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There’s a new Star Control game coming

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Star Control II is a favourite amongst many older gamers, and for good bloody reason. The 1992 Dos game by the delightful folks from Skylanders creator Toys for Bob is a story-driven space exploration game like no other.

The game was wildly ambitious for the time, but managed to deliver – giving gamers a world of exoplanet, hyperspace travel, interstellar and interspecies diplomacy, resource gathering and so, so much more. It was, and still is one of the greatest games that has ever been made. And it absolutely, in no way whatsoever, received a sequel – no matter what the internet tells you.

There is, however, a prequel coming to console and PC in the middle of next year. It’s a prequel called Star Control Origins. Before you get excited though, there are some great big caveats here. The game is being made by Stardock – with the creators of the series having nothing to do with the game whatsoever. Worse still is that its new rights owners only own the name. They have no rights to the actual content – so you’ll see no Umgah, Orz, Spathi or Ur-Quan. The game will still focus on interaction between alien races, but it’ll have a new collection.

“Star Control has always been about creating a fantastic galactic sandbox to play in and weaving a compelling story around it that gives meaning and wonder to their adventure,” says Brad Wardell, Executive Producer of Star Control: Origins. “With Origins, we want to bring the style, humor and game play elements we loved from the classic series and then expand it with features made possible on modern hardware.”

They’ve created a teaser, which you can watch here.

As much as I’d like to believe it’ll be good, I just don’t think it will be. No Spathi? No sale.

Last Updated: October 19, 2016

63 Comments

  1. Sageville

    October 19, 2016 at 10:35

    So many good memories….

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  2. Dungeon of JJ

    October 19, 2016 at 10:36

    Star Control 2 and 3 and StarCon and the Flash game, they all exist Geoff! 😛

    Reply

    • Pariah ???

      October 19, 2016 at 10:37

      I think what he’s saying is that, like apostrophes, they shouldn’t.

      Reply

      • Original Heretic

        October 19, 2016 at 10:40

        Apostrophes aren’t bad. People who misuse them are.

        Reply

      • Lu

        October 19, 2016 at 10:47

        Am I a terrible person for having enjoyed Star Control 3?

        Reply

        • Pariah ???

          October 19, 2016 at 10:48

          I’ve never played any of them.

          I’m a terrible person though so probably not a good example.

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 19, 2016 at 10:49

            You’re a good example of a terrible person though, so there’s that. 😀

          • Pariah ???

            October 19, 2016 at 10:50

            I’ll take it. 😀

          • miaau

            October 19, 2016 at 10:58

            You’ll take what?

            Examples cannot be taken by the examplee, they are, implicitly and for all time, owned by the exampler.

            Sorry, fine print always catches us

          • Pariah ???

            October 19, 2016 at 11:02

            How would I take the example when I AM the example? I’ll take the reference and/or acknowledgement of being a good example of a terrible person though.

            Can’t believe I had to actually explain that.

        • miaau

          October 19, 2016 at 10:49

          I sort of enojyed it, but the charm was SUCKED out for me,

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          • Lu

            October 19, 2016 at 10:53

            The game lacks replayability I’ll give you that. But the races (old and new – except the creepy Syreen) were damn entertaining

        • Geoffrey Tim

          October 19, 2016 at 11:13

          How did you enjoy a game that didnt exist?

          Reply

          • Lu

            October 19, 2016 at 11:39

            By the Harika and Yorn!

      • Dungeon of JJ

        October 19, 2016 at 11:31

        Yea, I know that. That’s why I’m trolling him.

        Reply

    • Geoffrey Tim

      October 19, 2016 at 11:14

      Star Control II exists. There’s a remake of that even. No other Star Con games have been made at all. LALALALALALALALALALALALALALA

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      • Dungeon of JJ

        October 19, 2016 at 11:34

        I didn’t actually even know about the flash one. Had to google that.

        Reply

  3. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    October 19, 2016 at 10:38

  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 19, 2016 at 10:38

    I think any interest I had in a new Star Control game faded 20 years ago. Curse my short attention span.

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    • miaau

      October 19, 2016 at 10:44

      I would have interest in a good, new star control game. But this is not it.

      It might, however, be a good game.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 19, 2016 at 10:50

        Yeah it could be, I’m just not particularly enthused by the announcement.

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        • miaau

          October 19, 2016 at 10:51

          no, assuredly not. See longer rant above.

          And it is better to burn out than fade away.

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 19, 2016 at 10:55

            You remember way more than I do about the game. I remember I played it, and I liked it, and… there was a Syrene ship that Geoff didn’t mention, and… ja… that’s about it.

          • Lu

            October 19, 2016 at 10:57

            The “Penetrator”?

          • miaau

            October 19, 2016 at 10:59

            yeeeesss.

            How are they creepy, as per your post below? I thought funny.

          • Lu

            October 19, 2016 at 11:43

            Well in SC2 they were all amazonian seductresses. May just be the puppets they used but the SC 3 blue Sinhead o’Connor staring blankly into your soul doesn’t work for me. And that damned occasional head tilt and creeper smile. Nightmare fuel.

    • Dungeon of JJ

      October 19, 2016 at 10:52

      Yea, 20 years is a short time for you 😛

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 19, 2016 at 11:08

        It’s true, I’m not a millennial.

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        • Pariah ???

          October 19, 2016 at 11:09

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 19, 2016 at 11:11

            GET OFF MY LAWN!

            Oh wait, that IS me. :/

          • Dungeon of JJ

            October 19, 2016 at 11:32

            Nice moustache

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 19, 2016 at 11:36

            Really JJ, facial hair comments?

          • Pariah ???

            October 19, 2016 at 11:36

            LOL!!!!

          • Dungeon of JJ

            October 20, 2016 at 09:04

            XD LOL

  5. Original Heretic

    October 19, 2016 at 10:41

    I…wow…this is…this is…I hope it’s going to be…where do I…I don’t know…

    I think I just had a memory overload.

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  6. miaau

    October 19, 2016 at 10:43

    Stardock games are not too bad, the owner likes to play himself and has a good team around him.

    I have, however, lost interest in the learning curve of games like Galciv. Got GalCIV 2 and 1, but no further.

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  7. miaau

    October 19, 2016 at 10:48

    What made Star Control II GOOD? Was it the gameplay? Well, very annoying to fly mother ship at start of game, have to collect stuff, BUT once mother ship is upgraded and you have a few Alien allies….. Gameplay is AWESOME.

    BUT why? To meet the weird VUX Admiral who collected aliens species in a weaird ass zoo, or the crazy Thradashh, a species that have nuked themselves to the stone age 19 times and just keep coming back, same warrior mentality. Awesome. Or the crazy little Pkunk and their weird relationship to the beautifully strange Yehat. Or the nice Crystal Guys (forget name, also big ships). Or who can forget the Syreen or the Spathi?

    THOSE are the memories from Star Control II, not the concept or even the game play.

    I have changed my mind, Stardock. Make a game, sounds interesting. But it is not Star Control.

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    • Lu

      October 19, 2016 at 10:57

      Think the crystal dewds were the Chmmr.
      The little bushidoish marsupial guys (cant remember their name) were also awesome.

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      • miaau

        October 19, 2016 at 11:00

        No, the Chmmr were the big ship guys, with rotating little laser balls.

        No the, just remembered, no looking up, the CHENJSU were the crystal chaps. They also formed the first alliance against the UR-QUAN.

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        • Lu

          October 19, 2016 at 11:38

          Wait yes. The Chmmr were a fusion of the Chenjsu and the Mechanical Mmrmhrm. Damn that game had a ton of race variation.

          Reply

  8. HvR

    October 19, 2016 at 11:00

    WHAAAAT!!!!!

    I’m Ottokie excited for this

    https://media.giphy.com/media/l0HlN5Y28D9MzzcRy/source.gif

    Reply

    • Pariah ???

      October 19, 2016 at 11:00

      YO DUDE. YOU NEVER GO FULL OTTOKIE!

      Reply

      • Ottokie

        October 19, 2016 at 11:04

        I do it all the time. It’s not so bad xD

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        • Pariah ???

          October 19, 2016 at 11:06

          hahaha XD

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 19, 2016 at 11:10

          You’re biased.

          Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 19, 2016 at 11:00

      LOL

      Reply

    • Ottokie

      October 19, 2016 at 11:04

      • Pariah ???

        October 19, 2016 at 11:06

        XD XD XD

        Reply

        • Ottokie

          October 19, 2016 at 11:06

          I still have no idea what game we are even discussing in this topic xD

          Reply

          • Pariah ???

            October 19, 2016 at 11:06

            Me neither but the comments are fun 😀

          • HvR

            October 19, 2016 at 11:07

            Haven’t even read the article, just saw new star control game

          • Geoffrey Tim

            October 19, 2016 at 11:12

            REad the article. You will be sads.

          • HvR

            October 19, 2016 at 11:13

            Why you take away my happiness?

  9. Archdruid Kromas

    October 19, 2016 at 11:07

    Remake was already made. Ur-Quan Masters. No need for this.

    Reply

    • Pariah ???

      October 19, 2016 at 11:08

      There was no need for CoD 3+ + + + + + + + + + + + + +

      Didn’t stop it from both being made, and generating income for Activision.

      Reply

  10. Skoobaz

    October 19, 2016 at 11:59

    Since Kerbal Space Program I will NOT be able to play this sort of game. The orbital mechanics are just so wrong…

    Reply

  11. Spathi

    October 19, 2016 at 12:45

    Here I am!! So a sale it is Geoff?

    Reply

  12. Mighty Meh

    October 19, 2016 at 13:26

    It’s been a while since I had such a high level of excitement clicking on an article only to have that excitement smashed to the ground in three paragraphs.

    I guess its back to Ur-Quan Masters…

    Thanks Geoff QQ

    Reply

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