It looks like the original developers of Starflight are trying to get some backing to make a 3rd installment. With Star Control: Origins and Starflight 3 it is starting to look like the late 80's, early 90's for sci fi games. I'm stoked! I hope they get backed and this isn't vaporware. Give it a looksie : https://www.fig.co/campaigns/starflight-3?utm_campaign=starflight-fb-ads&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=facebook.com
Here is a video explain their campaign for funding : https://youtu.be/hJy-fZ-BJvY
Very excited for this!
I know Frogboy, thanks for making our Star Control dreams come true too
Does this mean that Trevor Sorensen is going to remake Star Fleet II: Krellan Commander? Starflight was good, but I liked Dr. Sorensen's version better. I'm guessing not...
Next paycheck I will back!
Oh, and with the Amiga version, I actually got the Red Herring artifact back to Star Port. It is like one of my favorite all time achievements in video games.
The secret was to drop a negative amount of a mineral out of the terrain vehicle, (it let you type the amount leaving a negative amount on the ground.) Then you drop the positive stuff, pick up the negative on the ground. Thus giving you more space in your ship and terrain vehicle. Then you can just go and pick it up.
I posted on the SC2 reddit with the exact same title! lol
Happy to see support here, love this style of game, and SF was a great series, ranks as one of my favorites right beside SC2.
I just pledged.
Considering I run the Starflight Fan page on fb I'm mega excited about this haha! (we're all excited about SC Origins over there too)
It's amazing.. up until recently this was a dead franchise.. now we're getting an official sequel and if that's not enough a rather talented ex-bethesda employee is working on a fan remake of Starflight 1 too!!
Getting a bit worried about that slow moving SF3 funds total though.. time is running out!!! They're just not getting enough media attention. PC Gamer seems to be the only big site that's covered them (did an interview with Greg Johnson). Unlike Kickstarter, Fig supports deadline extensions so hopefully they consider it as the money is coming in but just not that fast. People in other forums have made the good point to me that SF fans are busy people in their 30s, 40s & 50s, not kids on the net all the time.
That's a shame. I just don't have the funds to put towards this at the current time.
ARRRRGHHHH.... I LOVED Starflight. I played it endlessly on PC and then again when the Sega Genesis version came out. It KILLS me to just be finding out about this now and to realize that... well.... its not gonna happen.
They are at only 44% of their goal with less than 9 days to go. Looks like they need about 445k more to go for their goal of 800k. Barring a miracle...this wont happen.
Guess I know what I'm getting next. Although I think Starflight should be similar to No Man's Sky as far as the universe look. Except instead of aimless wandering, there should be an over all story. Pretty much like Starflight but the look of NMS. Eh, just a thought.
A lot of the time there's a big push at the end to get over the top. Don't give up hope!
Am trying not to Brad, but as each day goes by it gets worse and worse.. 5 days to go and STILL not even half way. Guessing the folks at HumaNature don't have quite the marketing reach you guys have here lol, in fact judging by the fig comments section there's no marketing and it's just one of the Dev's (Anthony) trying to get the word out and not having much luck. There are thousands of Starflight fans out there who have no idea about this sequel as next to none of the mainstream media (other than PC Gamer) have covered it last time I checked. Without them it's doomed as not enough people know about it.
I've tweeted RetroGamer Mag, Mashable, Gamespot, IGN, GamesRadar, Polygon, Forbes Gaming, Kotaku, and Rock Paper Shotgun about SF3. Got nothing which was to be expected as I'm just some guy on the internet. I have no reach or influence and most of the young hip reporters working at these sites have probably never even heard of Starflight lol.
I've posted in a lot of forums too and have got some great excited responses from fan's who sure enough didn't know about it but I also keep seeing the same complaints from people:
1 – “I don’t know fig, I know trust fig!”Forcing me to explain why fig is a good thing, show them the wiki page and the well known and respected people behind it etc. But some still don’t want a bar of it. “Tim Shafer made it so he can break all the rules and fund his own games, so no thanks” was one I got the other day *sigh*.
2 – “Why is the first physical copy tier so high?”I did warn them about this before they went public lol. I explain that you can now add the game for 40 USD to a pledge but then I get “I’m not pledging to get an addon I can’t see beforehand”. Arrgh..
2 – “Why have they asked for a large amount in such a short amount of time?”I don’t have a defense to that so I just explain that plenty of other games have asked for more and hopefully they’ll be an extension even though they've said they’re wont be as the're not allowed to. Apparently Tim Shafer's Psychonauts 2 was the only game that got an extension on Fig which might be the rule breaking that Fig hater was referring to lol.
I've pointed out these issues to Anthony and others have been doing the same in the Fig comments but it all seems too late now. Such a shame.
I think the massive $200 million dollar scam that is Star Citizen has made people less willing to support things like this. For $200 million I could make a dozen games, every one of them better than Star Citizen. I think those guys have mostly ruined this form of funding games through their massive Star Citizen con game. The people who make Star Citizen should be facing criminal charges for fraud.
I wasted money on Star Citizen. Not a lot, but still enough that I feel ripped off and I don't think I'll ever play the release version of that game. I stopped playing the Alpha since it was a mess then and I don't even want to get my hopes up on it.
Over $200 million dollars makes Star Citizen a Bernie Madoff level fraud. I was understating it when I said 12 games, I could make 20 games at $10 million each that would all be better games than the "glorious vision that can never be in this century" that is Star Citizen. It's not possible that a significant fraction of that money went to making the game unless they are the most incompetent people who have ever lived. The people behind Star Citizen should all be facing criminal charges, it really is one of the most massive cases of fraud in all of history. Not just games, all of history.
And that's not sour grapes, SCO is the only game I have ever paid for before it existed and will probably be the only game I ever do that with. I didn't give Star Citizen any money, they really are just sleezy criminals using a game as the lure in their con game. They really are just criminals who should be on trial for fraud right now.
Well it looks like it was all for nothing sadly. Just over a day to go and the Starflight 3 crowdfund is barely over halfway. 30 years waiting for a sequel and its fails due to not enough media attention. So many thousands of SF fans out there (SF1 was apparently the first ever game to go platinum with 1mil sales back in the 80s) that never got to hear about this. Such a shame!
But there's still hope as Greg & Anthony said in a recent podcast that they'll look at improving the demo and may try a crowdfund again in the future or secure a publisher. If you're a big Starflight fan and you come across this thread long after it's too late, come join the starflight facebook group and they'll let you know the next time anything happens with SF3 (if there's a next time *sigh* ) plus as previously mentioned the group is following a rather impressive Starflight 1 remake from a ex-bethesda employee so all is not lost for us old SF fans!
And of course we've got Star Control Origins now thank goodness!!!
It is difficult to promote, most people have never heard of Star Control, let alone Starflight. Yes there are thousands of fans (I am a huge one!!!) but even back in 1986 it was a niche game.I will keep my eyes open on a future campaign. (I am already on your face book page.)
Hey, maybe Stardock can help them out.
Funny you say that. When we are able to create our own multiverses, I get the feeling that re-making the original Starflight on Star Control: Origins would be very do-able and would be awesome.
Well here we are 3 years on and unfortunately there hasn't been another attempt at a Starflight 3 game crowdfund or a new demo. However recently the first ever Starflight Anthology book was released and to celebrate that occasion something really cool happened! I run the Starflight fan communities so as a 'thanks' I got invited to take part in a group video podcast interviewing non other than Starflight lead dev and creator Greg Johnson himself!
I was a nervous wreck as I don't normally do live stuff, and I think I was the only non-American on there so people were probably wondering what I was saying half the time lol, plus on top of that my giant 46" screen was glaring on my face making me look like a bloody ghost haha.. but in the end I had a blast as it was so cool to talk to one of the creators of a game I played so much as a kid, not to mention getting thanked by him for my Starflight community work! Greg was a super nice and humble guy and he told so many great stories about creating Starflight, and his very popular ToeJam & Earl console games, along with his consultation work on the original Star Control games and Spore which many of us didn't know about! He even discussed the possibility of a Starflight and Star Control crossover game which would be pretty crazy (obviously Greg would need to convince his old friends Paul & Fred as well as Brad here at Stardock)! And sure enough he confirmed that the original Starflight games were heavily influenced by Star Trek heh.
He also confirmed that the dream of Starflight 3 is not dead and that just a week ago he was on the phone with someone trying to secure funding for it. He talked about his dreams of what the sequel could be and he showed openness to trying another crowdfund campaign. We did our best to assure him that the Starflight fan community is in a WAY better state then it was back in 2018 when they last tried the crowdfund as back then all the big old Starflight forums were gone and there was only around 100 people in my 'new' Starflight Fans Facebook group so there was just no one to friggin tell about it! That's up around 400ish members now, plus I've since created a Starflight Fans Reddit group which is closing on 100 now, and best of all there's the Official Starflight 3 Discord I help out on as a moderator which is now up to a massive 800ish members, so that's over a 1000 starflight fans that weren't around in 2018 so we're getting there! The games sold millions of copies back in the day so there's certainly still plenty of long lost Starflight fans out there though! If there's any Starflight old timers lurking around here I hope you come join the gang!
Anyway, here's the video podcast if anyone is interested. I posted a comment on youtube with timestamps of interesting topics should people wish to skip to stuff that interests them...
There was more I wanted to say on there but yeah.. obviously the podcast wasn't about me haha.. but I got to say most of what I wanted. Really the only big thing I didn't get to say on the podcast was that I'm excited to read the new Starflight - Tales From The Starport Lounge anthology book (I've ordered it from Amazon but it hasn't arrived yet as it's probably on a slow ship heading for Australia lol!). I'm not a huge book person but I just had to get this as like I said earlier in the stream video it's amazing how playing a game and reading a book about an adventure set in that same game universe really enhances the experience. The game makes you love the book more and helps your imagination visualize the aliens and places they'll go to in the book. While vice versa the book makes you love the game more as it adds so much depth to the game universe and makes you crave going on your own adventures similar to the ones these new characters your reading about are going on. They both really buff and lift up each other to a whole new level forming this equilibrium of awesomeness haha! I had that experience with the Starflight manual short stories as a kid, and I had it in the years since with other games like Elder Scrolls Oblivion, Witcher, and the X Universe series space games that all have novels or short stories set in the same universe. So hopefully I'll like the new book and get to have that experience again with Starflight! Once thing's for sure, I already know I like the cover haha! Another thing talked about on this podcast was that the authors of this Starflight novel would LOVE to do a Star Control Anthology novel series too (which once again presumably means they'd need to talk to both Brad here at Stardock as well as Paul & Fred).
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