Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games revealed new videos about the growing space simulator.
This time around, we get to take a look at the massive underground facilities that were originally mentioned at CitizenCon last year. This time around, lead environment artist John Griffits shows them within the game's engine providing a look at the progress that has been made since the concept art we saw a few months ago.
What we see is in the middle of the white box phase, so there's still a lot of work to be done, but we can already enjoy just how big these facilities will be. According to the developers, they will involve every aspect of the game's gameplay.
As a bonus, we also get to take a look at the upcoming planet Pyro III. You can watch the video below.
A second video provides an in-depth look at the work of the visual effects team on top of a talk with executive producer John Schimmel.
In the meanwhile, Star Citizen's growing crowdfunding campaign continues to progress and the game has passed $552 million ($552,176,699 at the moment of this writing) from backers.
The number of registered users has also recently passed 4.4 million and it's now at 4,428,207, albeit not all of them are paying since many register accounts to access the popular free fly events that provide a chance to test the game without pledging any money. According to the latest information that creative director Chris Roberts himself shared in October 2022, 1.7 million players are actually paying customers. Of course, that number is a few months old, so it could be higher now.
Star Citizen recently ended its best year ever in terms of crowdfunding, with a whopping $113 million pledged in 2022, marking a 31% increase over 2021. The tally has been consistently increasing year-on-year since 2018.
Full disclosure: the author of this post has backed Star Citizen all the way back when its crowdfunding was first launched in September 2012.