David Braben's followup to the famed Elite is now officially A Thing That Will Happen.
It was a close thing, but the Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter that launched on November 5 and wraps up in just a couple of days - January 4, to be precise - has made it across the finish line. The goal of £1.25 million ($2.03 million) is now in the rear view mirror and all that remains is to see what sort of stretch goals can be reached.
If funding reaches £1.4 million, Frontier Developments will release a Mac version of Elite: Dangerous within three months of the Windows launch, while £1.5 million will add another ten playable ships to the game on top of the 15 already planned. A new reward tier of £25 has also been added which will give supporters a 500 credit bonus when they start the game.
"This morning has been incredible, just watching the numbers increase. We currently have a pledge total of over £1.2 million, with less than £50,000 left to raise - not counting stretch goals, but we'll get to that shortly. We now also have 20,505 backers, another incredible number and a huge thanks to each and every one of you," the studio wrote in an update posted earlier today, shortly before the funding goal was reached. "We are going to make this game and it is all thanks to you."
Elite: Dangerous is currently expected to be ready to fly in March 2014.