has reached over $9 million in funding, thanks to its almost 170,000 contributors. The space exploration MMO, spearheaded by Wing Commander
creator Chris Roberts, began with a successful $2 million run
on Kickstarter, and has since raised almost $7 million
on its own website. The original goal was "just" $500,000, but Star Citizen
has topped every stretch goal it set and then some.
As part of its stretch goals, Star Citizen
's launch plans include a tablet companion app, celebrity voice acting, a free mission pack for every player, and over 100 star systems to explore while playing. Developer Cloud Imperium Games has just opened offices in Santa Monica
, and the game's website is proclaiming a victory for post-publisher game development.
Players will get a chance to explore the world of Star Citizen
in an alpha release, scheduled for sometime this winter.