Star Citizen shoots past $200 million in crowdfunding ahead of free week

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Star Citizen (opens in new tab) has just zoomed past the $200 million crowdfunding mark. That monumental number looks even bigger when you put it alongside the biggest video game budgets of all times: only three other games—GTA 5, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic—have ever had budgets of more than $200 million to play with.

The freeform multiplayer space sim still doesn't have a release date (developer Cloud Imperium Games has promised a full roadmap next month), but that hasn't stopped would-be spacefarers from flocking to it. According to its funding page (opens in new tab), more than 2 million backers have stuck money in at an average of around $94 per person.

It was helped by the influx of money it received during CitizenCon last month (opens in new tab), where it revealed another star-studded trailer for Squadron 42, its singleplayer spin-off. 

It will probably get another big funding injection next weekend, too, because it's going to be free to play from November 23 to November 30. You'll be able to explore Hurston, the game's very first planet, which launches alongside the free trial period. Read more about the free week in Chris's piece here (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.