News Collection: On This Day in WC News
2021.212 (July 31, 2021)
We've been getting questions lately about when the next CIC Birthday Party will be held, and since it's almost August, it's time to firm up a date! This year we'll be holding the big event on August 21 - three weeks from now. The official start time will be Saturday evening at 7:00 pm EDT (4:00 pm PDT and 11:00 pm GMT). If that's not a good time for you, there will be plenty of people stopping in all day long to visit and catch up.
2020.213 (July 31, 2020)
New this month on the Wingkipedia: high res scans of the 1999 X-Toys Wing Commander trading cards! Fans who kept their cards in the packaging could be missing out on some awesome reverse-side lore!A different trading card was included with each of X-Toys' eight Wing Commander action figures in 1999. The rear card text is largely adapted from the Wing Commander Confederation Handbook.
2019.212 (July 31, 2019)
In his latest round of updates, Howard Day has a whole lot of new polish to show off. His Wing Leader LCD/VDU filter has been tweaked to look even better, and the background objects have gotten a dazzling overhaul. While the videos and animations for the project already look amazing, Howard notes that he's building the engine for 60 FPS and most everything so far is only showing off the game in 30 FPS max. Prepare to be amazed when you see the real thing!
2018.212 (July 31, 2018)
UnnamedCharacter has pulled off a very neat trick! He's experimented with higher quality ship sprites in Wing Commander 1 and managed to get them to appear as a sharper looking vessel in the game. It's an exciting development, but there's a couple of caveats here: a higher resolution Tiger's Claw happens to exists for cutscene use, but it's not carved up in various sprite angles and it's only one ship. And this only seems producible in the Kilrathi Saga rather than DOS, so don't expect a full HD conversion of WC1 to be immediately forthcoming, but this shows there's certainly some very interesting potential for future digital exploration!
2017.212 (July 31, 2017)
The Maslas Brothers have a status update on the development of their slick WC shooter, Flat Universe. Back throughout the spring time, the team conducted a very successful multiplayer alpha with some lucky fans. They were able to test out a wide variety of different ships across numerous star systems, and this proved out connectivity between Europe and North America. More recent development has focused on three key areas: music, navigation and a program updater.
2016.213 (July 31, 2016)
We're now less than two weeks away from the CIC's 18th Birthday, so the countdown is really starting to heat up! My fellow CIC staffers are hard at work on new features that I'm getting anxious to see myself. Our official birthday is the evening of August 10, but this year we'll be celebrating on the following Saturday, August 13. Everything gets going at 7:00 pm EDT (4:00 pm PDT and 11:00 pm GMT) in #Wingnut on irc.
2015.212 (July 31, 2015)
Since we last checked in, UnnamedCharacter has made a large number of expansions and improvements to his Wing Commander library project. The software toolkit (implemented in .NET v4) provides a programming interface for working with Wing Commander 1 data files. The creation of a mission editor or full-blown modding becomes a lot easier, since developers no longer need to worry about reading or writing WC1's arcane file formats.
2014.212 (July 31, 2014)
Victorinox spotted a fun coincidence in promotional materials for the TNT drama The Last Ship. The crew of a surviving destroyer is responsible for finding a cure in the aftermath of a global outbreak. An officer in protective gear is is pictured in mid salute, which bears a striking resemblance to Colonel Halcyon during the funeral sequences of Wing Commander 1. Nice catch!
Electronic Arts has announced that Ultima Forever will be shutting down effective August 29, 2014. Some fans may have seen the end coming when Mythic Entertainment began closing earlier this year and ongoing development was not offloaded like it was for Ultima Online. Existence of the game was first leaked in May of 2011 and it finally released in May of 2013. Closures and shutdowns are always disappointing - it seemed like they did try to do the franchise justice within their purview.
2013.212 (July 31, 2013)
Development work on capi's spirited RPG campaign Vespus is starting to wrap up. Over the last couple of months he's made good progress on its missions. There's even some interesting electronic warfare stuff going on involving a Zartoth. After a few finishing touches, it's just on to proofreading and then fans will be able to play for themselves.
2012.213 (July 31, 2012)
Finally! Today we've got a completely positive piece from the British gaming press looking back the the original Wing Commander. Pix reports this is from a 2005/2006 issue of PC Zone, which also brought us the previous positive review of Righteous Fire. It seems Wingnuts might have had a friend in PC Zone.
2011.212 (July 31, 2011)
Wing Commander Hostile Frontier has posted a new Dev Diary on the subject of level design. The article highlights the steps that result in a new mission. Overall, the concept is simple, but the technical details require a sharp designer. Kevin Caccamo is also looking for people who might be interested in making more missions for the game.
2010.212 (July 31, 2010)
All the digital Wing Commander art that people make is great, but I'm also a strong supporter of more physical arts and crafts as well. The latest example of this is QuailPilot's P-64 Ferret sketch. There's even a backstory to go with it. Keep 'em coming!
2009.212 (July 31, 2009)
Where did WC Pioneer go? The obvious lack of updates shows that there's been precious little progress this year, but it's nice to hear from a member of the team. Artistic and graphical elements are fairly well along, but overall game progress is on hold pending advancement in the game engine area. BradMick has a few more details:Hey guys, I've unfortunately not got a whole lot to report from my end.
Now you know the rest of the comms - today's Excel chart shows everything that doesn't quite fit in an ordinary category (the Redeemer, Calypso, etc.) The most interesting thing for me was learning that there are two SWACS for some reason - "Lookout 1" and "Lookout 7".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!
2008.213 (July 31, 2008)
Aaron Thomas has taken a break from texturing fighter models and tweaking gameplay mechanics to work on an intro for the WC4 Homeworld 2 mod. So far he's rendered a Confed flight suit for the clip and even that alone is very impressive. You can see the progression so far in the shots below and a couple actual pictures for comparison.I have been planning to add an opening cinematic to the WC4 Mod for some time now.
This second and final unlabeled tab of the Wing Commander Prophecy bible has a cool 3D map of the game's progress, as well as flowcharts and notes on how the game as a whole will progress. It's the last 'errata' section of the bible - next we move on to incredibly detailed notes on each of the game's mission serieses. Bible 17 - Unlabeled Download (3.
2007.212 (July 31, 2007)
“Men, we have fought through the war together. I have done the best I could for you."The battle is over, and I have placed... third - which means I've brought home an Xbox 360 Elite and 11,200 MS Points to give out to the Wing Commander community.
Chris Knudsen has been on vacation, so it's been quite a while since we've seen anything from the Privateer: Ascii Sector fan project. No longer, though - here are five screenshots showing off the Merchant's Guild's mission selection computer. Textiles, luxury foods and holograms? Oh my!
2006.212 (July 31, 2006)
Mark Smids reports that the Wing Commander movie is being rereleased on DVD on August 2nd... in the Netherlands! Will this version have anything special? Only time will tell - regional releases of the movie have included unique special features in the past, including a 'making of' featurette in Spain and an amazing 3D menu system in Japan.
AD noticed that the trailer for Clive Owen's new movie has surfaced on the internet. Children of Men caught our eye because its 'eclipse logo' is a bit similar to the European Privateer 2 'eclipse eye' art. That's about where the similarities end, but the new film does play on some science fiction concepts and takes place about two decades in the future. Clive is the main star next to Julianne Moore and Michael Caine.
2005.212 (July 31, 2005)
Wing Commander Saga has had a few delays in its development, so their team has produced a general progress update. The current focus is on completing their preview chapter.The Prologue is meant for introducing some of the main characters, showing new (and old) players the game-engine, and opening the paths for the main release which will come later. It will be a small and stand-alone chapter of the storyline.
In just one month, most of our staff will be packing up for the annual trek to Atlanta's DragonCon. The celebrity guest list now includes 284 names. The most recent notable addition is Connor Trinneer/Trip from Enterprise. Below we have a funny shot of some of the gang hanging out with the Coca Cola Polar Bear last year.
AD recently came across the homepage of Larry Latham. He was one of the producers of the Wing Commander Academy television series on USA. It's interesting to get a personal look into how entertainment industry people fashion their own sites, and there are a variety of samples from his illustrating and writing career online as well.
2004.213 (July 31, 2004)
Some of you may remember BradMick for his work when he was running WCMDF. The good news is that he is still creating new models, and has recently added the Centurion to his collection of Privateer player ships. The models are going to be used with the WCU Vega Strike project and the Reckoning mod for Freelancer. You can see even more pictures of his work in this thread.
Warthog has announced that is currently developing the sequel to Conquest: Frontier Wars. The original Conquest was developed by Digital Anvil, but the game was published by Ubisoft when Microsoft acquired DA and dropped the game. To further complicate matters, elements of Warthog in the United Kingdom developed Wing Commander Privateer 2, however Conquest is being developed by the Texas branch of Warthog. Warthog Texas is based out of Austin and is home to several Digital Anvil veterans such as Eric Peterson.
2003.212 (July 31, 2003)
originalTHP was able to scan in the article that Catweasel found earlier this week. He's translated it a bit, so I'll let that speak for itself.Wing Commander 3 was probably the best reason to get 8 megs of RAM in December 1994. Just a few titles needed this - for that time - monsterous RAM size.
Electronic Arts has opened a site with a preview movie for Ultima X. The actual content is restricted to those that have been invited to an upcoming Ultima X preview event, but everyone can see a short movie with a variety of outdoor 3D environments. The site is either getting hammered of is on an unbelievably slow connection, because the two meg preview movie can currently take anywhere from five to twenty minutes to load.The San Francisco bit is referring to the location of the two day game unveiling.
No, not the CIC Birthday, yesterday the Northeast musical scene's most up and coming conductor, ace Hyphen One, turned a year older. If you'd like to get something autographed, ace will be at Dragon*Con this year.
2002.212 (July 31, 2002)
Black Joker of WC in Russia fame points us to a Wing Commander scenario for Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares. You can play as Human, Kilrathi, Firekkan or Nephilim and the larger ships can carry fighters and bombers. Here's what the documentation says:This scenario is a contribution to the Wing Commander saga. In future, the Human race is locked in the long-lasting war with cat-like creatures, who call themselves the Kilrathi.
Here's Raptor with the latest chapter of Holding The Line:HTL continues with part twelve of the Tiger Hunt series, "The Thin Blue Line." As Phalanx's group smashes the second enemy force, the rest of theBorder Worlds fighters are still trying to hold back the force threateningtheir carriers. They're now being forced back closer and closer to theirships. This chapter is written by yours truly, so please send any and allcomments to me.
2001.212 (July 31, 2001)
... at least so says Wing Commander, which has scored the fairly impressive #34 Position in GameSpy's Top 50 Games of All Time article! Thanks to BallisticJ for reporting this first!
Joe Garrity reports that John Rhys-Davies has been added to the list of DragonCon Guests! He played Paladin in Wing Commanders 3 and 4... DragonCon will take place the last weekend of August in Atlanta... and the CIC and Origin Museum will be on hand!
Happy birthday, ace Hyphen One! Actually, his birthday was yesterday, but I wasn't at home and didn't have my list and was stupid so forgot. So... happy belated birthday to one of the greatest guys there is.
DarkMage reports that Thomas Bruckner has created a Force Feedback patch for Vega Strike... and that it works with ALL Windows-native Wing Commander games! You can find the patch, a work in progress, at the Wing Commander Universe mod's downloads page.
Jetlag found a nice picture of the 'good' Wing Commander Movie poster -- the one DA designed but FOX refused to use in the US... I believe it was used in, at the very least, France and Spain. If anyone from either of those countries knows where people can buy copies, please let us know!
Iceman has found a collection of all the Privateer 1 MIDI files! You can grab the set from him as a self-extracting RAR file, or here as a plain old vanilla zip archive.
Electronic Arts' latest revenue numbers have been posted to AVault. You can see the gory details here -- but, long story short, they lost $45.3 million this quarter... but damned if they didn't do it proactively!
We have a problem with a rogue pack of drunken Jincilla pirates harassing the space lanes just outside Bex, Nav Point #2. Most of our operatives are currently deployed elsewhere and we would appreciate your assistance in this matter. You are authorised to search and destroy all offenders. You must also prevent them from destroying any more civilian cargo ships.
1999.212 (July 31, 1999)
A number of people have noticed that Electronic Arts is now marketing a three pack of 'The Best Sci-Fi Games Ever' which contains Blade Runner, Dune 2000 and Wing Commander Prophecy. Reports are that it retails for about $30. I've never played Blade Runner, but I loved Dune 2000, and I'm sure you all know how I feel about Prophecy...
You can help the people over at WCUE decide which splash screen (from their splash screen contest) to use by voting in this poll -- there are some excellent ones! It appears as if they've solved the problem of the missing room picture, too, so that's another load off of our backs...
Cinema Secrets' web site is back, and better than ever... now with ordering information! If you've been holding off on that essential purchase of a Kilrathi helmet and mask, now would be the perfect time to grab yourself one...
There's a cool new contest entry over at The Official Wing Commander Site of Peter Telep. Check out the competition here.
A report by political observer Matara Leigh. The Council for Morals and Ethics has succeeded in passing its new 'Cult Law' which subjects all religious groups to restrictive guidelines. It is now illegal for religious leaders to accept money from followers, for religious groups to have access to any opinion forming medium, and for a cult to offer any intangible service, such as 'soul cleansing', for money. On the other hand, productive religions, such as the Avuncular Order of Hom, are highly praised, and are being offered added incentives for concentrating on improving the material world.