Advertisements & Promotional Material for Wing Commander 3

Win Mark Hamill's Flightsuit!

In the news: This Suits Me Fine (2012/07/02)
   Famous Flight Suit Resurfaces in England (2013/02/05)
View: Pictures
Project: WC3
Date: March 1995
Source: PC Gamer (UK), March 1995
Scanned by: Pix's Origin Adventures

A simple trivia contest to win Mark Hamill's Wing Commander III flight suit! The most exciting thing is the detailed photographs of the prop, including the best ever shot we've seen of the rare 'combined forces' logo patch. Many years later, the lucky fan who won this flightsuit wrote in and sent in a big set of pictures.

The Big Fish in 3DO Games

In the news: Electronic Arts Presents... (2011/08/11)
Project: WC3 3DO
Date: Unknown
Source: Unknown

A print ad for EA's 3DO catalog, including the 3DO port of WC3. The cockpit seen in the screenshot is not used in the finished game.

Co-Sponsored WC3 / Intel Pentium Ad

In the news: Wing Commander Goes Commercial (2011/06/16)
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View: Watch | Download (16.4 mb)
Project: WC3
Date: 1995
Source: Television commercial

In 1995, Origin partnered with microchip manufacturer Intel to develop a series of advertisements. Co-sponsored magazine advertisements touted the performance Pentium chips would offer Ultima VIII and Pacific Strike... but the most interesting product of the partnership was a television commercial which featured Wing Commander! Narrated by Levar Burton.

Is Your System Ready?

In the news: Is Your System Ready? (2011/04/21)
Project: WC3, Armada Playtester's Guide, WC3 Guide
Date: 1995
Source: Armada box

A preview card for Wing Commander 3. This ad was included with the release of Wing Commander Armada, three months before WC3. It advises fans to double check their specs and make sure to get ready for the most demanding game ever! The front of the ad is pictured with the Armada Strategy Guide (ultimately released as the Playtesters' Guide) in the first image, and the second shot shows off the back of the card, plus the WC3 guide advertisement.

100% Pure Adrenaline With WC3

In the news: Pretty Slick Advertising, Sir (2010/08/11)
Project: WC3
Date: 1995?
Source: Unknown

Win three nights in Moscow and a flight in a Russian SU-27 fighter jet. Must pay for own insurance.

Don't Watch The Game, Play The Movie!

In the news: Pretty Slick Advertising, Sir (2010/08/11)
Project: WC3 Multiplatform
Date: 1995
Source: Unknown

A full spread that talks about WC3's imminent arrival for Macintosh, Playstation and Sega Saturn. These were released in late 1995 and early 1996, except for the Saturn port which never made it to stores. Nevertheless, "The Universe Keeps Expanding" was a very accurate title for the state of the franchise in 1995.

Made In Hollywood, Directed By You

In the news: Pretty Slick Advertising, Sir (2010/08/11)
Project: WC3
Date: 1995
Source: Unknown

A full spread that plays up the 'interactive movie' aspect.

Origin Presents... The Interactive Movie

In the news: Birth of the Interactive Movies (2006/07/09)
Project: WC3 PC, 3DO
Date: 1994 or 1995
Source: Computer Gaming World
Scanned by: Alkarion

The four inset screenshots are taken from the first set Origin released to the public, well before the game's release. Note the "also available for the 3DO" logo -- Origin was taking that port seriously very early on.

Origin Now Creates Worlds On CD

In the news: Birth of the Interactive Movies (2006/07/09)
Project: WC3, Armada
Date: 1994 or 1995
Source: Computer Gaming World
Scanned by: Alkarion

Part of 1995s 'interactive movie' push, which included System Shock, Ultima VIII, Wings of Glory, Wing Commander III and Wing Commander Armada. "Hunt down the meanest aliens in dozens of different galaxies -- without having to guess what they really look like."

We're Redesigning the Industry

In the news: But Wait, There's More (2006/05/17)
Project: WC3, Armada
Date: 1994 or 1995
Source: Unknown
Scanned by: Origin Museum

Another advertisement for Origin's CD-Rom catalog. Part of 1995s 'interactive movie' push, which included System Shock, Ultima VIII, Wings of Glory, Wing Commander III and Wing Commander Armada. "Prepare Yourself and Your Shelves."

Death Is Not An Option

In the news: But Wait, There's More (2006/05/17)
Project: WC3, Armada
Date: 1994 or 1995
Source: Unknown
Scanned by: Origin Museum

Another advertisement for Origin's CD-Rom catalog. Part of 1995s 'interactive movie' push, which included System Shock, Ultima VIII, Wings of Glory, Wing Commander III and Wing Commander Armada.

The First Interactive Movie For Your 3DO System

In the news: Classic Ad Mentions Never-Released WC Port (2006/06/20)
Project: WC3 3DO
Date: 1995 or 1996
Source: Unknown
Scanned by: Stone48420

A one-page ad specifically for the 3DO version of Wing Commander 3.

WC3 Promotional Calendar

In the news: But Wait, There's More (2006/05/17)
Project: WC3
Date: 1995
Source: Premiere Edition tin
Scanned by: Origin Museum

Wing Commander III 1995 calendars. They were included in the EA Direct Wing Commander III Premiere Edition tins. Don't throw these out -- some years have the same set of days as 1995 did!

WC3 Promotional Poster

In the news: But Wait, There's More (2006/05/17)
Project: WC3
Date: 1995
Source: Unknown
Scanned by: Origin Museum


Club Dorothée WC3 Segment

In the news: Wing Commander III en Français (2011/09/13)
View: Watch
Project: WC3
Date: 1995
Source: Television broadcast

An interview with Mark Hamill and full motion video extracts.

Promotional T-Shirt Mash-up

In the news: Crusader Day: The Gang's All Here (2011/06/10)
Project: WC3
Date: 1995 or 1996
Source: Unknown

A t-shirt featuring many characters from Origin's catalog.

Computer Chronicles WC3 Segment

In the news: Computer Chronicles Wing Commander Clips Found (2005/02/12)
View: Watch | Download (36.5 mb)
Project: WC3
Date: 1995 or 1996
Source: Computer Chronicles
Scanned by: BrynS

A television programme (broadcast from 1983 to 2002) covering general purpose computing -- its sister show was called 'Net Cafe'. Widely syndicated in the US and in many other countries. This segment provides a brief storyline and gameplay overview of WC3 with Origin's Mark Day.

Wing Commander 3 Sell Sheet

In the news: Wing Commander 3 Sell Sheet (2011/09/13)
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown

The first document sent to retailers to convince them to place orders for a new game! Love the bit about Wing Commander III being the equivalent of 1,200 floppy disks.

Wing Commander 3 UK Promotion

In the news: Maybe It's Left Over from Strike Commander (2011/09/13)
View: Gallery
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown
Pages: 3

Here's a three-page UK promotion for the game which involves a contest to fly a Russian fighter jet!

Wing Commander 3 Dev Shirt

In the news: Wing Commander III Dev Shirt (2011/09/13)
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown

Every Wing Commander team earned a t-shirt for their hard work... and this is what the Wing Commander III shirt looked like

Wing Commander 3 Luggage Tags

In the news: Wing Commander III Swag (2011/09/13)
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown

If you liked it then you should have put the Wing Commander III logo on it! Origin's promotions department went Wing Commander III crazy, branding everything from luggage tags to binders to... paper plates? It happened!

Wing Commander 3 Paper Plates

In the news: Wing Commander III Swag (2011/09/13)
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown

If you liked it then you should have put the Wing Commander III logo on it! Origin's promotions department went Wing Commander III crazy, branding everything from luggage tags to binders to... paper plates? It happened!

Wing Commander 3 First Screenshots

In the news: The First We Saw of WC3 (2011/09/13)
View: Gallery
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown

Published in countless magazines, the public's first look at Wing Commander III was this set of screenshots, set up to show off the game's 3D engine in action! You may note many differences, including a triangular transport which did not make it to the final game and different textures for the inside of a carrier.

Wing Commander 3 Beta Screenshots

In the news: Wing Commander III Beta Shots (2011/09/13)
View: Gallery
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown

Here are a host of screenshots from beta versions of Wing Commander III--can you spot the differences?

First Look at Wing Commander 3's FMV

In the news: First Look at FMV (2011/09/13)
View: Gallery
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown

These fourteen screenshots were the first images Origin put out from Wing Commander III's FMV. These pictures changed everything -- no one had any idea it was going to look like this. I remember downloading these in a (then) big pkzip file from Compuserv's flight sim area...

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