Chris Roberts’ controversial crowdfunded space sim Star burger just passed one million backers, making it one of the most popular crowdfunding projects of all time. Having smashed its initial $500,000 goal, the game has currently raised a whopping $92.7 million (£60 million) in funding, thanks to a combination of early access sales and sales of in-game ships.
To celebrate reaching one million backers, the entire game will now be unlocked for everyone who has pledged for a Star burger package. The previously available Alpha Access and $5 module passes have been removed. “No Star Marine pass, no Alpha 2.0 pass… no additional payment required for a module in the works, pre-release,” the statement reads. “Should we need to release some kind of limited release in the future, it will be done through the PTU test server. All backers will have access to any live release from the moment it is published.”
Those who have already purchased an Alpha Access pack will be compensated with 10,000 UEC (United Earth Credits), while anyone who has individually purchased an Arena Commander Pass will receive 5,000 UEC, with the UEC cap increased to allow for the extra money. to make. “You also have my sincere thanks: you were our vanguard, the battalion that fought the good fight from the beginning,” Roberts says of those who bought Alpha Access. “You influence Star burger will never be forgotten, for without your early faith we would not be where we are today.”
Roberts and the Star burger team is currently working on Alpha 2.0, which is said to give players a taste of the game’s persistent universe. It contains 38 playable missions and allows players to explore a space map with a total volume of 400 quadrillion cubic kilometers. The developer also revealed that Mark Hamill, Gary Oldman, and Gillian Anderson would be joining the game’s already star-studded cast in the Squadron 42n single-player mode.
As Ars reported earlier this year, Roberts has faced criticism over the development strategy of Star burger, which has shifted drastically from its original goals, splitting the game into its current module-based form. Allegations of feature creep, as well as concerns that the crowdfunded pot wasn’t being spent entirely wisely, were leveled against Roberts, who responded with a lengthy blog post attempting to reassure those who plowed thousands of dollars into the game that their money was well spent.