Chris Roberts' Star Citizen has raised $49 million in funding, and the latest milestone means that all backers have unlocked a new space plant. The project will also continue to bring in funding from fans, because the $49 million just isn't enough.
"We’ve had a lot of questions about why we still need to continue crowd funding. The answer is that that money is letting Star Citizen tackle longer term features and content sooner than we normally would," Chris Roberts stated in a blog post. "To sustain this level of development, we need to keep bringing in additional funds. Star Citizen is still much less than the other published backed AAA games that have similar levels of ambition (some would even say a little less :-) ) like GTA V, Watch Dogs or Destiny."
The customers are willing, and so is the developer.
This statement has rubbed some the wrong way, but it's also important to remember that Chris Roberts is funding development of a huge game, and paying a team of developers while bringing new people into the world of Star Citizen.