War Balloon Games has released a new trailer promising a May 2nd launch of Star Command on iOS platforms.
It's been a long road for Star Command. After ending its Kickstarter campaign in October of 2011, the starship simulator was originally slated for release toward the end of 2012. Multiple delays however would push the game back for more than a year. In March of 2013, its developer, War Balloon Games, confirmed that the game was nearing completion but was still reluctant to announce a final release date. That is now no longer the case. War Balloon has put out a new trailer for Star Command announcing a May 2nd launch for iOS platforms, with an Android release coming soon.
The news is sure to spur both excitement and relief for the game's many backers. The project was supported by more than one thousand contributors, some of whom were likely concerned both by the project's tardiness and War Balloon's occasional financial issues. The anxiety of its backers is not something War Balloon has been oblivious to. Earlier this month the indie developer offered an extended apology to its backers for the various delays it had to make to complete the game. "We never, ever purposely mislead or just put a date out because it would make people go away," said the Star Command team.
Regardless of the issues that might have delayed the game's development, it is still exciting for it to finally be launching. Star Command's premise resonated with a lot of a people, and while the team's updates over the months of development have indicated that some compromises might have been made from its original vision, the game still looks like the kind of experience that will help gamers tap into their inner Captain Kirk. In the least, iOS users will only need to wait a few more days to find if the experience was worth the wait.