Cloud Imperium Games, developer of the new space sim Star Citizen, have announced this to be a major milestone in the game’s ongoing development. The update features more than twenty new random encounters, all new activities exploring space outside the ship, new locations to discover, and much, much more.

The crowd-funded project has now amassed more than $100 million in pledges, making it one of the most successful crowd-funded efforts in history.

Creator Chris Roberts has gone on record as saying that the release of the Alpha update is a major breakthough in development, and said the new alpha release – “…represents the first true slice of gameplay that includes much of what Star Citizen will bring to our fans…”. Roberts has also said that he and his company are “…forever grateful for our backers and fans…”.

A release date for the full game has yet to be announced.