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Stardock looking to aquire Star Control rights.
« on: November 18, 2008, 01:09:56 am »

http://www.joystiq.com/2008/11/17/stardock-looking-at-master-of-orion-star-control-rights/#comments


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Stardock looking to aquire Star Control rights.
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2008, 01:48:02 am »

Sorry if this has been posted before, I looked but did not see it.

http://www.joystiq.com/2008/11/17/stardock-looking-at-master-of-orion-star-control-rights/

Thought the people on these boards might be interested in the news. Smiley
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Re: Stardock looking to aquire Star Control rights.
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2008, 02:35:43 am »

I'm not sure how I feel about this. Stardock is a great company, but if they can't somehow get FF and PR on board (and they probably can't), I'd rather there be no sequel.
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2008, 03:50:01 am »

Very interesting news! An Sc without FF or PR3 wouldnt be the same, thats very true. But I think its possible to get a great game even without their hands in it. Of course if theres a way for them to be involved, Id be super happy!
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Re: Stardock looking to aquire Star Control rights.
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2008, 06:16:07 am »

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[. . .]the company would base its SC or MoO sequel off the second games in the respective franchises and not the poorly received third iterations.
Given that Paul and Fred hold the rights to everything in SC2 but the name, making any such game would, by definition, require their permission and full blessings.

So, I could see this going one of several ways. Maybe Stardock doesn't get the rights, or gives up. Maybe they get the rights to the name, and try to skirt the edge between "like SC2" and "enough like SC2 to get sued". Or maybe - just maybe - Paul and Fred work out something with Stardock and their corporate overlords that lets TfB and this other company make the new Star Control game as a team.

I'm hoping for that last one, personally.  Wink
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Re: Stardock looking at Master of Orion, Star Control rights
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2008, 10:08:42 am »

Gamasutra has the actual article.

Stardock's CEO seems to know what he's talking about; his position on SC3 is "We just pretend that never happened". That said, I'd rather see TFB do UQM2, but the additional interest from Stardock could help convince Activision that there's a business case for it.

I haven't actually played any of Stardock's games, but they seem to be big in the turn-based strategy genre. Whether this would translate to a good UQM2 is, to put it mildly, unclear (after all, Legend was a big player in graphical adventures, and look what we got).

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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2008, 10:14:07 am »

Sorry if this has been posted before, I looked but did not see it.
There was a Starbase Café thread a bit earlier. Merge?
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Re: Stardock looking to aquire Star Control rights.
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2008, 06:05:08 pm »

Personally I am not opposed to a Star Control spin-off, with some guidance by TFB. It wouldn't have to be a "sequel" but rather just a "game" in the SC universe. I'm ok with that.
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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2008, 09:45:16 pm »

Stardock is a great company.  Their turn-based games are great (Galactic Civilizations I and II), but they also have awesome real time strategy games (Sins of a Solar Empire, although Sword of the Stars was only "ok."). 

But one of the reasons I really support Stardock is their position on copyright protection.  They don't mess around with CD keys, passwords, authentication or any crap like that.  I think UGM move from UGM and open source to UGM2 and Stardock would be a perfect progression.

Seriously, all of you UGM people should check out GC1&2 and SoaSE.
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2008, 09:55:23 am »

Stardock is a great company.  Their turn-based games are great (Galactic Civilizations I and II), but they also have awesome real time strategy games (Sins of a Solar Empire, although Sword of the Stars was only "ok."). 

But one of the reasons I really support Stardock is their position on copyright protection.  They don't mess around with CD keys, passwords, authentication or any crap like that.  I think UGM move from UGM and open source to UGM2 and Stardock would be a perfect progression.

Seriously, all of you UGM people should check out GC1&2 and SoaSE.

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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2008, 03:05:43 pm »

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Weren't some of Stardock's games MoO clones with the serial number filed off? If so, they have explored their own artistic vision, and might be willing to stay more true to the original with the MoO license. I've never really seen anyone do a truly faithful (next-gen jump) sequel though, so I remain skeptic.
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2008, 06:22:13 pm »

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Weren't some of Stardock's games MoO clones with the serial number filed off? If so, they have explored their own artistic vision, and might be willing to stay more true to the original with the MoO license. I've never really seen anyone do a truly faithful (next-gen jump) sequel though, so I remain skeptic.

2D Mario to 3D Mario wasn't bad. Actually, most of Nintendo's stuff seems to have survived the transition in good condition.
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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2008, 07:14:29 pm »

But Nintendo has made sequels steadily, so the mutation isn't as noticeable in many cases. We'll see how they'll treat Kid Icarus. There was a GB version but it's quite unknown.
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Re: Stardock looking to aquire Star Control rights.
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2008, 12:13:25 am »

I'd certainly buy another Star Control game, SC2 is my 2nd favorite game of all time.  It would be especially nice, in my opinion, if ALL the ships from all the games (including the new one & SC3) were available in SuperMelee (though not necessarily in the full game).   I'd love to see a Ship from SC3 or the new game pitted against a Yehat Terminator, Druuge Mauler, Ilwarth Avenger, or Thraddash Torch in SuperMelee (or whatever they choose to call it in a new game).
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Re: Stardock looking to aquire Star Control rights.
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2008, 06:39:56 am »

I fully support this! Stardock should be able to make something good! I hope they keep the exploration element intact. Not too many games seem to have that quality! We can't go to other star systems in real life, so I very much want to at least be able to do so in a video game!  Grin I just hope it's not PC only and beyond what my computer can handle. Maybe I'll have a new computer by then though.

Oh.... crap.... I kinda also hope it doesn't just end up being some MMO! I hate those because it's like a drug.... they get you addicted, then you're paying them for as long as you play. Unless the fee isn't bad. I wouldn't mind paying $25 a year, but most MMOs are quite a bit more than that.
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