Star Citizen continues to be a magnet for cash as it recently shattered the $27 million stretch goal to unlock the Banu Merchantman. The new goal will unlock an extended play option starting with the Banu merchant ship.

Banu Merchantman Unlocked – Banu traders are renowed for their merchant prowess, traveling the spacelanes and trading with everyone from humans to the Vanduul! Their sturdy, dedicated trading ships are prized beyond all other transports, sometimes passing from generation to generation of Banu. At $23 million we dedicated additional resources to making Xi’An spacecraft a unique experience. At $27 million, we will expand that same thinking to the Banu! Starting with the merchant ship, the design team will expand Banu technology to offer players a completely different way of experiencing their universe.

After reaching the new stretch goal, Chris Roberts penned a new Letter from the Chairman to discuss more about the Banu and reveal a new $29 million stretch goal, which will unlock an enhanced mission design for Squadron 42.

Enhanced Mission Design for Squadron 42 – The team at Foundry 42 has big plans for Squadron 42, and we’re going to provide extra funding to make it a true spiritual successor to Wing Commander! Squadron 42 can go above and beyond anything you’ve seen before. From opening with an epic battle instead of a training patrol to missions that seamlessly combine boarding and space combat, we aim to put you right into the action! Additional funding will let the team realize this, with enhanced mission design and more resources and animations to enhance fidelity.

For now, Star Citizen is already 4% of the way to its $28 million goal to unlock a new starter ship. And given rapid pace of Star Citizen’s crowfunding momentum, this one will likely be hit by next week as well.

Source: Letter from the Chairman


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Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016

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