This issue of The Point of Origin (September 20) represents a high water mark for Wing Commander fandom -- with a whole host of amazing spinoffs getting ready to appear. Who can forget the anticipation as we read these very articles about Privateer 2, Wing Commander Academy and Kilrathi Saga?
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!
- In Ink has some material on Privateer 2:
Two months ago, PC Gamer editors made their way to Austin to see what was cooking. The result was 12 pages of pictures and articles in the latest issue featuring all of our upcoming products from Privateer 2 to Ultima IX to the Wing Commander Academy animated series... As for products, Garry Whitta and Michael Wolf were obviously impressed with what they saw... Whitta, Gamer's Editor-in-Chief, was given a full demo of Privateer 2 during the visit and he too came away with plenty of positive impressions. "Fans of Privateer are in for a treat," Whitta wrote. "The British design team based in Manchester, England, and led by Erin Roberts has pulled out all the stops to make The Darkening ORIGIN's most impressive space opera yet."
There's even some interesting support articles regarding Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga, Wing Commander Academy (the animated series which kicks off tomorrow on the USA cable network) and former ORIGINite Chris Roberts, who had some eyebrow-raising quotes about his departure from EA/ORIGIN.
After you've read PC Gamer, you can check out the October issue of Computer Games Strategy Plus, which features Privateer 2 on its cover. Editor Steve Bauman also flew into Austin two months ago to do research on his cover story (check out the other picture with this article). "It (Privateer 2) looks like it has the depth, beauty and gameplay to win over a new generation of gamers, one which has grown accustomed to being blown away with each ORIGIN release. Once you enter battle you get a superb 3D engine, faster than Wing Commander's, with high-resolution graphics and a series of little details setting it apart from the pack."
... Look for more feature stories on Privateer 2 in October's PC Games, Computer Gaming World and Computer Player.
- News In Briefs includes two Wing Commander stories: "Wing Commander Academy: The Animated Series - Inspired by the wildly successful line of award-winning, top-selling 'Wing Commander' interactive CD-ROM computer games, the new action adventure animated series WING COMMANDER ACADEMY soars into a cartoon stratosphere starting tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 21) at 10:30 a.m. on the USA Network (the show repeats at 9 a.m. Sundays)." and "Congratulations! - The Origin Creative Services Department has once again been honored by Graphic Design:USA. This year, we received American Graphic Design Awards for the following items: Wing Commander IV Poster: Artwork by Sam Yeates and the Wing IV Team. Art Direction by Jennifer Davis."
- The London Report has news of the recent ECTS conference: "With a 2 tiered, 3000 square foot, hardwood floor booth, EA featured key titles such as Privateer 2, Longbow, Soviet Strike, Dungeon Keeper, Die Hard and Andretti Racing."
- This issue features another Product Support Spotlight Letter:
I would like to recognize one of your tele-support technicians, Anthony Salter, for the outstanding support provided with a problem encountered with the installation of Wing Commander IV. As a former employee of a large computer manufacturer selling and supporting systems over the telephone, I am familiar with the heavy requirements placed on these members of any organization supporting hardware or software in today's market.
The support provided was outstanding through the entire process, including the front-end phone system. I smoothly worked through the menus and was quickly greeted by Anthony moments after being placed in the queue. It was apparent to me from my experience that the system provided to Anthony was well designed to support me as well as capture the relevant data to support me on future calls. Anthony guided me precisely to a solution and waited to assure that the solution worked. It is not always the case that the consumer receives such prompt and accurate support, but it was a pleasure to receive this for the purposes of loading a game and not a business application for once.
I take the time to write this letter as I hear my son blasting away at oncoming intruders from another planet, or something like that. I commend Anthony and your organization for exceeding my expectations from a software vendor. You can count on our continued business.
Robert, Matt, and Brian W.
Point of Origin
Vol. VI, No. 7 - September 20, 1996
Spotlight: Crusader: No Regret Ships!
From the "Uh, Whatever" Files
Ultima Goes Hollywood
News In Briefs
The London Report
Product Support Spotlight Letter
... and a fun cookout was had by all...