From Joystiq.com - More Atari IP auction winners announced, Stardock plans Star Control reboot
Anthony at StarController.com has a fantastic summary of the events and their outcomes that led to this..."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 Brad Wardell, president and CEO of Stardock to 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."
Stardock Owns Star Control Trademark (Pending)
All of this started recently when Atari couldn't find a buyer and entered bankruptcy. As part of the process, it's properties, including Star Control were put up for auction...
Bankrupt publisher hoping to bring in at least $22 million from upcoming asset auctions.
Atari SA: final phase of the Chapter 11 proceduresAtari Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection in January. According to the Wall Street Journal, its investment banker reached out to 180 would-be buyers, with about half agreeing to pursue purchases. However, only 15 actually submitted bids, none of which were approved by Atari. Thus, Atari Inc. now plans to sell its brands on a franchise-by-franchise basis during auctions beginning next month.
Brad Wardell (Stardock CEO and President) has some commentary about the Atari assets auction on his personal blog...
Back from the Atari auction
I'm still taking this all in but, I think it will be terribly interesting!We went there to get two items in particular. One in particular we really really wanted because we are insane fans of the series. That one we got. The other we wanted we didn’t get, we were the second highest bidder.