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Star Citizen reaches $46 million in funding, Arena Commander multiplayer invites sent out

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Posted on June 13, 2014 AT 07:56am

Star Citizen has reached its final stretch goal of $46 million in funding, and developer Cloud Imperium Games has started sending out invites for Arena Commander’s multiplayer beta.

Reaching $46 million means that all backers will have access to updated scanning software when the game official launches. “Chimera Communications unveiled the latest version of their SB it scanning software, also announcing a one-time free upgrade for their current and long-standing customers,” a description reads. “The new SBit upgrade offers advanced scanning capabilities for prospecting asteroids above and beyond their baseline systems.

“SBit is a FIB-based system that floods the scan-zone with energy then processes the frequency of the energy reflected back, providing the operator with a composite sketch of potential ore deposits. With the new version, Chimera included an updated library of searchable frequencies as well as variable scan sizes, allowing smaller surface, higher-resolution scans. The general public will be able to purchase the update when SBit is officially released.”

Creator Chris Roberts also revealed that $46 million will be the last stretch goal for the time being. “This brings me to the topic of stretch goals,” he wrote. “When we started the Star Citizen campaign, the purpose of the stretch goals was to make things we had imagined but didn’t think we could afford possible: adding capital ship systems, studying procedural generation, hiring additional artists to build more ships at once and the like. The additional funding continues to expand the scope of the game and make what we’re doing possible… but it’s becoming more and more difficult to quantify that with more stretch goals (and to explain that to the rest of the world, which likes to focus only on how much money we’ve made.)

“My preference would be to use these letters going forward to update you on what we’re already doing with the money; sharing additional parts of Star Citizen’s development. We would also continue to award flare and other extras to our backers as we hit milestones, whether they’re funding or schedule-related. If we discover additional technologies or come up with new elements to the game’s design we want to incorporate, we’ll let you know about those as they happen.”

Finally, the developer has sent out 250 invites to backers for the multiplayer section of Star Citizen’s recently released Arena Commander module. “These backers were selected by the team because of their especially valuable bug reporting skills during the Hangar module release,” the developer explains.

Via: Massively

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