Star Citizen has raised over $ 400 million but still hasn’t come out

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It’s 2007. I’m playing a game on Xbox Live Arcade called Wing Commander Arena. It’s a top-down shooter, and I hate it. It’s not Wing Commander. Why no one made a new one Wing Commander.

It’s 1993. I’m sitting in my living room, trying to make a bootable floppy disk for my aging SX33 home computer to play Chris Roberts. Wing Commander III. I am successful, but it takes 23 minutes for a mission to load.

The year is 2012. Chris Roberts, the creator of Wing Commander, announces a new video game. It’s coming to Kickstarter, an online marketplace where fans can buy things that haven’t been completed yet. The game is called Citizen of the stars. It will be released in 2015.

We are in 1999. Freddie Prinze Jnr. flies through space in a star hunter that looks like a merry-go-round from a 1950s theme park. It’s not Wing Commander. I don’t like it.

We are in 2015. Citizen of the stars has raised more than $ 100 million, but despite the initial plans has not yet been released. In 2012, Roberts said “We’re already at one year – two more years put us at 3 overall, which is ideal. More and things would start to get stale ”. I am concerned.

We are in 1991. I play Wing Commander II, and I’m impressed with its branching campaign structure and space opera script. I hope the show never ends.

It’s 2020. Fans have now spent $ 300 million on a game that hasn’t been released. Citizen of the stars single player campaign, Squadron 42, was due out in 2016. Then 2018. A beta, at least, was supposed to come out in 2020. In October 2020, Roberts said, “We still have a ways to go before we go into beta.” I am no longer concerned, I now find it deeply funny.

We are in 2021. The developers of this video game have now raised more than $ 400 million fans for a game that still hasn’t been released and has been in development for a decade. MDR.

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