You don’t see too many games like Wing Commander these days. This, of course, is often blamed on the ever-shrinking attention span of the general public. There is a dedicated group of individuals who prefer engaging in space combat than matching three gems, though. To them, I present Star Citizen, the newly announced game from Wing Commander creator, Chris Roberts.
Through crowd funding, Roberts doesn’t wish to simply make a one-off game, but a complete universe in which multiple stories may be told. Star Citizen will have all the trappings Wing Commander fans are accustomed to (fingers crossed for Full-Motion Video), but in a higher fidelity. Players, according to the website, will be able to choose from a variety of careers – smuggler, pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, pilot – and decide their own gaming experience. The project sounds a bit like Eve Online-esque, which could potentially be awesome.
The crowd funding goal for the project is is a lofty $2,000,000. Rather than rely on Kickstarter, Roberts and his team are accepting donations through their website ($46,175 raised at the time this post was typed; their site has crashed from heavy traffic multiple times). Fan donations will be put into a pot with money from angel investors and the developers themselves. With all that, their final product should be fairly impressive.
Visit Roberts Space Industries to view concept art, videos, backer rewards and drops some money into their donation cup.