Star Citizen - the most crowdfunded game ever!
Star Citizen has quite the history and it still does not have a firm release date. As of the writing of this post it has over 1 million backers and has raised over 107M dollars in funding. To quote the game's marketing: "More than a space combat sim, more than a first person shooter and more than an MMO: Star Citizen is the First Person Universe that will allow for unlimited gameplay."
It is an ambitious project that has become a global phenomena. It has been in development for over 3 years and when released will be 2 games in one. An MMO style persistent universe (Star Citizen) as well as a standalone single player/co-op campaign (Squadron 42) ala the old Wing Commander. In fact, the lead person behind this vision is Chris Roberts who was the creator of both Wing Commander and Freelancer. The game has some star power participating in the project featuring appearances from faces familiar to anyone who’s a fan of Star Wars (Mark Hamill), The X-Files (Gillian Anderson), Lord of the Rings (Andy Serkis and John Rhys-Davies), and Game of Thrones (Liam Cunningham), as well as some of the best supporting actors going in the likes of Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Wu, and Mark Strong.
Most of the $107M that has been raised has been done by selling virtual ships to people. When you buy into the game you buy a ship that comes with a game package to get started and after that you can just choose to buy more ships. The cheapest option to get in is $45 and that option will last for only a few more days. Buying a package gets you both games today but after Feb 14 it will be $45 for one game and an additional $15 to tack on the second one.
There are risks buying into games in the Alpha stage but I decided to take the plunge and pick up a ship. I am going for the minimum price point and that means there were 3 options available: Aurora MR AC, Mustang Alpha, and Aurora LN. The general consensus from the community is the Aurora LN is definitely the best option but it doesn't really matter too much as you can melt down your ship later and pick up a different equivalently priced ship at any time. Since the game isn't released yet all ship specs are subject to change.
If you decide to get in on this crazy train go to the Roberts Space Industries page and sign up for an account. Please use my referral code when you create your account and you will get 5,000 in game credits: STAR-J255-3YJM
It is quite the phenomena and there are people who have spent thousands of dollars on ships already. Updates on Star Citizen come out weekly and it will either be one of the most ambitious games ever created or the biggest scam in crowdfunding history. Based on what I have researched it seems like it is worth a pledge to pick up both games. They are both AAA caliber titles and being able to play both at release for $45 (or even $60) is not a bad price point.
Reply here if you decide to give it a go.