Star Citizen boss Chris Roberts looked back on some of the major events of the game today, probably the year-end letter from the driver update, including the addition of his first planet, the first major landing zone and 32 new fleet ships. He also announced a new private investment of $ 46 million in the Cloud Empire, on top of the $ 21
Roberts also said he expects single player Squadron 42 to be ready to start beta testing in the second half of 2020.
"When we started the Star Citizen and Squadron 42 campaign, I said that crowdfunding would go against the development of the game and that the amount would define the scope and ambition of what we were working on. It is an obligation I am proud to say we have maintained, that's why we have over 500 employees around the world who work with the games and have spent very little on marketing, "wrote Roberts.
But marketing will be more prioritized when game approaches resolve and must compete for gamer eyeballs with games that have "tens of and in some cases hundreds of millions of dollars of advertising behind them." The most common solution to the current issue is an agreement with a publisher, but "I'm not to put my fate into the hands of a third party," he wrote.
Roberts said he would not dive into the crowdfund well again, though Star Citizen is still active crowdfunding right now. That led the studio to pursue private equity and venture capital investments, which eventually led to an agreement with Clive Calder, the founder of the Zomba Group, and his son Keith, director of the film production company Snoot Entertainment.
"This investment helps to ensure our independence. We may not have the resources that an Activision or EA may launch one of its tent pole games, but we are now controlling our own destiny in the Squadron 42 marketing, especially as we have a secret weapons: all of you! " Roberts wrote. "Between the power of the best society in play to help the message out and these extra funds, we will be well positioned to enable Squadron 42 to enjoy the success it deserves."
The need for marketing money, at least to announce a completed game, is still far away, but: "The same reservations apply to the Squadron 42 roadmap as they make to PU [Persistent Universe] one, but Our plan is to be function and content completed by the end of 2019, with the first 6 months of 2020 for Alpha (Balance, Optimization and Polish) and then Beta. "
Star Citizen Crowdfunding currently stands at nearly $ 212 million, which includes $ 7 million raised during a week during a recent "free fly" week. The Squadron 42 "Public Road Map," breaking down the game's development plan for the next couple of years, went live today.