If you’re a fan of Mucky Foot’s quirky space station sandbox simulator, that’s great! You can buy the game now. And you’d better, because it’s all you’re going to get.
The question of a Startopia successor was put to Mike Diskett, who’s currently working on Satellite Reign with the Brisbane-based Five Lives Studios. Satellite Reign, which leaves Early Access on Friday, is a spiritual successor to Syndicate.
Diskett was a lead programmer at Bullfrog in the early 1990’s and became one of the founding directors of Mucky Foot, something of a Bullfrog alumni household. One of the few projects Mucky Foot released was Startopia, so it was inevitable that someone would draw a line between the two.
Unfortunately any chance of a StarTopia sequel is nigh impossible, according to Diskett. “It has been talked about but I think the original still holds up very well,” he posted on the Satellite Reign Steam forums.
“There’s been a few sequel ideas pitched round by [ex-Mucky Foot developers] but nothing concrete. I think a Kickstarter would probably flop just due to lack of original players of the game as it never sold very well,” Diskett added.
Diskett told The Escapist several years ago that StarTopia was “just beyond being a flop” and “unimaginably bad” commercially, selling only 110,000 copies. “We thought it was the bees knees and we thought the whole company was just weeks away from being millionaires. And then no bugger bought it.”
StarTopia, which was called Spacestation when it was in working development, was published by Eidos in 2001 and has been available on Steam and Good Old Games for the last few years. It runs on just about every system imaginable and actually holds up visually today, like many games that relied on that space-age art style.