News Collection: On This Day in WC News

2020.206 (July 24, 2020)

Top Kids Command Top Dollar

AD has found another Argentinian magazine that celebrates a classic Wing Commander release. This one is from the Top Kids Club magazine, number 24. The copy seems dominated by Mortal Kombat stuff, but Wing Commander 4 gets a lengthy review as well. It earns a whopping 95% rating, which is great no matter where you're from.

2019.205 (July 24, 2019)

Upgraded Hydra Cruises Into MUP

Hot on the heels of the impressive Kraken update, DefianceIndustries has launched his Hydra cruiser. While the Kraken, Tiamat and Leviathan designs are larger and more deadly for a variety of reasons, I've always though that the Hydra was the most elegant. It's almost majestic rather than purely monstrous, so it makes for a beautiful addition to the Prophecy and Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack!Hail Hydra!!!

2018.205 (July 24, 2018)

Spirit Tags In

tsstevens posted this video of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 in action. The game allows a wide range of clothing customization options, and he observed that this outfit results in the Asuka character bearing a striking resemblance to Spirit in her Wing Commander 1 duty uniform. This just makes us imagine how incredibly awesome a Wing Commander fighting game would be! Can you imagine beating up on Maniac?

2017.205 (July 24, 2017)

Gemini Workhorse Gets Upgraded

Here's a pretty sharp ship from DefianceIndustries' massive fleet. This is his impressive Talon model. He originally built the fighter several months back, so give him a poke and see if there's a finished version stashed away in some hidden asteroid base somewhere. I'm not thinking it'd actually be that great to fly, but it sure looks like an enticing target!

2016.206 (July 24, 2016)

Full Speed Ahead On Flat Universe's Torpedo Development

This week the Maslas Brothers are showing off some of the heavy ordnance that will be featured in the game. Three different grade torpedoes will be available: the Valiant and Firestorm from Prophecy as well as the heavier Lance which debuted earlier. It sounds like there'll be some pretty explosive assaults to come in Flat Universe! You can read all about Wing Commander torpedoes and how they compare with their real life counterparts in Dundradal's WC vs History feature.

Welcome Home LOAF!

We've got some great news to report this weekend! After a very long week in the hospital, CIC co-founder Ben 'Bandit (LOAF)' Lesnick is finally home. He'll be taking it easy for a bit to get back up to full health, but it sounds like the roughest part is fortunately in the past. We're all super happy to have him back!

2015.205 (July 24, 2015)

Wing Commander, EA Titles Heavily Discounted At GOG

Over the next three days, GOG is discounting their entire EA catalog by 60%. Besides Wing Commander, Ultima and Crusader, their offer includes beloved classics such as Theme Hospital, Theme Park, Dungeon Keeper, Kyrandia and Populous. While you can buy an entire series outright for the sake of convenience, you can also handpick a few individual titles, many for as little as $2.39.

2014.205 (July 24, 2014)

Mark Hamill on Star Wars

The BBC caught up with Mark Hamill at the Guardians of the Galaxy red carpet event in London. They spoke briefly about the new Star Wars trilogy, which has recently started filming. Luke Skywalker is one of several characters from the original trilogy to have a supporting role. Watch the interview here.

2013.205 (July 24, 2013)

We Have The SciPubTechnology!

Over the years, there have been a number of long lost 'holy grails' that hung over the Wing Commander community and at one point seemed impossible to track down. Fortunately, thanks to all the hard work of dedicated Wingnuts, few remain lost today! One such treasure is an exquisite cutaway poster of the TCS Tiger's Claw from the Wing Commander Movie. An August 1999 magazine ad revealed its existence, but the item was never published and released.

2012.206 (July 24, 2012)

Bearcat Factory Reactivated

TonViper is back with a new heavy fighter design for the WC Homeworld 2 Mod. As a sleek & nimble, yet very powerful, design, the Bearcat has always been quite popular. This ship's been a long time coming, but Mr. Viper is planning to get it working in the Homeworld engine when the model is complete.

RIP Dr. Sally Ride

Astrophysicist and astronaut Dr. Sally Ride, known for her work in the early shuttle program, a lifetime of science advocacy and for being the first American woman in space, has died at age 61 (obituary.) Dr. Ride helped develop early shuttle systems, made two flights on Challenger (STS-7 in 1983 and STS-41-G in 1984) and went on to serve on both shuttle accident investigation boards.

2011.205 (July 24, 2011)

Novel Art Defies Convention

AD noticed that Wing Commander Fleet Action and Action Stations cover artist Paul Alexander's works will be on display at the 69th World Science Fiction Convention Renovation. While not actually attending the convention himself, Paul's art will be on display in the Artist Showcase. The event is being held in Reno, Nevada and runs August 17 to 21. Check out his profile page at the con website here.

2010.205 (July 24, 2010)

Read Up on the History of 3D

TechRadar has written an article on the evolution of 3D games from 1980's Battlezone to upcoming games that you see in 3D with glasses on new televisions. The piece covers quite a bit of territory and acknowledges the early Wing Commander's scaled sprites as a noteworthy milestone. Origin's Ultima Underworld is also credited for its part. You can find the article here.

2009.205 (July 24, 2009)

Ascii Sector Stomps Out More Bugs

Chris Knudsen has rolled out a new version of the amazing Privateer: Ascii Sector. This third release in the 0.5.4 branch is mainly a bugfix release that solves some gameplay related issues.

Making the Game: Comms Alien

Possibly the most interesting communications list we will look at is today's roster of Nephilim taunts and comments; the game tends to bunch up the same set of taunts... but there's plenty of information that expands the bugs' backstory hidden in what was recorded for comms.These updates are thanks to John "Captain Johnny" Guentzel, who provided several CD image archives of material used by the Wing Commander Prophecy development team!

2008.206 (July 24, 2008)

Firekkan Fighter Hatched

JasonRocz has come up with a new ship for his Collateral Damage mod for Secret Ops. The textures were inspired by the Firekkan concept art Gaia created for Wing Commander Arena! You can leave feedback or look at more pictures here.As a support ship for a few missions in the series I'll be implementing a few Firekkan ships.

Making the Game - Part 80

Today's section of the Wing Commander Prophecy bible describes the simulator and object viewer (one and the same, at some point). The most interesting thing here is probably the 'custom mission' option removed from the finished game, which would have allowed players to plan their own wings and opponents. Bible 10 - Simulator, Object Viewer Download (4.

2007.205 (July 24, 2007)

UPDATE: New Sean Penney Interview

Starman has found one last piece of news for us before the launch: AceyBongos, the British Major Nelson, has updated his blog with an interview with Wing Commander Arena producer Sean Penney. It's a great overview of what exactly the game is about... and at times it goes into exactly what we need to hear:How will Wing Commander Arena be true to the Wing Commander series?Sean Penney: First through the game play.

Soldiers, Sailors and Spacemen of the Confederation Expeditionary Force!

"You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you."In all seriousness, this is the big night: Wing Commander Arena will be released tomorrow morning on or about 5 AM EST.

Up All Night With #WingNut

We're just hours away from the online release of Wing Commander Arena... and I, for one, am like a kid on Christmas Eve. There's no chance I'll be sleeping tonight, so I've stocked up on caffeinated drinks and am spending the night Wing Commandering it out in #WingNut!To pass the time we'll be watching (and commenting on) all thirteen episodes of Wing Commander Academy and Chris Roberts' Wing Commander movie.

2006.205 (July 24, 2006)

X3 Mod Includes Wing Commander Ships

Canaris let us know about a neat ship pack for X3 Reunion that includes a couple of popular Wing Commander designs. In addition to a ton of models from franchises such as Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and Firefly, the famous Dralthi and Banshee fighters make their debut in the X3 engine here. DeadlyDa's "Deadly Ship & Station Mod" includes almost 40 other ships, a few special space stations, helpful scripts and other tweaks. The latest release of the project requires the X3 version 1.

Space Sims Now Available On Steam

In related news, meisdavidp reports that space sims X2 The Threat and X3 Reunion have been added to the Steam online content delivery service. Both games seemed to do relatively well in the struggling space sim market, and this should give them a nice boost in sales. The games are available for very cheap prices, and this highly visible exposure will hopefully give some traditionally non-simming gamers a great opportunity to get into the genre. For the next few days, the games are also offered at a 10% discount.

2005.205 (July 24, 2005)

PiArmada 0.8 Released

It has been a little while since the last release, but PiArmada has just had a big update. The biggest change is integration with the Vega Strike engine which will allow players to fight battles like in the original Armada. ZOmegaZ has more details.PiArmada .

Put Kilrathi On Your Desktop

Kilrah Moreira has created another tribute to the Kilrathi Empire. This one takes the form of a spartan wallpaper with famous Kilrathi accents. The wallpaper was created in 3DSMax and is available in 1024x768 by clicking the thumbnail below.

2004.206 (July 24, 2004)

Ready To Trade CCGs

I've finally gotten a little time to clean up and organize some of my Wing Commander Customizable Card Game cards. Over the years a number of people have expressed interest in trading a few cards to complete their sets. I suppose we're ready to do that now. Completing a set of the CCG is like one of those things you put on the list of things you must do before you die, so we're happy to help.

Maj. Striker Updates His Raptor

Forums poster Maj. Striker has revisited his Raptor model and has tweaked it, adding better guns and making a few cosmetic changes. He has even pulled off the improvements while drastically reducing the polygon count, reducing the model from 10,000 polygons to 2900, yet it still looks great! The textures aren't quite aligned right in the first picture but that has since been fixed for the second picture.

2003.205 (July 24, 2003)

THP Expands Workspace & Releases WC4 Video

originalTHP has been an active Wing Commander fan recently and now has a dedicated working area for his Wing Commander projects. His latest is a full divx 5 encoding of an older German Making of Wing Command 4 video that's often been hard to find. Though the documentary is in German, it's still a fun watch even if you don't speak the language. Video taken from the set is in its original English and there are some very cool looks at the prop design and backgrounds.

Want WC Zone Back?

Filler is trying to gauge interest in a relaunch of the Subspace mod WC Zone. If enough people would like to get into it, it might be possible to restart the project.Some of you might remember WCZone, the Wing Commander subspace mod. Subspace is freeware and requires very few resources to run.

2001.205 (July 24, 2001)

Invasion Beta Released!

Wing Commander Invasion has released their second faction Beta -- the Nephilim! The beta patches in the entire Nephilim fleet... If you've got Star Trek: Armada, you can grab the new mod here. It's sure to thrill and amaze -- submit interesting screenshots here.

Vega Strike Does Sol

Here's a few Vega Strike pictures from the newest release, as posted to the VS web site...

Interview with a...

WildCat over at the WCDC has interviewed... me -- the CIC's LOAF. You can read the session here, in which I talk about... well, nothing in particular.

Help Make a Raptor

Cmdre Crane Seccafien is looking for someone to render a Centurion model, a New Constantinople style space station and a Raptor in Secret Ops format for his project -- if you can help, go post to this thread at the CZ. Whatever he's working on sure sounds interesting...

Rambling Reference

Ladiesman found a Wing Commander reference in an unlikley place... in a year-old review of Playmates' Simpsons action figures over at IGN Toys. Check out the last picture in this article. Remember Playmates' Star Trek toys?

From: Ser Arl Shoeyer, Shoeyer Industries Inc.

Personal E-Mail to Ser Lev Arris. Listen tough guy, an associate at Sinners tells me you're the man I talk to if I want a job doing properly. I got this situation see, this little rat weasel that worked for me has done a runner with a big lump of change, straight out of my account. Little bastard robbed me, after I got rid of him.

1999.205 (July 24, 1999)

Kurasawa Mission

HCl has updated his Wing Commander 1 Conversion Project with a recreation of the infamous Kurasawa 2 'Ralari Rescue' mission. It can be found here.

Pilgrim Crosses Delayed

Veteran GG reports that, unfortunately, the shipment of Pilgrim Crosses from Tuscany Trading Company is delayed until August 3rd. Hey, it's not that much longer...

3D Movie Pictures

As promised, Korax has sent some pictures from Wing Commander Incursion, a fan made 3D movie he's working on...

Rental Collectors' Items

A few people have spotted promotional items for Wing Commander's rental release. Blockbusters seem to have yard-stick length thin cardboard 'Wing Commander' signs, as well as variations of the original poster reading "Rent an Action-Packed Thrill Ride Tonight!

Fan Requests

The CIC is hoping to make updates about fan made Wing Commander projects more common. If you're working on such a project and have any particular information you would like posted, please let me know!

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