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Star Citizen plans sci-fi pets as it cruises towards $64 million

You've got your space ship, all decked out with the latest intergalactic navigation tools and alien-busting weaponry. You're all set to turbo-boost out into the firmament. But something's missing.

Of course, it's the one thing a star-hopping warrior-trader needs ... a pet.

Crowd-funding juggernaut Star Citizen today announced a new $64 million target. And with it, comes sci-Fidos and Kitties.

"We have repair bots, we have fish, but we haven't implemented a traditional pet system in Star Citizen yet," noted Cloud Imperium chief Chris Roberts. "At $64 million, that changes. From Jones the Cat in Alien to the Battlestar Galactica's Daggit, pets have a place on board starship and we want to give you that option in Star Citizen."

So what kind of fluffy critters and loyal lap-chums can backers anticipate? "Expect traditional terrestrial options, plus anything exotic we can dream up in the Star Citizen universe," said Roberts, adding a sad note to his missive. "This stretch goal is in honor of Paddington, Strike Dog of the UEES Paul Steed. In one of our first videos Paddington helped us get to $4 million back in the initial campaign, and sadly passed away recently."

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