Star Citizen Hits $39M; Procedural Generation Goal Announced

A new Letter from the Chairman on the Roberts Space Industries website celebrates the news that the crowd-sourced funding for Star Citizen has passed the $39 million plateau, unlocking the next stretch goal of "the penultimate user-chosen star system" (thanks 88fingers). When the game hit $38 million, Chairman Roberts teased "a new goal that will help chart the course for the future of Star Citizen in a different way," which he now reveals to be a Procedural Generation R&D Team, saying "If we can develop a truly great procedural generation system, one that lets us create entire planets for you to populate, then we can expand the game to add these features (and more) in the future." Here's more on their $40 million stretch goal:
Procedural Generation R&D Team – This stretch goal will allocate funding for Cloud Imperium to develop procedural generation technology for future iterations of Star Citizen. Advanced procedural generation will be necessary for creating entire planets worth of exploration and development content. A special strike team of procedural generation-oriented developers will be assembled to make this technology a reality.
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Feb 22, 2014, 05:39
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An extra million dollars doesn't mean automatically pulling off any of these features.

Hopefully they manage to focus on creating a good base game. A lot of the features they're hooking wallets with will get dropped. Expect a letter from the chairman with some disappointing news in a year or two. Best of luck to them reigning all of this in and creating something consistently good which actually has a realistic release date.

Wasn't Roberts a onetime Hollywood producer? He knows how to extract money from marks. The features are starting to sound like taglines on film posters. Taglines being a highly reliable indicator of a film's quality.
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