I found a 1996 PlayStation magazine article about Wing Commander III with a truly amazing title:
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AD got in touch to let me know he was cleaning up Steve Hilliker's "The Darkening" 25th Anniversary Remaster and asked if I'd like to get my "AI upscale thing to do its magic" and... er... remaster the remaster.
So here are some comparison samples of the results. AD used AVIsynth to convert the footage back to SD, deinterlace it and clean it up (Mr. Hilliker's version had a lot of combing artefacts that arose from converting interlaced PAL footage to 1080p progressive) and I used Topaz Labs Video Enhance AI to return it to erzats 1080p HD. Enjoy!
Special shout out to Elend, who recreated the Privateer 2 logo I used in the title card and thumbnail.
Look at this amazing slush art ship that AD found in a Russian Wing Commander article. In Russia, tiger claws you!
Starting with "Loom," one of the first computer games to appear on CD-ROM, the Fat Man and Team Fat have broken from the ice cream truck school of composition to generate a medley of hits for leading game developers like Lucas Arts, Electronic Arts, Origin Systems and Compton's New Media.
Mr. Govett, who created the soundtrack for Origin's "Wing Commander" and other popular games, lists Stravinsky and John Williams among his main influences.
"I didn't know it then, but it was the great crash of '84," Mr. Sanger recalled. Before long, he said, he was "writing custom music for $79.95, up to three minutes, and planning on making three figures a year."
He moved to Austin in 1985, convinced that his skills in the developing high-technology region would make him a "fat man," the one to whom everyone turned for recording assistance. His fortunes turned with the offer to write tunes for some Nintendo games. Mr. Govett joined him, and within a short time both "Loom" and "Wing Commander" were at the top of the charts.
Space is a very scary place, so why not make it even more scary by adding some Tigers in there! Big fan of Wing Commander games and the Kilrathi Antagonists, I still think they should appear in Star Citizen, I tried to make a concept of what they would look like in a modern game, Hope you like it!
Check out my artstation for some Hi-Res Renders.
《银河飞将：秘密任务》（WC: The Secret Missions）
《银河飞将：秘密任务2》（WC: The Secret Missions 2）
《银河飞将II：帝国逆袭》（Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi）
《银河飞将II：特别任务1》（WCII: Special Operations 1）
《银河飞将II：特别任务2》（WCII: Special Operations 2）
《银河飞将II：语音资料片》（WCII: Speech Pack）
《银河飞将军官学校》（Wing Commander Academy）
《银河飞将：私掠者》（Wing Commander: Privateer）
《银河飞将私掠者：语音资料片》（WC Privateer: Speech Pack）
《银河飞将私掠者：正义出击》（WC Privateer: Righteous Fire）
《银河飞将无敌舰队》（Wing Commander Armada）
《银河飞将III：虎之心》（Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger）
《银河飞将IV：自由的代价》（Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom）
《基拉锡三部曲》（Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga）
《私掠者2：黯星枭雄》（Privateer 2: The Darkening）
《银河飞将：神谕》（Wing Commander: Prophecy）
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Some more Wing Leader nonsense, working way too late. Supposed to look like a young Tom Wilson.. Basically just Biff Tannen. Flattened some perspective, got some better contrast on materials, added the iconic WC2 Terran pilot chair. Enjoy!
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