Recently I was thinking about updating our Brief History of Space-sims – and something occured to me: what releases have there been in the past two or three years? The only significant one I can think of, off the top of my head, is X3.

Back in the day I used to be a big fan of Tie Fighter, Frontier and Freespace. It would be sad if this genre was to die off and go the same was as that other old favourite, the point-and-click graphical adventure. And I can’t really think of a reason it would be happening. You could argue that the old adventures were killed off by the coming of 3D and more action-adventury types like Tomb Raider. But I wouldn’t have thought space-sims have anything to fear from advancing technology.

Anyone got any ideas? Dying, or just a quiet patch?