Today we're looking at a little known file that was released 19 years ago today. The demo for Privateer 2: The Darkening actually has a somewhat shrouded past. Even though it was released in early 1997, Origin only arranged distribution for a limited number of magazine cover discs and not on its own FTP server, so relatively few people are familiar with it. Unlike the Prophecy demo and other preview releases, there also wasn't much in the way of new story to see here, so there wasn't a big reason for players at the time to hunt it down. Fortunately, Wing Commander fans save everything, and it exists now in our archives.
There are two new clips with Joe the Bartender, and there's a special time limiter counting down the available free play time in the Tri-System. The Booth is disabled, so options are limited, but emails go come through with emergent missions. For P2 fans, it exists as a pretty interesting artifact, and for Wingnuts who never played the game, now's your chance for a taste! Grab the zip here (53 megs). It installs and runs in DOSBox. If you get a memory error, create a separate empty directory and install there. Check out the background section for controls and other reference material.
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)