Enemy Starfighter becomes House of the Dying Sun

Enemy Starfighter, the space combat sim that looks like the lovechild of Homeworld and Freespace, is no more! But before you go crying your frozen tears into the void, know all that's really happened is that the name has changed: Goodbye Enemy Starfighter, hello House of the Dying Sun. 

“The reason is so we could get a better trademark. This was a zero-drama name change,” developer Mike Tipul wrote on the House of the Dying Sun blog. “I liked the old name a bit too, but this one has grown on me and there are more important things to deal with.”

I would never think to second-guess the guy who's actually making the game, but I will say that I think I prefer the old title. There was something elegant about it, a purity that hummed across those two simple words: Enemy Starfighter. House of the Dying Sun is cool too, but every time I see it I hear Eric Burdon's voice in my head and I'm pretty sure that's going to lead to some embarrassing confusion in a future news post.

There's still no word on when House of the Dying Sun will be out, but Tipul said work on the game is “going well,” and that he'd share more information soon.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.