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Stars! is Dead - Long-live Stars! Wed, 22 June 2022 15:56 Go to next message
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As you might or might not know, when Empire Interactive (the company owning the IP to Stars!) went under, their IP was purchased by New World IP, LLC.

New World IP, LLC then licensed the IP to Zoo Games. Zoo Games went through a long sequence of acquisitions/changes, until their eventual failure in 2013/2014, where they dissolved as the business indiePub.

That leaves New World IP, LLC as the owner of the Stars! IP. New World IP was registered in Delaware. I contacted their registered agent, who has confirmed that New World IP, LLC was dissolved as well.

As best I can tell, that leaves the Stars! IP with no ownership. Not just "lost" but no one left standing.



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Re: Stars! is Dead - Long-live Stars! Fri, 24 June 2022 22:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm a little bit sad to hear this, even though I knew there was NO chance of any Stars! 2 ever coming out, or even a release of the game files.
It's been a really really good game. Wish it had become as big as Civ or Empire of the Sin series.



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Re: Stars! is Dead - Long-live Stars! Sat, 25 June 2022 00:34 Go to previous message
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I presume you mean Stars 3 Smile

But at this point the game files re mostly decoded, it's easy to get serials, so from an availability perspective it's easy access.

Not being available in 64-bit makes adoption hard, so just getting it to work in 64-bit would be huge from my perspective of getting friends to play.

But the other thing is Stars! eventually became much more of a raw economy game, far more so than a strategy game. If I can out-econ you, it really doesn't make any difference what your strategy is. Don't get me wrong - I love it. But the game between a good player and a new one is just too big - entry is a pure vertical climb.


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