September's announcement of Piranha Games' Transverse was an interesting spectacle, to say the least. It had been rumored that PGI was on the verge of announcing a new Wing Commander title licensed by Electronic Arts. That didn't end up happening, but to what extent the company had the ability to make WC games only added to the controversy. The game that actually appeared was a very different crowdfunded MMO with a quirky backstory - but some of the Wing Commander elements remained! One concept art image in particular included a variety of familiar Confederation missile names. Steve Chinhsuan Wang was the artist involved and has added some additional pictures to his portfolio, and they have a few more interesting aspects. The shots below reveal a Rapier/Raptor style fighter as well as a distinctly Dralthi-esque craft. There are also markings such as "TCS" conspicuously labeled on miscellaneous items. Taken as a whole, it suggests that the developers' goal at one point was to make the game a Wing Commander title, although it's still not clear why they opted not to or if they were ultimately even allowed. You can find more of the game's concept art here.
The following designs were done for Transverse announcement trailer by Piranha Games. As the sole concept artist, I worked closely with the creative director, art director, as well as the whole production team.
I had the opportunity to play multiple roles during the development process. While I mainly design the vehicles, props, and environments of the brand, I often provide lighting/color keys for the 3D artists. I also worked on visualizing gameplay UI as well as marketing contents.
Maverick Gets Pantsed
LOAF is still scratching the surface of his 30 boxes of Academy archival materials, but when he does get a chance to dig in, he uncovers some real gems! Take for, example, Cadet Blair's sorely underrated bottom half. Everyone is all into torsos, but you can't have one without the other! (2018-02-24)
Mark Hamill Premiering New Documentary at SXSW
It's a good week for Mark Hamill fans! In addition to getting his Hollywood star, Mr. Hamill will be returning to the birthplace of Wing Commander next month to help debut a new documentary, The Director and the Jedi, about his work with Rian Johnson on the new Star Wars film. (2018-02-23)
Mark Hamill To Receive Hollywood Star
Thanks in part to his recent success resuming the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, actor Mark Hamill will soon be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony is set for March 8, 2018 at 11:30 am. I'd encourage Wing Commander fans nearby to go check it out, but the crowd will likely be substantial. (2018-02-22)
Banshee Kicks Off Flat Universe's Border Worlds Faction
The first Border Worlds ship for Wing Commander Flat Universe has been announced! The Banshee now joins the battle alongside four Confed and four Kilrathi craft. It's designed to be particularly effective against slower bombers such as the Broadsword or Grikath. (2018-02-21)
New 3D Prints Highlight Gemini Sector Hotness
Sonnich Johannesen has shown off some large scale and beautifully detailed 3D prints from Wing Commander Privateer. The Centurion and (not pictured) Galaxy are from Astrofossil and the Tarsus model was designed by DJFX, who posted some gorgeous pics of his own a while back. The size of each of these is impressive, and Sonnich has posted some neat pictures of these ships coming together on the printer. (2018-02-20)