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  1. Bandit LOAF

    A Near Miss! (August 28, 2020)

    Due to a bug involving missile launchers this Kilrathi tank and Confederation frigate were cut from Wing Commander III. The frigate would be resurrected for WC4! -- Original update published on August 28, 2020
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    Raiders of the Lost Manuals, Part 2 (August 11, 2011)

    We have discovered an additional capital ship commented out of Victory Streak. In the manual's Quark files are located the following specifications for a Confederation heavy carrier: Also interesting--in every manual revision, the dreadnaught is 22,000km long, despite many other changes to...
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    A Portent of Things to Come (July 29, 2020)

    Did you know that Wing Commander’s future history includes a two-century pandemic that forces Earth to quarantine from the rest of the solar system? -- Original update published on July 29, 2020
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    Artist Profile: Glen Johnson (June 8, 2020)

    Let’s take a moment to recognize an often forgotten Black artist whose incredible work influenced a lot of us: Glen Johnson, who was responsible for a lot of the look of the original Wing Commander! Mr. Johnson was a veteran of the comics industry and would be called a concept artist in...
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    All Wings Considered - Episode 37 - LIVE! (February 6, 2020)

    We are BACK! The latest episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is live now! All Wings Considered is the CIC's first ever streaming variety show which features news, conversation and gameplay relating to our favorite series. This week's Nav Points include: Wing Commander III - Loki System - 3DO...
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    On the Voice Acting Talents of Mark Hamill (May 28, 2020)

    Shout out to this outer space pineapple person who appears in multiple Wing Commander Academy episodes. Like many of the show's supporting characters, he's voiced by Mark Hamill! Further research has revealed that his name is FALCON. The other pilot is TRIPOD, which is probably one of the...
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    BREAKING NEWS: Restored Privateer 2 Footage Available (May 20, 2020)

    Very exciting news today that we just can't wait to share: Privateer 2 director Steve Hilliker has posted over an hour of footage from the game's FMV shoot to YouTube! The footage is sourced from a Beta SP tape and has been further restored by a genuine professional... resulting in a better look...
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    Document Archive: On Both Your Houses Premise (May 13, 2020)

    Here's one for the history books: the original four-page story premise for the tenth episode of Wing Commander Academy, "On Both Your Houses". A premise document like this was the first step in developing an episode of the show. Once it was approved by the show's producers it would be expanded...
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    Meet the WC2 Characters... as of 1990! (April 15, 2020)

    I've been staying busy with a little CIC housekeeping. Enjoy a newly-transcribed Wing Commander II development document featuring very early (December 1990) character descriptions! You can find the whole document here. -- Original update published on April 15, 2020
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    They're Boxy but They're Good (March 9, 2020)

    Here’s the Union of Border Worlds’ Avenger torpedo bomber! The Avenger was introduced in Wing Commander IV as a flyable ship. The Avenger was named in honor of the TBF Avenger, also a carrier-based torpedo plan. In lore it was said to have been built by Saab Engineering, a nod to Origin 3D...
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    All About Wing Commander Patches! (March 1, 2020)

    Since everyone is now an expert on space patches I thought it might be fun to share a thread of the prop ones made for Wing Commander! This first one is used on all of the uniforms in Wing Commander III: It’s called the ‘combined forces’ emblem because it was worn during the war by all...
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    Take a Closer Look at WC2's Cut Carrier (January 17, 2020)

    Here's some random Rigakh knowledge to help kickstart your weekend. These are the hand written design notes working out the ships for Wing Commander II... including the cut-for-space Rigakh carrier! It was the Kilrathi flagship, which appears only in cutscenes. Here's the Rigakh 3D model...
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    Goodbye, Syd Mead (December 30, 2019)

    Sad news to report tonight: legendary production artist Syd Mead passed away earlier today at age 83 (obituary). He leaves behind an enormous body of work that has inspired millions and helped define how we envision the future. Mead began his career in 1959 as an automotive artist, envisioning...
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    Visual Guide Addendum: Pin-Ups (December 21, 2019)

    Last week, we released a visual guide to propaganda posters in the Wing Commander movie which included a great deal of information. But readers were quick to point out one thing it did not include: the various pin-ups that also decorate the pilot's mess' walls. For this addendum, we've...
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    Privateer Day: What is a Privateer, Anyway? (June 3, 2011)

    Consider this a miniature "WC vs. History"! Earlier today you learned that Privateer was originally called "Trade Commander". The change was likely because, well, Trade Commander sounds dreadfully dull (there was actually another pitch at the time called Alien Commander--more on that in coming...
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    Press Clippings (September 13, 2011)

    Click below to download Wing Commander III's "press book"--a large collection of magazine reviews and other clippings about the game maintained by Origin. -- Original update published on September 13, 2011
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    Happy Birthday from Phoenix Roleplaying (August 11, 2012)

    The crew of the Wing Commander: From the Ashes play-by-post roleplaying game were kind enough to send the community their birthday regards: "Phoenix Roleplaying, home of Wing Commander play-by-post game 'From the Ashes,' wishes wcnews.com a very happy birthday." They add that anyone is welcome...
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    Need for Creed (August 11, 2012)

    If you're anything like me you're constantly frustrated that the digital manual included with the CD-ROM edition of Wing Commander Academy does not include the cover art or the back page featuring the "Wingman's Creed." Thanks to a pair of high resolution scans from Sheppard now it does! We've...
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    Vukar (August 11, 2011)

    In fact, it sounded like a milk run. All they had to do was make an orbit or three around a small, insignificant planet the Kilrathi called "Vukar Tag." It was way out in the Kilrathi boondocks. Okay, so it was in enemy territory, but it was closer to the Fleet than to Kilrah, and they had the...
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    Inhabiting the Tri-System (August 11, 2011)

    This set of photographs includes a number unpublished (and somewhat arty!) photographs taken on the set of Privateer 2: The Darkening. Included here are Erin Roberts, John Hurt as Joe Kane, Clive Owen as Lev Arris, David McCallum as the Canera Captain, Brian Blessed as Uncle Kashumai and...
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