Rejoice, all space gamers young and old (especially old, though)! For today, we have received word from Stardock that Star Control: Origins is slated for release in the second half of 2017!
In a press release, Stardock said that the title represents a new beginning for the franchise. Like its forerunners, Origins will blend action/adventure, exploration, and RPG elements into a space opera backdrop with a heavy helping of alien intrigue.
“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.“
Free history lesson: Star Control I created novel gameplay back in 1990 by introducing real time ship-to-ship combat featuring a variety of alien races that engaged in battle. Though the combat was awesome, the story was not. Enter Star Control II, which features a plot and single player campaign and provided a context for the combat. Then we had the 3rd iteration, which is painful to speak of. In an attempt to improve the franchise further, they added misguided 4X elements to the game, which sent the game into a death spiral. Most recently, Stardock bought the license for the franchise – and so here we are.
“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.“
Players can pre-order the game for $35 or buy into the Life Time Founders’ Program for $99.99 through Stardock’s newly-launched Star Control website. Star Control will be available for PC in 2017, with a console version available at a later date.
Just like the recent reboot of Master of Orion, Star Control is being reborn. WIll it be a success? Hard to say. But we are certain that the developers at Stardock will give it their all. We wish them luck.