The latest multi-million dollar Kickstarter project to find success is Star Citizen, whose crowd sourcing fundraiser ended today at over $6 million. Headed by the legendary creator of the first Wing Commander, Chris Roberts, Star Citizen will be a huge, evolving, open-universe space sim made specifically for the hardcore PC gaming audience. Cloud Imperium Games isn't yet willing to announce a tentative release window, though they estimate at least two years of development time.
Oddly enough, a majority of Star Citizen's funding did not come through their Kickstarter. Instead, the game received funding through their personal website with PayPal and credit card donations. Roughly two thirds of the $6 million came through the personal website, which may prove to be a big story in itself. Are developers potentially going to use Kickstarter more as a marketing tool, while redirecting to an outside crowd-funding source in order to avoid the healthy Kickstarter's percentage.
Not to take away from Star Citizen success at all, of course, but we could be seeing the beginning of Kickstarter's downfall. Not as a result of disuse or a community shift in perception, but because their business model is flawed. Ah, what am I saying. They still helped earn Star Citizen over $2 million through their Kickstarter page. They're not going anywhere soon. Congratulations to Cloud Imperium Games, can't wait to see how Star Citizen evolved over the coming years.