Incredibly exciting news from Boomer that will shock and amaze you... check it out.
Not unlike a motion picture studio releasing a summer blockbuster with a pre-release Premier showing, through an exclusive arrangement with C|net, the files required to play Secret Ops (e.g. basefile, optional speech pack and the full executable) will be available from www.download.com on *Wednesday* Aug 26 at 8PM CST.
This exclusive 'engagement' is only available from C|Net at www.download.com. While you can go directly to download.com, we will also activate the link to download.com from the Secret Ops website as well (it will be the only download source that is 'live')
Of course Secret Ops will also be 'in general release' from Origin (and other sites around the country) on Thursday August 27 as previously announced.
According to Boomer, Wing Commander: Prophecy Gold will contain a 'local' version of the Secret Ops web site, so as to allow us the ability to read the fiction updates.
Ever sit around wondering why you aren't truly happy? If so, it's probably because you don't have a copy of End Run, the second and rarest Wing Commander novel. Check out Operation Tarawa over at Combat Games Central to help convince Baen to reprint the quite excellent novel. Although, one can only wonder why they didn't call the project Operation Back Lash...
You might have noticed that the little spinning Confed logo on the Secret Ops website no longer appears. It was used to tell people whether or not they had the required version of Shockwave. The detector does not appear to be working at the moment however, so do not worry if splash screen seems to indiciate that your Shockwave version is not current enough. Origin is aware of the problem. If you were previously able to view the site, you still have full access.
Another Secret Ops article has popped up at Sci-Fi Wire. As with all SO articles these days, nothing new is given away but all will be revealed in a matter of days anyway. Read the article here.
Day two of the Secret Ops fiction has started, and the Secret Ops site now sports new Email, ISDN and Eyes Only updates.
The registration problems at the Secret Ops site reported by some people who have been getting an "Internal Server Error" message have now been fixed. The problem, according to Boomer over at alt.games.wing-commander, was due to the installation of "new servers on both the East & West coast for Secret Ops".
An article at Gamespot (with the same title as this update) has been released, and while it doesn't tell us anything new, you might want to read the article for the sake of it or if you have been in a hole the past two months. Read the article here.
People have reported not being able to register due to an internal server error. Origin is now aware of the problem. It appears to have cropped up in the middle of the night for them, so don't panic if it's not immediately fixed. Just sit back and enjoy the rest of the site. Try again later after Origin employees have had sufficient time to get to work in the morning and look at the problem.