Roberts: We Won't Sell Star Citizen

A new episode of 10 for the Chairman on the Roberts Space Industries website answers further questions about development of Star Citizen, RSI's upcoming space combat remake. Also, there's more to the $41 Million funding announcement that we noted last night where Chris explains that they have no intention of selling out to a bigger company and disappointing their backers like some crowd-funded projects have:
Now to answer the myriad forum threads that popped up worrying about the possibility of Cloud Imperium being acquired by another, bigger company – don’t worry! We have no plans nor interest in following this path! We don’t need to go to anyone with deep pockets to make OUR dream a reality. To mass-produce hardware like the Rift, you need an outlay of hundreds of millions of dollars. Luckily our ships are digital so we have hardly any cost of goods, just the cost of developing the universe of Star Citizen and running servers that Star Citizen’s universe will be simulated on. Thanks to the generosity of the Star Citizen community we have these two things covered

And last but not least I’m having way to much fun building the universe of my dreams for everyone to adventure in! I’ve been down the big company acquisition route twice before and there’s a reason I am making Star Citizen totally independently!
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I'm not to worried about someone wanting to buy CIG at this point. They haven't delivered anything solid that show's their worth a ton of money. Even if someone wanted to buy them just to get access to the crowd funding dollars they'd have to buy in lower than the amount they expect to get back and even then it wouldn't make sense for CR to sell for less money than he has in capital already.

So if someone wanted to legitimately buy CIG at this point they'd be gambling on the company succeeding in even more unprecedented ways. For example, someone gets a look at the dogfighter alpha / module and thinks to themselves "This is going to be huge, they're going to quadruple their donations when this drops!" They might come up with a figure of 100 million to buy the project and run with it going forward then the dfm drops and funding goes crazy, now they have 150 million in cash, unspent. Theoretically that person could focus on keep that money and just building the game as it was intended before.

But all that could turn on a dime. If the crowd gets spooked because someone just bought them they may not spend as much money. The product could not be successful enough to have a lot more money come in, the final product could be less than expected and you'd end up with a game that costs a lot to maintain but doesn't create much revenue.

It's just too risky to buy into a company like CIG right now. The people in CIG are probably on cloud 9 because they have enough capital to operate and improve the game for a while going forward and if they do deliver something amazing then a larger company might throw them offers to get them under their umbrella.

So if Squadron 42 comes out and it takes the industry by storm then I'll get worried. That kind of thing doesn't get ignored. But if it remains some what nitch as it is now I think we'll be ok.

Dice with Battlefield 1942 comes to mind. EA snapped them up right before BF2 shipped if I recall correctly. They released BF1942 in 2002 and before BF2 shipped in 2004 EA bought them prior to bf2 shipping. BF2 launched in 2005.

So if Dice delivers on this game then maybe a year or two later when they're talking about making a new Squadron 42 campaign or after the MMO world is about to get a major expansion big entities like EA / Ubi / Acti might look at them. Buying them now would be an enormous gamble in my opinion. (but who knows what they would show someone like that internally)

It's possible the game will be amazing but the pc hardware needed to run it will be keep it nitch for a few more years while the market catches up to them.

I've started buying new pc parts this week to get ready for the dogfighter...$1000 gone pretty fucking quick.

i5 4670k ($210)
Asus Hero IV MB ($200)
8 GB Ram (2400) ($90)
Corsair 850RM ($158)
Case ($140) CL-70 Military green (I splurged a bit here)
GTX 760x ($250)
Water Cooler ($57)

Still need some HDD, some SSD's, windows license...
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