Star Citizen reaches the $44 million milestone

Funding for Star Citizen has reached $44 million according to the game’s blog. The title is currently in development by Cloud Imperium Games and is being directed by the legendary Chris Roberts. In order to celebrate the new milestone, a new piece of concept art was revealed, which can be viewed below. The image depicts the “negotiation room” located on the Banu Merchantman freighter ship. This is a place where traders can invite other players aboard their ships and make deals with them.

The blog mentions that everyone who helped with the funding for Star Citizen up until this point will have a new room added to their hangars. Stellar Cartography – “Walk among the distant horizons you’ve charted in Star Citizen’s dedicated “map room” featuring a 3D holographic representation of the known universe. Your map room will start with a basic guide to the United Empire of Earth, and will expand into something that is unique to you as you explore uncharted worlds and discover new secrets.”

Roberts also reveals that a reward for the $46 million milestone has already been set. Anyone who contributes before reaching that sum will receive an Updated Scanning Software. “Chimera Communications unveiled the latest version of their SBit scanning software, also announcing a one-time free upgrade for their current and long-standing customers. 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.”

Star Citizen is being developed with a modular approach in mind. The Hangar Module was released back in August and it allows backers to explore and examine their ships. The Dogfighting Module, also known as Arena Commander was first presented during this year’s Pax East, and is set to be released on May 29th. This module allows contributors to test their ships in combat against other players.

A full release date for Star Citizen hasn’t been scheduled yet, but it’s expected that the game will make its way PCs sometime during late 2015 or early 2016. Stay tuned for more news and updates.