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March 5th, 2009, 12:38
Our only other newsbit for NorthStar was the original announcement. If you recall, this is a space trader/RPG from Kerberos (Sword of the Stars RTS). This time, StrategyCore interviews CEO and Lead Designer Martin Cirulis:
SC: You wrote that missions will vary from game to game and even that seemingly same missions may well turn out very differently. What else can we expect in terms of enhancing replayability? Are there main plot variations, different endings to the game? Oh, and do you always get to find your mom?

MC: Wow, more than an hundred missions and sub missions all with at least one variation and many with 3 or 4 isn’t enough replayability for you? Seriously though, there are plot variations at the moment and much of it depends just how and when you do things. Unlike a lot of current RPGs where the universe just sits there waiting for you to get to a mission, time passes in Nstar. And besides, never make too many assumptions about the final point of any story told by Kerberos. <cue evil laugh>

SC: What seems to be a bit of a focal point (please correct me if I am wrong) in Northstar are people. Being an RPG, Northstar lets you pick your character’s stats and skills and control his development. Will it also let you do the same for the whole party?

MC: Nstar will definitely be a little more character driven in comparison to the recent genre trend of blurring “trading” with what is, predominantly, a spacefighter combat sim. So character interaction both in use and development will be fairly central to the Nstar experience. We believe you should be able to tailor and grow a crew that fits your style of play.
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March 5th, 2009, 12:38
Sounds great.

Now just have to wait and see how well its executed….
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March 20th, 2009, 19:26
If you go to the Kereboros(?) forums, you can see much more information on the game. Also one of the devlopers posts there regularly, and takes well to smart observations, suggestions, opinions.

They seem to be intent on making a game that is influenced by the Smuggler aspects of Han Solo as a film reference, the gameplay styles of Starflight and it's sequels/successors, and most of all the gameplay of the Pen and Paper classic Traveller!

To sum it up, I feel our space program ended up like this. "It's one small step for man. One giant leap for man kind. Oops I fell on my butt after that leap and can't get up anymore."
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March 20th, 2009, 21:09
Mecron (the owner of Kerberos) also said that they are quite inspired by Firefly.
The combat is very Fallout-like i can say.
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March 31st, 2009, 14:47
Here is a list of games that are similar in design concept toi Northstar, and if you have an inspiration to try out, but of course they are old school:

Starflight 1 & 2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starflight
http://www.mobygames.com/game/starfl…e-cloud-nebula

Protostar
http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/pr…n-the-frontier

Space Rogue
http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/space-rogue

Sentinel Worlds: Future Magic
http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/se…i-future-magic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentine…:_Future_Magic

Hard Nova
http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/hard-nova

To sum it up, I feel our space program ended up like this. "It's one small step for man. One giant leap for man kind. Oops I fell on my butt after that leap and can't get up anymore."
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