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Ghosts of the Precursors Correction

We have a follow-up to the news that a Star Control game called Ghosts of the Precursors is being developed by Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III, aka Toys for Bob. Because Stardock owns the current rights to the series and is developing a new installment, we took the description of this as a "passion project" from the developers of the first two Star Control games to mean it is not an official installment in the series. It turns out that's not correct, as they say their newly revealed game is a direct sequel to Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters. Here's the statement of Fred and Bob, which raises some questions of its own, but sets the record straight:

We have never had a business relationship with Stardock and are creating independently a direct sequel to our 1992 game, Star Control® II -- The Ur-Quan Masters. We are doing this outside of Toys for Bob (per the Gamasutra article) as a passion project.

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3. Re: Ghosts of the Precursors Correction Oct 13, 2017, 07:02 Dev
 
See all the official frogboy quotes I put into the other story, this was done with full stardock approval, and in fact letting them use the original SC2 aliens and stardock using other aliens instead was done out of respect:

https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&boardid=1&threadid=184597
 
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2. Re: Ghosts of the Precursors Correction Oct 13, 2017, 03:16 Numinar
 
Gas Bandit wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 00:12:
If they don't have a business relationship with Stardock, how do they expect to not have the rug pulled out from under them by Stardock, who owns the rights to the Star Control IP?

Sounds like some kind of Gentleman's agreement where TFB get the aliens and story of SC1+2 and Stardock just get the name and basic concept and everyone is happy and respectful. Some cool duders have all the links supporting this in the previous thread.

I for one am happy to be looking forward to the possibility of two good games coming out after a 25 year wait. Hopefully TFB have a big stash of skylanders money to spend on this.

 
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1. Re: Ghosts of the Precursors Correction Oct 13, 2017, 00:12 Gas Bandit
 
If they don't have a business relationship with Stardock, how do they expect to not have the rug pulled out from under them by Stardock, who owns the rights to the Star Control IP?  
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