FREE STARS: Children of Infinity

A project in Novato, CA by Pistol Shrimp

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An epic space Action-RPG, and the long-awaited sequel to The Ur-Quan Masters.
Backers: 6785
Average Pledge Per Backer: $100

Funded: $680,619 of $100,000
Dates: Apr 16th -> May 17th (32 days)
Project By: Pistol Shrimp
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Latest News

Stretch Goal Unlocked: English Voice-Over

May 17th - via:
We just hit our thirteenth stretch goal: English Voice-Over! Thanks to everyone's support, we'll be able to add English voice-over for all of our alien communication screens! We know that so many players loved the creative, weird, and memorable... (Read More)

Special Livestream Today at 4pm PT

May 17th - via:
We’re hosting a special send-off stream on Twitch at 4pm PT. Paul Reiche, Fred Ford, and Dan Gerstein will be there to express their appreciation, joy, and heartfelt thanks for all of your support during this incredible campaign. The campaign... (Read More)

Ship Art Showcase - New Ships

May 16th - via:
This is Part 2 in our series about ship art for Children of Infinity. If you missed it, check out Part 1 which covers how we're bringing the classic ships into our 'new remembered' universe! When approaching Children of Infinity, Melee was one of the... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Console Ports

May 15th - via:
We just hit our twelfth stretch goal: Console Ports! Thanks to your support, we'll be able release Free Stars: Children of Infinity on the Switch, Playstation 5, and Xbox Series X platforms. We've heard so many requests to play on consoles, and we're... (Read More)

Lorebook Showcase

May 15th - via:
In the olden days, a game manual was either required reading for playing a game or simply the place for all the content that wouldn't fit on a disk. Whether you pored over the pages to defeat a copy protection mechanism, read a manual to figure out... (Read More)

There's Still Time to Support the Free Stars: Children of Infinity Kickstarter

May 15th - via:
In the long-ago days of the early 1990s, a sci-fi RPG called Star Control II came out on PC and 3DO, and it knocked the socks right off of anyone who played it. Now, the creators of the series are working on a modern sequel called Free Stars: Children of Infinity. (Read More)

Artist Showcase: George Barr

May 13th - via:
We are happy to have some original pieces from George Barr, classic illustrator of fantasy and science fiction. Beyond his own career in painting and illustration for books, magazines, Dungeons & Dragons, and even briefly for Star Trek, players... (Read More)

Artist Showcase: AndroidArts

May 12th - via:
We are excited to work with Arne aka AndroidArts on concept for creations both new and old for Free Stars: Children of Infinity. Arne is a prolific creator known by many for his freely-shared creations in his own and other game universes. He's also... (Read More)

About the Artist: Ben Chandler

May 11th - via:
We are exicted to have the artistic contributions of Ben Chandler who is bringing his own love of classic games, years of experience, and unique style to our project. Ben has worked on a long list of titles, recently being a part of another "retro... (Read More)

Announcing More Pledge Tier Slots, New Pledge Tier, and Bonus Digital Keys

May 8th - via:
We are excited to announce additional slots for certain limited backer tiers, a new tier, 2x digital keys for higher tier backers, and the ability to add on more digital copies. Additional SlotsAdditional slots will be made available starting... (Read More)

Ship Art Showcase - Classic Ships

May 7th - via:
When our development began on Children of Infinity, before we even had any Adventure experiences like HyperSpace, we started making ships and the Melee experience. We knew there was a story to tell, but proving that our technology and gameplay would... (Read More)

The Art Behind the Aliens: The "Nanobes"

May 6th - via:
What would an alien look like if it was as small as the smallest things in our universe? What instruments would you use to communicate with it? How would it express itself? And what would it want to communicate? Those were some of the questions we... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Bonus Languages

May 5th - via:
We just hit our eleventh stretch goal: Bonus Languages! This means we'll be adding three additional localizations the community votes on! At a later time, we'll provide a list of options for everyone to select from, and backers can rank the ones that... (Read More)

FleetCom Log: Alien DNA Research

May 2nd - via:
FleetCom Log: Alien DNA ResearchSCIGEN LAB AUDIO TRANSCRIPTIONVOICE 1:I've never seen anything like it. Quad-helix DNA, eight bases, and seriously—look at the structure. It's like it was designed to be easy to work on! VOICE 2:Designed? You think... (Read More)

Debrief Extract: The Nanobe

May 1st - via:
Debrief Extract: The NanobeReport from Non-Organic Tissue Sample Lab1st Lt. Varna, H:You want a list? Okay, fine: quantum tunneling means no long-term metastability at that scale, so no time or opportunity to develop sentience. There's no chance for... (Read More)

Free Stars: Children of Infinity Steam Page

April 30th - via:
Today, we just launched our Steam page for Free Stars: Children of Infinity!  If you're here, you already know this game is coming to Steam along with other storefronts thanks to your support. However, if you're not already here, this is one way we... (Read More)

Familiarization Brief: The Ur-Quan Volunteer

April 29th - via:
Familiarization Brief: The Ur-Quan VolunteerPrepared by Alliance Military Intelligence Division, Department of XenoanthropologyReports from beyond the Great Arrow indicate the expedition has come across a fascinating discovery: a lone Ur-Quan... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Local Co-Op Gameplay

April 26th - via:
We just hit our tenth stretch goal: Local Co-Op Gameplay! With Local Melee Gameplay already met, this means we'll have resources to implement the more technically challenging but exciting feature which will let two players experience the Adventure... (Read More)

Channel 44 Showcase

April 23rd - via:
Did you know that during the development of Children of Infinity, we started a video podcast series called Channel 44 on YouTube? The Ur-Quan Masters was an inspiration for many other game developers, too! We chased them down (virtually) and spent... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Interior Gameplay with Floyd

April 22nd - via:
We just hit our ninth stretch goal: Interior Gameplay! In spite of our terrible job branding this truly exciting feature, you supported it anyway! Players will now be able to explore deeper than just the planet's surface with one of our team-favorite... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Additional Languages

April 20th - via:
We just hit our eighth stretch goal: Additional Languages! Because of your support, we'll be able to handle translation into French, Italian, German, and Spanish. First and foremost, it means we can reach more players who otherwise wouldn't be able... (Read More)

Free Stars: Children Of Infinity, name-swapped sequel to Star Control 2, has tripled its crowdfunding goal

April 20th - via:
The sequel to The Ur-Quan Masters has more than tripled its Kickstarter funding goal in four days. Free Stars: Children Of Infinity, which is a sequel to the series formerly known as Star Control, has so far raised $332k (£268k), although it's still shooting for several stretch goals - including one as high as $4.4 million. (Read More)

FAQ Update - Addressing Common Questions

April 19th - via:
We wanted to update everyone with some answers to common questions that we've heard regarding the Kickstarter campaign and its rewards, especially now that we’ve smashed through so many of our stretch goals so quickly! Can I exchange my Steam key... (Read More)

Free Stars: Children of Infinity — Sequel to "The Ur-Quan Masters"

April 19th - via:
Pistol Shrimp™ Games — an independent studio founded by Toys for Bob veterans — recently launched the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Free Stars: Children of Infinity, a direct sequel to the award-winning science-fiction action-adventure game, Free Stars: The Ur-Quan Masters®. After only three hours, the project was fully funded! (Read More)

Star Map Showcase

April 18th - via:
We hit so many of our stretch goals so fast, we didn't even have a chance to share some of our special content updates! We're finally taking a moment to show a deeper look at what we're making and what players can expect when they back Free Stars:... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Local Melee Gameplay

April 18th - via:
We just hit our seventh stretch goal: Local Melee Gameplay Thanks to everyone's contributions, we'll be able to build the classic, local Super Melee experience with two players jousting together while being at a single PC. We're not sure if we'll... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: DRM-Free PC Releases

April 18th - via:
We just hit our sixth stretch goal: DRM-Free PC Releases! Because of your overwhelming support, we will be able to support releases on other storefronts (e.g. GOG, itch) which do not require DRM! While this is a seemingly small thing for many... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Mac and Linux Releases

April 17th - via:
We just hit our fifth stretch goal: Mac and Linux Releases! Thanks to your support, we will be able to reach even more players with Children of Infinity and bring the game to these additional platforms. We're excited to be able to extend our reach... (Read More)

Live Development Streams Starting Today

April 17th - via:
Today at 1pm PT marks the beginning of our live development streams during our Kickstarter, where you can join Fred and I (Dan) to watch us actually work on the game. Tune in at While today might just be a lot of Q&A,... (Read More)

Additional Backer Tiers Coming April 18th

April 17th - via:
We are thrilled to have so many *happy campers* joining us for our campaign. The only problem we have is a good one: we ran out of ways for our most generous backers to contribute more! We've received many kind notes from backers asking for ways they... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Gas Giant Gameplay!

April 17th - via:
We just hit our fourth stretch goal: Gas Giant Gameplay! With a universe full of so many planets, we always wanted to be able to interact with all the interesting gas giants in The Ur-Quan Masters. For Children of Infinity, we're excited to add a... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Captain's Windows!

April 16th - via:
We just hit our third stretch goal: Captain's Windows! We're happy to be able to fund this wonderful, charming, and fan-favorite feature for all of our aliens in Melee. Part of getting to know an alien in Children of Infinity is through conversation,... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: More Ships!

April 16th - via:
We just hit our second stretch goal: More Ships! At this time of this update, we have over 20 additional ships that had been designed and prototyped but we couldn't commit to finishing more than our budget would allow. With your support, we can take... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked: Enhanced Super Melee!

April 16th - via:
We just hit our first stretch goal: Enhanced Super Melee! After doing some prototypes that support multiple players, enemies, and even an asymmetric mode where you defend your star base from onslaughts of attackers, we have the funds to create assets... (Read More)

$100K Goal Met!!

April 16th - via:
Happy days and jubilation! WE DID IT! We met our $100k USD goal in just under 3 hours for Free Stars: Children of Infinity!!! This is the ultimate, best feeling in the world. It is even better than the feeling of snuggling up to a warm campfire,... (Read More)

After 32 years, the 1992 open-world space game that helped inspire Mass Effect is getting a proper sequel

April 16th - via:
The devs who founded Toys for Bob are going back to finally build a proper sequel to their beloved 1992 open-world space game, and while they no longer have the rights to the original game's name, the Kickstarter for this new title has smashed its $100,000 goal in less than three hours. (Read More)

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