Star Control: Origins, the strategy game developed and released by Stardock Entertainment for PC at the end of September, is no longer available for purchase on Steam (although it is still on GOG). The creators of the original Star Control games have issued a DMCA deal, thoroughly explained at the Steam Community forums by Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock.
We have received news today that Paul Reiche III and Fred Ford, the designers of the classic DOS game, Star Control 2 for Accolade have issued a DMCA deal on the valve to take down Star Control: Origins.
https://www.screencast.com/t/mODt766t162 (this is what is being sent to GOG)
As some of you may know, there is a legal dispute between Stardock and Reiche and Ford regarding trademarks and copyright linked to Star Control.
You can read the story here:
https: // www .stardock.com / games / starcontrol / article / 487690 / qa-about-star-control-and-paul-and-peace
Unfortunately, Instead of relying on the legal system to solve this, they have chosen to bypass it by issuing vague DMCA download campaigns to Steam and GOG (who, btw, Reiche and Ford sue using GoFundMe money.
Steam and GOG both have a policy of downloading content that receives DMCA notices regardless of the benefits of the claims.
We tried to get a preliminary art prohibition to prevent them from issuing more fake DMCA grievances, but unfortunately, the court stated that it was not the court's
In the history of our industry I have never tried to use the DMCA system to take down a freight game before, for example, when PubG sued Fortnite for infringement of copyright infringement , they did not try to take Fortnite with a DMCA notice.
For d e who are not familiar with the copyright, you can NOT copyright ideas, individual or short sentences, concepts, mechanics, game design, etc.
Star Control: Origins is our own creation without relying on the work of Reiche or Ford. We spent 5 years making it our own game. It plays very much as you expect a Star Control game. But it has nothing to do with copyright. It has its own story, setting, plot and all new characters. It exists in a whole new universe.
Stardock, for the record, owns the Star Control trademark and the Star Control 3 copyright. Although the Reiche and Cord state own the copyright of SC2, it has nothing to do with us or our game.
Valve assures us that anyone who has already purchased the game should be able to continue playing it.
Unfortunately, without the earnings of Star Control: Origin, Stardock must add some of the men and women assigned to the game.
We will do our best to continue supporting the game and hopefully Star Control: Origins will return as soon as possible.  Star Control: Origins is a great game for those in the genre, summarized by Nathan in his review. Let's hope that an amicable solution can be found, so the game will be listed on Steam again.
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Star Control: Origins has some of the sharpest fonts I've come across in a while. made me laugh out loud on several occasions, which is a rare thing. Unfortunately, this space experience is the worst when it is at its best. Lack of navigation tools, tedious resource collection and oversimplified spaces all conspire to knock the game Star Control: Origins serve a lively galaxy worth exploring, but sometimes commuting can be a killer.