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New Stargate-Inspired Game Exogate Initiative: First 30 Minutes

The best new Stargate videogame that technically isn’t a Stargate videogame, Exogate Initiative wears its influences firmly on its sleeve.

Are you a fan of Stargate SG-1 and love base-building exploration games? Exogate Initiative by French developer Xeno Bits might be the game you've been waiting for.

A clear homage to the series we love (but legally distinct in case any lawyers are reading), Exogate Initiative is a management sim that tasks you with building the titular Exogate, maintaining your very own Stargate Command, and sending teams on away missions to unknown corners of the universe.

It’s packed with Stargate SG-1 easter eggs and in-jokes, and you’ll see a few of them on our 30-minute playthrough.

(Look out for “I'm Rudy Cobb – with two Bs” at 1:09.)

One of the devs told the Exogate Initiative Discord:

While we're certainly inspired by Stargate, we still have to stand on our own. Hopefully the launch triggers both those moments of nostalgia and also those moments of “Oh, this is a cool new thing they're doing.”

Official Stargate videogames have had a bit of a chequered history. FPS/third-person shooter Stargate SG-1: The Alliance was canceled in 2006, online third-person shooter Stargate Resistance was shut down less than a year after launch, and the MMO Stargate Worlds promised to reveal the truth behind the Furlings and then vanished without a trace in 2012.

There’s currently a real-time tactics game also in development called Stargate: Timekeepers.

Though there’s still no release date locked in for Stargate: Timekeepers, developers Slitherine has great form when it comes to licensed science fiction, with Starship Troopers: Terran Command and Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock under their collective belts.

Exogate Initiative is Windows only and you can find out more on Steam.

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