Star Citizen currently has the largest investment fund in the history of the gaming industry. Currently, the amount of money invested in this game has exceeded the total investment in super products like Red Dead Redemption 2, Grand Theft Auto 5, and Cyberpunk 2077. This is the latest in a long series of records that Star Citizen has set.
Star Citizen launched an initial Kickstarter campaign with a relatively modest goal of $2 million. The game was presented as the spiritual successor to Wing Commander under the direction of Chris Roberts. For a variety of reasons, development on the single player campaign for Star Citizen and Squadron 42 has been going on for over a decade. However, the game’s production has not stopped as the developer continues to receive funding from various sources.
In September 2022, Star Citizen’s crowdfunding budget finally passed the $500 million mark. That amount has now grown to nearly $600 million, though the game doesn’t have an official release date yet. For comparison, the investment budget for Grand Theft Auto 5 is around $137 million, Red Dead Redemption 2 is $170 million, and Cyberpunk 2077 is around $174 million. This means that Star Citizen’s budget has surpassed three of the most expensive video games of the last decade. Even before hitting the $500 million mark, Star Citizen was the most expensive video game ever made. The only game before that was BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic with an estimated investment of around $200 million.
The first version of Star Citizen has been available since 2013. Since then, the developer has gradually updated the game and added new content and taken care of the ability to buy new ships. The latest Star Citizen update was released in March. It is very likely that the price of the game will continue to increase as more updates are released. Whether players can get their hands on the full version of Star Citizen remains an open question.