Near Yet Far: Stars Beyond Reach Now Due In September

Do you remember how Arcen Games had planned to launch their alien 4X strategy game Stars Beyond Reach [official site] on June 5th? Well, yeah, you can guess how that worked out. But this time, for real, for really real, they have a release date: September 25th.

The Last Federation and Valley Without Wind devs decided to delay their new game than release it wonky, figuring that the game being in development longer will cost them less than if they were to released it “substandard”. You might think that fairly obvious, but some people nowadays…

Arcen explain in a blog post:

“Arcen just had a reasonable windfall what with the Steam Summer Sale and the Daily Deal for TLF. Between the two of those, that was more than a third of our income so far this year (it’s been a slack year). This delay does raise the bar yet again on how much the game has to gross to break even, but that’s frankly unavoidable at this point.

“And I do think that we can really recoup this. Both TLF and AI War have exceeded the amount it will take to break even on this game, and I think this game will be notably more attractive to customers than TLF – if we finish this up right. As for the total yearly income for the company, I think that the biggest blow would be releasing a substandard game rather than a delay of (sigh, yet another) another month.”

They plan to use the delay for polishing, balancing, honing the game’s systems, and so on.

A delay’s a delay, but do go read the blog post for some interesting chat on why diplomacy in 4X games usually sucks, and how Stars Beyond Reach tries to do it differently.

Here’s a short SBR gameplay trailer from a few months back:


  1. Joshua Northey says:

    Sounds interesting, most of their other games have been so, if not huge winners IMO. Maybe this will be the one that sticks for me.

  2. bambusek says:

    Another game I want are due to release in September. Come on devs, give me a break :(

  3. Be_reasonable says:

    Arcen developers make smart games and interesting takes on existing genres. The Last Federation was a work of art and nothing short of brilliant. I can’t wait to see where they take the story of these races and using a civilization inspired concept.

  4. J. Cosmo Cohen says:

    When I saw The Last Federation on sale the other day I thought, Aren’t Arcen do for another game soon? Glad to hear about this, I always love their ideas.

  5. BurningPet says:

    I wonder what kind of benefit this “camera” perspective give the game from the functional side of things.

  6. vahnn says:

    I loved the nuts off of AI War, The Last Federation, and Bionic Dues. Let’s see how this one turns out!