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Star Control 2

10 months ago

Stardock and the original Star Control developers are brawling over the series rights

Up until this month, it was easy to get excited about the future of Star Control. After 20 years of false starts, we were getting not one but two successors to the classic space romp. The original designers, Fred Ford and Paul Reiche, were working on a direct sequel to Star Control 2, Ghosts of the Precursors, while Stardock was working on a prequel, Star…

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12 months ago

Star Control 2 creators finally making sequel

The two lead fellas behind Star Control have announced that, after 25 years, they are now working on a direct sequel to Star Control 2 named Ghosts of the Precursors. Rather than make a mess by ignorantly saying e.g. "Star Control 2 is a science-fiction RPG-a-spaceshoot-o-adventure-y-thingamy-ish game, and many people love it dearly," I'll point you towards Cobbo's Star Control 2 retrospective and leave it…

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2 years ago

Feature: My F***ing Sky

The RPG Scrollbars: Adventures In Spaaaaaaace!

Today, a little bit of heresy. I'm going to talk about adventure games. Specifically, about a thing I've always loved in them, when they offer the chance - that sense of being given a ship and a universe to explore. I get a shiver when I look at the star-map. I feel proud of my usually low-resolution, 256-colour VGA vessel. And yet, jump genres to…

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3 years ago

Feature: Up all night to get Frungy

The RPG Scrollbars: Praise The Ur-Quan Masters

There aren't enough SF RPGs, and of those, there aren't enough that prioritise what I want from them - the feel of being in an impossible universe full of infinite possibilities, not simply being in a futuristic showroom with a lot of tech manuals. It's why I loved Mass Effect so much, why I got on so well with Anachronox despite hating basically every actual…

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Feature: And the clock strikes a critical hit

The RPG Scrollbars: Time And Seasons In RPGs

The times change, and we change with the times. Or in the case of RPGs, not. I've always felt this a bit of a shame, especially in games like World of Warcraft, where your character is officially hanging around long enough to see the leaves fall off the trees and the snow to cover up the capital cities. That's why I was quite keen on…

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5 years ago

Star Control Reboot Is A Prequel, Includes Multiplayer

If you're going to revive an old game series in spaceyear 2014, it may as well be a space game. That's what everyone else is doing, including Brad Wardell's Stardock with the Star Control series. In an interview with Ars Technica, Wardell confirmed some of the details, including that the game is a prequel and that it'll have multiplayer.

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6 years ago

Ur-Quan Masters HD: A Star Control 2 Remake

Star Control, and particularly its embiggened sequel, is one of those classics of the 1990s that, while it perhaps doesn't inspire quite as much mass veneration as some of its early-PC peers, has remained beloved and deathless in the long years since release. Ur-Quan Masters was an ambitious and well-received fan-made (and free) remake of its galactic exploration and roleplaying, interspecies chat and spaceship-based shooty…

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