People really, really want to play Star Citizen games. According to the latest figures, the project has collected more than twice as much money as every single other game on Kickstarter combined.
The numbers come from Polygon, which received figures from Star Citizen developers and Kickstarter alike. According to the collected numbers, Star Citizen raised $34.91 million dollars in 2017, while all other Kickstarter games together brought in just $17.25 million. That’s an incredible amount of money, but even more amazingly, it’s the second year in a row that Star Citizen has done this.
As Polygon explains, there are a few qualifying factors to these numbers. Neither figure accounts for money returned to backers. Some Star Citizen backers have requested refunds that have yet to be repaid, while Kickstarter has a not-insignificant percentage of games that never reached completion. Still, the general outline of Star Citizen raising far, far more money than the rest of Kickstarter should be correct.
At the moment, Star Citizen seems to be in perpetual development. The large massively multiplayer section of the game was originally planned to release in 2014, and has been delayed several times with no current release date. The single-player campaign Squadron 42 seems to be farther along, though it also has no release date. An alpha version of Star Citizen is currently playable.