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It's been a year since we posted the last big public update on the new Star Control.

Last year, we began the Founders Program!  Thank you all that joined.  In the next two weeks, we will be ending the Founder's Program as we prepare for a public Beta program.  If you want to join the Founder's Program it's not too late yet.

A new tier

Right now, we have Founders and Lifetime Founders.  Both get access to our internal vault of stuff.  Lifetime Founders get everything we ever make for Star Control: Origins.  Those who are standard Founders get Star Control: Origins and everything we release for a year after.

Development schedule

Our original release date was going to be November 2017.  That's exactly 25 years from the release of Star Control 2 (The Ur-Quan Masters).  Some design changes we made have extended the development time (which I'll be talking more about soon) but we will be releasing the Super Melee beta in time for the anniversary.

Some screenshots



Super Melee in action


CommanderClose image

In engine, animated, voice synced conversations with aliens and of course the commander of Star Control.



Design your own ships, share them, and fight with them either against the computer or your friends online or on the same PC.



The writing team, led by's Chris Bucholz, has a compelling sci-fi story that is also very much in the style you expect from a Star Control game.



We are working on a host of tools that will make it easy for people to create their own universes to share and play in.


Explore worlds for minerals, Precursor artifacts, hidden bases, and more.

We will have a lot more information in about two weeks!

Comments (Page 1)
on Oct 03, 2017

Woohoo! Thanks for this news!

Those who have played the original Star Control 2 have been waiting a loooong time for a worthy successor! Thanks for making this game, keep up the good work, and take your time to do it right! What's another year/two after 25 years!


on Oct 03, 2017

This is such awesome news!  I can't believe the game is finally happening after all these years.  I played SC2 when I primary school back in the 90s and have been waiting so long!  Just signed up to the Founders Program!  Thanks so much for continuing a fantastic childhood legacy!

on Oct 03, 2017

Wow, I am proud to be a lifetime Founder of Star Control Origins. Hats off to you again for a great update! 

on Oct 04, 2017

Good stuff.

on Oct 04, 2017

Hey guys - just a word of caution. I would much prefer you guys roll out a finished product, so please, take the time you need to "get things right"

on Oct 05, 2017

Not enough media to make decision to purchase founders or not.

on Oct 05, 2017


Hey guys - just a word of caution. I would much prefer you guys roll out a finished product, so please, take the time you need to "get things right"

We are in no hurry.

I do want people to start playing Super Melee.  It will accomplish many goals.  For one thing, I want Star Control to be able to run on a potato if necessary.  Super Melee will help with that.  Second, I really do think there's a market for people who just want to build a fleet of ships and battle them out.

Like many others, I think Super Melee on its own would have made a great stand alone game.  

on Oct 08, 2017

This is good news, I can't wait to test drive this bad boy!   

on Oct 10, 2017

I didn't sign up with the founders back when it was announced.  I finally cracked today.  With the announcement of the sequel I felt I wanted to be a part of both teams and projects and support them fully.  This was a huge part of my childhood and beginning of my PC gaming in the 90's.  Really excited to sink back into this lore.  Hello all you beautiful Hunams!



on Oct 17, 2017

I signed up and bought the software when there still wasn't anything to download yet.  Has this changed ?  Will Stardock notify me when there is something to download and try out ?  Will an email link be sent to me or will the download become available for me on Steam when it is ready ?

I was thinking that perhaps Stardock should contact the people behind the Axanar fan film to see if they could make a Star control film with the races characters and mythology of Star Control in order to generate interest for the game.  Instead of telling the Klingon / Human war, perhaps they could tell the story of the struggle of the Alliance of Free Stars against the Ur Quan and thrall races.

on Oct 17, 2017

Short answer: This week we expect to send out emails to Founders with Steam keys.

on Oct 19, 2017

Um, I'm assuming the founders level is over with? It being the 19th of October? Didn't even see this until today.

on Oct 19, 2017

Yeah I've just noticed this today as well, what is this 'life time' founders and where do I get it from?

on Oct 19, 2017

The Founder's program is no longer open for new members.

on Oct 20, 2017

Even though they haven't taken it from the website? saying ''become a founder today'', yet theres no possible way to become one now? ... hello trap?

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