Star Control Picked Up by Stardock in Atari Auction, Reboot Coming

Star Control Picked Up by Stardock in Atari Auction, Reboot Coming

Stardock wins Star Control, but loses Master of Orion to Wargaming.

Atari is currently auctioning off all of its intellectual property as it proceeds through bankruptcy. The company is hoping to pull in $22.2 million through the auctions and so far Darksiders' new owner Nordic Games has purchased Desperados and Silver, while the original creators of Outlast have picked up those rights. Recently-filed court documents have revealed that Galactic Civilizations developer Stardock has purchased the rights to Star Control. Stardock has already expressed interest in rebooting the franchise.

"We're very excited to publish a new Star Control game. We are inclined to go with an XCOM-like reboot using Star Control 2 as a major source of inspiration," said Stardock president Brad Wardell told Joystiq. "By rebooting the series á la XCOM, we can bring a new generation of gamers into a fun, silly space adventure. We hope to involve as many of the original designers and developers of the series, along with the fan base. It's important to us that Star Control remain true to its origins as much as is possible."

World of Tanks operator Wargaming bought the rights to Total Annihilation and Master of Orion, with court documents showing that Stardock was the second-place bidder for Master of Orion. Wargaming already owns Gas Powered Games, the studio founded by Total Annihilation lead designer Chris Taylor. Gas Powered Games developed a spiritual successor to the title called Supreme Commander, so it's probably a safe bet to expect a Total Annihilation sequel in the future. The secondary bidder for Total Annihilation was Monday Night Combat developer Uber Entertainment.

The only other notable property picked up was Battlezone, which was purchased by Sniper Elite developer Rebellion Interactive.

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