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.
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)
Happy St. Patrick's Day From The Green Salthi
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Explore Wing Commander History as Prelude to Star Citizen
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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)