We've had a full color version of the scene where Wilson orders Blair to the Black Lance transport for some time in XanMovie format. In WC4 the scene is only played in-flight. Now Tolwyn from WC Saga has provided a high quality version ripped straight from the DVD in Divx format.
You can download the 5MB video here. The CIC also has a mirror here.
2014-03-08 -- After a bit of a hiatus, we present the final chapter in our Ships of the Victory Battle Group series. The best, of course, saved for last.The TCS Victory is a Yorktown-class light carrier.
2014-03-07 -- "Officially amazing" is the catchphrase of Guinness World Records. For a number of years now they have been publishing a version of their popular record book geared towards video games. Unsurprisingly, Wing Commander makes the grade in several categories.
2014-03-06 -- Here's a little something I've had on the back-burner for a while now. After Outlander came out LOAF got me in touch with Chris Roberts and I sent him a number of questions about the Wing Commander movie. I had a pile of follow up questions that hopefully Chris will be kind enough to address someday, but, alas Chris got sidetracked (presumably with Star Citizen) and we never did finish the interview.
2014-03-05 -- Klavs has completed another terrifying Kilrathi capship to accompany his Fralthi and Snakeir. The Ralari class destroyer has a smaller and more nimble look to it while simultaneously appearing quite menacing. In addition to the reds and browns of the hull, the orange interior lights are a nice accent.
2014-03-04 -- George Oldziey's campaign to create a Wing Commander music album with a live orchestra is nearing the two week mark. Although the funding drive is almost half way finished and more than 200 Wing Commander fans have contributed, it's currently a bit short of 50% of the goal. No money is paid out to finance the album's production unless a minimum of $35,000 is reached, so it's very important that we hit at least that milestone!
2014-03-03 -- Whiplash has posted a tutorial that demonstrates how the engine nozzles on his Hellcat V model came together. From humble beginnings on a sheet of paper, they quickly take on a familiar shape. Add a bit of metallic paint and a thruster is born.
2014-03-02 -- centaurianmudpig has wrapped up his detailed play-through videos of both Wing Commander 2 and Special Operations 1. The WC2 playlist clocks in at 27 different videos and the expansion is 18. Things took an interesting turn at the end of SO1.
2014-03-01 -- Klavs has created this wonderful memorial image featuring the Missing Man Formation. If you'd like to share your thoughts on Mr. Allston's passing, feel free to join others at the CIC Forums here.
2014-02-28 -- Terrible news to report today: author Aaron Allston passed away yesterday at the age of 53. Aaron Allston was a traditional pen and paper game designer, one of many who made the transition to Origin Systems in the late 1980s and helped give the company its distinctive culture during the early years of the Wing Commander and Ultima franchises. Today, Aaron is best known for his incredibly successful (and critically acclaimed) Star Wars novels, but for hundreds of thousands of Wing Commander pilots, he was our first portal into a new universe.
2014-02-27 -- After one week of fund raising, former Origin composer George Oldziey's campaign to create a live orchestra Wing Commander album has reached its first $10,000! There's been a good response so far, but another $25,000 is needed in the next three weeks to get the album made. There's also more music stories from Origin's glory days!
2014-02-26 -- The Maslas Brothers have posted a video of the non-playable Flat Universe demo released last month. For those who didn't get around to installing the last release, it's been recorded and posted online. Just like with the original Wing Commander, the team promises that "what you see is what you play.
2014-02-25 -- UnusualSuspex has put together a very sharp looking Banshee light fighter over at Deviant Art. There's some coppery coloring in select areas, but for the most part, the eye-catching surface features are all the fine details that appear to be modeled and cast a shadow. The image is very high resolution, so anyone out there with a 4K monitor is in for a treat!
2014-02-24 -- George Oldziey's campaign to produce a Wing Commander album recorded by a live orchestra has wrapped up its fifth day. Almost 150 people have now contributed more than $9,000, which puts the project about a quarter of the way to its minimum goal. Mr.
2014-02-23 -- Klavs has yet another idea for his innovative Drayman concept. This time, instead of cargo modules or tanker drums, there's a support module for the Confed Marines. This specialized compartment includes a dock for a dedicated assault shuttle that can then go launch short range raids.
2014-02-22 -- A number of people have reported that alternate history, sci-fi romp Iron Sky contains a reference to Wing Commander. This exchange between two main characters happens around the 55:20 mark:Renate: Do you know how to drive this thing?James: Well, it can't be any different than playing Wing Commander.
2014-02-21 -- It's been a huge first day for Wing Commander composer George Oldziey's Kickstarter campaign! Nearly 100 generous backers have already donated more than $6,000 to help make a live orchestra recording possible! Many fans have provided a lot of feedback, and George has responded with some tweaks and new information.
2014-02-20 -- Amazing news! The composer of Wing Commander 3, 4 & Prophecy, George Oldziey, has launched an exciting Kickstarter project to record a Wing Commander album with a live orchestra! Depending on their pledge level, backers have the opportunity to receive a digital copy of the album, an autographed CD or even be present at the recording.
2014-02-19 -- Arraen has moved on from the Kilrathi corvettes in order to give Confed some similar warships. He's added the Venture as the latest fleet asset in his Unity-based WC strategy mod. With this in place, there are enough ships and game mechanics in place to start limited beta testing soon.
2014-02-17 -- Duckman has made some significant progress on the interior of his Confed carrier rendered in Minecraft. The ship looks pretty sharp from the outside, but the real challenge is making the bridge, pilot's lounge and other familiar locations look reasonably accurate with only colored blocks available. In the second image below, a section of the extior hull has been removed in order to reveal some of the internal deck structure.
2014-02-16 -- Klavs has put together his take on the stalwart classic Drayman transport. It's fine to have plenty of fearsome warships in your fleet, but logistics is what keeps them fighting. We've seen the ship reconfigured before as the Diligent class tanker, but there's another fun variant depicted here as well.
2014-02-15 -- AD noticed a really interesting detail in a promotional picture of the Wing Commander Movie that's been floating around for some time. It shows David Warner portraying Admiral Tolwyn in the film. Upon closer inspection, AD points out that Tolwyn's hand isn't just waving in the air.
2014-02-14 -- centaurianmudpig has finished his video walkthrough of Secret Missions 2: Crusade, recording each mission with commentary. The complete long play video is just over 4 hours long! Check it out below, or through his YouTube channel.
2014-02-13 -- Version 1.0 of Whiplash's Privateer Trade Profit Calculator has been released! It's currently an Excel macro that will give you price info, profit estimates for a given commodity, and overall trading tips to get you the most credits no matter where you are and where you're going.
2014-02-12 -- Duckman has shown off pictures of his attempts to build Wing Commander ships in Minecraft. So far he's got a hybrid Confed carrier and Venture class corvette simulated in the game. He's currently working on outfitting the interiors of these two ships as well as putting together Dralthi and Thunderbolt fighters.
2014-02-11 -- Klavs has taken his recently completed Venture corvette and combined it with his Tiger's Claw model to produce an awesome wallpaper image: 'Nuthin Ventured'. The carrier sets off with two of the corvettes running close escort. Their bright engine glow imparts a sense of speed as they all race into the blackness of space.
2014-02-10 -- Kevin Cacccamo has released a new version of Blender Commander, a modding tool for Wing Commander Prophecy and Secret Ops. It allows modders to create something in the Blender 3D modeling suite and export it to the Vision engine with less hassle. This is a successor to the OBJ2WCP tool of years past.
2014-02-09 -- Arraen has shown off the newest ship for his strategy-themed Unity game. Due perhaps to its prevalence in WC3, the Kilrathi Kamrani class corvette was at one point a relatively common design in fan projects. It's appeared somewhat less in recent mods as more projects focus on earlier Wing Commander eras.
2014-02-08 -- Ultima Online's producer has announced a major change in the operation of the long-running massively multiplayer game. UO was born in Austin, Texas alongside the Wing Commander series at Origin Systems. It was then transferred to EA Redwood Shores in California and has spent more than seven years being run out of EA/Bioware Mythic/Entertainment in Maryland.