topped $41 million in crowdfunding yesterday, and Cloud Imperium
boss Chris Roberts
penned a new Letter from the Chairman
as a result. The latest stretch goal unlocked the procedural generation R&D team, but perhaps more notably it served as an opportunity for Roberts to weigh in on the Oculus-Facebook debate and reassure Star Citizen
fans of the game's independence.
Roberts explained how Facebook's investment will help defer the obscene manufacturing and supply chain costs involved in bringing new hardware to the mass market. He also pointed out that Star Citizen
features none of those costs, so there's no desire to sell to a larger firm.
"We don't need to go to anyone with deep pockets to make our dream a reality," Roberts wrote. "Luckily our ships are digital so we have hardly any cost of goods, just the cost of developing the universe of Star Citizen
and running servers that Star Citizen's
universe will be simulated on. Thanks to the generosity of the Star Citizen
community we have these two things covered."