NewsThe classic Star Control series is set for a reboot, thanks to Galactic Civilizations developer Stardock. The developer confirmed today that it acquired from bankrupt Atari the rights to the classic PC action-strategy series, which first debuted in 1990. Stardock is wasting no time getting started on the new installment -- the Michigan-based studio said today that development is starting this year, with a release date to be determined. Stardock CEO Brad Wardell said, "We expect the new Star Control to come in the form of a reboot, similar to what Firaxis did with the XCOM series last year. We are looking at Star Control II as a major source of inspiration." What Firaxis "did" with XCOM last year was take a dormant, cult hit PC strategy game series and turn it into a multi-platform, commercially-viable franchise that was lauded by fans and critics -- not an easy task. Stardock has had its eye on the franchise for years. CEO Wardell told Gamasutra in 2008 that he actually had pitched (unsuccessfully) an idea for a new Star Control game to Atari. It wasn't until Atari went bankrupt and started selling off its assets that Wardell and his company could successfully make a move. Star Control is an exploration-driven strategy game that was created by Toys for Bob -- the now Activision-owned studio that created the megahit Skylanders franchise.
Stardock wants to give Star Control the XCOM reboot treatment
Galactic Civilizations developer Stardock said today it is wasting no time getting started on its newly-acquired Star Control franchise.