$55 million – that’s the amount Star Citizen has raised so far in its campaign.

That’s also the amount that landed Cloud Imperium Games Corporation’s darling a place in the Book of Guinness World Record as the most crowd-funded project in history.

The space trading and combat simulator initially aimed for $500,000 in its 2012 Kickstarter campaign.

It ended that campaign with a whopping $6.2 million – almost twelve and a half times what it set out to earn.

The developers didn’t stop there, though.

They continued accepting crowdfunding donations on their website, and continues to receive donations to this day.

Star Citizen’s director, Chris Roberts, wrote an open letter to share his thoughts on why donations are continually being accepted even when the initial Kickstarter campaign was already so explosively successful.

“There is no publisher,” he says. “There is no venture capitalist wanting a massive return in three years.”

“Every effort is about enriching the game’s vision. Funding to date has allowed us to go so far beyond what I thought was possible in 2012. ”

“I now look at our monthly fundraising and use that to set the amount of resources being used to develop this game.”

You can find out more about the game by visiting RobertsSpaceIndustries.com.