News Collection: On This Day in WC News

2021.142 (May 22, 2021)

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Reaches Space from New Mexico

Wing Commander, at its core, is a game all about fancy space planes, so today we're recognizing a real life space plane that's achieved yet another milestone. SpaceX gets a lot of attention for its record breaking feats, but Boeing, Blue Origin and others are trying to accomplish a similar mission. Virgin Galactic is one with a fairly novel approach: their ship launches from an aerial carrier and then rockets up. The program has been seemingly stalled for a while, but today's successful flight is the first in more than two years.

2020.143 (May 22, 2020)

Represent Your Favorite Space Sim While Avoiding Coronavirus

Teepublic is a site that makes custom shirts, hoodies, mugs and other goods with contributed art. It's mostly intended for things like corporate giveaways or a venue for selling indie art, but occasionally some unlicensed merchandise slips through - and boy, does it deliver today! Once a piece of art is uploaded, the site makes it easy to translate that imagine onto something else like a sticker, phone case or pillow. And with the coronavirus pandemic still in full swing, they've now added face masks!

2019.142 (May 22, 2019)

In-Game WC4 Cockpit Upgrade Previewed

Here's another nifty teaser for the WC4 Fan Remake fan project. We saw DefianceIndustries' immersive Hellcat cockpit a couple months back, and now Pedro has integrated it into game for the first time. It demonstrates a neat effect with the game's familiar HUD being projected in front of the cockpit glass. There appear to be some nice lighting effects as well.

2018.142 (May 22, 2018)

Check Out Spanish Wing Commander Armada

Christian Klein has found another rare and exotic Spanish Wing Commander translation by DROSoft. His last couple finds were for WC1 and the Secret Missions, but this jumps all the way forward to Armada. It would be a treat to see how they changed the Voices of War manual and how the English and Spanish versions would mesh over multiplayer. The Spanish Victory Streak is just there for fun and wasn't part of this set.

Wing Commander Meme of the Day: Put It Somewhere Else Patrick

2017.142 (May 22, 2017)

Cube 3: Cubanate

As part of my ongoing quest for industrial music tangentially connected to Wing Commander Prophecy, I happened across an interesting description of a CD from a group called Cubanate: "The group has also tried their hand at writing music for video games, the album track "Airport Bar" will appear on the home vid Wing Commander 5 -- Prophecy." Further research indicated that this was part of the album's 'iMuze' description, which has over the years fed it to thousands of eBay auctions, electronic storefronts and other databases.But what was Cubanate and how was it connected to Wing Commander Prophecy? The story came out with a little digging.

2016.143 (May 22, 2016)

It Helps To Get A Running Start

Klavs has posted a new angle on his developing Concordia model, and this time it comes with a piece of accompanying fiction. When asked whether the ship's familiar hangar opening runways will make a return, he let a member of the crew answer with a pretty interesting response! After clicking the thumbnail below to get a better look, also don't forget to hit "download" and then zoom in on the detail. There's too much great stuff to just admire from afar!

2015.142 (May 22, 2015)

Elite Dangerous Available For Mac

Elite Dangerous, that other major crowdfunded space sim, is now available for Mac. David Braben's adventure/trading game was released for PC late last year, with Mac and Xbox One versions still in the pipeline. Mac users can now get the game directly from Frontier Developments or through Steam, and players are able to fly alongside PC users. For the OS X port, the rendering engine was adapted for OpenGL, so a Linux port might still be in the cards.

2014.142 (May 22, 2014)

Have A Seat

centaurianmudpig has further refined his section of Shotglass' bar aboard the Tiger's Claw. The biggest improvement is in chair modeling, which is actually pretty important. It's bad enough to see them empty - you wouldn't want them to be ugly too! The next update will start to feature textures on some of these surfaces.

Second Album Campaign Concluded!

The Supplemental Campaign to extend the George Oldziey's Wing Commander album has concluded! It brought in an additional $4,300, which probably isn't enough to secure a full 45 minutes of live music, but the successful project will still be filled out with a mix of high quality live and digital reorchestration. George will also be filming the behind-the-scenes production of it all, which should be pretty neat to see! Recording with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra is scheduled for late October and early November, so the disc could be complete around the end of the year.

2013.142 (May 22, 2013)

EA Soft-Launches Ultima Forever

Electronic Arts today launched Ultima Forever, the latest attempt to revitalize the venerable Ultima franchise. Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar is an iOS game based loosely on Origin Systems' Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar. It is a mobile game with a 'free to play' business model; the game itself is a free purchase while various enhancements are available as microtransactions. Despite this, the title has an impressive lineage: it has been in development for three years by a team of dedicated Ultima fans at Mythic Entertainment.

2012.143 (May 22, 2012)

GOG Talks Space Sims

centaurianmudpig spotted a new PlaySF interview with the folks at GOG.com. They discuss the state of the space combat genre and the possibility of releasing expansion packs for Wing Commander games. The GOG spokesperson cites ongoing licensing negotiations as a possible reason for their continued delay, but we can't wait!

2011.142 (May 22, 2011)

An Underworldly Discovery at CES

You have to dig through a lot of singing cats and poorly animated Sonic the Hedgehog parodies to find them, but YouTube does contain some hidden gems. Today's example is a home video of the 1992 Summer Consumer Electronic Show in Chicago, where Sega announced the SegaCD lineup... including Wing Commander and another never-released Origin port!Origin balanced a complex, turbulent relationship between Sega, Nintendo and a number of outside licensors through the 'console wars' of the 1990s, which lead to a number of 'false starts' where games were announced but never released.

Video Game Exhibit Finalized

st3lt3k reminded us that the Smithsonian Art of Video Games winners have been announced. Some 240 nominee games were whittled down to 80 titles that will be used to demonstrate the evolution of electronic entertainment over the years. PC games from the early '90s were left off the ballot, so Wing Commander and sim fans in general were mostly shut out. If the image to right isn't fancy art, I don't know what is.

2010.142 (May 22, 2010)

Time Out for Mindy's Music

For everyone out there who's been wondering what Science Officer Aurora Finley's been up to for the last ten years, wonder no further! Former actress Mindy Hester spent a couple years acting on television shows after her role in Wing Commander Prophecy, but she has since found her true calling in music. She now writes and sings specifically for children and is known for her classic rock-inspired tunes. Chicago area Wingnuts can catch her performing special events at venues such as schools or book stores.

2009.142 (May 22, 2009)

Still Yearning For Vengeance

It's been a couple years since we began scrubbing the internet in earnest, and we're still on the lookout for material concerning the Super Nintendo version of Wing Commander 2. The CIC has an article that summarizes some of the highlights and interesting information uncovered so far. WC2 SNES was completed in 1994, but never released, and review copies even went out to some magazines. What makes this doubly excruciating was that the game was no simple port - it was a major overhaul that upgraded the graphics and reworked the gameplay for consoles.

Help Provide Pulsar Feedback

The developer of Pulsar for Windows/XBox 360 via XNA recently dropped by to get feedback on the team-based space shooter. He'd like to know some specifics that people would want in a game like this. quadgnim is a big Wing Commander fan, and he'd like to take some of the best aspects of WC gameplay and combine them with some innovative multiplayer and strategy elements. You can help provide your input at Crius.

2008.143 (May 22, 2008)

Old Excalibur Finds New Use

It's a popular month for Excaliburs. JasonRocZ has updated Steele's our XWA mod ship for WC Collateral Damage. So far he's reworked the gun mechanism to include some motor equipment and circuitry. This is supposed to reflect the autotracking guns from WC3.

Making the Game - Part 17

Two things stick out in the June 14, 1996 Wing Commander Prophecy Component Manager Meeting agenda. First is the arrival of the new Playstation Analog Joystick at Origin - a massive flight stick which makes playing Wing Commander IV PSX a breeze. Note the amount of work that's going into getting the PSX controls just right - the team must understand that Wing Commander IV will set the stage for Wing Commander Prophecy PSX and so it must work to correct the generally awkward controls from the WC3 port. The finished game will, in fact, ship with a host of optional configurations for all sorts of players.

2007.142 (May 22, 2007)

Raiders of the Lost Game

We've put together a new article collecting everything known about the lost Wing Commander game: WC2 SNES. WC2 SNES is a sad case, and I really think getting the word out could help find a missing review copy. The article includes a short history, both known magazine reviews and seven newly discovered screenshots! Check it all out here!

It's In the Cards

Think you've seen every Wing Commander card? Think again! In the early 1990s Nintendo Power magazine released a series of 'Super Power Cards' - one for each SNES game. Six cards were included randomly with each magazine...

2006.142 (May 22, 2006)

Gemini Gold Cleans Up The Showroom

John Cordell has provided another peek at the status of the Gemini Gold project. This image shows the original Privateer loadout screen and the updated shot in the new engine. The room has been recreated in 3D and polished object models have been integrated into the menu seamlessly. As previously mentioned, the team is trying to recreate a number of the interface locations that were not as sharp in some Privateer remakes.

Austin Game Conference Features Local Developers

The Austin Game Conference has announced that former Privateer Online and Star Wars Galaxies designer/director Raph Koster will be speaking at this year's event. The convention has expanded to include three days of discussion focused on online PC and console games. Early registration starts at $250 for students interested in the entertainment software business, and acceptance to the main event also allows access to the concurrent Game Writers Conference, Casual Games Conference and Game Audio Conference. Representatives from EA, NCSoft and other local companies will also be presenting and in attendance.

2005.142 (May 22, 2005)

These Are More Than Small Wooden Ships

CmdrPanda has a great arts & crafts item for us today. He has created a number of small scale miniatures for a tabletop game called Starmada X. His Wing Commander fleet has bested its Star Wars rivals in two major battles so far.All four of these are made of balsa wood, with the guns made from steel wire, the engines from plastic tubing, and the armor plating from cardboard.

Home Sweet CIC

Last up today is an older GameGal review of Freelancer. "Not exactly free of the Wing Commander legacy." I was kind of disappointed to see Microsoft passed on announcing a potential Freelancer sequel at this year's E3. At one point Freelancer 2 looked like a good bet, but space sims still appear to be battling for a presence in the market.

2004.143 (May 22, 2004)

Holding The Line Chapter 183

The HTL team have been welcoming some new talent as this week's chapter has been written by a newcomer. Here's Raptor to tell you about it:Hey all, Raptor here.HTL continues with a great story written by Kevin "Wolfman" Foster. Kevin'sa newcomer to HTL, but he's a very promising writer.

Wing Commander Videos 101

We always encourage people to include Wing Commander in their college work, and that's exactly what Yongxin Cui and Allen Kim did. They produced a nice rendered video of an attack on a Kilrathi starbase for their Computer Graphics class. The video was produced in 1997, but I don't think we've seen it before. You can find a summary of what is included in the video including still pictures of the ships here, and you can view the finished product here.

2003.142 (May 22, 2003)

Prophecy Finally 'Stops!

Chris Reid reports that GameStop stores now list Prophecy GBA in their computers! It's cataloged under 'Wing Commander' instead of 'Wing Commander Prophecy', if you want to ask about it in person. Brick & Mortar Gamestops are not taking official preorders, but you can order directly from the web site here. They expect a May 29th ship date -- and Chris says that it should arrive in stores about three days after that.

WCPolaroids: Wilford (2/3)

Admiral Captain Wilford looks a bit like Joe Garrity... or possibly someone who's eaten a Joe Garrity.

2002.142 (May 22, 2002)

Earth & Beyond Beta In Full Swing

PhilPro sent in this snippet from an article at RPGamer.com :Westwood Studios, known for such strategy games as Command and Conquer, recently announced their plans to expand the impending beta test of upcoming title Earth and Beyond to 100,000 players prior to the release this fall. Currently, the game is scheduled to be published by EA in August. Anyone interested in participating can sign up for possible inclusion in the beta test here.

Wing Commander Invasion Progress Report

Here's WildCat with the latest :There is a 3/4 complete beta (version 3.5) available for download here and a patch to upgrade the beta to version 3.6 at this location.A new torpedo I've modeled.

Isn't That The Scene From Star Wars?

Chris Rozee, who's created an impressive number of custom action figures from miscellaneous parts, has created a Rosie Forbes figure. Forbes was a pilot on the Tiger's Claw in the Wing Commander movie. You can see his complete collection here. Thanks to TC.

2001.142 (May 22, 2001)

SWC Character of the Day: Iceman

Maverick. They call me Iceman. Don't let Knight fool you. The Scimm's a gun-heavy slug.

What a Tease

The guys over at WCRPG have posted teaser movie #2 for their upcoming 3D Movie, The Long Cold Winter. You can download it here (8 mb).

Trailer on the Way!

Dan Choina is embarking on a Wing Commander movie project that certainly interests me! He says it best... we'll let you know when he posts more!Hi there,Name's Dan Choina.

Crius.Net is 60k with me!

Another Crius.Net milestone: 60,000 posts. That's a lot of people arguing whether it's a Dragon or a Lance...

Talon Responses

Can't tell a Pirate Talon from your left arm? You're not alone -- no one won the GOLD STAR (not, however, for lack of trying)! Well, here are the answers. Drum-roll please...

Carrier Me Away

Remember that new design for a carrier WC Wraith made? Well, remember it, it's dead... wait, no -- now you can download the 3D model! It was created by Derrin Proctor, based on an original design by WC Wraith.

2000.143 (May 22, 2000)

Homeworld Mod Progress Report

The Wing Commander mod for Homeworld, called Fleet Action, appears to be coming along nicely. Completed conversions so far include the Hellcat, Dralthi and Excalibur. Here's a screenshot:Thanks to Black Knight for the heads up.

Of Bells and Whistles

Incite's Starlancer review includes some Wing Commander references that are worth mentioning.In my formative years, no game captivated me like Origin's Wing Commander.For all its bells and whistles, StarLancer is a very simple game. Kill bad guys, help the cause, advance in rank, and get cool cut-scenes and accolades.

Storm Wreaks Havoc on Farmers

Tony Knox comments. Hermes authorities were counting the cost of a three-day storm last night. The tempest, which featured 75-mile an hour winds, tornadoes and heavy rain and hail, occurred just as the harvest was about to be gathered in. Huge losses of all foodstuffs have been reported, and a emergency fund has been provided as an incentive for merchants to import new supplies.

1999.142 (May 22, 1999)

Double Week

Both the new Week 26 and 27 Trivia questions are out. If you're unfamiliar with a Double Week, twice as many questions and points are available, so they're great opportunities to get started in the trivia game. You can find the new questions here.

Cross Confusion

According to RAMROD his local knife dealer reports that the Pilgrim Cross will be available only in limited quantities (possibly as low as only 500 pieces) and will be very expensive. That's a far cry from the $43 originally quoted to me by United Cutlery. More as soon as possible...

Questionable Response

Kirha mailed Origin regarding the next Wing Commander game... this is what they had to say!Unfortunately I have not heard much information concerning this title. I do know that some of the team that is working on the game is still working on USAF.

Get 'em While They're Cheap

Wing Commander figures are reportedly very, very cheap now! KB is retailing them at 2 for $5, and Electronic Boutique is down to $1.99 each.

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