News Collection: On This Day in WC News

2020.211 (July 29, 2020)

A Portent of Things to Come

Did you know that Wing Commander’s future history includes a two-century pandemic that forces Earth to quarantine from the rest of the solar system?

2019.210 (July 29, 2019)

Mix It up in the Club with a Stylish Lamprey

Here’s a neat oddity! It’s a German EP of remixes of the Wing Commander Prophecy theme. Part of the CD is clear so it looks like an alien spaceship! The silver part is hidden under the ship.

2018.210 (July 29, 2018)

Kilrathi Saga Tools Released - Use To Help Identify Music!

Stinger took a break from development of WCDX to package up some of the nifty sub-programs he's put together to help make his modding easier. He has a couple apps that extract and convert material embedded within Kilrathi Saga, and he's also put together a super cool music player that can access the tracks from WC1&2. If you'd like to give it a try, Stinger could also use some help naming and categorizing some of the audio files. Read up on the overview below, and find more details at the CIC Forums.

2017.210 (July 29, 2017)

Maniac & Paladin Visit London Film & Comic Con

BrynS stopped in to share some positive Wing Commander experiences from this weekend at the London Film & Comic Con. He managed to meet Tom Wilson & John Rhys-Davies and get them to autograph his copy of WC3. Both were fantastic con guests, as usual, and they both seemed to enjoy talking about something other than the roles that they're more commonly known for. Only one day remains for fans who might want to get a chance to meet the actors in person, but for those not in London with the means to go, here's more from Bryn:If you're able to get there I'd recommend getting your virtual ticket for both as early as possible.

2016.211 (July 29, 2016)

EA's First XBox Live Arcade Title Gains Backwards Compatibility On XBox One

The list of Xbox 360 games supported by XBox One backwards compatibility grew to 230 this week with the addition of EA's Boom Boom Rocket. We began closely watching this title in early 2007 as Electronic Arts first began developing games for Xbox Arcade, the name for early downloadable content on the platform. BBR was a pretty fun rhythm/puzzle game, and it was followed by Wing Commander Arena a few months later. These early pioneers had to squeeze into many restrictions, such as a 50 megabyte cap that limited everything from graphical texture quality to the scope of the games themselves, but a whole lot of creative energy went into this first class of releases that makes them stand out to this day.

2015.210 (July 29, 2015)

New Flat Universe Previews Tease Next Installment

The Maslas Brothers have released a whole bunch of tantalizing new screenshots for the next iteration of Wing Commander Flat Universe. All images are either gameplay screenshots or otherwise rendered in the engine. These new pics show off the custom cockpits that frame the action: the angular green Hornet, squared off red Scimitar, silver curved Raptor displays and more are all there. Even the gun energy capacitors are designed to match!

2014.210 (July 29, 2014)

Pilgrim Legacy Full of Untapped Potential

Wojo has dabbled in various WC fan mods over the years, but he's had one pet project going for quite a while. The game would take place in the WC Saga engine and borrow elements from the Wing Commander Movie. It came up again recently in a thread on various add-on campaigns, so Wojo released this single teaser image. As happens with all such undertakings, real life is relentless and always interferes, but if you're interested in ever flying the CF-117 Rapier in another mod, hit the Discuss link below and let him know!

Congrats Again Lord British!

Congratulations to Origin founder, second generation astronaut and Wing Commander fan Richard Garriott and wife Laetitia de Cayeux, who welcomed their second child into the world yesterday. Ronin Phi Garriott de Cayeux was born yesterday on the 41st anniversary of his grandfather, Owen Garriott's, launch to the Skylab station. What an out-of-this-world family!

2013.210 (July 29, 2013)

Classic Review: A Tiger Still Has Claws

Forums member Falcon988 came across an old review of Wing Commander I in the December 1990 issue of Computer Gaming World. The magazine also contained a time-limited special offer if you purchased Wing Commander directly from Origin. At no extra cost, you also received the Secret Missions expansion pack, a flight cap and a copy of the original game signed by Chris Roberts himself. The original Wing Commander hat has since become quite a collector's item!

Classic Ads: A Two-Fisted Adventure

Bonus material! In addition to a glowing review of the original Wing Commander game, the December '90 issue of Computer Gaming World also contains beautiful full page ads for Chris Roberts' role playing title Bad Blood and Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire. There is also a piece with insights from Bad Blood's screenplay writer and game designer, Jeff George. Thanks again to CGW Museum for making this update possible.

2012.211 (July 29, 2012)

Manufacturing Mishaps Mostly Mitigated

Klavs has been battling some bugs with his scale models, but he's recently gained the upper hand. He's ordered some new prototypes to verify everything looks great, and then they will go back up on his Shapeways store. In the mean time, Klavs has also made excellent progress on his next ships, including the quick and light Ferret. Here it is next to his medium fighters.

2011.210 (July 29, 2011)

Saga Targets Content Milestone

Tolwyn reports that the WC Saga team can now envision the point where they will stop adding new content to the Freespace mod. A new beta will be released this weekend, and the focus will turn to balancing and bug fixing. Separately from the gameplay mechanics, they are also working on editing dialogue lines. The full update is available here.

2010.210 (July 29, 2010)

Movie Airing in Finland

MTV3-SciFi in Finland will be airing the Wing Commander Movie this week. Air times are July 31 at 3:15 AM and August 1 at 10 PM. Check out their page dedicated to the film here. The Google Translation is pretty funny:The inhabitants of the planet are fighting on behalf of the Kilrathi-empire.

Boeing CST-100 Renderings Released

Boeing has recently announced the CST-100, a small spacecraft designed to transport a crew of 7 to the International Space Station or commercial ventures in orbit. The vessel has some similarities in common with the original Apollo capsule and the recently cancelled Orion module, and it would be sized part way between the two. It's one of several programs kicked off by the NASA Commercial Crew Development transport project. A video of what the CST-100 might look like in action is available here.

2009.210 (July 29, 2009)

Flashy Renders Posted For Posterity

Venom was cleaning up some files and found some cool renders from an old fan project that was not completed. The different squadron color schemes are pretty bold, but the models and poses are pretty cool overall. Some 20 ships were made for this effort. The game would have been a top-down scroller shooter using WC ships.

Making the Game: Comms Kilrathi

You likely know the drill by now: this spreadsheet organizes all of Wing Commander Prophecy's Kilrathi taunts. It's interesting the sheer number of different Kilrathip pilots included (nine), given their relative background role in the game. The 'True Blood' as a proper noun stands out to me, too...These updates are thanks to John "Captain Johnny" Guentzel, who provided several CD image archives of material used by the Wing Commander Prophecy development team!

2008.211 (July 29, 2008)

Flight Commander Mission Contest Voting Begins

Iceblade's Flight Commander mission contest submission period has come to a close, and it's time to pick the winner. FC players now have the opportunity to pick between the top two entries - "Basic Training" by eddieb and "Furry Shell" by Kyran. Grab both mini-campaigns and vote over at here.

Making the Game - Part 85

Part 15 of the Wing Commander Prophecy bible starts with numbers taken straight from Wing Commander IV and evolves them into an incredibly interesting document about weapons philosophies and plans for Wing Commander Prophecy.

2007.210 (July 29, 2007)

Explore Exotic Towns

Kurt, who recently discovered a rare Wing Commander 2 FM Towns, was kind enough to snap us a new set of pictures showing what was inside the box! The FM Towns was a type of Japanese computer used in the 1990s, one of the first home systems to offer a CD-ROM. Many classic games were released as enhanced 'talkie' versions for the FM Towns, including various LucasArts adventures and Origin's own Ultima VI. Four Wing Commander ports are known to exist, including Wing Commander, The Secret Missions 1 & 2, Wing Commander 2 and Wing Commander Armada.

Behind the Arrow

GameTrailers has posted yet another video of Wing Commander Arena's single player space station melee mode. The 1:36 minute video shows off combat from the game's FreeLancer-style 'behind the ship' angle. It actually shows one of the few uses for this 'coolest looking' camera perspective that I've found so far - navigating the hazed dome area of this level. You can watch it online here.

2006.210 (July 29, 2006)

Push For Wing Commander Album

When people started discussing Wing Commander composer George Sanger, they didn't expect the man to show up in person. Alkarion reports that The Fatman said a few words about the long anticipated reorchestrated Wing Commander album:Dave Govett, now a policeman, is using his newly found off-hours to fulfill a longtime promise--he'll be reorchestrating Wing Commander on the "good" orchestral libraries. He's re-keying in all the music, rather than using the old MIDI files.If y'all follow his exploits, you'll know he's considered a big hot-shot expert on fake libraries.

Crusader Fan Site Reopens

After a period of being closed for redesigning, Cyberion and ZFGokuSSJ1's Crusader fansite is back open sporting a new paint job. Echo Sector is probably the closest you'll find to the Crusader equivalent of the CIC. The site features news, downloads, and of course forums where you can discuss the news, get tech support, and ask why Boba Fett's armor has turned red. There are also articles and background information so you can find out all you ever needed to know about one of Origin's more underappreciated properties.

2005.210 (July 29, 2005)

Wing Commander 2 Cracks IGN Top 50

Jesus noticed that IGN's Classic Games feature credits a Wing Commander title for influencing gaming history. Wing Commander 2 placed in the Top 50 during the 2005 edition of this ranking. Wing Commander 1, 2, 3 and Privateer placed highly in many similar features around 1999 and 2000, but the gaming industry has changed significantly over the years. It's nice to see Wing Commander is still consistently recognized for its impact today.

Once A Test Pilot...

Stealth begins showing in select theaters today. Josh Lucas, who played Flash in Wing Commander 3, plays a test pilot in the near future. Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel and he must save the world from a super fighter controlled by an advanced haywire AI.

2004.211 (July 29, 2004)

Cyberion Shares Drayman With All

Cyberion has been working hard to prepare a 3D Drayman Transport for people to play with and include in various mods. He has created high detail and low polygon models to fit with different people's needs. Both are available in a pack here.Well, after some time I finally finished the high detailed model of Drayman.

Sangy, Expendable & Slawter Want RPG Discussion

Several Crius members have started a discussion about the separate Wing Commander role playing games that have sprouted up this year. RPGs can be hard to implement and maintain, and Sangy, Expendable, and Slawter are trying to lend some of their experience to helping the RPG community. They have their own idea for a new project and are trying to gauge interest. There are already other RPGs that need members, so this discussion might serve to bolster other projects' efforts instead.

EA Continues To Assimilate And Expand

Hot on the heels of their latest quarterly profit announcement, Electronic Arts has announced two strategic partnerings this week. First up, EA is fully acquiring Criterion Software, which is currently finishing up Burnout 3 and developing the latest version of Renderware. The Renderware tools are used by a variety of companies to create games, and EA will now be in charge of licensing this technology to other companies. Over 500 games have used Criterion's tools to some extent in the past.

2003.210 (July 29, 2003)

What Kind of Character Are You?

Matthew Arcilla has put together a personality test pertaining to the characters of Wing Commander 4. It only takes a few seconds to fill out, so everyone should go and see who they are. You can find the test here.I'm an old Wing Commander fan and regular visitor and I thought you guys might like to know that i just finished an online personality test based on Wing Commander IV.

Wing Commander Ranks Again

Catweasel found yet another magazine with an all-time ranking survey that places Wing Commander near the top. The a recent issue of the German PC Action puts the Wing Commander series as the third best of all time, just after Doom and Command & Conquer. Other Origin games take their place in the list as well.Edition 7/2003 the German Mag PC-Action asked its readers for their favorite games to determine the "Top 100 Games of all Times," but only 77 games were mentioned by its readers.

Bob Hope 1903-2003

Bob Hope passed away this week at 100. Our scholars are still examining the implications of this on the timeline, but either way, Hope continues to inspire people in real life and the Wing Commander universe for many years to come.

2001.210 (July 29, 2001)

Trivia Reminder

Please remember to submit your trivia responses to Chris by midnight tonight... Week 40 begins Monday morning!

WCA Mirror, Episode 10

Grab Episode 10 of Wing Commander Academy over here -- thanks to Tye. The episode is "On Both Your Houses".

From: CIS Headquarters, Special Ops. Div.

A CIS military transport hauling a shipment of experimental bio-enhancers has been hijacked and captured by Jincilla pirates. We are sure they are planning to take the shipment back to a hidden base they have somewhere on the Massanas Moon at Nav Point #109. We believe it impossible to retake the ship, and are therefore authorising her destruction, take her out before she lands. Also, be warned, the escort ships with her are under Jincilla control and will attack.

1999.210 (July 29, 1999)

First Glimpses of the Tiger's Claw Cut-away Poster

SX Glory from Realm of the Privateer sent us some neat new pictures of the highly anticipated upcoming poster by SciPubTech. They can be found in the magazine Previews, Volume IX, number 8, page 414, August 1999. Orders can be placed directly through comic book or hobby shops throughout North America. One curious thing is that the magazine says they'll be available in October as opposed to the previously reported September.

Alan Pavlish Discusses Origin's Future

Last month we reported that Interplay's Alan Pavlish ended his fourteen year career at Tantrum Studios to take a job at Origin. GA-Source followed that up with an interview. The interviewer makes a few noticeable assumptions in the interview, but the probing results in some interesting allusion to future online games. You can find the complete interview here.

EA Receives New Online Certification

In other online-related news, EA recently announced that they've received certification under a new online privacy program that will safeguard company and consumer interests while pioneering new online projects. Thanks to The Fatman.REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 27, 1999 - Electronic Arts™ (Nasdaq:ERTS), the world’s largest interactive entertainment software company, today announced it has become the first company to receive certification under a new online privacy program designed to address and allay consumer concerns about the privacy of personal information submitted on the Internet.

Check Your Scores Please

Although we strive to be as accurate as possible in the Trivia scoring, occasionally things crop up. This past week something was overwritten and the result was that about twenty people didn't receive proper credit for Week 35. We're pretty safe about backing up and all the "lost" scores have since been recovered. The scary thing is that only one of twenty people noticed their score was incorrect.

Boweled Over by Sheer Incontinence

Report by genitourinary authority Cally Pige. A desperate plea was made yesterday on behalf of the Lou Stall Hospice for the Chronically Incontinent, sited in Cruis. Large quantities of Iridium, a highly anti-corrosive substance that will not decay in the presence of Uric acid, are required for the manufacture of bladder plugs, mechanical devices that regulate the flow of urine out of the bladder. Iridium prices are said to have risen considerably.

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