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The Battle for Star Control Continues

A post on by Stardock's Brad Wardell adds a twist to the Star Control brouhaha which recently bubbled up (thanks Rollory). Stardock and Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III are engaged in a dispute over what aspects of the series are actually owned by which entity. Stardock purchased the game's name (at the very least) in 2013 as part of an Atari fire sale, but Reiche and Ford claimed they possessed the rights to sell the original two DOS Star Control games they co-developed. This morning we reported that Paul and Fred (aka Toys for Bob) claimed they removed the sci-fi action/strategy series from of their own volition (no wait, that was a different fire sale) as a maneuver in this battle. Now Wardell says Stardock actually instigated the removal of the Star Control games so they could sell them there themselves, and in a later post the Stardock CEO says the games are now back on being sold by Stardock, which lends credibility to his side of the story. Here's the post that preceded the reappearance of the series:

Paul and Fred have provided no documentation whatsoever, not even an email, to back up their claim regarding Atari. If they had, we wouldn't be having this discussion.

However, upon learning that Paul and Fred were the ones who set up the agreement with GOG, we informed them that they needed to take it down as they do not, and have never had the right, to sell or distribute Accolade (and now Stardock) Star Control games. We informed GOG of this change last week.

We have a great deal of respect for Paul and Fred as the designers of Star Control I and II. However, until they can back up their claims that the IP they licensed for Star Control I and II has actually expired with some sort of documentation we are not inclined to discontinue their sale and distribution as long as the fan community supports this.

With any luck, the Star Control titles will be transferred to the existing Stardock GOG distribution agreement and sales will continue. Paul and Fred will continue to receive royalties, as they have for the past several years, for the sales and distribution of the classic Star Control games.

For those not interested in the original DOS experience, there is the amazing Ur-Quan Masters project which is free.

8. Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Dec 6, 2017, 09:50 Beamer
Creston wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 09:33:
Beamer wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 08:21:
Numinar wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 08:07:
a game willing to let you fail after dozens of hours invested, like the OG Xcom. Absolute classic.

Have you played the new XCOMs? They do that, too?

Fail after dozens of hours? Oh shit yeah. That Avatar clock is merciless, as are the Chosen. When they come to attack your base, and you don't have a force capable of stopping them, they will gank you and it's bye bye. And this can happen after an easy 20 to 30 hours (it takes a while anyway, since the Chosen have to build up intel before they track down your base.)

Oh! I didn't mean the question mark. I was trying to point out that you don't need to specify "OG XCOM" because they ALL do that. Specifying "OG XCOM" sounds to me like someone hasn't played the new ones, but that's also because I can't fathom someone who loved the old ones hating the new ones. I know people do, but it's kind of mindblowing to me. Personally, I find them to be excellent chapters of the franchise and to have completely replaced my need to play the original (which I've still done a few times, it has some aspects that the new ones don't that I really like, but man, the interface is painful and the late game of giant UFOs everywhere gets so tedious.)

I did XCOM2 on Medium or so, then Ironman on Easy. Never had an issue with them, but I'm ok with that, I actually don't want to lose after hours of investment, so no ramping up difficulty for me, even if I sacrifice XCOM cred. I did want to have to mourn the occasional squadie, but Easy is so Easy that I actually lost fewer squaddies on Easy Ironman than Medium Regular (I think it was 1 to 3.)
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  3. Dec 6, 03:34 Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Nailbender
  4. Dec 6, 08:07  Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Numinar
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  9. Dec 6, 10:47      Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Creston
  10. Dec 6, 10:49       Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Beamer
  11. Dec 6, 23:59     Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Numinar
  12. Dec 7, 08:58      Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Peter M. Smith
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  7. Dec 6, 09:34 Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Creston


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