A bit over three years ago Stardock bought the rights to the Star Control franchise. For those of you who didn't play the original games the Star Control games allowed you to explore the universe, meet new races, and either trade with them or battle them to the death. The games were fun and a bit on the quirky side as each alien race had some very interesting personality and space ships.
Today Stardock has revealed Star Control:Origins, their remake of the classic series for release in the second half of 2017. The game will represent a new take on the game but will hopefully retain all of the things that made the original games so much fun.
Here's the high level description of the game:
"The game starts in the year 2086 with the unaware humans receiving a distress call from an alien ship that has crashed on the moon of Triton, leading to the formation of Star Control, an international space agency dedicated to protecting the Earth. The player takes on the role of The Captain of Earth’s first interstellar ship whose first mission is to investigate the the distress signal."
Star Dock has invested a lot in this game and is promising that this will be their biggest game yet. Those interested in playing the original games can download it from the official website where you can also get more details on the game as well as pre-ordering the game which will gain you access to the beta.
October 18, 2016 – Plymouth Michigan - Stardock announced Star Control: Origins today. Star Control: Origins is a sci-fi action/adventure game with many RPG elements set in the future where the player is the captain of Earth’s first interstellar starship that explores a procedurally created galaxy, makes contact with various alien races, explores unique worlds, and engages in action packed battles, all while trying to unravel the complex intrigue that has the galaxy on the brink of chaos. "We Earthlings are the newcomers to the galactic scene," said Brad Wardell, Executive Producer. "The dozen plus space-faring species have been hatching their schemes since before we got out of trees. Now, suddenly, they have to deal with those meddling apes from Sol 3 who threaten to upset the plot." The game starts in the year 2086 with the unaware humans receiving a distress call from an alien ship that has crashed on the moon of Triton, leading to the formation of Star Control, an international space agency dedicated to protecting the Earth. The player takes on the role of The Captain of Earth’s first interstellar ship whose first mission is to investigate the the distress signal. Star Control: Origins represents a new start for the beloved franchise. Stardock acquired the rights to Star Control 1/2/3 from Atari and since then has launched a new game studio in Towson Maryland specifically to create the new Star Control title. The classic series is available for sale on Stardock's newly launched StarControl.com website with players also able to pre-order Star Control: Origins and join the Founder’s Program. "Star Control is ultimately about us Earthlings exploring the galaxy, finding and talking to strange alien civilizations, and hopefully living to tell the tale," said Wardell. "We are hopeful those who remember the original trilogy will like the direction we’re taking here while at the same time introducing a whole new generation to the awesomeness of a game that combined action, adventure, and roleplaying in a sci-fi game simultaneously." Star Control: Origins is scheduled for release on PC and consoles with the PC release scheduled for 2017. Players interested in joining the Founder's program for $39.99 will gain access to the upcoming beta program as well as access to the Founder’s Vault, mod tools, private journals and more. Visit www.starcontrol.com to join or get more details.