It's a good time to be a fan of Star Control


The minds behind Star Control II are making a sequel, and the Origins beta is incoming

There has been a surprising amount of Star Control news lately and it’s good news, at that.

If you missed it, the original creators of Star Control II — Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III, whose studio Toys for Bob has understandably kept busy with the Skylanders franchise in recent years — have drawn up plans and gotten approval for a “direct sequel” to the 1992 sci-fi game. This new project, Ghosts of the Precursors, will be a “passion project” developed on their “own time.” Here’s where they’re at:

“We are early, early in development, but rest assured, the game will include genuine Ur-Quan, Precursors, Super-Melee, Umgah, VUX, Supox, THE ULTRON!, Druuge, Arilou Lalee’lay, Orz, Androsynth, Rainbow Worlds, Ilwrath, Syreen, Mmrnmhrm, Yehat, Shofixti, Spathi (including the ever-terrified Fwiffo), Umgah, Melmorme, Chmmr, Earthlings, Mycon, THE MARK II!, Slylandro, Utwig, Thraddash, Zoq-Fot-Pik, VUX Beast, Pkunk, the Keel-Verezy, and of course all new alien races to discover, befriend …and/or be annigilate… I mean annihigate.. Damn! Well, you get the idea.”

“For four years, people asked me why we weren’t going to touch the Star Control 2 story,” Stardock CEO Brad Wardell wrote following the Ghosts of the Precursors news going public. “Now you know.”

In the mean time, there’s Stardock’s own Star Control: Origins. The space-adventure game is slated for 2018, with a “Super-Melee” closed beta arriving next month for folks who pre-order. Here, you’ll be able to toy around with the Ship Crafter and compete against the AI or others in unranked multiplayer.

There’s also a bundle with Origins and the original three Star Control games. That has popped up on, Steam, and Stardock, and the old games are available separately if you prefer.

Star Control: Origins Pre-Orders Begin Today [Star Control]