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Original Star Control Creators Providing Input on Stardock’s New Installment

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Posted on January 3, 2014 AT 11:44am

Stardock’s development of a new Star Control game will be shaped by input from the series’ creators and will be set in an alternate timeline, Stardock CEO Brad Wardell told Ars Technica in a recent interview.

“I talked to [Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III] quite a bit about what level of involvement they would like to have in the new game,” Wardell told Ars Technica. “The main issue is that Toys for Bob is owned by Activision now and as a result they cannot be officially involved at present.”

According to Wardell, part of the studio’s approach to the new Star Control is to avoid applying their vision to Ford and Riche’s existing canon. As a result, the new Star Control will be set in an alternate timeline and take place 43 years before Star Control 2. The goal, Wardell expressed, was to avoid tampering with established canon “since Paul and Fred can’t officially be involved.”

As for concern about whether Stardock, a studio known for making 4X games (controlling an empire to explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) like Sins of a Solar Empire and Galactic Civilizations “gets” Star Control in terms of design, Wardell made it clear that his studio recognizes Star Control as an adventure game first and foremost and not something comparable to their previous projects beyond a shared setting, space.

“In our minds, Star Control is more of an adventure game. The new game is definitely coming from the same mold as Star Control 2. In terms of design, I don’t think our 4X development really comes into play since we don’t see Star Control as 4X. But we are familiar with space-based game development and we’ve assembled a team of Star Control fanatics to ensure that we stay true to the series.”

Source: Ars Technica

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