Easily one of my most anticipated games this year, and I'm sure many of yours out there as well, is Warballoon Games' Star Command. In case you aren't familiar, Star Command can most simply be described as Game Dev Story meets a Star Trek-like science fiction theme, though from what we've seen of the game thus far I'm not totally sure that does it justice. Game Dev Story was beautiful in its simplicity, but Star Command appears to take those simplistic game mechanics and add all sorts of depth on top, creating what we hope will be a deep strategy affair that's still not too convoluted for anybody to jump in to.

We first learned of Star Command this past March, and originally the game was slated for a summertime release. However, that didn't quite pan out, and in August we got a look at some new screenshots for the game but we haven't really heard anything since then. Today Warballoon sent over a quick update on the status of Star Command, along with a slew of new screenshots to check out. It sounds like they are really interested in making the best possible game that they can, rather than trying to rush something out just to hit a planned release date. This latest set of screens is to demonstrate a bit of the work they've put into tightening up the overall user interface.

Above are a couple of shots of the crew management screens, where you'll be able to choose what skill trees to progress through and define the roles of each of your crew members. The below screens are of the navigation interface, where you can choose what galaxies and solar systems to explore:

The following gallery how you produce tokens, the currency in the game, as well as assign your crew members to their various duties and upgrade the rooms inside of your ship:

Lots of screenshots there, so hopefully you've clicked through and checked them all out. I'm totally looking forward to finally getting my hands on Star Command, but it sounds like the release may still be a ways off as right now "due out next year" is about as specific as it Warballoon is getting. They do however mention that the alpha phase of the game should be wrapping up this month, and so barring any major issues during the beta phase, we might be seeing it earlier in 2012 as opposed to later. I certainly have my fingers crossed, but I'm also more than willing to wait as long as needed to make sure the final product is just right.

You can check out some discussion of Star Command in the game's forum thread, and we'll be keeping tabs on its progress as it inches towards a release next year.

  • P Allen

    I haven't been buying a lot of IOS games lately but I have been keeping an eye out for this one I think it looks like it could be a lot of fun.

  • http://twitter.com/starksimon Stark

    Wow, this game looks totally awesome. I can't wait!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGKMDABPUEAIAYIL5RC6WGE3AY Schuyler

    Thanks for the update- still topping my want list!

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Should be pretty fun

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGKMDABPUEAIAYIL5RC6WGE3AY Schuyler

        Hey- stop responding to me and get back to work!  ;)

  • Noah

    That's quite a "blue" game, huh?

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      In the future, everything is blue

      • http://RolePlayFTW.com Huy Ngo

        Your ridiculous comments have me sold.  Give me five mirrion copies right now!

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        SOLD!

      • http://RolePlayFTW.com Huy Ngo

        No more window love. Go and sell it!!!!

  • lawl cakes

    Hm. R. Burgundy seems to be missing his 'stache.

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      A whale's vagina

  • Anonymous

    Might be just what doctor ordered for me. Also fantastic to see, that at least some games are made until they are ready novadays.

    "A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad."
    -Shigeru Miyamoto

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Thats tattooed on our asses.

      • Anonymous

        LOOOOOOL!!!!! :'D :'D :'D

      • Anonymous

        I might just buy this because of that comment. Awesome.

  • Albert Lee

    pledged to kickstarters, thought i was getting a copy of the game. Reading is hard. Will definitely pick up the game once it drops. Please keep it cheap on launch!?!?

    • Albert Lee

      Looking amazing btw guys

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        Glad you like it.

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Should be reasonable .99-3.99

  • Anonymous

    Can't wait to play this game. I've been following it for close to a year now. It's unfortunate there's still no real release date or anything but I can't say I've ever played a game and thought "the developers spent way too much time and hard work on this game".

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      What a waste of time...

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Can't wait. :)

  • Anonymous

    arghh, I check this site every day just for news this has finally released!  My #1-10 most wanted iPhone game!

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Follow us on twitter and facebook - we will make it very very very very clear when the game is coming out. There will be no "Hey, look, its secretly on the app store"

  • Anonymous

    On the character skill tree, what do the red/blue/gold skills represent? Combat, science, and...?

    • Anonymous

      looks like engineering.

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        Engineering it is! Vanna, tell our contestant what they've won....

  • Evin Lenard

    How did you go about tightening up the interface? Was the interface loose to begin with?
    Evan 

  • http://www.facebook.com/skaidon Adam Roberts

    Can't wait for this game! :D

  • Kane888

    So I can tell this has a lot of potential.. Will this be released on PC or only on phones/IOS? And how about releasing it on Steam or Steam greenlight?