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Topic Subject:Stratos demo concept art found.
PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 11-09-15 06:01 AM ET (US)         
While browsing flipboard on my phone I stumbled upon concept art on which the never released Stratos demo is based (in case you don't know, this was another Genie based project). And the source isn't anyone from ES, but Ralph McQuarrie, known for his wonderful Star Wars concept art pieces. Now I've seen a bunch of these in the past years but never anything that resembled the graphics from the Stratos demo. In fact many are the same buildings:





And a few more here (slideshow).

I guess this could mean that "Stratos" was a pre-alpha version for Starwars Galactic Battlegrounds



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flip3570
Clubman
posted 11-14-15 04:00 AM ET (US)     1 / 4       
wrong forum ?
PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 11-14-15 08:38 AM ET (US)     2 / 4       
Not entirely, we have these demo screenshots hosted here. But I guess SWGB heaven would like to hear about this too.



anterior2
Scenario Design Expert
posted 11-14-15 07:16 PM ET (US)     3 / 4       
The first one definitely looks like Stratos, but the second one makes me question whether these are actually Stratos-related. The article you linked doesn't mention Stratos at all.

Your theory about Stratos being a precursor to SWGB makes sense though, I remember reading that ES basically had to teach the developers of SWGB how to develop for the engine. Maybe they made Stratos to show them how to use it?

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Fisk
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posted 11-15-15 11:21 AM ET (US)     4 / 4       
@Phatfish: Well, if you posted it at SWGBH nobody would've seen it, lol.

@Anterior2: The buildings from the first shot are identical with the concept art in the trade workshop, it couldn't be a coincidence.

The most interesting question here is why ES would've been making a game set on Alderaan? They're a peaceful planet, they have no weapons! Judging from the screens I've always thought Stratos looked a little like a citybuilder, but Alderaan still seems like a strange setting.

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