Star Control: Origins is available again on Steam

Jan

19

2019

Star Control: Origins is now available again on Valve’s game platform Steam. The game was removed from that after Valve responded to a notice-and-takedown-request from the creators of the original dos-game Star Control 2.

Brad Wardell, the founder and director of development studio Stardock, announces on Twitter that the Star Control: Origins space game is now back on Steam. He says he can not go publicly on questions about how the game is now available again. Wardell, however, seems to suggest that Valve has chosen Stardock in this conflict. In the message on Twitter he reports that at this dispute Stardock, the website GoG.com and Valve are on one side and Reiche and Ford on the other. Reiche and Ford are the creators of the original franchise, which was realized in collaboration with Accolade.

Wardell claims that the two creators of the original dos-game claim that Star Control: Origins violates their intellectual property because there is ‘hyperspace’ in the Stardock game. The Stardock CEO shows a table that he says comes from Reiche and Ford; the two makers would thereby make their copyright objections transparent. In the table, in which elements from Star Control 2, 3 and Star Control: Origins are juxtaposed, this point of ‘hyperspace’ is mentioned. This element would be in both Star Control 2 and Origins. The representation of the hyperspace would also match. Furthermore, the use of an ‘autopilot’ would also be in Star Control 2 and Star Control: Origins. Wardell contests all these claims and states that as a gamemaker you can not ‘possess’ concepts like autopilots and hyperspace.

Paul Reiche III and Fred Ford are the designers of the original dos game. They came earlier with a request to get Star Control 2 from Steam and GoG.com. Valve responded to this at the beginning of this month . The game has not yet returned to GoG; it is unclear whether the title can be found here again soon.

Developer Stardock bought the rights to the Star Control franchise in 2013 as part of a bankruptcy auction of the American Atari department. Wardell said he would consider restarting the franchise, using the classic Star Control 2: The Ur-Quan Masters title from 1992 for inspiration. The new title, Star Control: Origins, was announced in October 2016. A year later, however, Reiche and Ford announced their own game called Ghosts of the Precursors. They see this as a direct follow-up to Star Control 2. This led to an indictment of Stardock, after which a settlement was reached between the two. Apparently it did not stay there, as witnessed by the earlier notice-and-takedown request from Reiche and Ford.

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