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$39 Million Raised, More Drops in the Ocean

By MrJenssen25-02-2014

Okay, this is getting kind of ridiculous. Where is all this money coming from, anyway? Alright, let's take a step back. Star Citizen - that awesome-looking open world CryEngine 3 space flight simulator MMO type thingymajig - has reached yet another stretch goal.

At the latest milestone of $39 million, a new star system and a destroyer type vessel have been added. The star system, titled UDS-2943-01-22 for easy remembering, is apparently a trinary star system, "consisting of two white dwarfs and an active pulsar orbiting one another". I imagine this would offer a pretty fantastic view once properly realized in the game.

The vessel, the UEE Javelin, is a destroyer-type ship capable of carrying smaller ships and executing a variety of missions due to its modular design.

Furthermore, the blog update celebrating the milestone also goes into some detail about the future.

"Among the most common feature requests for Star Citizen are atmospheric combat and ground exploration. These are the single biggest things we would like to include in the game, but they’re also something we know we can’t have day one."

But surely, creating these planets from the ground up would take billions of years? Well, that's why the $41 million stretch goal exists:

"Procedural Generation R&D Team – This stretch goal will allocate funding for Cloud Imperium to develop procedural generation technology for future iterations of Star Citizen. Advanced procedural generation will be necessary for creating entire planets worth of exploration and development content. A special strike team of procedural generation-oriented developers will be assembled to make this technology a reality."

That sounds pretty rad. But considering that the main game's release is currently approximated to happen around the end of 2015 or even later, I doubt it's smart for people to start holding their breath for this procedural generation system just yet. This will be years down the line. But hey, better late than never. Now, onto $40 million!

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