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Star Control: WEEK TWO news!

Published on Sunday, September 23, 2018 By Frogboy In Star Control Journals

Greetings!

Wow! What a fantastic week! Like many of you, we weren't sure what the reception would be. How many people are into space adventure/RPG games? I've even seen debates on what exactly is an RPG?

Here's what we have planned for this week:

Translation (Перевод)

Russia is the #2 market for this game. With German a close #3. The translations came in a lot hotter than we expected due to the star and planet names.

We are hoping very much to have a package from Moscow waiting in our inbox with the final translations so that we can get those up. We will also be updating the other languages as people find issues. Humor...is not always easy to translate.

Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese are also supposed to get in but they might slip to the v1.01 update to get more QA time. Finnish and Norwegian are also currently in QA. 

Stability

Overall stability is looking pretty good. But we have definitely encountered a few really baffling things and we know some of you are into this sort of thing like we are so we'll keep you up to date on the detective work. But here are the biggies:

1. Some people have reported not being able to load and save games. That's obviously a huge issue. But it dies immediately upon trying to open that dialog. 

2. Crash on start up. This is, so far, 95% because people have altered their page file size to be smaller or fixed. Don't do that (I used to do it too). Windows 10 commits memory based on your core size if the game loads assets via that core. So yes, no matter what, if you play long enough even though the game might only be using 2G, it will commit 16Gigs. It's not leaking, the OS is caching it. So you an imagine what happens if you have a fixed page file.

3. Random locks/pauses. So far, this is largely due to CPU or GPU throttling (mainly GPU throttling). Your NVIDIA or AMD GPU can get very hot playing this game because the engine will use multiple CPU cores to send data to your GPU. You might need to make your GPU fans more aggressive.

For the update, we're going to put a tiny throttle to prevent this issue (don't worry it won't slow things down).

Usability and buglets

1. Fix for SUPER-ULTRA wide monitors. (32x9). You crazy people! We love ya, BEST FRIENDS!

2. Some of the alien meeting achievements aren't working right depending on timing. Fixed.

3. The game will let you know that you don't need to land on every crummy planet if you're landing on a bunch of crummy planets. #1 negative review source has been people landing on thousands of planets and thinking that's the way to make money. SC doesn't have a sand based (silicon) based economy.

4. Improved AI for the fleet controller module.

5. Updated UI for turning on and off the fleet controller module during battle.

6. Mappable E for interact.

7. Talk to MS (again) about whitelisting Star Control from Windows Defender so that it quits scanning all our files (for those experiencing load time pain).

8. Auto-Pilot will warn player that their destination is beyond their fuel range.

9. Typos. (removing them, not adding them).

10. Option to remove movie subtitles.

More to come!

Thank you everyone for your support! And as always, we would appreciate it a lot if you would review the game on Steam (good, bad, ugly). We read all the reviews and your posts.

Cheers!

The Star Control: Origins adventure begins today!

Published on Thursday, September 20, 2018 By Island Dog In Star Control News

Explore exotic new worlds, meet unique alien civilizations, and battle hostile fleets in Star Control: Origins!

(and try not to get eaten)

Take command of Earth's first and only interstellar starship in this exciting open universe space-adventure RPG!
Your mission? To save Earth... at all costs and by any means necessary. 

The villainous Scryve have discovered humanity's existence and they're not too happy about it.
They want to revoke our permission to exist, and we'd like to live. As a Captain of Star Control,
your job is to make sure that doesn't happen.

Star Control: Origins - $39.99
(Includes a Star Control: Origins Steam key)


During your adventure, you'll:

Explore thousands of new worlds
Don't run out of fuel on your way there, bad things may happen if you do...

Journey through a massive universe of thousands of planets across hundreds of solar systems! Travel to different worlds to complete quests, collect resources, and encounter unusual creatures.

Some worlds you find may have active volcanoes, or be shrouded in toxic gas. Others might have dangerous sentry robots guarding hidden bases, or terrifying whirlwinds. Equip your lander with upgrades in order to survive the varied planets you’ll encounter to complete your mission.

  Explore exotic new worlds

 

Strange Aliens   Meet strange new aliens - and fight terrible enemies
Try not to make them all so angry that they want to help blow us all up, ok?

Travel to distant stars and make friends (or foes, we're not terribly picky) with the aliens living there through unique dialogue choices and quests. There are thousands of planets just in the Scryve sector of space. Find out where potential friends and enemies are living and deal with them as you see fit.

Engage in exciting ship-on-ship combat as you take down dangerous aliens to complete your mission. Or, you can try and run away, but that's not nearly as much fun, and aliens will definitely laugh at you.

Take your battles beyond the adventure mode into multiplayer! Fleet Battles lets you face off against other players online or locally. Assemble your fleet from an assortment of provided ships (or customize your own) and get ready to rumble! Ranked play could earn you a spot on the worldwide leader boards and some bragging rights.

 

Secure Earth's future
Some aliens want to destroy humanity. We'd like you to prevent that.

Your first mission for Star Control is to save the world from the malevolent Scryve who, for some reason, have interpreted our radio broadcasts to indicate that we are a very dangerous species that must not be allowed to fully realize its potential. There are dozens of known species in this part of the galaxy, not all of whom are the Scryve’s thralls - maybe some of them can help us...

Face down the ominous threat of the Scryve Empire and stop them from wiping Earth off the galactic map. How you accomplish your mission is entirely up to you - be a hero, or be a villain. Every decision you make may have far-reaching ramifications. The Scryve already have several ward species who may or may not help you fight back. It will be up to you to convince them to help...one way or another.

 

  Save earth

 

Upgrade your ship   Pilot Earth's most powerful (and only) starship
Please upgrade it. The aliens are unimpressed.

Star Control has spared no expense in constructing the most advanced space vessel in history. Its modular design means you can update the technology on it with modules you find, borrow or steal from others.

From shiny new hyperdrives, to a higher cargo or fuel capacity, you will be able to customize your ship to fit the way you play. Lander upgrades are also important so you can survive missions onto dangerous worlds.

 

Complete your mission...no matter the cost
Your orders are to not die. If they fire lasers, fire nukes back!

Earth is hopelessly outmatched by alien forces that are seeking to destroy us, and you are the only chance we’ve got. You can go wherever you want, but you have a mission to accomplish - by any means necessary. Help or harm - you decide.

  Fleet battles

 

Ship designer

Build Planet

  Create custom ships, worlds, and adventures
You can have the world - lots of them, in fact - at your fingertips!

The game never ends with infinite customization options. Make your own ships to use in Fleet Battles or in entirely new quests that you create. Outfit your vessels with weapons, defenses, and engines, then share them online using the Steam Workshop!

Create completely new worlds, aliens, and even dialogue in the Adventure Studio. Make, share or just play new quests, stories, and adventures.

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Star Control: Origins - $39.99
(Includes a Star Control: Origins Steam key)

Star Control: Origins Prelude 12 of 13: The Critters of Star Control

Published on Monday, September 17, 2018 By Frogboy In Star Control Journals

In the previous Prelude, I mentioned that, early on, there was an expectation that a lot more time was going to be spent exploring planets than we ultimately chose to execute on.

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Today, let's take a look at the menagerie of creatures we had considered back when we believed that the planets would be where players would spend most of their time.

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Ashes Dev Journal - What RTS can learn from Chess

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 By GGTheMachine In Ashes Dev Journals

 

Chess is one of oldest strategy games of all time, and the most successful having been passed down across generations for two millennia. Depending on how you define esports, Chess could now be considered one via platforms such as chess.com, with computerization and AI having increased accessibility and the scope of what's possible within Chess as a product. The long-term thriving and proliferation of Chess is a consequence of incredibly elegant game design both regarding depth but also simplicity. Today I'll be analyzing Chess through the lens of my RTS perspective, praising its design and drawing lessons that RTS games can learn from its success. I'm not a Chess expert, but I have a great appreciation for it, growing up with it and still enjoy playing it casually. 

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Add the Star Control: Origins Original Soundtrack to your library on September 20th!

Published on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 By Island Dog In Star Control News

On September 20th, add the Star Control: Origins
Original Soundtrack to your library!

Featuring over 40 tracks from the popular open universe space adventure RPG,
these epic songs will leave you excited to explore the galaxy.

With over 40 compositions from renowned composers Mason Fisher (Age of Wonders, Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor) and Riku Nuottajärvi (Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters), the soundtrack features several energetic and emotional songs that encompass the spirit of Star Control: Origins perfectly.

From the cheerful and upbeat theme of the slimy (but friendly) Tywom, all the way to the dark and dangerous undertones of the terrifying Scryve theme, you’ll experience an epic audio journey through the galaxy meeting aliens, exploring planets, fighting life or death battles, and much more.

The Star Control: Origins soundtrack will release on all major music services including iTunes, Amazon Music, and Google Play, as well as Steam for $9.99 on September 20, 2018. It will also be available to stream on Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music, Slacker Radio, and more.

 

Check out our sneak peek (sneak listen?)
tracks on YouTube right now!

Cold as Ice | A Higher Power

 

Pre-Order Star Control: Origins today and save off the final price!

Star Control: Origins - $39.99   Special Pre-order Price $34.99*
(Includes a Star Control: Origins Steam key)

(Or, add it to your Steam wishlist!)

 

*Price valid during pre-order time only.

Explore the Universe in this brand new gameplay trailer for Star Control: Origins!

Published on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 By Island Dog In Star Control News

Experience a massive living universe in Star Control: Origins!

Check out our trailer featuring all-new gameplay footage of diverse aliens, unique planets, and exciting quests below:

Using your Star Control-issued lander, travel down to the surfaces of the many planets you come across and collect resources, complete objectives, and solve the mysteries of strange things you discover on the surface.

The game is a living universe. You’ll encounter pilots, stranded travelers, and maybe even something more sinister lurking in the darkness of space. Experience a riveting and exciting story as you fight to protect the Earth at all costs and by any means necessary.

Star Control: Origins releases on September 20, 2018!

Star Control: Origins - $39.99   Special Pre-order Price $34.99*
(Includes a Star Control: Origins Steam key)

(Or, add it to your Steam wishlist!)

 

*Price valid during pre-order time only.

Stardock Extends Technology and Gaming Partnership with AMD

Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 By Island Dog In Star Control News

Plymouth, MI. August 28, 2018 – Today Stardock Entertainment announced the extension of their technology and gaming partnership with AMD (NASDAQ: AMD). As part of the ongoing partnership, Stardock will optimize the upcoming Star Control: Origins for AMD technologies including AMD Ryzen processors and Radeon FreeSync 2 technology, as well as update the game post-launch with support for the Vulkan™ Graphics API.

This collaboration follows AMD’s previous work with Stardock to deliver the first ever game with DirectX® 12 benchmarking, Ashes of the Singularity.[1]

"Delivering the latest advanced technology to gamers by working with innovative partners has been and continues to be critical to AMD’s success,” said Ritche Corpus, Head of Worldwide Content at AMD. “Stardock has proven time and time again that pushing the gaming envelope is part of their DNA, and we’re thrilled to continue our relationship with Star Control: Origins, their biggest and best game yet.”

“Stardock has consistently led in game experiences designed to take advantage of multiple processing cores, and AMD has been key to those efforts across technology and marketing,” said Kevin Unangst, Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for Stardock.  “AMD’s Ryzen and Radeon platforms deliver massive potential for the tech and gameplay experiences in our upcoming Star Control: Origins.”

Stardock and AMD are jointly marketing Star Control: Origins, including offering the upcoming sci-fi action adventure RPG in AMD’s Raise the Game GPU promotion: buyers of the AMD Radeon RX Vega, Radeon RX 580 or Radeon™ RX 570 graphics cards from qualifying retailers get Star Control: Origins - for free.

AMD is also debuting the first public showing of the full Star Control: Origins game in the AMD booth at PAX West in Seattle, WA in advance of the September 20 launch.

In Star Control: Origins, you explore the galaxy, investigate new worlds, contact new civilizations, and battle hostile aliens. You are the captain of Earth's brand new, state-of-the-art ship, The Vindicator. Your mission is to gather allies to fight an ancient alien menace that threatens to annihilate the human race.

Star Control: Origins releases September 20, 2018 and is available at a special pre-order price of $34.99 through Stardock, GOG, and Steam. For more information, visit www.starcontrol.com.

 

Star Control: Origins Media Assets:

Gamescom 2018 “By Any Means Necessary” Trailer: https://youtu.be/9E09Cgk_qZs

Screenshots: Screenshot 1 | Screenshot 2 | Screenshot 3 | Screenshot 4 | Screenshot 5

 

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About Stardock: Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software located in Plymouth, Michigan.  Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, Offworld Trading Company, Galactic Civilizations and Ashes of the Singularity. www.stardock.com.

About AMD:  For more than 45 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.


 

[1] Source: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2015-ashes-of-the-singularity-dx12-benchmark-tested

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