Star Citizen is one of the biggest crowd funded games in history, but it’s not for the faint of heart.

One of the most anticipated projects of all time, Star Citizen, is finally ready for public viewing. Back in November of 2012, we were shown the first in-game footage of the game in action. Since then, the project has taken many twists and turns. For example, the original development team behind the title was ultimately replaced with Cloud Imperium Games, which is made up of employees from a number of different studios.

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As the developers at CIG prepare for talks and revelations for this year’s digital CitizenCon, the newest edition of Star Citizen’s regular video digest is using the chance to do something a little different. The film begins with a section called Origin Stories, which highlights a developer’s path into game development and eventually to Star Citizen, beginning with producer Steph Bedford’s narrative.

Another sprint report is included in the second part of the film, which is packed with in-development previews. A look at mid-flight refueling, which uses the same technology as ship-to-station docking; some ship-based nonsense, including early tests of bomb use and a first look at what flying while intoxicated looks like (motion sickness warning because things are super wobbly here); and a look at heightmaps for Nyx, a third system coming to the game. This sample just shows planetary surfaces, but it gives fans a sense of the system’s “unclaimed frontier” feel.

Long-time MMORPG fans may recall that Star Citizen was initially Kickstarted in 2012 for almost $2 million, with a 2014 release date anticipated. It is still in an unfinished but playable alpha as of 2021, after raising approximately $350 million from players via years of ongoing crowdfunding and sales of in-game ships and other assets. It is now the most crowdfunded video game ever, and it has been met with unwavering support from fans and skepticism from detractors. Squadron 42, a co-developed single-player game, has also been frequently postponed.

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