The guys over at Raylight report that Puissance Pocket, a French GBA site, has an excellent article about Raylight and Prophecy GBA... complete with eight new screenshots! The new screenshots and a translation of the Prophecy-relevant portions of the article follow:
But Raylight is not satisfied to simply create video games: in March, the company announced the development of a new 3D engine, BlueRoses. This technology is very impressive, and it shows the power of the Game Boy Advance's hardware. This is truly 3D, and the character animation looks fantastic.
All of this is memory intensive: Wings will need an 8 megabyte cartridge, while Wing Commander will need 4 megabytes. Why are the sizes so different? Massimiliano di Monda, Vice-President of Raylight, explains: "Wing Commander uses a 4 mb cartridge because it makes use of our 3D Blue Roses engine, while Wings uses a sprite-based engine." The difference is clear!
From Star Giants to Wing Commander
Raylight Studios will use their own engine in several of their games, like Wing Commander Prophecy, which we showed you in January. Bicouli presented a game called Star Giants, which was very "Wing Commander-ish". Since then, we have learned that Star Giants has become Wing Commander. Crazy, yes?
The game is a beautiful example of what Raylight is able to do: use the existing technology without becoming a slave to it! Raylight has tried to bring new life to a game which 386DX owners discovered eleven years ago, adding new music to an ambience that will always be... special.
The game of the last century has thusly found a new youth, with ships and environments designed with the style of the day. There will be about thirty ships available, twenty fighters and ten capital ships.
50 missions will be available, with many varied objectives: capture an enemy base, defend your own base, defend yourself, the missions will not fail! As in the original game, you can discuss your missions with other pilots in the bar, and the scenario will change according to your results.
Raylight is happy to add an original feature: a multiplayer mode is included with the program, making it possible to play the missions with four players! Most importantly, though, it remains faithful to Wing Commander by having rich, complex scenarios where your actions will have major consequences on the outcome of the game.
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)
Paper Cruiser Returns Stronger & Better Armed
Adm_Maverick's Tallahassee papercraft cruiser is back again in a whole new way. This second major iteration improves on the first in a number of ways, including how the main hull fits together. It also has interior components that form the bow-mounted capship missile launcher. (2018-02-19)