There’s no more fascinating game currently in development than Star Citizen, funded mostly by backers to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, the game has been in development for a lot of years now. There might be some light at the end of the tunnel however as developer Cloud Imperium Games are targeting 2020 to launch a beta for the game’s single-player portion, Squadron 42.
The mode was originally slated for a 2016 launch before being bumped back to 2017. Having obviously not made that date either, the team behind the game has set themselves the goal of being “content-complete” by the end of next year, as detailed in a roadmap which lays out their plans for Star Citizen.
The game’s most recent showing took place at CitizenCon this past October and, to its credit, it looks to be making good use of that budget with countless familiar faces popping up over the span of its three-minute trailer. Mark Hamill, Gillian Anderson, Mark Strong, Gary Oldman and Jack Huston all pop up among countless others.
In further news, Cloud Imperium has announced that the company has taken on a $46m minority investment in exchange for 10% of the company, which has been sold off to investors. Chris Roberts, head of the company, issued a letter to backers assuring them that this money would be used for marketing purposes only.
In his letter, he states he didn’t think it right for backers to shoulder the financial burden of marketing so opted for this solution but reiterates that he is still the majority shareholder and chairman of Cloud Imperium’s board.
This news, coupled with the studio also publishing their financial records spanning the last five or so years, it’s clear this is all a bid to be completely transparent moving forward as Star Citizen gets ever closer to an inevitable release.