There's more evidence suggesting Chris Roberts is developing a new Wing Commander game tonight, as another months-old article mentioning the project has come to light. St3lt3k discovered the May 27, 2011 piece from the Detroit Free Press, which is about a $25 million spending cap for Detroit film projects. It again quotes Chris Roberts... and this time directly refers to the project as Wing Commander. The article also refers to it as a multiyear project and indicates that it will likely be developed in Quebec.
"Wing Commander," a video game project that would be a multiyear task, would change gears if it got approval tomorrow, says Chris Roberts, chief creative officer of Blink Media. But at the moment, it's focusing on Quebec as its future home.
The big questions now: has Chris Roberts been able work out financing since these articles were published? What part do rights-holders Electronic Arts play in any of this? And why hasn't anyone noticed these references before now?
"The cap sort of put a spanner in the works," says Roberts.
After seeing the interest in his Wing Commander IV sketches, former Origin developer Chris “Binky" Launius was kind enough to photograph an extremely cool 40-page Wing Commander Prophecy promotional booklet. This was done early in the project and hasn't been seen by fans before! Bonus: his copy is signed by Tom Wilson!
Electronic Arts has provided some new info about its Origin online service and store. The big news is that they'll soon be adding and selling games made by other companies. Numbers-wise, Origin is also up to about 130 million registered users with about 4 million installations of the program software.
"Initially, Origin is set up to deliver EA games, but very soon, we'll be delivering third-party content to Origin," said EA CFO Eric Brown at a UBS conference in London today.
"We're fairly excited about Origin," Brown added. "We have about 4 million installs of the client, we expect that number to climb substantially as we enter this ... holiday season." EA's PC games now by default install Origin to users' PCs, even if the game is purchased at physical retail.