Rebellion acquired the MoonBase Commander intellectual property during an Atari bankruptcy auction last summer.
I actually almost bid on it. (I didn’t think anyone else would.) I’ve wanted an iPad port of Moonbase Commander for years, and I thought it would make an interesting next project. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about making or selling games, and I wanted to do Overcast instead, so I tabled the idea.
Fortunately, Rebellion (an actual game company) picked it up and they’re actually using it, a much better fate than it probably would have had with me.
“[MoonBase Commander] was one of our first priorities at the Atari auction. We’re big fans of the game — it’s a classic example of simple, elegant design and it’s aged so well. Our main priority was getting Steam support sorted and show it to a whole new generation of PC gamers,” said Jason Kingsley, CEO and creative director of Rebellion, in a press release today.
Kingsley also teased new MoonBase Commander games, and implied that Rebellion would likely release them on mobile devices.
Now we’re talking.
Just please don’t mess it up with in-app purchases. It’s an exceptionally balanced, turn-based strategy game. Nobody should be able to buy an instant health boost to their main hub or pay a dollar to remove your crawler at the last minute.