It’s been more than 20 years since the last Star Control release, and just over a year days since Stardock officially announced the Star Control: Origins follow-up. Now it’s inching closer to reality with proper pre-orders and some details on the beta due to drop next month.
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You’ve been able to buy in on the new Star Control for a while now thanks to founder’s packs, but this is the start of normal pre-orders through Steam and GOG. Early purchases can be had for $24.99 / £19.49 / €24.99. Whether you bought a founder’s pack or one of these pre-orders, you’ll get access to the Super-Melee beta starting next month.
Super-Melee will have you create a fleet of ships, each of which have their own unique abilities, taking them into battle either against AI or in online multiplayer. The beta will also include the Ship Crafter, letting you design your own vessels from their look to the specifics of their weapons, defenses, and engines, and share them with other players.
If you’re still jonesing for old-school Star Control, the original games are also now available on Steam. Star Control: The Ur-Quan Masters bundles the first two games together, and Star Control: Kessari Quadrant is the third title. The GOG releases have been rebranded to match the new names, as well.
We don’t have specific release dates yet, but the Super-Melee beta is scheduled to begin next month, while the game’s full release is set for some time next year.