Origin composer Barry Leitch, who did music and sound work for Righteous Fire, Wing Commander 2 SNES and other titles, was kind enough to send us a pair of old Origin documents he happened to dig up. The first is a simple list of music... but it's music from the great lost game, Wing Commander 2 SNES! Another small hint at what the port would have been like: to fit it onto a tiny SNES cartridge they ahd cut the music down from forty-odd tracks to only seventeen.
The second document comes from Wing Commander III. It seems he was given the tedious task of going through all the recorded wingmen dialogue to see where it differed, even slightly, from the printed script. This was done to give the French and German versions, being developed at the same time, an even more accurate translation. Note especially the lack of a particular curse in several instances: apparently the decision to use less strong language was made late in the process but before the actual recording session. Storyboards for the game also show Blair saying 'fuck you' instead of 'screw you' to Thrakhath in the game's excellent interactive losing endgame!
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)