Cloud Imperium Games, Chris Roberts’ studio, has opened a new location in Santa Monica.
The office will help with development on Star Citizen, and the 20 employees will be part of the development pipeline which includes location in Austin, LA, and Montreal.
“I’m a big believer in utilizing small, very focused development groups,” said Roberts to Develop. “Each studio is working on key features of the game. In Santa Monica we’re working on some of the high-end creative elements, the structuring of our game engine and publishing. Other studios are working on technology, game design and production, customer support and web development.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with hanging our shingle up in Santa Monica. It’s an incredibly creative community here already with a lot of game development and art resources all around us. We’re reaching out to fill positions for the new office already.”
Back in February, Star Citizen passed $8 million in funding, which is $1.75 million more than what the project accumulated during its Kickstarter campaign which ended in November 2012.
Over 142,000 pledges have been made with the grand total hitting $8,149,878 with Kickstarter contributing $2,134,374 and $6,015,504 through the Roberts Space Industries website.