The WC Saga has taken another Origin concept sketch and modeled it for their game. This ship is a Kilrathi cruiser that they have dubbed the 'Fralath'. Check out the Saga site for more images.
For today's update we would like to showcase a Kilrathi warship that was cut from Wing Commander 3. The concept art of this ship was found in the "Making of WC3" CD-ROM that Origin released with its first official WC3 guide.
As mentioned in the artwork, this is a Kilrathi cruiser. But it's very different from the notorious Fralthi II-class cruiser from WC3, so it's assumed as a different ship class. The reasons we decided to classify this warship as a light cruiser is because not only does it fills in the gaps for a light cruiser (the Fralthi II is a heavy cruiser), the existence of a Kilrathi light cruiser is also confirmed through Page 49 of the Wing Commander 3 novel.
There is no official classname to this, and until one can be confirmed, ConFleet Intel has codenamed this warship the Fralath-class, as the name (like all the other Kilrathi cruiser names) is a derivative of the original term Fralthi.
Want to hear a real Origin veteran speak? Former Wing Commander developer and current WarCraft superhero J. Allen Brack will be headlining the Austin Game Developer's Conference's keynote speech this September. Mr. Brack worked on Wing Commander III, IV and Prophecy... but most will likely remember his namesake, the TCS Brack corvette, from the ICIS manual. From the Press Release:
The Game Developers Conference(R) Austin (GDC Austin) will host a keynote by Frank Pearce, executive vice president of product development and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, and J. Allen Brack, the production director on Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft(R). In their joint keynote, entitled "The Universe of World of Warcraft," Pearce and Brack will talk about the ongoing challenges involved with operating one of the world's most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Presented by Think Services, GDC Austin returns with three days of main conference content focused on connected games; online games, virtual worlds, and social networking game play and four two-day summits including the Game Writers, Game Audio, iPhone Games and Independent Games Summits. The event takes place at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas September 15-18, 2009.
As the production director for World of Warcraft, J. Allen Brack is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the game's development team as it creates new content to keep the experience fresh and exciting for the global audience of World of Warcraft players. Brack has previously worked at Sony Online Entertainment LLC on Star Wars Galaxies(R) and at Origin Systems, Inc., on the Wing Commander(R) franchise. At Blizzard Entertainment, he helped in the creation of new zones, dungeons and quests for World of Warcraft's first expansion pack, The Burning Crusade(R), and currently manages the production of patches and expansions from their initial conception through their release.