Star Citizen now on Kickstarter

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Chris Roberts' next big space sim, Star Citizen (opens in new tab) , is now on Kickstarter (opens in new tab) . The Wing Commander creator's new project has been gaining capital for a little over a week through pre-orders on Roberts Space Industries (opens in new tab) , and though it's earned over $1M, Roberts fears that website instability, or something else, is stalling potential backers.

"Even today we're still having intermittent problems," Roberts tells us. "And considering we have had millions of hits and 100s of thousands of video views and almost 40,000 registered members at RSI but only 11,500 that have backed it seems that something is holding people back."

Regarding the decision to supplement pre-orders with a Kickstarter campaign, Roberts says, "A couple of days ago we asked our fans whether they would like a Kickstarter option and they've told us pretty loudly they would."

Those who choose to pledge with Kickstarter rather than on the official site will still have their rewards tied to their Roberts Space Industries accounts. Does the new Kickstarter option (opens in new tab) affect your intention to pledge?

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.