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Star Citizen soars past Kickstarter goal

Wing Commander creator's new space sim funded with 26 days to go

Star Citizen has soared beyond its Kickstarter goal of $500,000.

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At the time of writing, the project has secured $517,716 from 11,397 backers, with the funding drive set to run for another 26 days.

The CryEngine 3-powered PC game is the brainchild of Chris Roberts, the creator of the cult '90s space sim Wing Commander.

Set in the year 2942, it's a persistent online multiplayer game that has been in production for about twelve months at Cloud Imperium, a Los Angeles based studio founded by Roberts in April 2011.

It will adopt the traditional one-time purchase model, with in-game items available through microtransactions.

Here's the official description posted on the game's Kickstarter page:

"Star Citizen brings the visceral action of piloting interstellar craft through combat and exploration to a new generation of gamers at a level of fidelity never before seen.

"At its core Star Citizen is a destination, not a one-off story. It's a complete universe where any number of adventures can take place, allowing players to decide their own game experience. Pick up jobs as a smuggler, pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, or enlist as a pilot, protecting the borders from outside threats.

"Chris Roberts has always wanted to create one cohesive universe that encompasses everything that made Wing Commander and Privateer / Freelancer special. A huge sandbox with a complex and deep lore allowing players to explore or play in whatever capacity they wish. That universe is Star Citizen."

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