Antimatter Guns weren't in Prophecy -- maybe it was a gameplay reason (well, it was),
Just curious LOAF, what was the gameplay issue?
Wing Commander II manual entry for the AMG...
Anti-Matter Gun. These huge weapons are found only on capital ships for use against other capital ships. Like torpe- does, they ignore shields, directly attacking armor. Anti-matter guns are slow to aim and cannot readily be used against fighter-sized craft, but a single shot can vaporize a fighter. Be sure to stay out of the fire lanes between two warring cruisers!
Now, the WC III manual's entry...
The anti-matter gun is a more powerful version of the particle cannon and comprises the secondary armament of most friendly and enemy capital ships. This weapon can punch through the heaviest shields, and it delivers four times as much damage as the most powerful gun on any fighter. Capital ships rely on the anti-matter gun to defend against corvettes, heavy fighters and bombers that are attacking. Although not effective in atmospheric conditions, the small nuclear explosion and resulting heat and radiation from one shot are often enough to down a fighter in space.
I wasn't trying to specifically say that the AMG was gone in Prophecy, I was attempting to figure out why the 2664 AMG is described as a huge battery to be used primarily against other capships, "...cannot be readily used against fighter-sized craft....". While the 2669 AMG is called a "secondary armament" and is obviously readily used against enemy fighters when its main listed targets are "corvettes, heavy fighters and bombers that are attacking".
I never wanted to create a continuity out of the gun, just *speculate* with the community on why the two entries for the same weapon are so drastically different. Further, if the AMG (which is of course the heaviest ship based energy weapons seen in WC II- WC IV omitting the PT-cannon and Behemoth beam) is listed as a 'secondary armament', would it be such a stretch to postulate that there must have been a 'primary armament' in the 2669 period?
Perhaps the heavy ion cannons on the Midway that existed from the fiction, but not modled into the game itself constituted a 'primary armament'. Again though, I am not trying to set anything in stone, just drum up interesting conversation with intelligent people.