Chris Roberts' space simulator Star Citizen has set a new record for a crowd funded game. The game has raised $6.2 million. The previous record was Obisidian's Project Eternity RPG which raised $4.16 million. $2.1 million was raised on Kickstarter, while the remaining $4.1 million was raised on the games official website.
Star Citizen is the first game from Cloud Imperium Games. The studio was founded by Chris Roberts who is known for creating Wing Commander. Players who funded the game can upgrade their tiers to receive additional perks. The game is expected to reach alpha by Winter 2013.
"I am absolutely elated by the incredible outpouring of support for this project," said Roberts. "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."
"I've been looking for an opportunity to jump back into gaming," said Roberts. "With all the tools and tech currently available, I can now make a game that really provides gamers with cutting-edge visuals, a highly detailed, immersive world and visceral, heart-pounding combat that only the PC can provide. In fact, PC gamers don't need to take a back seat to any other platform. With Star Citizen, I want them to be able to stand up, be counted and completely enjoy all that their PC can deliver."