I don't even know where to begin with this one. But it's Sat, so here goes.
Remember how funding had flatlined this year's CitizenCon and they unveiled a JPEG concept ship to sell in waves?
Ignore any Green bars which are not in wave 7 - they're liars (shocking).
Allocating for previous numeric trends, we can deduce that they pulled about $300K from this.
This is what the spike pattern looks like in a timelines.
It's a FACT.
By latest metrics, about 175 whales bought the Kraken with warbonds (new cash money) @ $1,400.
And they *claim* (it's bs) to have 2M backers.
This is the standard model for F2P games; except those are COMPLETED products.
Especially when you have about 450 people working worldwide and you have a rumored monthly burn rate of approx $4m.
Which explains the quiet exits by key personnel, the inability to hire top talent, the unrelenting and repetitive cash grabs like this etc.
You can't fix stupid, but you can certainly laugh at it.
But they have FINISHED products.
Imagine if they didn't have about 200 whales who have been giving them money these past years.
A $27K ship bundle.
And it has a new ship which was NEVER in the game's design. They sold that during the show.
And there are backers who TOTALLY believe that 3.3, 3.3.5 (split from the former) and 3.4, are ALL totally coming out in Q4/2018 (which ends in 9.5 weeks)
And that's Star Citizen as it exists today whereby about 200 whales are keeping the lights on, despite the fact that over in the UK, as per 2017 financials, the companies are INSOLVENT.
Filings for the parent co, CIG are still past due - for which they are incurring fees. I already guess they wouldn't file until Q4 whale call ends because we know what it's going to show
When you consider how many credible teams could have made a good number of actual GAMES for $200m, it's enough to make any reasonable person wonder wtf is going on.
It's an absolute SCAM, and there's no other way to put it.
That they're now trying to shove out an EPISODE of SQ42 using the crappy engine they have, is going to be the height of hilarity if it ever happens.