After the last update, I decided to hit the other online bookstores... and found that Barnes and Noble lists the book as being available on August 20th! B&N has always been very reliable for WC books release dates in the past!
In a new story based on the hit movie, "Tiger Claw" and crew are caught in the middle of a deadly rebellion, led by rogue Pilgrims who want to cleanse the universe and reseed it with perfect humans. Choosing sides isn't easy, especially when your former friends are more ruthless than the aliens.
Here's another take on the A-10 cancellation, this time from AVault. Anyway, the interesting thing here is that this one says that Andy Hollis is going within EA, NOT with Origin... perhaps he won't be overseeing Privateer Online after all?
Origin Systems is moving forward with its strategy of solely developing Internet-only worlds. The success of Ultima Online has proven that there is massive potential in the area of Internet entertainment. In order to expedite this transition, Origin today announced it has canceled Jane's A-10 Warthog, a game that was in development at the company's Austin, Texas studio.
Origin plans to relocate the members of the team to the many opportunities within both Origin and its parent company, Electronic Arts. Andy Hollis, an Origin vice president and executive producer of the cancelled project, plans to remain with the EA family and is currently considering a variety of opportunities within the organization.
The move is an extension of Origin's shift of strategy, changing lanes from a boxed-game producer to an online games producer. This is not to say that Origin won't be doing boxed games (or any more Jane's games, for that matter), but this shift requires tangible resources - employees - and Origin wants to get started now, rather than later.
Wow, yesterday's update over at Lanced.net (your source for Starlancer/Freelancer information) had a picture of some chick with the subtitle: "Now, aren't we the kewlest gaming web page? Do you see the CIC with pictures of hotties?" For your information, Mister Lanced.net, we've had lots of pictures of hot chicks from Saffron Burrows to TV's Kerri-Lee. But now we're going to do one better and show you a picture of my monkey. Here he is, James the CIC Special Events Monkey. Eat THAT!
After reading a post by SX Glory at agwc which mentioned Mark Hamill's Black Pearl comic series, I decided to nose around Dark Horse's web site and read up on it. I found an interesting quote from an old interview with Mark regarding a character from the comic... thusly, I'm off to try and find the book itself. Here's the quote: "I always like being on firm ground as far as writing about what you know. The reason I felt emboldened to write about someone who was once involved in the adult film industry was because I worked with an actress who had been a pornographic film star. I did that on Wing Commander. So I was fascinated by the way it could happen to someone who regrets that decision and tries to get on with her life. She seemed much more well adjusted about it than, for instance, the crew, who couldn't get over it!"