Star Citizen continues to see an incredible amount of fan love, as the crowdfunding total has reached a staggering $35M, unlocking the Drake Herald ship.
Even creator Chris Roberts himself is gobsmacked by the support Star Citizen is getting, writing, "When I started this journey I would have never guessed that we would have come so far in such a short time. $35M in funds raised to build Star Citizen before the end of 2013 is truly a monumental achievement! You’re not just re-writing the rules of how games are made and funded but you’re showing the power that a committed community has to achieve a vision that so many people said was no longer relevant. You’ve broken every record there is in crowd funding – and not just for games – for any type of project!"
$35M unlocks the final fan-voted ship, the Drake Herald, which Roberts calls his "favorite", an information runner. "The Drake Herald, small, armored ship, is designed to fit that need and safely get that information from Point A to Point B," states the official description, "Featuring a powerful central engine (for high speed transit and generating the power needed for effective data encryption/containment), advanced encryption software and an armored computer core, the Herald is unique among personal spacecraft in that it is designed to be easily ‘cleaned’ when in danger of capture. The Herald includes an array of heavy duty internal options for data protection, including redundant power subsystems and EMP shielding, and a high-powered broadcast array for data transmission."
The next stretch goal, at $37M, is the Tanga System - a "stellar graveyard", a system where their sun has already engulfed the inner planets during its red giant phase, and is now a white dwarf. During the red giant phase, one outer planet had just started developing primitive life before its collapse back into a white dwarf. Now, there are only two dead planets left in the system.
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