Wing Commander Arena

On July 25, 2007, the first original Wing Commander title in nearly a decade was released on XBox Live Arcade!

Wing Commander Arena is a fast-paced space combat game where players can team up to attack other teams of ships. The game introduces the classic franchise to an arcade-style experience that allows up to 16 players online in battle at once. Players can propel their customized ship through space, fire torpedoes and unleash deadly gravity bombs as they try to climb the leader board. Online players will compete for Frag count, high score and dueling stats.

"We're really excited to deliver unparalleled multi-player arcade action," said Chip Lange, EA Vice President. "The design for Wing Commander will appeal to both long-time fans of the franchise and immediately engage anyone who wants the melee style action of an arcade shooter."

Wing Commander Arena will feature four styles of play: single player, multi-team, multi-player free for all and multi-player duel. Within the game there are eight game maps that include team maps, free for all maps and dueling maps, so Wing Commander Arena offers a gameplay experience for every Arcade gamer, whether they want a quick ten minutes of action or a longer more immersive game.

Screen Shots

From the GamerScore Flickr:


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From the Official Xbox Magazine, August 2007 issue:


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Concept Art

Ship Renders

Logos

Star Soldier Scans

Print Media

Gameplay Movies


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Previews

  • 1Up - Previews: Wing Commander Arena (#1)
  • 1Up - Previews: Wing Commander Arena (#2)
  • Game Almighty - Wing Commander Arena
  • GamersInfo - EA Summer Preview: Wing Commander Arena
  • GamesDaily - Preview : Wing Commander Arena
  • GamesRadar - Classic gameplay - just not the classic you're expecting
  • GameSpot - Wing Commander Arena Hands-On
  • GameSpy - Wing Commander Arena (X360)
  • IGN - Wing Commander Arena Hands-On (#1)
  • IGN - Wing Commander Arena Hands-On (#2)
  • Kotaku - Wing Commander Arena Impressions
  • Mercury News - Wing Commander Arena Is A Disappointment
  • ShackNews - Wing Commander Arena Hands On Preview
  • TeamXbox - Wing Commander Arena Hands-On Preview
  • TeamXbox - Wing Commander Arena Updated Hands-On Impressions (Xbox 360)
  • Worth Playing - Xbox 360 Preview: Wing Commander Arena
  • Yahoo - Wing Commander: Arena

Interviews

  • Eurogamer.de - Wing Commander Arena Interview (German)
  • GamaSutra - EA's Sean Penney On Wing Commander's Comeback
  • GameInformer - Wing Commander Arena: The Sean Penney Interview
  • Riott - Wing Commander Arena Q&A

Achievements

Hot Dog (20)
Complete each Ring Game difficulty level
Commando (10)
Earned ULF Commando Tattoo (15 frags in a Melee match)
Dogfight (10)
Shot down first pilot in a Xbox LIVE match
Ace (20)
Defeat 5 ships in a Ranked Xbox LIVE match without respawning
Untouchable (20)
Reach wave 10 in Gauntlet without ever taking damage to your hull
TCS Tiger's Claw (10)
Compete a 16 player Capital Ship game
Hibernation (20)
Reach a streak of 5 in a Bearpit game
Gunfighter (20)
Win a Ranked Duel with each ship type
Navigator (10)
Travel through every gold jump gate in the game
Retro (10)
Reach wave 20 in Meteor Storm
Paladin (30)
Shoot down 1000 pilots on Xbox LIVE
Deathstroke (20)
Finish in first place in any Ranked Free For All match

Official Ship Facts

  • The F-44 Rapier II Blade, developed by human company Origin Aerospace, has scored more space-to-space kills than any other Confederation fighter. Even though this ship is an Earth leftover don’t underestimate it’s capacity for destructive skirmishes.
  • The Darket was first introduced in 2668, making it the most advanced light fighter in the reduced Kilrathi fleet. The Raptor improves upon the classic design, with modifications built to the specifications of Najji "Fireclaw" nar Ragitagha. This Darket's light gun loadout betrays its abilities: it is a true dogfighter, designed with options like flares to allow it to survive extended combat encounters.
  • Two hundred years of development and ten major revisions of the spaceframe have led to this: The Dralthi IX. The Striker design is an evolution of the spit-and-glue Dralthi IV models flown by Bloodhunters at the start of the Nephilim conflict. The result is a fighter which has repeatedly proven itself in action both against and alongside the Confederation's Hurricane II and the Border World's Predator-class front line military fighters.

News

  • July 23rd, 2007: Many new screenshots from GamerScoreBlog.
  • July 23rd, 2007: EA Arcade launches amazing Arena contest.
  • July 23rd, 2007: Microsoft official site launched.
  • July 23rd, 2007: New screenshots from the press site.
  • July 23rd, 2007: Microsoft press release.
  • July 23rd, 2007: Electronic Arts press release.
  • July 23rd, 2007: Real-life Star*Soldier manuals.
  • July 21st, 2007: New screenshots, date confirmed, a surprise in the works?
  • July 18th, 2007: Arena release date set at 7/25.
  • July 17th, 2007: Official manual released.
  • July 14th, 2007: Gaia interview touches on Arena.
  • July 12th, 2007: XBLA article studies achievements.
  • July 11th, 2007: Arena on G4... briefly.
  • June 30th, 2007: Official Xbox Magazine scores the first Arena review.
  • June 29th, 2007: EA Arcade site updated with a new ship fact and wallpaper.
  • June 26th, 2007: GamerTagRadio interview transcript posted.
  • June 26th, 2007: More Arena manual scans posted.
  • June 26th, 2007: GamerTagRadio interviews Sean Penney.
  • June 25th, 2007: Arena manual scans revealed.
  • June 20th, 2007: Arena achievement graphics revealed.
  • June 3rd, 2007: New preview at WorthPlaying.
  • May 31st, 2007: Eight new screenshots from the official site.
  • May 25th, 2007: Arena pricing announced.
  • May 25th, 2007: An editorial on our news coverage.
  • May 20th, 2007: New renders from the press site!
  • May 19th, 2007: New preview at TeamXbox, revealing all in-game achievements.
  • May 19th, 2007: Arena is rated in Germany.
  • May 18th, 2007: Arena ship comparison article at TeamXbox.
  • May 18th, 2007: New interview with Sean Penney.
  • May 18th, 2007: New video with commentary from GameSpot.
  • May 16th, 2007: New interview video from GamesTrailers.
  • May 16th, 2007: New preview from GamesRadar, plus a video.
  • May 16th, 2007: Arena ships section cleaned and polished.
  • May 15th, 2007: New movies and ship info from the official site.
  • May 15th, 2007: One more short preview at GamesDaily.
  • May 14th, 2007: Sean Penney weighs in on missiles.
  • May 13th, 2007: Video walkthrough interview transcript made.
  • May 13th, 2007: Arena video interview-walkthrough released.
  • May 13th, 2007: All the ships we've seen - so far.
  • May 12th, 2007: An overview of recent events.
  • May 11th, 2007: Two more previews.
  • May 11th, 2007: New "Blasto" video from GameVideos.
  • May 11th, 2007: Analysis of Gaia concept art.
  • May 10th, 2007: New "Galactic Battle" video from GameTrailers.
  • May 10th, 2007: Three new HD videos from Gamerspot.
  • May 10th, 2007: New preview from GamersInfo.
  • May 10th, 2007: New preview from Kotaku.
  • May 10th, 2007: New preview and HD videos from IGN.
  • May 10th, 2007: New preview from GameSpy.
  • May 10th, 2007: Archived scan of OXM article.
  • May 9th, 2007: Four new Arena videos.
  • May 8th, 2007: GameInformer interviews Sean Penney.
  • May 7th, 2007: Three photographs of concept art.
  • May 7th, 2007: Release date rumor: within the next month.
  • May 7th, 2007: GamerTag Radio interviews Gaia Industries.
  • May 6th, 2007: Four new screenshots from the press site.
  • April 27th, 2007: Is this a Razor? Probably not.
  • April 26th, 2007: Eurogamer.de interview with Sean Penney.
  • April 25th, 2007: Bilingual Arena variants announced.
  • April 22nd, 2007: Arena supplementary material in the works.
  • April 20th, 2007: Official X-Box Magazine preview transcribed.
  • April 16th, 2007: Rapier II Vanguard discovered.
  • April 15th, 2007: Introduction to the ships of Arena.
  • April 15th, 2007: Is this a Centurion? Probably.
  • April 13th, 2007: Seven new screenshots from the official website, revealing classic "behind the ship" camera angle.
  • April 12th, 2007: Media coverage of the EA Arcade website begins to trickle in.
  • April 11th, 2007: Boom Boom Rocket released, Wing Commander Arena now first in line.
  • April 7th, 2007: A new version of the Arena fact sheet from EA UK lists "Summer 2007" as a release date.
  • April 4th, 2007: Comparing the original Rapier II designs to the new version from Arena.
  • April 3rd, 2007: Official website launches with new render and screenshots.
  • March 27th, 2007: Future location official Arena website discovered.
  • March 24th, 2007: IGN's Sci-Fi Brain podcast discusses Arena and the Wing Commander franchise.
  • March 23rd, 2007: Official Arena forums open for business!
  • March 5th, 2007: Microsoft triples Live Arcade size limit, announces bigger memory cards.
  • March 3rd, 2007: Comparing the original Midway design to the new version from Arena.
  • February 28th, 2007: Arena's Midway-class Heavy Carrier wallpaper released!
  • February 28th, 2007: Designing the Arena capital ships.
  • February 27th, 2007: The CIC interviews Producer Sean Penney.
  • February 26th, 2007: Video interview transcript.
  • February 26th, 2007: HD video interview.
  • February 25th, 2007: Hands-on preview five.
  • February 24th, 2007: Nice clean versions of the first six promos.
  • February 24th, 2007: Fourth hands-on preview, more movies.
  • February 24th, 2007: More media coverage.
  • February 23th, 2007: Third hands-on report.
  • February 23th, 2007: New screenshots from developer.
  • February 23th, 2007: Second hands-on Report
  • February 23th, 2007: First interview with Sean Penney.
  • February 23th, 2007: Word of Arena spreads!
  • February 23th, 2007: EA releases Fact Sheet.
  • February 23rd, 2007: Second gameplay movie.
  • February 23rd, 2007: Hi-res screenshots, plus more.
  • February 22nd, 2007: First hands on and gameplay movie!
  • February 22nd, 2007: First Arena screenshots.
  • February 22nd, 2007: Arena press release.
  • February 21st, 2007: ESRB rates Wing Commander Arena.

FAQs and Facts

Q: When was Wing Commander Arena released?

A: Arena was released on July 25th 2007.

Q: Does this game include classic Wing Commander ships?

A: Yes! The game allows you to fly the Arrow, Darket, Rapier, Dralthi, Broadsword and Paktahn. A Midway-class megacarrier forms one of the game's levels, and Perry Naval Base and the Longbow bomber make cameo appearances. The Centurion and Gothri may also play a role.

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