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Star Citizen Announcement Trailer And Details: Be Prepared To Be Blown Away

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Posted October 10, 2012 - By Stephen Johnson


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You must learn about Star Citizen! We knew Chris Roberts (creator of the Wing Commander series) was returning to gaming with a new space simulation title, but we had no idea our asses would be so thoroughly kicked by the first video for the game.

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Judging from the announcement trailer, Star Citizen looks like it will be the coolest game in the history of ever.

According to Roberts, Star Citizen is 12 months into production and won't be completed for another two years. It will be launched on the PC, and according to Roberts, "will include all the Chris Roberts hallmarks that fans of his games have come to expect over the years: high quality cutting-edge visuals and technology, a virtual world that is immersive and detailed, a sophisticated storyline that is wide in scope and visceral, heart-pounding space combat."

If you're anything like me, you're already sold on Star Citizen, but are you hyped enough to put your money where your heart is? Gamers are going to have to. A deep, hardcore space-sim on PC bucks many of the current trends in gaming, so it will be partially funded by gamers themselves. A crowd funding site has been set up to help raise the necessary funds for completing development of the project.

“Our purpose today,” said Roberts in a statement, “is to allow our fans to join us in this process early. It will likely be another two years before the full product is ready for release, but early backers will be able to play a version of the game a year from now.

“We are taking this approach to fund-raising for several reasons,” said Roberts. “For one, this route takes the traditional game publisher out of the mix and enables us to take the millions of dollars normally used by publishers for a triple-A title and plow them right back into developing the game. Secondly, using our own crowd funding mechanism allows us to reach out to our international fans, who have been devoted followers of my games in the past. Thirdly, going direct gets us much closer to our fans and allows us to focus more on the community side, create more updates for our fans and directly interact with them as we are making the game.”

Star Citizen will not require a subscription, but will not be free-to-play either. Roberts says the game will be available for a one-time purchase. And while players will be able to play in the Star Citizen universe for free, there will be virtual items available for purchase with in-game credits so players can customize their ships and other items.

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