Stardock News


Interview: Jon Shafer, Ex-Civ 5 Lead Now at Stardock

By Brian Leahy, Jan 05, 2011 12:00pm PST

Yesterday, it was announced (unofficially) that Jon Shafer, the lead designer of Civilization V who recently left Firaxis, had been hired by...


"LOL, congrats Jon! You've just joined the Uwe Boll of video games, way to flush your career ..."

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Stardock Hires Civilization 5 Lead Designer Jon Shafer and Fantasy Author Dave Stern [Updated]

By Brian Leahy, Jan 04, 2011 2:00pm PST

Stardock, the developer of Elemental: War of Magic and operator of the Impulse digital download storefront, has hired Jon Shafer who recently left...


"No, Civ V is certainly not Civ IV. And Civ IV is not Civ III. But Civ IV was still CIV, as ..."

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Stardock Running 25 Days of Discounts via Impulse for Games and Applications

By Brian Leahy, Dec 01, 2010 4:00pm PST

Stardock is now running a 25-day long sale of games and applications through Impulse, its digital distribution store. The first gaming offer is 75%...


"Hinterlands is really fun. It sorta reminds me of the overworld game in Act Raiser."

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Elemental: War of Magic Sales and Retail Shipments Increasing Since Game's Rocky Start

By Xav de Matos, Nov 24, 2010 1:00pm PST

When it first launched, Elemental: War of Magic stumbled in the wake of gameplay and balance issues. Today, things are looking up for the game as...


""In response, Stardock was forced to lay off an undisclosed amount of employees." This is a ..."

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Digital Prima Guides Come to Impulse

By Brian Leahy, Nov 17, 2010 2:20pm PST

Stardock's Impulse digital storefront will now be selling Prima's eGuides, which take all the fun and wonder of a video game guidebook and convert...


"They are more or less html manuals with videos. Nothing you couldn't already find with a few ..."

- TheEmissary see all 4 comments

Stardock Hires Civilization 4 Mod Creator to Run Game Development

By Brian Leahy, Oct 12, 2010 1:20pm PDT

Stardock has hired Derek "Kael" Paxton, creator of the Civilization IV mod 'Fall from Heaven', to "oversee Stardock's ongoing development and...


"I've played since early beta. The game is a total mess. The UI is atrocious, the graphics ..."

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Elemental Multiplayer This Week; Patch Road Map Detailed

By Brian Leahy, Sep 08, 2010 11:00am PDT

Though the studio was hit with layoffs last week, development continues for Elemental: War of Magic over at Stardock. This week, the company...


"And by the time Elemental is quasi-playable or even remotely enjoyable, there will be a million ..."

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Impulse Adds Bethesda Back Catalog, Will Not Include Future Steamworks Releases

By Brian Leahy, Jul 27, 2010 11:20am PDT

Stardock has added some Bethesda back catalog games to its digital storefront, offering gamers a chance to buy Oblivion, Morrowind, Fallout 3, and...


"Wow - butt hurt much? Seriously, all anyone did was point out the obvious. Your disdain for ..."

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Stardock CEO Responds to NPD Digital Distribution Report and Steamworks on Direct2Drive

By Brian Leahy, Jul 22, 2010 12:00pm PDT

Yesterday, a report came out from the NPD Group, claiming that 48% of PC games sold in 2009 were done so digitally. The report also ranked various...


"Oh, hello Stardock employee. Are you mad that Steam is and will forever be the superior ..."

- GigiLeCheshire see all 130 comments

Shack PSA: 15% Off Everything on Impulse

By Chris Faylor, Jun 23, 2010 5:30pm PDT

Celebrating its second birthday, PC digital distribution platform Impulse is offering 15% off its entire catalog, including pre-orders, with use of...


"I think it looks really promising, Everything I've heard sounds good and it's Stardock. I ..."

- Hemtroll see all 30 comments

Shack PSA: Midweek PC Savings on Steam, Impulse

By Chris Faylor, May 18, 2010 1:40pm PDT

Though it's still early in the week, digital distributors Steam and Impulse have already kicked off some snazzy deals and discounts on some of...


"That SEGA complete pack is probably the biggest saving I've seen on steam (you save $480!!). ..."

- scary_monster see all 25 comments

Total Annihilation and Expansion Available on Impulse

By Brian Leahy, Mar 03, 2010 2:30pm PST

Stardock has re-released Cavedog and Chris Taylor's classic real-time strategy game Total Annihilation on its Impulse digital distribution platform...


"yeah MAX was fun. more of a thinking/strategy game vs true realtime"

- daggot see all 42 comments

Stardock Launches ImpulseTV

By Jeff Mattas, Feb 18, 2010 3:20pm PST

Stardock has added a new way for gamers to discover and learn about games on its Impulse digital distribution service. Per the announcement, the...


"Not a fan of the hands on walkthrough and tutorials, but I guess theres plenty of people that ..."

- haysoos see all 12 comments

Digital Distribution Platforms Dispute Market Share, Sling Mud

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 01, 2009 2:00pm PST

A dispute between digital distribution platforms Direct2Drive and Impulse over market share has highlighted the difficulty of assessing the digital...


"I have both Impulse and Steam, and I play games on steam more than impulse (just because of ..."

- MidnightShift650 see all 48 comments

Stardock Estimates 70% Market Share for Steam, Talks Digital Distribution Rivalry, Impulse Plans

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 20, 2009 12:20pm PST

Developer, publisher and digital distributor Stardock has released its annual customer report by CEO Brad Wardell, giving insight into its platform...


" Article does not tell if browser/flash based games are counted in or not. I bet Zynga-Do-Evil ..."

- anttir0 see all 95 comments