We can expect news from GOG tomorrow afternoon. The CD Projekt Fall 2011 Conference will be streamed at 12:00 EDT and it wlll include updates on GOG's performance and the first hint at their plans for 2011-12. More information is available here. We'll report here if any further information about their EA Classics program is revealed!
GOG has posted a nice extra for Crusader fans--a Q&A session with series creator Tony Zurovec. It's a great window into what game development at Origin was like in the mid-1990s... and he does touch on Crusader's (lack of) connection to Wing Commander connection at one point. You can read the complete interview here.
What's the actual relationship to the Wing Commander series (or maybe even other Origin games)? Crusader is using the same dating system as the WC games (and placing it before those, as far as I remember) and the WEC is being mentioned in the WC series as part of terran history. Did you just add some WC references as easter eggs to the Crusader games or did you actually think of them as part of the same universe?
There is no relationship between Crusader’s universe and that of any other game. The designers liked putting in the occasional cross-reference to other Origin titles – like the crashed Kilrathi spaceship from Wing Commander that can be found on a farm in Ultima VII – but those were basically just Easter eggs and no serious thought was ever given as to how the disparate game worlds might be one and the same.
It's also worth noting that many of the screenshots included are from Crusader: No Regret, which is not available through GOG--yet!
The last 'planet' picture in our series is the port screen for Maxor. Maxor doesn't appear in the promotional literature, but it's clearly a commodity-heavy world. Privateer 3 would have featured over fifty unique ports!