... must have their blood spilled. Or, so translates the Kilrathi: Va ka garga ka naru ha garga. Though it may not have fared well against the Hoe of Destruction, the Bloodfang was decidedly Kilrah's finest. The Bloodfang-class Superfighter first appeared in the non-playable Wing Commander II Demo (available here). Prince Thrakhath flies a Bloodfang - rendered in WC1-style graphics - to deliver news to the Emperor.
The fighter appeared again in Wing Commander II, again in the hands of the Prince. You encounter the ship only once, in a one on one dogfight against Thrakhath at the end of the game -- either in K'Tithrak Mang D or Gwynedd (2) D. The Wing Commander II version is identical to that which appears in Ultima VII.
The Bloodfang appears a third time in Wing Commander III, significantly redesigned with the modern 'non-symmetrical' approach to Kilrathi fighters. This time around you see them twice: when Thrakhath taunts you with Angel's execution at Torgo 3 and then again in the game's penultimate dogfight at Kilrah 3.
The fighter received its name in Wing Commander 3, as well. While Wing Commander 2 refers to the fighter as Bloodfang internally, the name was not entered into the continuity until it appeared in WC3. It was not spoken in dialogue until the release of WC3 3DO, which restored a missing 'news brief' segment about the fighter (available here). The Bloodfang also appears as a rare WC:CCG card, representing Blood Most Noble Squadron (motto: "The Emperor's Chosen"). You can see a complete set of specifications for both Bloodfang variants here.
Black Lance Transport Certified For Covert Cargo
After leading the charge with a pair of exotic Black Lance designs earlier this year, DefianceIndustries has circled back around and completed the Evansville class transport that we see in Wing Commander 4. It has a fairly sleek profile for a transport as well as oversized engines, which form a pretty effective combo. There's no better way to sneak clandestine cargo to out-of-the-way places! (2018-03-18)
Happy St. Patrick's Day From The Green Salthi
Confederation hull plating is well known for its green texture, and terran soldiers even occasionally sport a green tinted outfit, but it's a far less common color on the Kilrathi (aside from the kats that actually have green skin). We know the common brown color of Kilrathi ships comes from the hue of their local durasteel, but there's one major exception to this: the green Salthi - or Jalthi, rather. The Secret Missions for the Super Nintendo had to squeeze to fit everything on the cartridge, and one noteworthy cut was the elimination of the six-shooter Jalthi model. (2018-03-17)
Explore Wing Commander History as Prelude to Star Citizen
Magnets & Miracles Gaming has put together a historical overview video series going through some of Chris Roberts' older games and how they formed the genesis of what we see being planned for Star Citizen. It's similar to what the Cloud Imperium crew put together in their series of RSI Museum videos. Part 1 focuses on basic back story, Wing Commander and Wing Commander II. (2018-03-16)
Un Juego de Chris Roberts
Christian Klein, the Pixel Engineer, has dug up another awesome European localization. It's a second Spanish DROsoft box that includes a combination of both Secret Missions in the same package! The reverse side of each has been translated and combined into one, but the included paper inserts appear to still be in English. (2018-03-15)
Goodbye, Stephen Hawking
The extraordinary theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away and tributes are pouring in from across the internet. As a genius thinker and pioneer in space, he made his mark on the whole genre of science-fiction, including Wing Commander. On the universe map, star systems are often named after developers, authors and even fans. (2018-03-14)