It hasn’t really been on the radar much, but in the next year or so I’d be surprised if the Star Control reboot doesn’t start to capture the imagination. It’s coming from Stardock, makers of the Galactic Civilizations series, Sins of a Solar Empire and Ashes of the Singularity. And according to them, it’s their biggest game with their biggest budget yet.
There’s nothing really in the way of screenshots or footage for the revamped sci-fi space combat classic. Stardock acquired the rights to the Star Control franchise back in 2013 in the wake of Atari’s bankruptcy auction.
Brad Wardell, the CEO of Stardock, also indicated early on that the company would be more akin to making a reboot or a remake of the series rather than a sequel or a prequel. In the first major update on the game’s progress in a year, however, Wardell confirmed that the new game would be taking “place in its own universe”.
It’s a move designed not to interfere with the canon of the first three games that were released in the 1990’s. But perhaps of more interest is the fact that more staffers from Ashes of the Singularity and Offworld Trading Company have now been redeployed to work on Star Control, making it Stardock’s biggest game ever.
“The new Star Control game is the biggest game we’ve ever made,” Wardell wrote. “Its budget is bigger than the combined budgets of all the games we’ve released in the past few years.”
There’s no word yet on early access, betas or an eventual release date. Stardock has previously indicated that they’d like to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Star Control 2, which would be November next year.