Star Control 3
- This articles discusses only the real-life events surrounding the release of the game, and does not cover the details about the game, such as the story or races.
Star Control 3, made by Legend Entertainment for Accolade, was supposed to be the successor to Star Control II. However, many fans of the series were disappointed by the game: it featured fewer and less distinct ships and races, less diverse modes of gameplay, and a less interesting story that conflicted with the established facts of the Star Control Universe and the ending of SC2. SC3 seemed to lack the creativity and the fun feel of the original, instead offering "features" that looked good on paper, but didn't make the game better.
Many fans pin this failure on the fact that the game was not made by Toys For Bob, the creators of Star Control and Star Control II. Some perceive Accolade as trying to capitalize on the Star Control name (for which they own the trademark) by selling an inferior game, while some think that Accolade didn't have the talent to make a game as good as SC2.
Regardless of the reason, most fans of Toys For Bob and SC2 dismiss SC3 as being "untrue" to the series, and feel that the story and races of SC3 should be ignored and a "true" sequel should be created. Once such attempt is TimeWarp, currently in development.
Star Control 4 (aka StarCon) was reportedly in development by Infogrames (who purchased Accolade and the Star Control trademark) as a sequel to Star Control 3, but it appears as if development was halted.
Recently Toys for Bob have announced that they want their next game to be a Star Control game, a "true" sequel to Star Control II. They're asking for support from the public to convince Activision, of which they are a development studio. A petition site can be found here.
See also: Canon