Star Control is a space role-playing game in which you command Earth's first interstellar starship on a mission to save the Earth from hostile alien empires.
Recent Reviews:
Mixed (86) - 63% of the 86 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (1,108) - 69% of the 1,108 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 20, 2018

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July 29

Summer of Star Control


It's been an exciting Summer so far for fans of Star Control. Last month we re-released the classic trilogy on Steam, posted a major update to the engine to improve the visuals and we are busy working on chapter 3 of the Earth Rising expansion.

For those of you who have played the game or will be buying the game in the near future, let's talk about the galactic scene today.

Star Control takes place in the not-so-distant future. The stars are real stars and in Origins they're placed based on their actual relative distances from Earth. We even have the known exoplanets in there.

The part of the galaxy we are in is known as the "Mid Spur" which refers to Orion's Spur (sometimes called Orion's arm) in a single sector called the "Scryve Sector".

The Scryve sector contains hundreds of stars with thousands of planets. We travel between stars skipping slightly above our dimension through what is called Hyperspace.

Hyperspace isn't truly FTL travel (though you are traveling at near relativistic speeds) in the sense that your ship isn't itself going faster than light. Rather, Hyperspace exists in a dimension that warps space in incredibly intricate and really impossible to understand ways.



Traveling through hyperspace requires two key components: A Hyperdrive (which allows a ship to enter hyperspace) and a Hyperspace map to tell you where the stars are. Without the map, a ship would quickly get lost in Hyperspace. It is only through the map that the sensors of a ship can detect other star systems.

What this means is that only stars that have been mapped and given Hyperspace coordinates can be found. This becomes obvious when you travel to the edge of "the map". The better question is, why is the edge so fixed and arbitrary? For instance, why is Earth placed where it is? These are all mysteries that Star Control players will gradually discover over the coming years.

For now, we hope you're having a good time playing and welcome any feedback, suggestions or requests for what you would like to see next!

If you're new to Star Control, welcome to the galaxy!

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June 20

Star Control: Origins v1.4 Update Improves Visuals and Increases Performance

https://youtu.be/J-VZh7dKeSI
v1.4 is here with significant visual improvements, including updated planet visuals, adjustments to creature colors, and improvements to planet terrains.

Planets are now far more detailed than it was in the game’s previous versions thanks to enhancing terrain textures and lighting. Improvements to the terrain rendering system have also allowed for better frame rates and performance. Textures on props found on various planets like tentacle plants, mushrooms, bones, and more, have also been improved for more visual appeal.

Community requests have been addressed regarding bugs with the particle sorting and crashing. The game’s lore has also been updated. The aliens previously known as the Observers will now be canonically called the Arilou, and the ships they pilot will be renamed accordingly.

For more details, visit the forums or www.starcontrol.com.





https://store.steampowered.com/app/271260/Star_Control_Origins/

v1.4 Changelog

Visuals
  • Updated planet surface textures to be more detailed.
  • A small improvement of the terrain rendering system to improve the frame rate.
  • Improved lighting of the planet surface
  • Improved the textures on many props (glowing tentacles, glowing mushrooms, bones )
  • Make the Bull critter appearance a bit brighter
  • Improved the lander texture to make the windows stand out better
  • Updated the magma hazard visual effect to improve performance

Bugs
  • Listener orientation is no longer backward in a true 5.1 setup
  • Fix for some particles not being properly aligned to the surface
  • Fix for particle sorting and disappearing issue
  • Fixed several crashes related to the particle effects trying to escape the bounds of known reality.  

Lore
  • The "Observers"  are now known as the "Arilou"
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Reviews

“Well worth the wait. Star Control: Origins offers a vast amount of hours of entertainment”
4.5 / 5 – Windows Central

“Star Control: Origins feels like a near-perfect reboot.”
9 / 10 – Gamewatcher

“Star Control: Origins successfully grasps the perfect balance of serious and silly while making an engaging universe that’s fun to explore.”
9.5 / 10 – GamingTrend

About This Game

Welcome Aboard

Welcome to Star Control, Captain! You’re here because you’ve shown exemplary service, aced all your flight exams, and - most importantly - passed all the sanity tests.

Humanity has learned that it is not alone in the universe and that we are hopelessly outmatched by alien civilizations seeking to destroy us. You have been selected to command Earth's first and only interstellar starship to accomplish this - try not to break it. It was expensive.

Your mission: Save humanity, Captain. At all costs and by any means necessary.

A Vast Universe

Set in the year 2088, humanity has discovered it’s not alone in the universe. Worse yet, it is catastrophically unprepared to deal with what's out there. In response, Star Control is formed and the player is selected to command the crew of the U.E.S. Vindicator.

Star Control: Origins takes place in a huge living universe just waiting to be explored. Players will find their time split between exploring distant solar systems, landing on exotic planets, navigating hyperspace, and interacting with alien species.

Encounter exotic alien civilizations. Explore strange new worlds. Assemble a fleet mighty enough to face galactic powers that have bestrode the galaxy for thousands of years.

Features


  • Navigate a living universe filled with thousands of new worlds and hundreds of hand-crafted adventures.
  • Travel across exotic and amazing worlds searching for relics, Precursor artifacts, and treasures.
  • Meet strange new aliens that can become great allies or terrible enemies.
  • Find alien technology to upgrade your ship from being an embarrassment to the terror of the galaxy.
  • Navigate through thousands of planets in a universe that has a deep history spanning. back hundreds of thousands of years.
  • Design your own ships or download them from Steam to build fleets and take them into combat in fleet battles.
  • Experience and all-new Sci-Fi universe in which you are the central character.

Join the adventure. Save the world.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Dual Core Intel or AMD processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Integrated 520 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 26 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 2GB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 26 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

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