Chris Roberts' space exploration MMO Star Citizen
has eclipsed $15 million through its crowdfunding efforts on its official site
. By reaching the landmark funding achievement, players will now find an escort carrier ship in the game, and all backers will receive a 42-page digital upgrade manual that details the ship customization and overclocking process.
The funding initiative has raised an average of $36,249 per day in the last five days, according to Roberts Space Industries representatives. According to Roberts, that's enough to build five separate ships
for Star Citizen
. Roberts, who pioneered the Wing Commander series, raised over $6 million for Star Citizen
in November 2012
on Kickstarter. The developer has added a new funding goal on its site: Should the project reach $17 million, Star Citizen
gets a new battlecruiser ship class and all backers will receive a ship upgrade package that includes and engine modifier. The game is slated to lift off in 2014, and an interactive hangar module
is expected this month.