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