If you’re not familiar with Startopia – and, honestly, we’ll forgive you for that – then all you really need to know is that it was a 2001 strategy title helmed by ex-Bullfrog staffers. In it, your job was to oversee the creation of a space station, and it fused city building mechanics with RTS gameplay. Now it’s set to make a comeback on the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 from 26th March.
Spacebase Startopia is a new game being built by Dungeons developer Realmforge Studios, but it promises to strike “a careful balance between nostalgia and innovation in its reimagining of the popular strategy game”. You’ll need to delicately oversee three different decks and a “melting pot” of life-forms, ensuring you cater to the needs and requirements of each individual.
The press release explains: “In Spacebase Startopia, players will carve out their own little space in the universe, ready to become a galactic utopia – if your management skills are up to the task. With three different game modes and a vast amount of management decisions to be made under the watchful eye of the VAL, the station’s sardonic AI, there’s plenty of in-depth gameplay waiting for new and seasoned players alike.”
In addition to a full single player campaign spanning 10 “fully-voiced” missions, there’s also competitive and co-operative multiplayer for up to four people. And of course, there’ll be a “fully configurable” sandbox mode for you faff about in, where you’ll be able to explore the full “potential of your space base”.