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Star Citizen Fundraising Crosses The $21 Million Mark

And to think, people said space combat simulations were dead. Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts continues to defy expectations with his return to the genre, Star Citizen. The money keeps pouring in for this crowdfunded project, which just crossed the $21 million mark.

Thanks to reaching this stretch goal, the team at Robert Space Industries is increasing the scope of salvaging to make it a full-fledged career path on par with exploration and piracy. If it reaches the $22 million mark, the studio will integrate facial capture recognition to use for populating its worlds.

Star Citizen is expected to unveil its persistent universe in late 2014, with several modular releases planned in the interim. Don't be surprised if this release window widens a bit as the team continues to add new features. You can learn more about the project in our lengthy interview with Chris Roberts. To see how much progress the studio has made this past year, visit their homepage on Thursday to watch a livestream featuring some of the latest additions to the ambitious project. 

Our Take
Much like the adventure genre, it's nice to see space combat simulators get a new lease on life thanks to crowd funding. Now the onus is on Chris Roberts and team to live up to the lofty expectations of those who have longed to play this type of game again.   

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