On August 8, InXile CEO Brian Fargo sent out a tweet that may pique the interest of gamers, teasing a possible remake of the classic 1986 EA title Starflight.

While Fargo’s tweet indicates that InXile is not developing the purported remake, it serves as a strong implication that someone else is.

Old-school gamers may remember Starflight, an adventure role-playing game once available for the IBM PC, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Macintosh, and Sega Genesis. Set in the year 4620, the game’s plot revolves around a starship captain exploring the reaches of the galaxy. The non-linear game allowed players to choose their own path through the story, making it one of the earliest sandbox games ever released.

Praised by critics, Starflight received many accolades, including a mention by Computer Gaming World as “the best space exploration game in years.” By December of 1987, the title had sold over 100,000 copies, a number which continued to climb until sales reached over a million units. The legacy of Starflight continues to this day, with a 2011 tweet from Mass Effect director Casey Hudson revealing that the classic game was a key inspiration for Bioware’s beloved series.

In 2006, a small group of fans began work on a freeware game based on the original, dubbed Starflight – The Lost Colony. Available for download and play at the creator’s website, StLC seeks to continue the gameplay tradition of the original, with modifications to meet the expectations of today’s gamer.

OnlySP will keep vigilant watch for any more information that might reveal more about a remake of Starflight. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, reviews, and other great content about everything single-player.

Jennifer Anderson
Also known as Twist, Jennifer is a gamer, author, and digital artist who spent the early days of her childhood beating her stepfather's friends at Space Invaders and Pole Position on a beat-up Atari console, after which they would promptly complain to her mother. Now a competitive Diablo 3 player, she splits her time between writing, loving her dog Emmie, and putting her monk through nephalem rifts in a quest for the top spot on the seasonal leaderboards.

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