Chris Roberts' Star Citizen continues its rocketlike ascent with the news that its crowdfunding drive has passed the $4.2 million mark (opens in new tab) . Since that story was published on Blues News, it's even raised an extra $400,000 odd - at the time of writing, it's now at $4,605,301 and counting. This means, according to Roberts Space Industries (opens in new tab) , that Star Citizen is now "the highest crowd-funded game project ever".
Now that the $4.5m stretch goal has been achieved, all the previously Kickstarter-only rewards have been unlocked, including "extended hardcore flight sim controller support" (flight chairs, multiple monitors etc), and a new alien race known improbably as the 'Kr'tak'. New stretch goals have, of course, been added as a result, at $5m and $5.5m respectively. If the project reaches these targets - which could be a stretch, as there's only one day remaining - we'll get a tablet companion app, celebrity voice acting for Squadron 42 ("we will bring back at least one favourite from Wing Commander!"), and, at $5.5m, the largest playable ship, the Bengal Carrier.
As Roberts himself notes on the site, reports of the space sim's death "have been greatly exaggerated." If you want to contribute to this extraordinarily successful project, you have just over a day left (opens in new tab) to do it.