Behind the Scenes: Selling Privateer Online

Before Origin could develop Privateer Online in the late 1990s, they had to sell it to Electronic Arts. Alert readers are already familiar with the Privateer Online Design Layout (available in our Document Archive) submitted to the corporate office to explain how the game would work. To go alongside this document, the team also created a multimedia website to help sell the game. Thanks to an anonymous donor, you can now find that site here. The best part? The site features several never-seen-before preliminary ship renderings from the lost game!

The first couple shots appear to be a modular Vaktoth. The Crusader and Aurora, heavy fighters in the Border Worlds and Confed arsenal, are pictured next, and if you look closely, the last shot even has a swarm of Piranhas and Devastators.

Origin has an extreme edge over the competition with its strong properties like Wing Commander and Ultima. While most companies are struggling to create these properties AND communities from the ground up, Origin has several properties that fit perfectly in a persistent world environment. Each of these properties has an established loyal fan base and history that has been adored by fans for years. The next Origin property to go online? Wing Commander: Privateer.

With all that said Privateer with the strong universe backing and proven Wing Commander history proves to be the most extensive, entertaining and encompassing space based Online community in gaming history. PERIOD.

There's a ton of detailed information buried in the Privateer Online site, so make sure you check out all the various sections and links. Don't miss the areas describing how the game might control in flight, how players could interact and how ship components would combine to create over half a million different combinations. Potential sectors and systems are also diagrammed in detail. You can find a brief article describing the circumstances around Privateer Online's cancellation here.

Wing Commander Online Was Another Attempt

Privateer Online wasn't the only online Wing Commander game that met an unfortunate end. We've previously reported on concept art from Wing Commander Online. These images were on the drawing board in 1998, a year or so before the game was cancelled and the Privateer Online project was begun. There are some similarities between the POL and WCO concept shots, but they were made by different artists. You can find more here. Although it's sad that these games were never produced, it's really exciting to get an inside look at what would have been.


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New Seahawk Model's In It To Win It
2016-12-10 -- Now that DefianceIndustries has so many mainline fighters and capships under his belt, it's time to move on to some of the lesser seen support craft like the Seahawk. There aren't a whole lot of these in the wild, so it's a really nice thing to see. It's also still a preliminary model - the completed picture below is a copy of the Origin high quality render.

Watch the Wing Commander 3 Intro in Japanese
2016-12-09 -- Did you know that Japan received a fully localized version of Wing Commander 3? If you would like to find out what Blair, Tolwyn, Paladin and Eisen sound like in Japanese, you can view the introduction video on YouTube. Thanks to -danr- for the tip!

Fleet Action & Heart Of The Tiger Released; Action Stations Confirmed!
2016-12-08 -- There's lots of great news to report in the world of Wing Commander ebooks! As expected, Wing Commanders Fleet Action and Heart of the Tiger were released this week in all major formats: Baen eBook, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks and more. These are the second and third releases after Freedom Flight led the charge in July.

Denis Loubet's Wing Commander Christmas Card Inbound!
2016-12-07 -- Former senior Origin artist Denis Loubet has posted some nifty preview pics for his 2016 Christmas card, and it'll be Wing Commander-themed this year! Hobbes will be featured prominently, and you can see a preview below. He'll reveal the full art for all next month, but if you'd like a printed and signed copy, you might still have time to become a Patron on Patreon and get him your mailing info if you act very fast.

Wing Commander Discounted Up To 85%!
2016-12-06 -- GOG's Winter Sale is heating up, and a selection of Origin and EA games is being discounted this week. The sale page invites you to select up to 10 titles at up to 50% off. Whether intentional or not, the Wing Commander games are currently showing at just $0.

MechWarrior 5 Announced!
2016-12-05 -- The MechWarrior series will be getting a new single-player sequel! MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries was just announced at Mech Con 2016. It will be made by Piranha Games, the studio behind the MechWarrior Online multiplayer-only shooter that's been running for the past couple years.

Terran Fighters Ready To Lock & Load
2016-12-04
Annual Call For Award Nominations
2016-12-03 -- Somehow it's December already, and we're trying to be a bit more timely about our annual awards festivities this year. This is our chance to recognize many of the great things that the fan community constantly puts out. Our eighteenth annual Fan Project and Website of the Year Awards will kick off as the year comes to a close, so now's your chance to nominate.

Retro Gaming Podcast Interviews The Fat Man
2016-12-02 -- Retro Hour, a UK-based retro gaming podcast, has posted an in-depth audio interview with Wing Commander composer George The Fat Man Sanger. They talk about the origins of his artist name, his early work for slot machines and Atari, the 7th Guest, creative process and the demo scene. The segment with Sanger starts at around the 21:30 mark and the subject briefly turns to Wing Commander at 39:00.

WCSO Improvements Enhance Your Ship's Shake, Rattle & Roll
2016-12-01 -- Building on his cockpit research last month, DefianceIndustries has managed to better understand cockpit framing and motion in the Vision Engine. If you click through the gallery quickly, you can start to see how fluid motion in front of a fully detailed dashboard would be pretty cool. There are some other potential upgrades that Defiance mentions below as well...

Flashy Encounter Peeks At Project's Potential
2016-11-30 -- Adm_maverick has jumped a few more technical hurdles on the way towards his Prophecy Video Project. He's been working with multiple video and audio editors to figure out how to change the names that appear under talking heads and add in new voiceover segments. This new test video shows off this blend of dynamic elements with comm chatter superimposed over external camera footage in one of the early WCP missions.

Another Exciting Day At Action Central
2016-11-29 -- L.I.F.

That's A Heck Of A Scratching Post...
2016-11-28 -- After all the Confed Forces got a bunch of big bases, the Kilrathi were left needing a place to stay. The new stations outlined here are a great start! Melek's starbase from WC4 makes an appearance as the trading port in the Wing Commander mod for Sins of a Solar Empire.

New Dimension Added To Flat Universe's Space Combat
2016-11-27 -- Flat Universe has achieved a major milestone! After months of dedicated effort, multiplayer combat has now been successfully implemented. The screenshots below show off the team's ceremonial first dogfight between a Hornet and Dralthi.

Militia Forces To The Rescue
2016-11-26 -- DefianceIndustries is here to brighten your weekend with a wonderful sunrise scene over Nephele. It shows the BWS cavalry dashing in to save a transport with a rugged assortment of tough ships. A mixed force of Rapiers, Razors, Vindicators and a Thunderbolt should be plenty to take on just about any pirate threat!

Origin's Space Rogue Added To GOG Lineup
2016-11-25 -- What should you get for the Wing Commander fan who has everything? GOG is here to help with the recent addition of Space Rogue, a space sim published by Origin about two years before Chris Roberts' Wing Commander arrived on the scene. The game was designed by Paul Neurath who went on to fame with Ultima Underworld and the System Shock series.

Happy Thanksgiving!
2016-11-24 -- Happy Thanksgiving to our readers out there in the US today! We know there's Wingnuts from all around the world tuning in, and we hope everyone has a great day and weekend coming up too. Owing to its Pilgrim origins, this is a convenient time to remind fans about a Wing Commander novel that few have read, Pilgrim Truth.

Boosted Bug Bothers Bombers
2016-11-23 -- As many of you skate into what's hopefully an extended weekend, check out this Nephilim interceptor from Dark Sentinel. The image below shows a comparison between the original and his upgraded version, which is nearly a ten-fold polygon increase. All the smoothness gained here significantly helps the organic feel that the ship should have.

WCSO Update Investigating Cockpit Upgrades & Capship Implementation
2016-11-22 -- It's been one year since we first reported on DefianceIndustries' Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack. Although he's had to reprioritize and shift focus among some other projects over the last few months, he posted an update to assure fans that progress is still being made. The latest research goes inside the ships to determine how cockpits might be improved.

More Translations Complete, Kilrathi Pirate Base Looms For WC RPG
2016-11-21 -- It's been a while since we've checked in with the Wing Commander RPG, but it should come as no surprise that capi keeps plugging away. Lots of work last month centered around wrapping up the chapter 2.2 section he's been working on and conducting numerous translations into the enhanced Kilrathi language he's designed.

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