Acronym Party: VG&CE on WC2
Video Games & Computer Entertainment was the first outlet to cover the 'making of' a Wing Commander game, with a cover story on the making of the original game (available here.) Today, we're looking at their articles for the second game in the series, Vengeance of the Kilrathi. The first two pages are from the January 1991 issue which reviewed Wing Commander II. VG&CE's connection to Origin is clear, with the reviewer going into more detail than you would expect about the team building the game. Most interesting, it refers to the upcoming Strike Commander as a Wing Commander prequel. The second article, from March 1991, is focused on strategies for winning the game. One special point of interest: the screenshots in both articles are all pre-release images created by Origin and not actual gameplay captures. The turret layout is different, the young Blair portrait and an unused 'reporters' background are used and even the screenshot of Thrakhath does not match the finished game's script.