Not content to simply capture one, Fistius is building his own Thrakhra-class ComCon (for the unfamiliar, that's the impressive Kilrathi communications ship seen towards the end of the Wing Commander movie)! He says: "Its early days at the moment. The finished model will be about 35cm long and will be 1/1400 scale... My references are the movie and the Confed Handbook. Oh and yes, that is a Lego dish, one of 3 Lego bits used so far!" I can't wait to see more!
This is part nine of our series highlighting archived copies of Point of Origin, Origin Systems' internal newsletter. It's December 20, 1991 and this is the last issue of the year. What kind of year will 1992 be for Wing Commander? The only game scheduled in Special Operations 2 - but a host of ports, updated and licensed versions are also in the works...
A very special thanks to Joe Garrity of the Origin Museum for making this resource available and to Electronic Arts for sending them to him in the first place!
Here's the breakdown for Wing Commander:
- Close, But No Cigar has disappointing news for Wing 2 - it lost a major award: "Wing 2 misses Brit Game of the Year. London--All eyes (ours, at least) were on Wing 2 last night at the Industry Awards dinner.Wing 2 was up for 'Game of the Year' against some stiff competition. Alas, the intercontinental word from Jennie Evans is that Lemmings got the nod. ... As they say at the Academy Awards, 'It's an honor simply to be nominated,' especially when you consider that Wing 2 was the only PC title to make it to the ballot. Wing 2 is still picking up other trophies, though. Check out 'At Press Time' on page 2."
- At Press Time has better news for WC2: "Inside, Wing 2 picks up the award for 'Action/Adventure Game of the Year,' 'Best Opening Sequence,' and 'Best Sound Effects & Speech.' The CGR staff also voted it one of the three best sequels of 1991. Once again, congrats to the team for an unbeatable product."
- Name Game hints at two Origin products in the works - ones that would become Ultima VII Part 2 and Privateer: "Here's something to think about over the Christmas holidays: names for t wo of the next releases. Both 'Serpent Isle' and 'Next Frontier' are out of the running because of possible trade-mark problems. ... 'Next Frontier' was the working title for the system simulator dealing with the commercialization of space. If you want an idea of how dire the situation, 'This Space for Rent' is one of the top entries right now. Warren promises a free lunch to anyone who comes up with a name for either game. We're still looking for more names for the hero in the Wing Commander fiction. The person submitting the entry will also get to name a character and call sign in the computer version of Wing 3."
Point of Origin
Vol. 1, No. 8 - December 20, 1991
Yule Never Eat Jif Again
Close, But No Cigar
Dear Point Man
At Press Time
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