After a 10 year long hiatus, Chris Roberts, the creator of Wing Commander and Freelancer, is back with a new PC game, a MMORPG called Star Citizen. Here is a description according to the game’s website: “Star Citizen brings the visceral action of piloting interstellar craft through combat and exploration to a new generation of gamers at a level of fidelity never before seen. At its core Star Citizen is a destination, not a one-off story. It’s a complete universe where any number of adventures can take place, allowing players to decide their own game experience. Pick up jobs as a smuggler, pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, or enlist as a pilot, protecting the borders from outside threats. I’ve always wanted to create one cohesive universe that encompasses everything that made Wing Commander and Privateer / Freelancer special. A huge sandbox with a complex and deep lore allowing players to explore or play in whatever capacity they wish.”
The thing is, Roberts is trying to do this all on his own. Since EA owns the licensing to his Wing Commander franchise, he decided he didn’t want to have some big game corporation stifling his creative impulses. So basically he’s hoping that PC gamers will rise up and support his cause: namely, to raise $2 million which his investors will match;which doesn’t seem that big of a stretch considering he’s raised over $700,000. already. The reception was so enthusiastic, in fact, that the overwhelming response crashed his funding page (which is now back up and running again). Roberts is hoping this venture will enable him to “cut out the middleman” and publish the game himself. Those who donate early on will be given a discount on the digital download when the game is finally released. Go to the Star Citizen website for more information.
Star Citizen Game Trailer (2014 – PC)