Star Citizen investigation concludes at Kotaku UK

"What to make of Star Citizen?" wraps up a multi-part feature.

Kotaku UK wrapped up its in-depth look at the goings-on at Star Citizen today with a new report called, appropriately enough, What to Make of Star Citizen. The past half-decade has been a rough and sometimes downright unpleasant ride, with plenty of "scandalous allegations" made, but development continues, most backers seem happy to wait, and if the project does ultimately run out of steam, the site concludes that it will likely be for the same reasons that bring down most other videogames that never see the light of day. 

"There is a notion—which Roberts alludes to in the exhaustive four-hour interview he gave us—that crowd-funded games are free of the strings and pressures that traditional publisher or financier funding bring with them. That may be true in some ways, but the Star Citizen story proves that there is a multitude of other perils," the site wrote. "You might not be accountable to corporate investors, but you absolutely are accountable to the people who pledge their £50 or £500 or £5,000+ to your vision and expect to see something in return. In a crowd-funding situation you absolutely cannot take those people for granted, because if they turn on you, they could well become your worst enemy." 

Despite its troubles, the author believes that Star Citizen "will make it to some form of release," although not for at least a couple more years. Whether it will live up to its billing is an entirely separate question, and impossible to answer until it's out. 

The rest of Kotaku UK's Star Citizen investigation is available below. 


As lead news writer during ‘merican hours, Andy covers the day-to-day events that keep PC gaming so interesting, exciting, and occasionally maddening. He’s fond of RPGs, FPSs, dungeons, Myst, and the glorious irony of his parents buying him a TRS-80 instead of an Atari so he wouldn't end up wasting his life on videogames.
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