If the words “Spathi” and “Ur-Quan” mean anything to you, then you probably spent far, far too much time playing Star Control (or the digital, Ur-Quan Masters release!), and have been waiting for a sequel. While the two delightful chaps who created Star Control – Toys for Bob’s Paul Reiche III and Fred For – own the rights to just about everything Star Control related, what they don’t own is the actual name. It was, until recently, owned by Atari, who’s been doing squat with it.
The name has now been picked up in an IP auction by Stardock – and they will be making another game in the series.
“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,” said Brad Wardell, president and CEO of Stardock. “We are looking at Star Control 2 as a major source of inspiration.”
Here’s where it gets weird. They wouldn’t be able to use terms like “Ur-Quan” or “Spathi” without licencing them from Toys for Bob.
“Stardock hasn’t contacted us, so we don’t yet know their plans,” Paul Reiche said on the Ur-Quan forums. “Looking at the court schedules (and this is consistent with my recollections), they acquired the trademark ‘Star Control’ and copyright to the original materials in Star Control 3 — that is to say, not any of the copyrightable materials from Star Control I & II, which Fred and I still hold. “
The IP being split like that could end up being a colossal monstrosity – but it seems that Stardock doesn’t want to do anything without the blessing and approval of star control’s creators.
We won’t be making any changes to the existing Star Control games. And Atari doesn’t actually own the copyright on Star Control 1/2 so it’s not like one could make a Star Control 2 HD or what have you without a license from Paul Reiche. And even if we did have rights to SC 1/2 I wouldn’t touch them without his blessing.
I think what most Star Control fans are looking for is a new Star Control game where the inspiration comes from Star Control 2. They want a game with fun, adventure and top down ship battles like in Star Control 2 that all play within a fun sci fi universe. Preferably one with Ur-Quan and Spathi and lots of insults.
Last Updated: July 24, 2013