Shipments Confirmed & Community Business

I hope a little bit of our excitement is reaching you through this as we celebrate the launch of a new Wing Commander product. Having played Prophecy years ago, we didn't expect to be quite as hyper as we all are today. The launch of Prophecy Gold in 1998 was a big event for us, and now the ability to play the game on the slick GBA (with new multiplayer modes!) is even better. We have confirmed the earlier Amazon reports. UPS has the game in transit so advance Amazon orders should arrive this week (2-Day mail on Friday & Overnight in a matter of hours). We'll be updating around the clock over the next few days with exciting developments and fun things for you to check out. It's been a little while since we've needed to update in that fashion, and it's loads of fun. Feel free to let us know if you spot the game locally. Send us a picture if you spot a neat Prophecy display in a store (or make an impromptu one yourself). Because of how some retailers ship Game Boy games, different locations will be receiving the game at different intervals over the next week beginning Thursday and Friday. Some of you contacted us about the server outage wcnews.com experienced this afternoon. Things should be back to normal now. In the event that something else pops up, give the forums at Crius.net a look and we'll utilize that for breaking news.

Since the game has shipped much closer to the summer than we originally anticipated, it appears that we'll be combining the original Prophecy Launch Party with the CIC Birthday Party on August 10. If you'd like to come by and chat about anything in the mean time, please visit us in #Wingnut (currently on irc.craplink.net). I'd also like to take this opportunity to introduce the CIC Fifth Birthday. For a while now we've been putting together some big plans to celebrate five years at wcnews.com. We're working hard to ensure this is our most impressive showing yet. For the cash strapped Wing Commander fans, the Game Boy Advance systems and Prophecy game packs we originally intended to give away at Launch will make an appearance on August 10. Mark your calendars! As usual, we'll have some other neat birthday presents to give away to party attendees as well.

And in closing.. here's a little bit of the email that had me jumping for joy in the computer lab. Thanks for sharing this exciting time with us.

Subj: Your Amazon.com order has shipped (#103-8013097-6208615)
Date: 5/28/2003 2:34:27 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: ship-confirm@amazon.com
To: creid1701@aol.com

We thought you'd like to know that we shipped your items today, and that this completes your order. Thanks for shopping at Amazon.com, and we hope to see you again soon.

The following items were included in this shipment:
Qty, Item, Price, Shipped, Subtotal
8, Wing Commander: Prophecy, $19.99, 8, $159.92
Shipping & Handling: $22.91
Sales Tax: $16.08
Total: $198.91

Thank you for shopping with us.

YAY!

BREAKING NEWS: Prophecy Ships!

I've just recieved my ship notice from Amazon.com -- Wing Commander Prophecy Advance is on its way! As long as overnight shipping actually means overnight shipping, I'll have first impressions posted Thursday afternoon! This is a great day for Wing Commander fans.

If You've Got the Money, Honey, They've Got the Cats

The Prop Store of London, a website which frequently offers up screen-used Wing Commander movie outfits and props, has produced an interesting piece of Wing Commander merchandise. They've used the original moldings to produce a run of 28" tall "Limited Edition Kilrathi Marquettes". They're pretty neat looking -- but they're pricey... they cost a whopping $320 each, and the run is limited to only five pieces. Still, worth it if you loved the look of the Kilrathi in the movie (you know who you are, Bob Johnson of Bloomington, IN). (You can see the original model here on the left, in a picture from Digital Anvil's old offices. The larger costume can be found here.)

Brute Force Ships Today

Those following XBox games are likely to already know that Brute Force by Digital Anvil is coming out today. Digital Anvil is the company founded by Chris Roberts to create the CGI for the WC movie and has made such games as Starlancer and Freelancer. You might recall WC references were sprinkled liberally throughout those games (and video from the WC movie even reused in Starlancer), so perhaps we'll get a few easter eggs in Brute Force as well. For starters, the "good guys" are known as Confed once again. From early indications, this will definitely be DA's best selling game to date.

WCPolaroids: Zero (3/11)

Mister 45-degree strikes again. Well, lets take a look at Zero's insignias. The two gold squares over his left breast pocket are his rank and service -- signifying, in this case, that he is a 1st Lt in the Space Forces. The trapezoid pin on his right breast pocket are his wings, earned for having passed through Advanced Flight School. Anyone have any theories as to what the triangle pins on his collar are?


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Metal Jesus Rocks The Whole Wing Commander Series!
2017-11-19 -- Metal Jesus of MetalJesusRocks is back with another Wing Commander video, and this time he's here to do a rather comprehensive overview of the entire series. Anyone can cover WC1-4 and Prophecy on YouTube, but MJR goes further with coverage of expansion packs, Academy & Armada, the Privateers, Super Wing Commander and Kilrathi Saga. He even has both the regular and Premiere Edition of WC3, SNES & Sega CD ports of WC1, and both standard and Gold Prophecies.

We've Got This Sector Bottled Tight, Friend...
2017-11-18 -- We've got a new poll out today that asks which of the the galactic sectors in Wing Commander is your favorite. This obviously isn't an exhaustive list, and there are some omissions like the Landreich or Hari Sectors that have quite a mystique about them, but we went with eight mainline areas that are particularly noteworthy. Sometimes sectors are short-hand named after the stars and quadrants within them, so if you're looking for Antares or Deneb, you can find them within the larger Epsilon cluster.

I Like This A Hole Lot
2017-11-17 -- LOAF was poking around in Wing Commander 2's background files and discovered a hilarious easter egg that would ordinarily never be seen by the player. The game frequently uses a red and green communications interface for dialogue sequences between a fighter and larger carrier or base. A small rectangle on the right features a graph intended to depict signal strength or something like that.

Taste That Synthi Meat
2017-11-16 -- The Wing Commander series has had quite a few large and elaborate print advertisements over the years, but even by the franchise's often lofty standards, this one's a whopper. This ad is spread across six full pages and follows a "five senses" theme with a late '90s vibe. Sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are all emphasized along with a smattering of FMV screenshots, gameplay scenes and a handful of commodities.

A Localization Interrogation
2017-11-15 -- Most Wingnuts are familiar with all of the cool contents of a basic Wing Commander Prophecy box... but this one's a little different. Can you spot everything that makes this setup unique?

Upgraded Corvette Ready For Vision Engine
2017-11-14 -- Version 0.32B of the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack was just released, but work continues at a rapid pace. The Kilrathi are the next focus, and they're led by the fearsome Corvette.

Catch Up On Strike Commander's History
2017-11-13 -- The DOS Game Club is a really cool place dedicated to gaming highlights of the '80s and '90s. Their community selects a game each month, and then they jointly play it together and discuss in their regular podcast. A recently selection was Origin's Strike Commander, and our own Bandit (LOAF) was able to participate in their episode on it.

Wing Commander Composer David Arnold Interviewed
2017-11-12 -- Modern Vinyl has posted an interesting interview with David Arnold, the composer behind the Wing Commander Movie's famous Overture theme. Much of the article focuses on the recent vinyl release of his work on Hot Fuzz, but it also notes his wide ranging involvement with films from James Bond to Stargate. Check out the full article here.

Homeworld Mod Removes Bugs & Fixes AI
2017-11-11 -- There's another new update to the Homeworld Remastered mod, Flag Commander. L.I.

OldiesGames Does Vengeance Of The Kilrathi
2017-11-10 -- We've been following the OldiesGamesTV series of Wing Commander reviews for a number of years, and now they've completed their three-part profile of Wing Commander 2. The videos are in French, but even if you can't speak the language, seeing all of the minor differences in the game are really cool if you originally played in another language. And where you understand their words or not, it's clear that they're big Wing Commander fans that we're happy to support!

Wing Commander Album Track List Complete!
2017-11-09 -- George Oldziey is back with another update on the progress of the second Wing Commander album. He's been quiet for a little bit, but there has been tons of progress on the orchestration front. The basic track list is complete and PDF scores will even be sent out soon.

Secret Ops Is All About Squashing Bugs!
2017-11-08 -- Fans have been running the new Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack through its paces hard since the latest version was released last week. As intended, the test managed to tease out a few bugs, and the team quickly responded. DefianceIndustries and PopsiclePete have already managed to put out a new version that resolves the issues identified so far.

Three Cheers For WC2 Manuals
2017-11-07 -- Wing Commander games can come in all shapes and sizes, and today we have a look at the different colored manuals of Wing Commander 2. WC2 was one of the most ubiquitous titles of the early '90s thanks to several factors: the popularity of WC1 was key, but it also was a major showcase for in-game speech and eventually mass-produced for inclusion in a large number of different OEM and budget CD-ROM releases. The red manual below was quite common and the black lesser so.

Shapely New Wing Commander 3D Prints Available
2017-11-06 -- Carter3D is a cool Shapeways outfit with a whole bunch of neat ships. There are quite a few Star Wars designs, but there are also about a dozen detailed Wing Commander models available to 3D print. Carter seems to be a Prophecy fan, but there are also a handful of ships from WC3&4 mixed in as well.

Wing Commander 3 Play-Through Remade At Nightmare Difficulty!
2017-11-05 -- It's been more than ten years since the legendary Queeg released his consolidated Wing Commander 3 movie. The original film set download records at the CIC and garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. Now he's back with a brand new take on The Heart of the Tiger - this time he's completed the entire game on Nightmare difficulty!

GalCiv 3 Mod Continues To Expand
2017-11-04 -- Hellakazoo has posted some additional screenshots of his Galactic Civilizations 3 WC mod that highlight some of his latest additions, such as the Tarsus and Clarkson jammer. There's also a neat screenshot of one of the game's menus that feature the character portraits. Some of the recent CIC Forums discussion has been about what to add next.

Wing Commander Scores Lucky #7
2017-11-03 -- Here's a throwback to a twenty-one year old issue of Computer Gaming World. Back in November 1996, when we all were just getting into the Wingnut scene online, CGW posted a comprehensive "best 150" games feature. Wing Commander came in as the 7th best title of all time, just behind other famous contemporaries like Sid Meier's Civilization, Ultima IV, Doom & Sim City.

New Prophecy, Secret Ops Update Adds Ships & More!
2017-11-02 -- The newest version of the Prophecy and Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack has been released! It includes a whole pile of exciting ships that have been gracing the news over the last few months. There are additional bug fixes as well as some new features to smooth in-game graphical loading.

Kilrathi Invade #GamingHaikus
2017-11-01 -- We may have missed International Haiku Poetry Day by quite a bit, but idspispopz is there to make sure we're still covered with this simple yet elegant Wing Commander poem. Feel free to hit the comment link and add your own!

Arena Concept Art Inspires New Models
2017-10-31 -- After recently refining his slick Excalibur model, DefianceIndustries took a crack at turning it into the futuristic variant proposed in the Wing Commander Arena concept art. Its main vertical stabilizers have been moved inwards over the engine housings, and extended downswept winglets have also been added. The redesign really makes you think what new missions it might be called upon that would warrant these tweaks.

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