Star Citizen broke its funding record with $47.7m raised in 2019

Star Citizen broke its funding record with $47.7m raised in 2019

Wildly ambitious crowdfunded space title Star Citizen raised a whopping $47.7m in 2019.

That's according to Polygon, which reports that this is a 26 per cent increase on the $39m the game brought in during 2018. That's also on top of the $46m the project attracted in private investment to assist with the single-player Squadron 42 aspect of the game, which features Hollywood talent Mark Hamill (pictured). 

By the end of 2019, Star Citizen had raised at least $251m in funding to date.

The project started with a Kickstarter campaign back in 2012 with the game still not actually out in 2020. Its developers wanted to have a beta for Squadron 42 out this summer, but this has been pushed back three months and will now be rolled out between July and September.

The fact that the game is bringing in huge cash but also hasn't properly materialised yet resulted in 129 complaints to the US's Federal Trade Commission as of May 2019, with former staff painting the project as being mismanaged.

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