Stardock acquires Star Control franchise rights, plans new game

Star Control is back, and sooner than you might expect.Two big bits of news for fans of the classic PC franchise Star Control - independent developer and publisher Stardock have acquired the rights to the series from Atari, and development of a new game will later this year. In a statement from Brad Wardell, president of CEO of Stardock, the company expressed their desire to give the series a fresh start.

“We expect the new Star Control to come in the form of a reboot, similar to what Firaxis did with the XCOM series last year. We are looking at Star Control II as a major source of inspiration.”

Previously responsible for critically-acclaimed PC series such as Galactic Civilizations and Sins of a Solar Empire, it sounds Stardock are intending for the franchise to head back to its roots, while still bringing it up to modern standards.

The franchise started with Star Control in 1990, released for the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 54, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, MS-DOS and the ZX Spectrum. Its sequel, Star Control II, was released for DOS and the 3DO in 1992. Both were developed by Toys for Bob, who most recently worked on the Skylanders series.

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  • Jay

    Weird connection with Toys for Bob, I didn’t realize they’d worked on Star Control. Sooooo pumped for more Star Control though and Stardock should do an awesome job with it.

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  • Kyle M

    I never got to play the original titles as a kid, but watched most of Star Control II streamed live last month and it was a hilarious, fun ride. Bring it on!

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  • Turbine2k5

    Well it’s your lucky day, Kyle.

    http://sc2.sourceforge.net/

    Here you can download a free port of SCII that’s totally legit.

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  • Kyle M

    Woah, thanks! Will have to add this to my backlog :)

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  • Anonymous Coward

    I recommend putting UQM at the top of your backlog. As /. commented, SC2 is The Best Game Ever of its genre.

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  • Mark

    What’s a Commodore 54? :|

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  • Kyle M

    Oops! I believe it’s slang for ‘silly slip of the finger’!

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  • http://2nihon.com 2nihon

    This could either be amazingly good or amazingly bad. But I guess anything is better than SC3, which I heard was horrible. It would be great if they would hire Toys for Bob as consultants to get the look and feel right. SC2 was so right in every way.

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