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Set Phasers to fun sci-fi fans, as Realmforge (Dungeons 3) and Kalypso Media just announced Spacebase Startopia and it's confirmed to be supporting Linux.

From the press release sent over by Kalypso Media, they confirmed it's "an all-new take on the 2001 cult classic" Startopia from Mucky Foot Productions. So they're going for the spiritual successor route by the sound of it.

In Spacebase Startopia, manage your very own space station, maintaining the three unique deck types, accommodating eight different alien races and defending against enemy invaders while also contending with the station’s sharp-witted and sarcastic narrator AI, VAL. Take on the final frontier by yourself as you strive to create the best trade and tourist destination in the galaxy in the challenging single player campaign and the versatile battle mode, or link up with up to four friends/frenemies in competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes.

They also sent along the announcement trailer:

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Considering Dungeons 3 was pretty good and Realmforge did well with the Linux version, I'm pretty keen for this. I'm also a huge sci-fi fan, so this is exactly the kind of title I want to see.

Here's some screenshots Kalypso provided:

Interestingly, this is a title that Kalypso said is being "financially supported by the FFF Bayern", a company to promote media in Bavaria. Realmforge Studios are based in Germany, so it makes them a good match for it.

It's not due to release for some time though, as it's currently scheduled for Q3 2020. You can wishlist and follow it on the now live Steam page.

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namiko 19 August 2019 at 10:52 am UTC
Wow, if they even do half the job Mucky Foot did, this could be a real treat.

I hope Arona (or his descendant?) are in this game, very badly. VAL and Arona were the heart and soul of the first Startopia, and lent the game its strong English-humour character.

This is one of the only RTS games I played because it tricked me into thinking it was a management sim instead. Good though, because it meant that the mechanic was introduced slowly enough that even someone averse to RTS games could enjoy it.

Gods, the times I remember the mayhem of sandbox mode, eventually encroaching on my opponent on the other side of the station, security forces fighting one another, turret guns firing, the chaos!


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Beamboom 19 August 2019 at 11:04 am UTC
"You're breathtaking" lol - wonderful reference to Keanu
ixnari 19 August 2019 at 1:21 pm UTC
Well, I did not expect to see the name Startopia again. Very interested to see if the sequel, reimagining or whatever this is, will live up to the original. Hopefully they'll sprinkle in some Douglas Adams-like humour as well.
StraToN 19 August 2019 at 2:04 pm UTC
I had seen this news in a magazine a few months ago, and as a fan of the first Startopia game, I welcome this official news!

Startopia was indeed a very nice and funny management game, and even though I didn't have a chance to test it against humain opponents, it featured enough features to kind of give a "direction" to your starbase as the solo campaign missions showed: hospital, prison, commercial center and so on.

I was expecting different strategies using those directions, but I think that was a bit too far away. And unfortunately, the fight part of the game was not really straightforward. I hope this part will benefit from this remake/sequel.
Tiedemann 19 August 2019 at 8:21 pm UTC
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I really hope it mostly just adds to the original and won't reinvent the wheel or change too much. I have played this game so much and now I need to play it again just by seeing this. It's one of those games that feels very original and does it's own thing even though it's a RTS/management type game.

And Kalypso: I want a new Crookz (The Big Heist) while we're at it too with a lot of maps.
sub 20 August 2019 at 8:24 am UTC
The FFF Bayern is to large parts a public entity which I really like.
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