Star Citizen Races Past $30 Million, $31 Million, Tops $32 Million For Good Measure

It was exactly a week ago that I posted news about Star Citizen reaching its $28 million crowdfunding milestone.

By Friday of last week, the game had raised $29 million.

A day later, $30 million.

Yesterday, the $31 million milestone was reached.

And I see that today, the $32 million milestone has in fact been reached.

I’ve been predicting for a while that Star Citizen will raise more money, by the end of 2013, than it cost to make the Wing Commander movie lo those many years ago. It would seem that it may well hit that mark — roughly $33 million — not by the end of December, but by the end of November!

Anyhow, here’s what-all has been unlocked by the achievement of these various stretch goals.

For the $29 million goal, Squadron 42 got a bit of a boost:

Enhanced Mission Design for Squadron 42 – The team at Foundry 42 has big plans for Squadron 42, and we’re going to provide extra funding to make it a true spiritual successor to Wing Commander! Squadron 42 can go above and beyond anything you’ve seen before. From opening with an epic battle instead of a training patrol to missions that seamlessly combine boarding and space combat, we aim to put you right into the action! Additional funding will let the team realize this, with enhanced mission design and more resources and animations to enhance fidelity.

For the $30 million goal, a new ship was added to the lineup:

Origin 890 JUMP – The rumors are true: Origin Jumpworks has a larger ship in the works! The Origin 890 JUMP is an interstellar super-yacht with exquisite styling and an array of high quality upgrade options. Travel the stars in style with multiple decks, high visibility windows and a small boat bay. Whether you’re outfitting it to explore new worlds or to take a pleasure cruise through Terra, the 890 JUMP is the epitome of luxury, class and refinement!

For the $31 million goal, another ship:

RSI Orion – Roberts Space Industries’ goal has always been to make the stars available to individual Citizens. Now, with the RSI Orion mining platform, RSI is letting individuals take over a process formerly controlled by megacorporations. The Orion’s features include high-grade turret-mounted tractor beam arrays, durable exterior-accessible ‘saddlebags’ for mineral storage and a cabin designed by the team that brought you the Aurora and Constellation!

And I gather that the $32 million goal has unlocked yet another ship:

Aegis Surveyor – The Surveyor, from noted military contractor Aegis, is an industrial-quality salvage ship. Equipped with a reinforced cargo bay, a long-range jump drive and launch pods for unmanned drones, the Surveyor is an ideal ship for taking advantage of deep space wrecks. Tractor beams, floodlights, scanner options and docking ports round out the tool chest on this capable, utilitarian spacecraft.

Shall we speculate as to when the $33 million goal will be reached? By Friday, or just Thursday?