As we mentioned on Thursday, Cloud Imperium Games hosted "Citizen Con 2013" in downtown Austin on October 10. The gathering was primarily a summit to bring together the internal and external development teams that are producing Star Citizen on a global scale. Designers, programmers and artists are busy working in Austin, multiple Southern California locations, Montreal and even Mexico to bring the massive space sim undertaking together.
The meat of Thursday's event included highlight reels from each major development group and independent team to illustrate what they do. There are quite a few former Wing Commander veterans collaborating on the project, including the recent addition of voidALPHA, which is led by Mark Day. Mr. Day was a major force behind the live actor video includes in WC3, WC4 and Prophecy, and he's been a friend to the online WC community since the mid 1990s when he started visiting fans on IRC. Another big reveal included the addition of Erin Roberts to the CIG staff. His experience goes all the way back to both Privateer games and Starlancer, and his team in Manchester will now be taking the lead on the Squadron 42 single player campaign. There was also a special showing of the WC4 Theatrical Trailer and Wing Commander Movie held after the main festivities.
A 90-minute recording of the show has been posted online here. In addition to everything mentioned above, it included Wing Commander fan extraordinaire Ben Lesnick talking about his design work on Star Citizen and introducing community fan photo winners on stage with Chris Roberts. Check it out!
Upper Memory Block Walks Down Memory Lane
The Upper Memory Block podcast has kicked off a fun play-through of Wing Commander 2. Game streaming is a common pastime this days and there are lots of folks out there recording their Wing Commander sessions, so we don't highlight them all. But UMB is a big fan of the Wing Commander series, and they have a lot of similar contemporary interests to Wingnuts. (2018-03-22)
Homeworld Mod Deploys Black Lance
It's a big week for the Homeworld Remastered Mod! Their long-awaited Black Lance upgrade has now been released. Fans can grab it at either the Steam Workshop or ModDB, but users with a current copy will get the update automatically. (2018-03-21)
New WC Toolbox Expands WC2 Campaign Support
The WC Toolbox has gotten smarter with another new update. Version 4.2. (2018-03-20)
Kilrathi Fleet Gets Large Scale LLOD Upgrades
A couple of monster models have made their way into the Last Line of Defense project. Using some newly discovered information, Deathsnake has scaled up his fearsome Rigakh cruiser. Fairly credible stats imply it's even larger than the Confederation class dreadnought! (2018-03-19)
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)