Remember Star Command that we posted about a few months ago? No? Well here's the deal-- War Balloon Games took note of the success of simulations like Game Dev Story and decided to take a crack at releasing something similar, only with a Star Trek-like theme to it. Here's the developer's own description from the original unveiling on Reddit:

Players can build their vessel in their own image – if you prefer a scientific, peace oriented game style you can build long rang scanners and diplomatic facilities to encourage peace and information exchange. Players more focused on settling disputes through force can build their Starship with multiple weapon bays and reinforced hull to absorb heavy damage.
Throughout the game players can hire and manage their crew. Crew members have a variety of skill sets and each of these comes into play when performing tasks on board like research, tactical, engineering and more. Crew members gain new skills as the game progresses making them more and more valuable.

Players can explore the universe, discovering black holes, nebula’s, new planets and eventually make contact with new races. Diplomacy comes into play as some species are naturally drawn to combat while others may be more willing to join you – even exchanging officers on your crew.

Anyway, here's the three new screenshots to prove the dev team is "still alive and working":

Needless to say, I'm super excited for this. We're huge fans of the Kairosoft formula around here, and really can't wait to see a game that takes those same basic ideas and applies them to something entirely new and original instead of poorly translated ports of existing mobile phone games. If you want to know more about the game, the developers are actively posting in our forums.

  • http://twitter.com/Niasyn Allan Lee

    Please publish this already!

  • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

    We're working on it. Promise. It's a big game.

    • Tyler

      Can't wait.  Keep up the great work!  InstaBuy for me

    • SK

      me too :) so look: you're guaranteed to make at least a dollar!

  • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

    Also, we can't say enough how much we love TA. You guys have a great forum, active community and in general have been a big reason we have gotten as far as we have. Can't give enough thanks.

  • Uppercut

    Childish but i find it funny that the alien says ...kuk 
    It means penis in Swedish. 

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      We have discovered this. All the more reason to fear the Antorians. They don't kill you - they castrate you.

      • Uppercut

        Lol! Yeah, im really looking forward to this game and i will really look out for these guys when i play it.

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        Think "soccer wall"

    • http://twitter.com/thomashaugen Thomas Haugen

      Norwegian as well

  • Derp

    cock...cockcock...

  • Echo

    This makes me long to see the old Star Trek point and clicks released for the iPad... Not likely I imagine...

  • Sylko007

    I can't wait to see how this turns out. I absolutely love the Kairosoft formula, but it's just not being taken where it could. Grand Prix Story is their most accessible game to date in the way it displays your progress besides numbers, and that's not even out for iPhone/iPad I don't think. I eagerly and patiently await this game, as it looks like it's going to take my well deserved money and turn it into days upon days of gameplay.

  • Sylko007

    I just realized there is combat in the first screenshot, and it seems highly reminiscent of the XCom games, at least visually. Whatever this means, I am highly intrigued, even if it's just watching battles play out. 

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      X-Com is a big motivator

      • BigDrahma

        That is farking awesome to hear.  I was just saying to a buddy that the perfect execution of this (imho, of course) would be the management style married with an equally or more prominent sci-fi/exploration vibe... I love Kairosoft's mgmt games, but the premise of Star Command offers the potential for so much more.

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        We will keep the real time element though. One of the cores of the game is the management of your crew in emergency situations - fire breaks out, gasses are on the ship, invaders, battle - and the ability to pause and have a turn based system would undermine that. Otherwise, much of X-Com's DNA is in our game.

      • BigDrahma

        I can dig it; you can almost pace it like a TV show; get a mission, have some slower parts that move forward at a more "easy to manage" pace, then have these real-time emergency/plot developments that make you think quickly... though for old fogies like me, a speed option ala Sim City would be super-keen.

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        That, my friend, is the game in a nutshell.

      • BigDrahma

        You just made my week!

      • http://www.stabilizedeffortscope.com Rilgon Arcsinh

        Hi, who do I make the check out to then?

      • Sylko007

        You had me at hello.

  • http://twitter.com/zachinglis Zach Inglis

    Speaking to the 

  • http://twitter.com/zachinglis Zach Inglis

    Speaking to the developers they've been really good at answering my questions and taking my time out. It's nice to see the humbleness.

    It looks to be Game Dev Story cross UFO Enemy Unknown and a few others. I really love strategy and simulation games and my biggest gripe are there are never enough. I will buy this without question the day it comes out.

  • http://twitter.com/zachinglis Zach Inglis

    Speaking to the developers they've been really good at answering my questions and taking my time out. It's nice to see the humbleness.

    It looks to be Game Dev Story cross UFO Enemy Unknown and a few others. I really love strategy and simulation games and my biggest gripe are there are never enough. I will buy this without question the day it comes out.

  • eroots

    x-com. game dev story.  that's all you needed to say. count me in.

  • SMP

    Oh, for a second I thought this was a Gameloft "adaptation" of Star Fox starring a Dingo.

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

      You're a clever little princess, aren't you?

      • SMP

        ???

  • Lunchtkts

    will this game break the bank or will there be a launch sale?

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      If something like $3.99 breaks the bank you probably shouldnt own an iPhone

      • Lunchtkts

        lol. it doesnt but it doesnt trigger my auto buy reflex. :( Honestly if Kairosoft dropped a game for 4.99 i would auto buy. Maybe if i was assured some home the game was freakin amazing,,,
         

      • Lunchtkts

        how*

      • Lunchtkts

         love star trek so im about to pounce on this game

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        Its gonna be awesome. Count on it

    • NotaCheapBastard

      Pathetic. Have some class.

  • guest

    Everything this dev says makes me more and more excited for this, CAN'T WAIT!!!

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      It's all lies

      • Lunchtkts

        all lies?

      • Lunchtkts

        all lies?

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        No not really

      • Lunchtkts

        all lies?

  • Lunchtkts

    wish kairosoft would launch gran prix for ios already...

  • Lunchtkts

     ETA?

    • BigDrahma

      300 Rels.

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      This year

      • Anonymous

        Earth years?

      • Lunchtkts

        wonder if theres a way to beta test it...

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Albert-Lee/823721 Albert Lee

        which quarter?

  • Nag

    The art style looks fantastic. I can't wait to see some gameplay.

  • david

    Developer is the game universal version? i hope for native ipad support.

    • Steve

      The screenshots are iPhone's aspect ratio. Hopefully they will surprise us.

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        iPad is planned but we want to take advantage of everything it has to offer - not merely port, so we will see

      • Randy McKinney

        That's a noble goal. But honestly, aspect ratio is a big boon in and of itself. Don't keep us waiting. :)

  • Anonymous

    Needless to say... :p oh Eli.

  • http://twitter.com/teknikal69 P Allen

    This is probably the one game I'm looking forward to right now it looks very promising.

  • Lolwut

    are you guys waiting for OS 5.0 to come out so the game wont break?
    I'm willing to wait that long thats for sure

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      We're waiting for the game to be done :)

  • http://twitter.com/cyxodus Payton

    I hope you throw in a few Galaxy Quest jokes just for the fun of it.

  • SirGawaine

    Looks absolutely fantastic! Is there any word on the pricing? I'm going to buy it on the first day that's for sure. I just want to know how much I need to prepare.

  • Solrax

    I have to say I was very disappointed to see this post.

    That's because ever since I first read about it here I've been hoping every week to see it show up in the "coming tonight" lists.  Now I have to wait :( 

    But it sure looks worth waiting for!  Instant buy for me, and I don't care what I have to delete to make room for it!

  • Joey

    I must have this game

  • cap811

    I bid 500 quatloos on the newcomer!