Now that DefianceIndustries has so many mainline fighters and capships under his belt, it's time to move on to some of the lesser seen support craft like the Seahawk. There aren't a whole lot of these in the wild, so it's a really nice thing to see. It's also still a preliminary model - the completed picture below is a copy of the Origin high quality render. There's also an update to DI's recent cockpit work that incorporates a few real life touches from the F-22 dashboard. He's got a lot of irons in the fire!
So I started working on the ConFleet support craft this week as well as my cockpit experiment. Here's a few shots of the Seahawk clay. I'm going to probably add a few greebles on the tail near the engines so it's not a 100% complete product. But hey, progress. The Condor only has a few head-on high poly shots so I'm using the in-game model as a reference. It'll probably take a bit more time.
Watch the Wing Commander 3 Intro in Japanese
Did you know that Japan received a fully localized version of Wing Commander 3? If you would like to find out what Blair, Tolwyn, Paladin and Eisen sound like in Japanese, you can view the introduction video on YouTube. Thanks to -danr- for the tip! What do you think of the casting choices?
Fleet Action & Heart Of The Tiger Released; Action Stations Confirmed!
There's lots of great news to report in the world of Wing Commander ebooks! As expected, Wing Commanders Fleet Action and Heart of the Tiger were released this week in all major formats: Baen eBook, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks and more. These are the second and third releases after Freedom Flight led the charge in July. The Price of Freedom is still scheduled for January 3, and it's now 3/4ths pre-released direct on the Baen site. Additionally, Action Stations has also been announced with a March 7, 2017 release date! It'll be half previewed at Baen later this month, and you'll also be able to find it as part of a discounted set with Baen's March 2017 monthly bundle. Last, but not least, we can confirm that the second WC novel, End Run, was accidentally omitted from the ebook plan originally, but LOAF is working with them to fix this oversight...
Former senior Origin artist Denis Loubet has posted some nifty preview pics for his 2016 Christmas card, and it'll be Wing Commander-themed this year! Hobbes will be featured prominently, and you can see a preview below. He'll reveal the full art for all next month, but if you'd like a printed and signed copy, you might still have time to become a Patron on Patreon and get him your mailing info if you act very fast. If you're already a subscriber, be sure to send him a message confirming where to ship the card. It's possible to support his work for as little as $1 per month as he continues to post nifty sketches and cool archival artifacts. And who can pass up a new Hobbes piece from the man who actually came up with the look of Ralgha nar Hhallas?!
This is a detail image of my Wing Commander themed Christmas card that I'll be sending to all my Patrons.
This one is Wing Commander themed, featuring everyone's favorite Kilrathi!
Don't worry if you're not a patron, I'll post the full card in January. (But there's no harm in becoming a patron! You'll get an actual card all signed and numbered and stuff.)
Wing Commander Discounted Up To 85%!
GOG's Winter Sale is heating up, and a selection of Origin and EA games is being discounted this week. The sale page invites you to select up to 10 titles at up to 50% off. Whether intentional or not, the Wing Commander games are currently showing at just $0.89 each, which is actually a whopping 85%! Such a large discount is quite rare and usually requires additional bundled purchases, making this perhaps the best deal on Wing Commander ever. The entire series (broken up into 8 packages at GOG) is just $7.12 - an truly incredible deal. This is a great opportunity to fill out your collection or gift the series to a friend!
MechWarrior 5 Announced!
The MechWarrior series will be getting a new single-player sequel! MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries was just announced at Mech Con 2016. It will be made by Piranha Games, the studio behind the MechWarrior Online multiplayer-only shooter that's been running for the past couple years. This is a significant development for a couple of reasons. The MW franchise was a contemporary of Wing Commander with the main games being released for PC between 1989 and 2002. It suffered a similar fate to WC with the general decline in popularity of simulation games in the early 2000s. A few spinoffs were released over the years, but this recent revelation should mean that the 'core' series will resume in 2018 after more than 15 years on hiatus. Obviously Wingnuts are hoping for a similar revival at some point in the future, and this is an opportunity for a successful precedent that could help make the case for WC.
So is that just a pipe dream? Now that Electronic Arts has the renewed Star Wars license as well as its home grown Mass Effect series, it may not seem likely that Wing Commander would be primed for a reboot. But hope remains for some kind of third party arrangement. In fact, Piranha - the same Piranha making MechWarrior 5 - was actually in negotiations with EA back in 2014 to produce a new WingCommander game! Ultimately, this didn't pan out, but the interest is certainly out there, and it's only a matter of time before some opportune set of circumstances works out. If MW5 is a success, then we're one step closer. For now, here's a preview video of the robots in action:
While the battlefields of the Inner Sphere burn with an array of devastating weaponry, none is more formidable than the BattleMech. These immense fighting machines, piloted by elite fighters known as MechWarriors, dominate the wars of the future with enough firepower to annihilate entire cities.
In MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries you will adopt the role of a rookie MechWarrior pilot thrust into combat as the Third Succession War continues to fracture the Inner Sphere. Take contracts from the factions of your choosing and engage in tactical, first-person, PvE ‘Mech combat through an immersive, career-based Mercenary campaign driven by player choice. Victory, prestige, and profit will not only require skill on the battlefield, but in the acquisition, maintenance, and enhancement of your BattleMechs.
Terran Fighters Ready To Lock & Load
The MaslasBrothers have an updated look at the human missile lineup for Flat Universe. Like their Kilrathi counterparts, the various weapons draw inspiration from various sources throughout the Wing Commander universe. These will be used for both Confed and Border Worlds craft, and of course, missile tactics will play a role in the multiplayer mode that was just detailed last week.
Starting from left to the right: Dart Dumb Fire, Javelin HS, Spiculum Image Recognition, Doru Leech, Pilum Friend or Foe.
As you can see these are the available missiles that you people are going to choose from when you will fly with the Confederation and the Border Worlds Militia warbirds. As a matter of fact the last days my screens are full of missiles since our development schedule instructs that we should implement the missile logic of FlatUniverse into the multiplayer mode which is, I must admit, a chapter of its own.
Annual Call For Award Nominations
Somehow it's December already, and we're trying to be a bit more timely about our annual awards festivities this year. This is our chance to recognize many of the great things that the fan community constantly puts out. Our eighteenth annual Fan Project and Website of the Year Awards will kick off as the year comes to a close, so now's your chance to nominate. Send your nominations to email@example.com. To help give you some ideas, here's a summary of all the prior winners. There's a lot of awesome stuff in the list below!