.
Now, in a message posted on the game’s website, Roberts has announced that funding has passed the $40 million mark.
“I’m constantly amazed by the continued support we receive and how this community manages to grow every day,” he said. “Since the last milestone we’ve added over 10,000 new citizens! Some say that space sims are niche. I’m not so sure.”
To celebrate reaching the milestone, Roberts will add two new systems to the game: the Kabal system (a seemingly empty system with a hidden military secret) and the Oretani system (a mysterious system of planets with a sole jump point that collapsed long ago).
“I am absolutely elated by the incredible outpouring of support for this project,” Roberts said back in late 2012.
“It’s clear that space sim fans have just been waiting for a game like ours to come along and rekindle some of the excitement that’s been missing from PC games and the space sim genre. With the resources that our fans have provided, it means the team will be able to provide more features in Star Citizen and deliver an even better game.”