Advertisements & Promotional Material for Wing Commander 4

You Know You Want It. What Are You Waiting For?

In the news: You Know You Want This WC4 Ad (2004/06/01)
View: Gallery
Project: WC4
Date: June 1996
Source: PC Gamer, June 1996 issue
Scanned by: Filler

A fold out cover flap ad. Open up page 1 to reveal pages 2 and 3!

Next Generation CD-ROM Warfare

In the news: Are You Mutant Enough? (2011/05/09)
Project: WC4
Date: 1996
Source: WarTourist
Scanned by: Origin Museum

This WC4 print ad highlights some of the gushing critical acclaim that the game received.

A Fresh Adventure, A New Beginning

In the news: That's Not Advertising, Maniac... (2001/03/03)
Project: WC4
Date: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Scanned by: HoTT

A full page magazine ad for WC4.

WC4 Promotional Event at Planet Hollywood

In the news: Taking the Shirt off Mark's Back (2010/10/17)
View: Pictures
Project: WC4
Date: February 9, 1996
Source: Press Release

On February 9, 1996, two days before Wing Commander IV's release, Origin held a promotional event at the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Beverly Hills to unveil the game and donate costumes used by Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell.

WC4 Sell Sheet

In the news: Promotional Sheet Provides Sneak Peek At WC4 (2006/10/01)
Project: WC4
Date: 1995
Source: Retail information kit
Scanned by: Greg Barwis

The front side features the game's famous promotional poster art, and the back side has various information that retailers could use to market the game. Like many pre-release items for WC4, the expected ship date is listed as December 1995, although the final launch slipped to February at the last minute.

WC4 Monitor Cover / Key Reference

In the news: I'm Board! (2001/06/18)
   Make it POP (2011/08/11)
Project: WC4
Date: Circa 1996
Source: Retail promotional kit
Scanned by: Origin Museum

A promotional monitor cover for Wing Commander IV! It's a cardboard square with all the keys and such that you place around your screen... it was given out at software stores circa 1996. 2,386 were made.

Bullets. Lasers. Bloody Limbs. Psi-Bolts.

In the news: Blast From the Past, Part 7 (2003/05/02)
Project: WC4
Date: December 1995
Source: Computer Gaming Word, December 1995 issue

An Origin ad on the back cover highlighting Crusader: No Remorse, CyberMage, BioForge and WC4.

Colonel Blair Standup

In the news: Make it POP (2011/08/11)
Project: WC4
Date: 1996?
Source: Unknown

Used to advertise the game at videogame stores.

Wing Commander IV 'Theatrical' Poster

In the news: Even More Auctions! (Alternatively: Poster?! I Just Met Her!) (2004/02/17)
Project: WC4
Date: 1996?
Source: Sean Murphy

These posters were given out only to Origin employees, gaming shops (mostly in Europe - American stores got a Blair standup!) and through a contest at Origin's web site. Copies of Wing Commander IV sold outside the US used this black artwork as their box covers... while the US got the confusing red packaging.

Wing Commander IV 35mm Film Trailer

In the news: More Wing Commander Auctions (2004/07/07)
Project: WC4
Date: 1997
Source: Origin

Origin distributed a number of these film trailers to fans at their message board back in 1997. If you've ever seen auctions offering "film cels" from Wing Commander IV, they're just someone cutting up one of these trailers and selling it in little pieces.

Wing Commander IV Binder Bag

In the news: More Wing Commander Auctions (2004/07/07)
Project: WC4
Date: Unknown
Source: Origin

A promotional binder bag for Wing Commander IV

Wing Commander IV Black Lance Dragon Poster

In the news: More Wing Commander Auctions (2004/07/07)
Project: WC4 PSX
Date: 1996-1997
Source: Playstation specific magazines

One of the coolest pieces of Wing Commander promotional material ever created, these were designed as two page ads printed in Playstation specific magazines back in 1996-7. It's a 'car advertisement' for the Dragon fighter from Wing Commander IV - complete with specifications (including mileage).

WC4 Teaser Artwork

In the news: But Wait, There's More (2006/05/17)
Project: WC4
Date: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Scanned by: Origin Museum


WC4 Promotional Magazine Covers

In the news: You Didn't Buy it for the Articles (2011/08/11)
View: Gallery
Project: WC4
Date: 1995

In 1995, Origin created several beautiful magazine covers to promote Wing Commander IV. Rather than simply capture screens from the game itself, these renderings were unique works of art. Now you can see the original resolution images, as they were created before being sent off to the magazine editors!

WC4 Unknown Ad

In the news: What the Hell? (2011/08/11)
Project: WC4
Date: Unknown


WC4 Point of Purchase Promotional Balance

In the news: Make it POP (2011/08/11)
View: PDF (0.03 mb)
Project: WC4
Pages: 4

Ever wonder how much a Colonel Blair standup costs? $42. How many promotional Wing Commander IV t-shirts were printed? 1,280! How many Micro Center stores were sent Wing Commander IV VHS tapes? Eleven! These facts and more come from a fascinating little balance sheet for Wing Commander IV's point of purchase displays, available here. I wonder how many of the 2,386 Wing Commander IV screen frames still exist today...

High Resolution WC4 Magazine Ad

In the news: Wing Commander IV Advertising (2012/04/03)
Project: WC4
Scanned by: PopsiclePete

A high resolution Wing Commander IV magazine ad, re-rendered from the original source files

High Resolution WC4 Magazine Ad

In the news: Wing Commander IV Advertising (2012/04/03)
Project: WC4
Scanned by: PopsiclePete

A high resolution Wing Commander IV magazine ad, re-rendered from the original source files

Wing Commander 4 T-Shirt (1)

In the news: Wing Commander 4 Zanart (2012/04/03)
Project: WC4

Produced under license by Zanart, using the 'poster' style Wing Commander IV art.

Wing Commander 4 T-Shirt (2)

In the news: Wing Commander 4 Zanart (2012/04/03)
Project: WC4

Produced under license by Zanart, using a short of a Lance landing on Telamon against a blue backdrop.

Wing Commander 4 ChromArt

In the news: Wing Commander 4 Zanart (2012/04/03)
Project: WC4

Two WC4 themed pieces of ChromArt, produced under license by Zanart.

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