Despite us wondering whether Star Citizen should start considering enough's enough, it's heading onwards and upwards with its funding and has now crested the $42 million goal, introducing a few new features because of it.
In the new Letter from the Chairman, Chris Roberts addressed the community and pledged to add the following to the game:
- Updated Observist Guide – Additional funding from the $42 million level will go to expanding the website area of the Galactapedia: expect to see holographic ships, items and navigation interface in 3D! Imagine admiring your ships or planning your loadouts right here at the RSI website.
- Explorer-class mobiGlas Rig – Every player who backed before we hit $42 million will start the game with their own, visually distinctive mobiGlas “ExoGlas” rig which can be used to access the Observist at any time. I’ve charged the mobiGlas team with a very difficult task: creating a realistic interface that will help keep your affairs in order in an expansive galaxy. It’s almost like building our own in fiction operating system for an imagined future, and it’s very different task than building spaceships. This backer-exclusive mobiGlas kit will come pre-loaded with additional galactic information that new players would ordinarily need to explore or barter to fill out; it’s our way of honoring the information you’ve collected about the Star Citizen universe through the RSI site and community over the past year!
- Gladius – The Squadron 42 team will develop an additional fighter for the game, the Aegis Dynamics Gladius-class light fighter. The Gladius will be the first fighter built entirely from concept to CryEngine in the UK! Here’s the official description: The Aegis Gladius is the UEE’s reigning light short-range patrol fighter. A single-seat ship with no room for expansion, the Gladius is fast, maneuverable and capable of punching far above its weight. The main advantage to the design is simplicity: cheap to produce, easy to repair and outfit and quick to train new pilots on. The Gladius is an aging design nearing the end of its life-cycle, although iterative updates have kept it the most nimble fighter in the active fleet.
- Towel – And of course, everyone who backs before we hit $42 million will also receive a towel for their hangar. Don’t explore the galaxy without it!
That towel is already a real thing too, as the developers have created some placeholder art for it. Check out the gallery for a better look.
For the next milestone, $44 million, Roberts is setting up "Stellar Cartography," which will give players access to a 3D map room that they can walk around in, letting them see distant parts of the galaxy (explored only) up close. You can even show it to visitors to boast about where you've been, or keep it well hidden to protect your secret jump gates.
Dogfighting is also being heavily worked on, as that module's release isn't far away.