Over 2,000,000 people have now registered accounts for Star Citizen

Star Citizen hit another milestone this week: It’s reached 2,000,000 citizens. Accounts, specifically.

The game has been in production since before its Kickstarter launched almost six years ago. According to the official funding stats, the game has raised over $181,000,000 in crowdfunds from donors and pre-order ship sales. It broke a million citizens back in 2015.

What might be behind the recent surge that’s making numerologists rejoice? It might be the new ship sale announced on Friday, which brings back a bunch of older concept ships – for the last time, they swear – at an inflated price, with the promise that they’re actually coming in the next update.

Or it could be the studio’s ruminations on a pivot to releasing a minimum viable – and playable – product; last week, CIG posted a backer-only poll inquiring about the critical features the studio ought to work on first.

Source: Official site, Reddit. We’ve amended the title to make it clear that these are registered accounts, not necessarily backers.
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Hanthos Taal

Nice to see the same bad actor troupe is still together playing the same tired songs.

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Estranged

Q: What do you want next Star Citizen?

A: The frakkin game!

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Roger Melly

I registered an account for one of their free fly weeks but it was nowhere close to a point in development I would invest money in it . Friends of mine who are playing it all think its at least 3-4 years away from a release .

I think this game might be a case of ” jam tomorrow” .

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shear

Does anyone know about the story of the South Sea Company?

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Mallus

Vaporware at $90 per account…

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costanius

Lets get some facts straight:

-53 ships and ground vehicles (3.1-ships and variants included) they sold as concept ships have been developed so far, they exist already in the game and are flyable and playable.
-another 18 completely new ships and ground vehicles (reworks NOT included) are scheduled to be released in 2018.
You might not believe it, but they don’t only sell concept art, they indeed develop those ships and put them into the game for the backers to fly!

-there is a FPS-game You can play (Star Marine)
-You can fly and PvP in the Arena-Commander module
-they develop a single player campaign game (SQ42)
-the persiant universe is taking shape now and You can fly seemlessly down to 4 planetoids
-there is a rudimentary mission, cargo-transport and trading system in now, player-driven service beacons are coming with 3.1, mining is scheduled for 3.2.
-about 500 people are working on this project now in 4 different locations and 3 different countries.

Some of You give the impression that they just seem to collect money by selling concept pics and do nothing! Thats fake-news!

I registered an account at CIG in 2012 but waited and observed the project until 2017 without pledging any money. Now with 3.0 I think they hit an important milestone and the project is coming together nicely, but slowly and I finally pledged some money in 2017 to get in.
I think the project is on track now, but not as fast as we all wish.

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Armsbend

Do I have to drink if someone says “fake news” on a gaming site? My rulesheet on alt-politics drinking says so but it doesn’t specify what kind of site it has to be. Screw it. Drink!

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Alex Willis

The amateur sociologist in me now wants to study the Alt-Politics and Star Citizen Axis. To the Controversy Machine, Igor!

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Stkmks Returns

The number of email addresses they’ve collected means nothing as its got nothing to do with the game (oh wait?).

What i still find a sore point is how a few years ago in this very place it was with copious amounts of personal attacks and aggressive abuse cultists were throwing around how delays in star citizen were due to it being completely perfect on release/

Yet today, if you want to acknowledge the presence at all of the alpha what anyone is experiencing is a far jankier, incremental, feature by feature game.. exactly the excuse used to explain the delays so many years ago.

The only consolation is those psychopaths have gone away.

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Armsbend

Psychpaths always disappear when you shine a light of truth on them – the cockroaches. I’ve always know what this game is. I’ve been saying it for how many years now? Four? Christ almighty.

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Bryan Turner

Considering how much they charge for these concept ships it wouldn’t surprise me if the guys that do it wouldn’t also have multiple accounts.

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Bryan Turner

My phone wouldn’t let me edit, I meant the guys that buy them.

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Loyheta

And why would they want to have multiple accounts?

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Oleg Chebeneev

And why would they want to have multiple accounts?

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deekay_plus

well back in 2013 a number of people were bragging about how they were planning to force friends and guildies to work for them when the game came out by buying them all accounts.

i mean they also hoped to be able to split the ships from game packages to help with that as well.

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draugris

And don’t forget that Chris Roberts was so desperate he even sold dinner dates with him. Maybe some people thought this would increase their chance to get one.

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Joe Blobers

And don’t forget that the dinner was bringing a few thousands $ not hundred or millions. CIG make more pledges per day than this single dinner…

That was a way to share time with some backers without using pledges from the mass of others Backers. A mark of respect. Your uneducated guess about CR is desperate :)

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draugris

As your believe in Vaporware is…..

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Kayweg

I dunno, 6 years in the making and they’d ask me that question, i would be somewhat bamboozled.
My reaction would probably be “i thought you had a plan ?”

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Oleg Chebeneev

Cuz how dare developers ask community what it wants? Mkay. Smart developer should never care about what fans want. Mkay.

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Bryan Turner

This late in development they should be ironing out the bugs and putting the finishing touches on the product, there’s a movies that comes to mind that reminds me of this redesign news letter SC released and that’s the Justice League, the Justice League practically reshot the whole movie when Wheddon took over as director (that’s why we got Superman with the weird looking lip, because the actor was brought in to reshoot all his scenes while being contracted to keep a mustache for a movie he was currently shooting so they CGIed the mustache stuff out.).

Star Citizen should stick with what they offered and not reinvent the wheel or you’ll wind up with the Justice League with Superman and his weird looking lip smack in the middle of the cover.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Finishing touches? What are you talking about, they havent even finished one system. As for bugs, they ironing them out constantly. Also they DO in fact stick to what they offer. So again, dont know what youre talking about

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deekay_plus

What are you talking about, they havent even finished one system.

that would kind of be the problem.

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Bruno Brito

Uh, correct me if i’m wrong, but…isn’t this a Alpha game?

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Alberto

Yep…..but its Star Citizen so different rules apply apparently…just get your popcorn and enjoy the non-sense

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deekay_plus

it’s been alpha for 5 years.

so longer than dayz SA has been and it gets treated like it’s only been in early access for a few months.

if your game is alpha for 5 years and in development for 7 it’s not a good thing. idk why anyone would excuse this.

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Joe Blobers

Do you want to talk again about how much Publishers took to make their first triple-A? CIG started from scratch with 12 guys and 6 M$.
You perfectly know it. SC has no equivalent in gaming industry.

2018 is adding more flesh to the bone. Quality take time and 6 years by end of Nov. 2018 is not late. No need to look for excuse for anyone. keep raisingred flag at every ATV if it makes you happy… this game is in development.
Patience and a bit of businesss knowledge is mandatory to understand it.

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Estranged

Joe, they certainly don’t have an equivalent. They are more shameless than EA or Smed.

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Joe Blobers

How far are they “more shameless”. Without equivalence that’s hard to compare. Each one can see the half full or half empty glass.
I remember that a few quarters ago, we can’t had a comments section without at least several wording like scam, vaporware. The most unaware (to be nice) are still delivering here and there a few “Jpges”.
But we can say we are now reasonably done with the most uneducated comments which is a red flag… sent to even the most dedicated true trolls.

Lets switch to speculation about Beta release date and gameplay in 2018 with those patch adding jobs and gradual performance optimization.

Still, compared to EA and others, their combined 10’s Billions $ revenue and thousands of developers, full tweak game engines and pipelines since a decade, my perception is shame is on Publishers side, with so much ressource and so little novelties.

Latest ATV about SQ42 released this week strengthen this perception.

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Kayweg

That’s neither what i said or meant.
But i expect the developer of a game of this magnitude to be in the driving seat, with clear cut goals and a sound strategy to reach those goals.
Of course there’ll problems (and yes, often uncovered by player feedback) and changes of plan along the route, but polling backers (sorry, registered accounts) as to what to focus on next doesn’t exactly instill confidence in the project lead, does it ?
Personally i have no stake in SC btw, it’s just another game i might be interested in after release, so my opinion would be exactly the same if we’d be talking about any other game here.

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Alberto

Since you don’t seem to understand what the questionnaire was, It was “Here’s some things we are working on for the next couple of big releases, IN WHAT order of importance are these features to you, so we can Move them around by what’s important to you? All the features voted on Will be in THIS year it’s just a matter of what the community wants first. Not anything to be alarmed over they have done this before with votes for Occupations in the game and which types of ships they would like next.

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deekay_plus

reminds me of the last couple comms from the mandate tbh.

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Alex Willis

[INSERT MANDATORY MANDATE-RELATED WEEPING]

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deekay_plus

they seemed to be on track. then some months without the usual level of comms and some rumours near the end about internal drama. then suddenly very strange questionaire asking what kind of game we wanted (like umm we want what was pitched?) and then that ship combat video that was totally wtf and then uhh forget the last thing but pretty much confirmed it was effectively dead for all intents and purposes (in so much as it was clear the writing was on the wall, but they weren’t intentionally communicating that). and then radio silence again. forget if anthing else happened.. oh seems the website is no longer online …

but ye, they were suddenly asking questions like this and it was really awkward and confusing why those questions would be asked at this point in development.

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refractiveindex_

Fake news!
The questionnaire is about what features to prioritize for 3.2 and beyond, and not “what kind of game we wanted”. They even explicitly said all the features backers are voting on will be developed eventually. The questionnaire will not even necessarily determine what features CIG work on next, as it’s just another tool to help them in the decision making process.

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deekay_plus

oh look another star citizen russian bot.

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refractiveindex_

Stop the snarky comments and tell me how I’m wrong.

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deekay_plus

you realize the post you replied to was about a different game right?

but you gotta come brigade this site to defend the honour of m’game with openers like “FAKE NEWS!”.

the fact is this is yet another red flag about this game’s project management that indicates the state of internal development is not what has been being marketted to us in their weekly video spam and they are preparing excuses to deflect from the fact these major feature deployments aren’t going to make it yet again this year.

your excusing it and spinning it does nothing to change that reality, and only adds to it. that you’ve taken it upon yourself to come brigade here as if m’lady’s honour depends on it is just the usual routine where no one here gives a fuck about how the fandom is spinning things this week. i’m sure joe blobers will be shortly behind to spam similar gibberish at us yet again as well.

that you can’t even read a subthread to figure out that we were talking about another game says all we need to know about the value of your contributions here and the worthwhileness of replying to you with anything but the afforementioned “snarky comment”.

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refractiveindex_

I’m not spinning anything. You invented some nonsense about the Star Citizen questionnaire, and I corrected it. I don’t care about red flags or any other such thing that isn’t pertaining to this discussion. Although I’m finding it hard to see how community engagement is now to be considered a “red flag”. Going silent would be a red flag, polling the community to get an idea about what features they would like to see implemented with priority is not.

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deekay_plus

and this is why i called you a star citizen russian bot

:D

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refractiveindex_

So anyone who isn’t on board with the nonsense narrative you’re peddling is a bot? I have many criticisms about Star Citizen, but I fail to see how conducting a survey with the community should be one of them.

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deekay_plus

becasue you can’t even compute that this subthread wasn’t talking about star citizen but about the game “the mandate” before jumping in.

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refractiveindex_

I’ve never even heard of “The Mandate”. My apologies then, I thought you guys were talking about some meme.

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Armsbend

I guess the citizens are now latching on to the ‘fake news’ motto. Just another reason to stay away from this complete pile of shit.

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Joe Blobers

Deekay I am here and I have not much to say about except you see red flag or brigade way too much. Your call.

About “Joe Blobber spamming”… well, rest a second and start to count the number of yours comments in every SC article on this site and you will realize that spamming does belong to me :)

talking about the article subject, Turbulent gave by error more than a couple years ago the number of 500.000 Backers while the account number was around 1 million.
Of course it is pretty hard to predict how 2.000.000 translate in real backers but we can be safe by shooting something between 600K to 700K.

Not bad for a Jpgegs game with red flags raised by some.
For sure people with a lot of game business background and management of international project of this magnitude :)

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Estranged

I hate to interject, but…

So many logical fallacies have been broken here (I’m not that guy usually), that our resident Logic Professor needs to step in and put out this red flag fire.

Logic Deity, please help us!

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Oleg Chebeneev

Are you sure its only registered accounts? And not the actual backers

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TheDonDude

Yep. It’s been mentioned before by CIG. You can even test it by creating a new account (without buying anything) and you’ll see your Star Citizen number.

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Schmidt.Capela

AFAIK CIG uses that number as a measure for public interest in the game. Besides, 2M registered users on the forums of a game that isn’t even in Beta yet is mighty impressive.

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deekay_plus

over 6 years? not really. even before accounting for scripting account creation to bump up the numbers by fans being a known about thing.

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deekay_plus

and even worse considering teh SEO positioning of the site, the amount of press the game gets, the amount of marketting they do, the amount of fandom based marketing…

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Joe Blobers

Name a kickstarter game which have +500.000 backers and 181m$… This is impressive… but well, this week Deekay dediced it was time to raise red flag at every comments… :)