Surfer Girl Reviews Star Wars, a credible and industry-respected game rumor blog, is reporting something that we've all been waiting to hear: "That epic space game from EA [referring to an earlier rumor] is a new Wing Commander." This is only a rumor at this stage, so we do not want to overstate anything. It does match some other unofficial talk heard in recent days -- this could be the big one. Surfer Girl does seem to be the real deal - we can confirm that the information she posted on FreeLancer 2 several months ago is absolutely genuine. The original report is here. Thanks to Hexx for reporting this!
Edit: The wording on Surfer Girl's page has changed. It now reads "That epic space game from EA is not a new Wing Commander, but a new Wing Commander is in development." No change in intent on her part - just a suggestion that EA has another separate major space games in development. It seems to have been sparked by this exchange in the comments area:
Comment: Lastly, why are you contradicting yourself? In the first post mentioning the "epic space game," you said in the comments that it's NOT Wing Commander. You have little credibility as it is, so be mindful of consistency.
Surfer Girl: Oh...that game, yeah, that is not Wing Commander.
September 9, 1994 and the release of Wing Commander III is getting closer! We're also starting to see the first mentions of Crusader, another future-classic currently in development. In terms of actual WC mentions, though, it's the calm before the storm...
A very special thanks to Joe Garrity of the Origin Museum for making this resource available and to Electronic Arts for sending them to him in the first place!
- Spotlight: A GENCON State of Mind describes Origin's first appearance at GENCON: "For four consecutive days, all day long, we were asked about Wing Armada, Wings of Glory, System Shock, BioForge and Wing III... So to round this off, we are by far the leader in providing the two most popular genres: fantasy roleplay and ST roleplay. We have Ultima, we have Wing Commander. We are the Creators of Worlds."
- In Ink has the latest on WC3:"Last week the Statesman was out checking up on our QA area (specifically the Armada testers) and writing a story on the dreaded '24-hour crunch mode.' Nice job by the team telling reporter Lori Hawkings that testing isn't all the 'fun and games' some make it out to be'... Back in this country, looks like Wing Commander III will be benefiting from a lot of free advertising. As it stands now Wing III will be on the cover of three of the top gaming mags in the US. Strategy Plus and Computer game Review are planning covers for their November issues while PC Gamer is gearing up for a December issue cover. Gamer is already creating some mega-hype for the game with a WCIII contest in the October issue. The grand prize winner gets a Pentium dream machine and their very own copy of the WCIII premiere edition. Everyone should be so lucky!"
Point of Origin
Vol. IV, No. 59 - September 9, 1994
Spotlight: A GENCON State of Mind