While the Gemini Gold team is mostly in a holding pattern awaiting certain technological updates, they have been working on a couple of long-awaited graphical tweaks. The mission computer has been sharpened up and almost all of the interior bases have been rerendered. We've also posted a shot from the new splash screen that will display after your pilot is killed. Some basic ground work for 'talking head' custscenes has been initiated, and a better damage system for ships has been written. No potential release date for the game's next update has been decided, but you can help pass the time by providing feedback at one of the project's message boards.
There were a few especially exciting announcements for the Wing Commander community last week. Since the pace of news moves so fast, we're already running across people who missed some of the announcements that were made. Here's a little summary for a couple major things.
Prophecy Multiplayer Coming Soon
Electronic Arts Relaunching The Original Wing Commander Privateer
HCl is currently in the testing phases of a multiplayer patch for Wing Commander Prophecy. The original online component was removed from the game prior to release in 1997, but bits and pieces of related code remained in the final product. HCl is now working with several other techno-geniuses in the Wing Commander community to turn this into an another exciting way for fans to battle it out on the internet!
EA is partnering with the GameTap online distribution service to premiere a small number of its classic franchises. Sim City, Command & Conquer, Ultima and Wing Commander Privateer will be flagship titles for EA's role in the program. Although fans have developed a variety of methods to play their favorite WC titles on modern computers, this new delivery method will allow a whole new generation of players to experience Wing Commander without any complicated setup techniques. Everyone is hopeful that the positive feedback generated from this will help hasten the development of the next all-new Wing Commander game.