Chris Roberts’ new PC space sim launches campaign through popular crowd-funding service following original response that crashed website.
When Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts announced his new space combat simulator Star Citizen last week and called on users to help fund it, the game’s website became overloaded and buckled. In response to this, Roberts and his development studio Cloud Imperium Games today launched a Kickstarter campaign with a $500,000 target in an effort to reach the project’s overall $2 million funding goal. The effort closes November 19.
Issues with the original site–which included multi-day outages–did not put a damper on the effort entirely. The fund amassed over $1 million, half of its total target, in pledges during its first week. In a statement, Roberts said this is a testament to the enthusiasm of its fans.
“At a time when most would have given up, some dedicated fans kept trying to log on and eventually were able to get through and make a pledge,” he said. “We appreciate all those efforts and now with Kickstarter, we believe we have an answer for everyone.”