“Star Control 4, or later StarCon, was Accolade’s final attempt at profiting from the franchise. Few details are known, as Accolade reshaped and eventually cancelled it during the development stages; As of October 5th, 1998, development on StarCon has stopped. When word of Accolade’s decision on StarCon reached the press, several on-line sources reported that the game was being re-evaluated due to deficiencies in the game’s design and attributed that design to Starsphere Interactive. Though only Accolade can speak as to why the game is being re-evaluated at this time, one thing is certain, Starsphere Interactive was not responsible for the design of the game. An internal Accolade team designed StarCon and was also developing the PC version of the game (StarCon is the fourth installment in the Star Control series). Starsphere Interactive was contracted to develop the PlayStation version of StarCon from Accolade’s original PC design and resources. The Harika had been confirmed as a returning alien race. While originally touted as another space adventure, the idea quickly changed into an action-oriented combat title, to be viewed largely from behind the ship, with gameplay similar to Psygnosis’ Colony Wars series, somewhat like a shooting-oriented X-Wing. – [info from wikipedia]
A beta version of StarCon was leaked online in 2010. More information on the prototype of this game, including levels, available ships (with meshes, textures etc), weapons and missions details can be found at http://zenade.angelfire.com/starcon/faq.html
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There is still a lot of information available on the prototype of this game, including levels, available ships (with meshes, textures etc), weapons and missions details. I have a FAQ here: http://zenade.angelfire.com/starcon/faq.html
Thanks a lot Edward! I will add the link to your FAQ in the page :)
A couple of links where the StarCon PS1 prototype is archived: