Chris Roberts has announced on the official Star Citizen site, Roberts Space Industries, that crowdfunding has hit $23M, unlocking the Xi'an Scout stretch goal.
According to Roberts, "The Khartu is the light attack craft of the Xi’An military. Contrary to Human ship design, the Khartu doesn’t have a traditional main thruster, instead featuring an array of maneuvering thrusters on articulated rigs. This design allows for incredible agility, making them the bane of UEE pilots, who bestowed the nickname ‘Quark’ because when all of the thrusters are firing, the ship looks like a spark flying through space."
As for the next $25M stretch goal, Roberts revealed that it would widen the current alpha test being run. "The initial plan was to first launch servers in North America and then expand to areas such as Europe and Australia to decrease latency in these areas, perfecting the game as we improve the experience around the world," he stated, "This funding will allow us to invest in a wider infrastructure for our early testing, spinning up remote servers earlier. Hitting this goal will also allow us to increase the number of remaining alpha slots. Extra alpha slots not only means more Star Citizens will travel the ‘verse at launch, but that we will receive more feedback and more stress testing."
Gamers can check out the Star Citizen game page if they want to back it.