Star Citizen’s new trailer banks almost $1 million more from suckers, I mean fans

The launch last Thursday of a three-minute cinematic trailer for Star Citizen’s Squadron 42 single-player campaign – originally expected to be out by 2014, but it wasn’t, and it isn’t out even in 2018 and maybe (probably) it’s never coming out but don’t tell anybody who’s already paid real cash for polygons of virtual space because it’s awkward – has prompted additional, uh, “investments” from players of almost $1 million into its development fund, now totalling $195,768,020.

But the trailer’s got celebrities in it.

Featuring Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), Gary Oldman (The Fifth Element), Henry Cavill (Superman), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), and Mark Strong (Kingsman), the new trailer introduces creepy digital doubles of the cast and… not much else. Something about aliens? I dunno.

Cloud Imperium Games’ parent company Roberts Space Industries apparently banked $379,254 in donations on premiere day, plus an extra $600,000-something over the next three days. Some of that could also be attributed to the announcement at CitizenCon of the new, sold-separately Anvil Valkyrie dropship, though, which costs $330 excluding the cost of the actual game, and is available only on test servers until the 3.3 update launches. No launch date has been confirmed for the 3.3 update. Or Squadron 42. Or the game.

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