“Star Citizen” has raised nearly half a billion dollars, and the game is still not out.
Star Citizen is a space trading and combat simulation game developed for almost 500,000,000. There has yet to be a release window.
You can see that there are no additional funding goals for this game on its official site. They do not exceed $65,000,000, which is more than any other game could hope for. BoredGamer estimated that Cloud Imperium Games spent $320.100,000.
This includes publishing and marketing, contract developers, general admin, capital expenditures and investments, miscellaneous costs, and general administration. This is more than half of the total amount raised by the company, so it must start to compensate for its current deficits. Some might argue that the easiest way to do this is to release the game it has been working on for the last ten years.
Too simple. It isn’t easy to gauge the mood of the Star Citizen community. However, it is technically possible to try it even though it is not yet out. You can get the digital game via the Aurora MR and Avenger Titan starter packs. These packs include a digital copy of the game and a bunch of goodies for $45 or $70. The developer will also provide regular updates and new features. Satisfied with the sci-fi epic’s visuals… but there’s a subreddit for those who have refunded their investment.
Many games are currently in early access. This is a great way to get feedback from fans and then respond. These games are not Star Citizen, which has been sued for not returning fans’ investments and constant sniping at the developer’s efficiency.