I like a mixture of opinions 1 and 2, but boo to number 3. Maybe include a standard multiplayer element using something like the in-game simulator (eg fly with a team of other pilots against another team of pilots and throw various mission styles like sorty, attack/defend, capship-capship, etc.) Should be pretty easy to do especially considering I think we have something close already with Prophecy multiplayer.
The idea of working through the campaign cooperatively is a good one considering that that's kind of the entire dynamic promised by the title "wing commander." While definite emphasis in a future game should be on the single player game, I think they would be remis not to include a comprehensive cooperative campaign. Stuff like head to head play is definitely a good idea for the simulator... have jumping into an online game be immersive... walk up to the sim and hop into an online game the same way you would walk up to the briefing room or fighter to fly the next mission. You could even streamline that where you automatically are pressented with a list of friends available to fly the mission with you cooperatively everytime you start a new mission to which you can opt in or out. On the other end it would work the same way as a game invite. They can work throught their own campaign in their own time as well, Though it might be more fun to work through the whole campaign together...
Imagine going to the briefing room in WC3 to pick a pilot but along with hobbes and maniac, your online friends show up standing in the briefing room too to pick.
Anyway, just some thoughts.
Okay on the reintroduce, but let's not play Blair or be on a ship with Blair. There are a number of other areas in Wing Commander and can be explored for any point in the timeline.
I agree with this wholeheartedly. Put us on a different ship during the Vega Campaign. Maybe there can be Starlancer style news reports that can include some talk about the Tiger's Claw to tie things together. The Wing Commander story can be expanded infinitely in any direction. Blair's story has been told already.