But Is It Ours?

The professional opinion seems to be that Wing Commander Arena is a fun game... but many hardcore Wing Commander fans are worried that it won't make proper use of the classic series' extensive continuity. Producer Sean Penney was kind enough to answer a few questions, giving us a glimpse at the kind of work and research Electronic Arts has put into making this a true 'Wing Commander' game. Watch for references to everything from Secret Missions 2 to Chris Roberts' Wing movie!
Q. Have you had previous experience with Wing Commander, either as a developer or as a gamer?
A. My previous experiences with Wing Commander were as a player and fan. Being part of the Star Wars generation (aren't we all, really?) I couldn't get enough sci-fi and the WC franchise was a long time companion. I played them and went through more than a few joysticks.

Q. How will Arena appeal to existing Wing Commander fans?
A. This was a question we asked ourselves a lot during development as we wanted to ensure we did the IP justice. We balanced that with a desire to introduce the WC universe to new players. We were careful in our selection of ships and queried the WC community on our choices. The ships we used are favorites from across the series, and they are true to the IP in more than just form - function and balance were important considerations. Our goal was to offer a fast-paced fun arcade space combat game to WC fans that would also have broad appeal. And being able to fly Kilrathi ships has me excited as a fan too. It's an Arcade title - so think of Wing Commander Arena as a slice of the Wing Commander experience.

Q. Will the game include any familiar Wing Commander elements -- ships, history or the like?
A. Oh yes of course - we've advanced the history in a minor way, and the ships are drawn from across the WC universe, and will be familiar to WC fans. We've updated some to fit in with the frontier-like atmosphere of Arena. For Example:

The A-17 Broadsword Executioner: The Broadsword was first constructed for planetary bombing raids during the Pilgrim War, and was soon adapted to carry torpedoes. Lightly armored but sporting heavy weapons and good missiles as well as a deployable turret and a tractor beam, this bomber is perfect for taking on small, quick fighters.

And

The Dralthi IX Rhino: By far the heaviest Dralthi ever constructed, the Rhino is the equal of the Vaktoth or the Hhriss. Heavily armored and armed, with moderate speed and maneuverability, the Rhino hits hard and keeps on hitting.

Q. When and where in the Wing Commander universe is the game set?
A. The Epsilon Sector, 2701. The Terran Confederation and the Kilrathi Assembly of Clans have beaten back the Nephilim hordes, but at a terrible cost. As the shattered governments focus on rebuilding the core worlds, the frontier has descended into lawlessness. Regional governors hold power through force of arms, as humans and Kilrathi alike fight amongst themselves using the weapons of the last war. Privateers, outlaws and worse take advantage of the situation, eager to make a quick credit in the galaxy's most volatile arena...

Q. Can we expect to see any promotional tie-ins with Arena... web presence, Gamer Pics, XBox themes, etc.?
A. All good ideas

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Wing Blender 2.0 Beta Adds Many New Features
2016-07-25 -- The first test release of Wing Blender 2.0 has been released! The program allows models to be easily imported and exported between the Blender app and Prophecy/Secret Ops Vision Engine for easy 3D model manipulation.

Full Speed Ahead On Flat Universe's Torpedo Development
2016-07-24 -- This week the Maslas Brothers are showing off some of the heavy ordnance that will be featured in the game. Three different grade torpedoes will be available: the Valiant and Firestorm from Prophecy as well as the heavier Lance which debuted earlier. It sounds like there'll be some pretty explosive assaults to come in Flat Universe!

Welcome Home LOAF!
2016-07-24 -- We've got some great news to report this weekend! After a very long week in the hospital, CIC co-founder Ben 'Bandit (LOAF)' Lesnick is finally home. He'll be taking it easy for a bit to get back up to full health, but it sounds like the roughest part is fortunately in the past.

Tips For Running Super Wing Commander On A Mac
2016-07-23 -- Super Wing Commander pro mkdud has written up some info to help Wingnuts play this relatively illusive game. One option is to secure a 3DO, or fans can try to find the right old Macintosh computer. After quite a bit of tinkering, he's settled on a recommended suite of computer hardware and software that performs well.

Short But Sweet Profile Shows Love For Amiga WC
2016-07-22 -- AmigaLove.com is a database that highlights the greatest games that were made for the platform. Wing Commander has earned its place as one of the top Amiga titles, so it's a perfect fit for the site.

System Shock To Be Remastered
2016-07-21 -- System Shock, the 1994 shooter/role playing game published by Origin, is getting a remake. Night Dive Studios, best known for acquiring licenses to DOS classics and updating them for modern systems has initiated a crowdfunding campaign to secure the necessary funds. This studio is also credited with last year's enhanced edition of the original System Shock, which increases the screen resolution and fixes several gameplay and usability issues.

WC RPG Wrapping Up Encounters, Mocks Up New Ships
2016-07-20 -- capi3101 is back with quite a few WC RPG status updates as well as a sketch for some new fighters. First up, he's made lots of house cleaning type updates concerning things like category listings for different chapters in his project wiki. Additional Kilrathi translations have been made, and encounter scenarios are almost finished.

Homeworld Remastered Mod Debuts In 2.0 Engine
2016-07-19 -- After a marathon month of coding, L.I.F.

Wing Commander Reorchestration Calculates The Price Of Freedom
2016-07-18 -- Origin composer George Oldziey continues to make great progress on his second album of orchestrated Wing Commander music. He's moved on to Wing Commander 4 next, and it sounds like he's having a lot of fun doing it! This time there's also a sneak peek at the physical arrangement he's in the process of writing.

Flat Universe Reveals Fighter Wing
2016-07-17 -- This week the Maslas Brothers have released another two-pack preview for Wing Commander Flat Universe. There's been some focus on the game's capships lately, but here you can see all the fighters and bombers that should be playable. In some cases, multiple different variants or paint schemes further add to the diversity of the flight roster.

Think Positive Thoughts For LOAF
2016-07-17 -- We've got a bit of unfortunate news to share today. CIC co-founder Ben 'Bandit (LOAF)' Lesnick came down with an infection earlier this weekend that was serious enough to warrant a hospital stay. While things are improving, he'll still need to be there for a few days yet as everything gets taken care of.

Less Than One Month To Party Time!
2016-07-16 -- We're now just four weeks away from the CIC's 18th Birthday Party! Time really flies. The actual date is August 10, but we've selected Saturday, August 13 to celebrate so that more fans can participate.

RPS "Have You Played?" Feature Visits Wing Commander 3
2016-07-15 -- Veteran retrospective writer Richard Cobbett is back with a new article at Rock Paper Shotgun. This time he writes about Wing Commander 3 and the greatness it should be remembered for. While there are a few obvious similarities to stories like Star Wars, the game has an overall tone that's grittier and more desperate than your typical action adventure.

Wing Blender Updated, Now With Fewer Collisions
2016-07-14 -- Kevin Caccamo has released version 1.6.3 of his Wing Blender tool.

Digital HD Wing Commander Discounted to $7
2016-07-13 -- A couple of the digital platforms that reduced their prices on HD copies of the Wing Commander Movie have now dipped further to just $6.99. Both VUDU and Amazon Instant Video sport the new lower price.

Basic Functions Restored To Kilrathi & Confed In Homeworld Mod
2016-07-12 -- L.I.F.

Brave Confed Crews Defy The Odds
2016-07-11 -- The latest Flat Universe teaser depicts an epic battle, and this time we get to see it from two angles! A Southampton and Exeter are jumping right into the middle of a Ralari and Fralthra squadron. With all the explosions and crisscrossing energy weapon bursts, this would be a fantastic engagement to watch!

First Track Orchestrated For Wing Commander Album Sequel!
2016-07-10 -- Details are still in work on how Origin composer George Oldziey will ultimately fund and record a sequel to his awesome orchestrated Wing Commander album, but he's wasting no time in getting to work on the lengthiest part of the process. He's focusing first on all the glorious music at the end of The Heart of the Tiger, and the initial track is already written. George did all the music for WC3, WC4 and non-simulator side of Prophecy, so there's lots of great material to choose from!

Kilrathi Mock-Up Makes Up For Missing WC Ships
2016-07-09 -- Lilja brought an interesting sci-fi themed shirt by, and he wanted to know if any of the ships depicted could possibly be WC designs. Alas, the "Dralthi" is really a Cylon Raider from Battlestar Galactica and the "Raptor" is the Gunstar from The Last Starfighter (which was the inspiration for the design). Fortunately, Klavs popped in the rectify the situation with a similar shirt made entirely of Wing Commander designs.

WC Saga Deutsch Up To Version 1.08
2016-07-08 -- Luke has released a new patch for the German version of Wing Commander Saga, further streamlining the gaming experience and modding provisions. The changes in 1.08 include improvements to the campaign GUI, clearer help overlays and an updated German manual.

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