A couple people sent in notes about the new Escapist article on the space sim genre. The piece hop-scotches around the history of space shooters and touches on Wing Commander here and there. Without going into great detail, there's quite a few inaccuracies. A companion timeline was also created to go along with the story. Its info graphics get some dates wrong and take time to rag on the WC Movie and Arena, but forget to mention significant games like Wing Commander IV or the Star/Freelancers.
Wing Commander Prophecy [mistakenly uses a picture from Star Giants and cites an incorrect release date]: The new Vision Engine empowered what was intended to be the first of a trilogy. Despite critical acclaim, poor sales and the financial situation of Origin Systems allowed only an expansion (Secret Ops) to be distributed online in 1998.
The trilogy is an oft-repeated, but debunked, story that still commonly makes the rounds. The game sold better than Wing Commander 4 on a fraction of the budget, and Origin's success with Ultima Online put the company in great financial shape. So good, in fact, that Wing Commander fans got an entirely free 50-mission follow-up game released during an exciting online event the following year...
Upper Memory Block Walks Down Memory Lane
The Upper Memory Block podcast has kicked off a fun play-through of Wing Commander 2. Game streaming is a common pastime this days and there are lots of folks out there recording their Wing Commander sessions, so we don't highlight them all. But UMB is a big fan of the Wing Commander series, and they have a lot of similar contemporary interests to Wingnuts. (2018-03-22)
Homeworld Mod Deploys Black Lance
It's a big week for the Homeworld Remastered Mod! Their long-awaited Black Lance upgrade has now been released. Fans can grab it at either the Steam Workshop or ModDB, but users with a current copy will get the update automatically. (2018-03-21)
New WC Toolbox Expands WC2 Campaign Support
The WC Toolbox has gotten smarter with another new update. Version 4.2. (2018-03-20)
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)