With the recent release of Saga and the upcoming release of an SDK which incorporates some of the things they have developed, it got me to thinking about new campaigns that could be developed using that engine. To that end, I created a rough draft of a game idea that has floated around my head for a while. None of this stuff is set in stone, and I post it here to solicit comments and suggestions on ways to move forward. I have also started designing some missions for the game, which I plan to post once I complete the outline. I don't have any coding experience myself, but I'd love to find people interested in this idea who could get together and possibly get something started. Your comments are welcome! Wing Commander: Eagle Rising Story Development Guide First Draft: 02 April 2012 General Background: Wing Commander: Eagle Rising will be a modification of the Freespace 2 Engine with the assistance of tools and coding developed by the Wing Commander: Saga team. The story will begin in 2656, shortly after the original Wing Commander. The primary setting for the game will be on-board the TCS Eagle's Talon (CV-09), a Bengal-class Strike Carrier and sister-ship to the TCS Tiger's Claw. The story will follow the Eagle's Talon and her pilots as they launch strikes deep into Kilrathi territory in preparation for the Confederation's first attempt to subdue the Enigma sector. During the course of the campaign, the Tiger's Claw is destroyed attempting to attack K'Tithrak Mang, and now the Eagle's Talon is stuck behind enemy lines with her small escort group, cut off from the Confederation forces retreating in the wake of the Claw's destruction. Following the Eagle's Talon's escape from Kilrathi territory, the campaign will conclude withthe Talon fighting valiantly to defend several defecting Kilrathi planets from a counter-attack by Prince Thrakhath. The purpose of this campaign is to serve as a bridge of sorts between when the Tiger's Claw was destroyed and the beginning of Wing Commander II. The campaign will take place between early 2656 and late 2657/early 2658, roughly the same time-span as Wing Commander II. The player will have the opportunity to fly most of the Wing Commander 1 fighters, plus others that appeared in the TV series Wing Commander: Academy. A unique aspect of the game is that it will be the first Wing Commander game to feature a female protagonist as the player character. The Carrier: Name: TCS Eagle's Talon (CV-09) Class: Bengal-class Strike Carrier Nickname: Talon, The Dirty Bird Laid Down: 2642.163, Trojan IV Shipyards, Jupiter Orbit Commissioned: 2645.217 Assigned Craft: Carrier Fighter Wing 20 – 104 Fighters, 4 Aux Craft 254th Pursuit Squadron (Highwaymen): 16 F-36G Hornet 107th Pursuit Squadron (Silver Knights): 16 F-54A Epee 1st Fighter Squadron (Wolfpack): 16 F-44B Rapier 47th Fighter Squadron (Storm Wings): 16 F-44B Rapier 301st Attack Squadron (Bulldozers): 16 A-14E Raptor 95th Attack Squadron (Mighty Roosters): 16 A-14E Raptor 36th Bomb Squadron (Blockbusters): 8 A-17C Broadsword 4 Personnel/Refueling/SAR Shuttles The Escorts: Name: TCS Andrew Keith (DD-1392) Class: Exeter-class Destroyer Nickname: Andy K Laid Down: 2650.117 – Luna Shipyards, Earth Orbit Commissioned: 2651.295 Assigned Craft: 6 F-54A Epee, attached to Carrier Fighter Wing 20, 2 Shuttles Name: TCS Spade (PC-562) Class: Venture-class Corvette Nickname: ? (Suggestions Welcome) Laid Down: 2648.246 – Vega Spacedock, Blackmane System Commissioned: 2649.103 Assigned Craft: One externally docked shuttle. The Characters: (More will be fleshed out, these are some early important ones) 1st Lieutenant Kathryn Stewart (Player Character) Callsign: (Suggestions Please!) Homeworld: Leto, Proxima Centauri System (Same as Maniac) Current Assignment: Element Leader, 254th Pursuit Squadron Biography: A former transport pilot, Stewart only recently made the transition to being a fighter pilot. More comfortable being in the background, she now has to assume a leadership role within her squadron following her promotion to 1st Lieutenant. Major Rex Morrison Callsign: King Homeworld: Earth, Sol System Current Assignment: Commanding Officer, 254th Pursuit Squadron Biography: An officer who never let a regulation stand in the way of doing what he thought was right, Morrison has bounced around assignments as a result of tensions between past COs. He seems to have found his element flying off the Talon though, and his pilots would follow him into a sun and back if he said it was necessary. 1st Lieutenant Pablo Arezzo Callsign: Palace Homeworld: Dakota IV, Dakota System Current Assignment: Pilot, 47th Fighter Squadron Biography: An academy classmate of Stewarts', they were initially quite hostile to each other. This changed during their junior year when during a training sortie, Palace's oxygen generator exploded. Running low on air and starting to suffer from Hypoxia, he was helped back to base by Kathryn who kept him alert the entire time back. Afterward, they settled their differences and became quick friends. 2nd Lieutenant Alistair Turner Callsign: Dragon Homeworld: Earth, Sol System Current Assignment: Pilot, 254th Pursuit Squadron Biography: A rookie fresh out of the academy, Dragon has been assigned as Stewart's wingman now that she has become an element leader. Impressionable and quite green, but with solid flying skills, it will be up to Kathryn to ensure he lives long enough to home those skills. Colonel Samantha McGibbons Callsign: Syren Homeworld: Sirius Prime, Sirius System Current Assignment: Commanding Officer, Carrier Fighter Wing 20 Biography: A veteran pilot who cut her teeth during the Enyo Engagement in 2639, Syren is the leader of the Talon's pilots. She's fiercely protective of her people and has a short fuse when it comes to those who threaten them. Her temper has gotten her in trouble more than once during her career, and its only by the intervention of more senior officers that she hasn't lost her command. Despite her past blowups, she has a very good working relationship with Robert Downes, Talon's skipper. Captain (TCN) Robert Downes Callsign: Tophat Homeworld: Tyr VI, Tyr System Current Assignment: Commanding Officer, TCS Eagle's Talon (CV-09) Biography: A former merchant skipper, Downes was already in his early 30s when the war began. Now in his mid fifties, he commands one of the Terran Confderation's finest carriers. Downes is a very subdued man, he never yells and oftentimes you have to strain to hear his voice. However, that should not be mistaken for timidity. Downes is a recipient of the Terran Confederation Medal of Valor, which he received commanding TCS Cushing, a destroyer that fought along side the Tiger's Claw at Custer's Carnival in 2644.