BREAKING NEWS: Is a New Wing Commander Already In the Works? (September 8, 2011)

Bigt028

Rear Admiral
Interesting that Tom Wilson explained to a "voice over session" and "project so secret" and "shredded my script right after" that his participation is completed. Maybe getting the actors together to add voice talent as Extras for the Acedemy DVD....

I also like the idea of an animated Wing Commander Game, with voice overs from the Wing III cast..
 

Bandit LOAF

Long Live the Confederation!
I wondered if EA were building up to something, with the re-release of privateer and WC1 and 2 on GOG, I wondered to myself if they were ramping interest in Wing Commander, or trying to gauge interest or something. Then with the confirmation of the WC Academy cartoons on DVD as well, just coincidence? or part of something bigger i thought?

As best I can tell, this is a pure, many-sided coincidence.

The GOG releases *are* (or were) actually part of an EA promotion... but not for Wing Commander. The plan was that they were supposed to coincide with the "Ultima Forver" social game launch. EA would get good press for finally making their back catalog available and in the process plug their new game. Unfortunately, things fell apart. Bioware delayed Ultima to February 2012 as part of their need to have all hands on deck for SWtOR... but the GOG deal was already signed (that's why EA launched the "ultimaforever.com" website the same day as the GOG announcement, seemingly for no apparent reason as all mention of the game it was to promote was removed.)

(History won't record this, but the Wing Commander aspect was actually on us. We pitched the idea of EA putting out a special version of Wing Commander I for the 20th anniversary. We even put together an /awesome/ proof of concept version, which remains far cooler than the GOG release. EA was really surprised by the reaction Paul Barnett's tweets about our idea got (it ended up in the print version of PC Gamer) and so it went into the GOG deal. Given the apparent greater interest in the GOG Wing Commander re-releases, someone may be questioning the idea to choose Ultima over the Privateer social game about now...)

Wing Commander Academy is surprisingly also a coincidence. I've been speaking with the producer of the set--who is a REALLY nice guy--and he was shocked about both the digital releases and the unannounced Chris Roberts project (and other things). His company licenses 'cult' TV shows that wouldn't be profitable for major studios to release and markets them to their particular fanbases. They chose Wing Commander Academy on the strength of the voice cast, not knowing there was an active Wing Commander community at all. So along the lines of--'ah, Star Wars and Back to the Future fans might be into this'. (They're also putting out a set of the 1975 Invisible Man series with Privateer 2's David McCallum, based on his current popularity on "NCIS.") The licensing process didn't involve EA at all, in fact--just NBC/Universal.

(Which is actually how we got involved. We recieved a generic Cease-and-Desist from NBC because of the copies of Academy on YouTube, which all mention our site in their description. I replied explaining that those actually weren't us, but we did have the DivX downloads. We'd been given permission from EA but would be happy to take them down if they were the right holders. And by the way was there some reason they were interested in Academy all of the sudden? And apparently I was so unexpectedly polite to this poor woman who's whole job is to yell at fans of NBC properties for streaming their videos illegally that she went above and beyond and put me in touch with the people who had licensed the DVD set from them... and that's how we got here!)

I think the Tom Wilson thing is PROBABLY a coincidence (probably the rumored Back to the Future-related project... Wing Commander is a big deal to us, but it's not exactly going to be TOP SECRET once it's in full production)... but the Unreal 3 bit is a good catch. If you don't mind I'll do a followup post talking about your leads, though!
 

Dundradal

Frog Blast the Vent Core!
(History won't record this, but the Wing Commander aspect was actually on us. We pitched the idea of EA putting out a special version of Wing Commander I for the 20th anniversary. We even put together an /awesome/ proof of concept version, which remains far cooler than the GOG release.

I have to agree and I'm just a bit partial since it would have been my copy of WC1 that would have be released to the world :D

The guys did an awesome job on the launcher and icons. I hope one day we can show everybody else it as well.
 

WCblitz

Captain
Hmm, I agree that the old pilots (and actors) are a bit old perhaps to be in a cockpit, but I'd love to see a story where perhaps the old gang(Paladin and Maniac) go after Blair to find out what happened to him on the other side of the Alien Gate. Perhaps a faint msg might get out after all theses years and Maniac and Paladin have to steal a ship and become outlaws just to search for Blair. (think Star Trek 3), one last great adv....or and perhaps one of Blair's girls (The Pilot or the Grease monkey from Wc3/4....sorry been a awhile I forgotten there names) was pregnant and we get to play the child of Blair (or for a twist how about playing the Child of Maniac), and how about another weird plot twist what if both the kids of Blair and Maniac are serving together and one is a Girl.......(the kids of Blair and Maniac becoming a couple and you play one of them in a bunch of missions and it finishes up where you find out what happened to Blair or even rescue him)....Ok my mind is kinda going a little weird there but its still great news.
 

Delance

Victory, you say?
This is very exciting. Let’s just hope it really happens – or at least something happens. The timing certainly seems very right for a big comeback for Wing Commander.
 

Flashpoint

Rear Admiral
On that document, also listed in Detroit is a company called 'Iceman Productions' working on a project called 'Iceman', slated to be a film. Just a coincidence?
 

Farlander

Rear Admiral
I can't see a Wing Commander game being released now as anything I'd care to play, but I'm glad to hear it may be coming back. I'm also interested to see what Chris Roberts finds lacking in the cinematic storytelling of games today and what he plans to do differently.
 

ChrisH

Spaceman
As long as it had good game play and good story, this would have to be epic; how could it not be?! I imagine any new Wing Commander would more than likely be a complete reboot, if a mass market audience of any type is to be captured? That would also enable all the old cast to do voice work as the pilots we know and love...

I don't know. I don't care.

So exciting!
 

c0mc0

Rear Admiral
Does any one know of the $31 million figure is the figure quote for the project cost or a more generic figure of the company's expenditure - ie, price of setting up a studio, rent, hiring staff etc? If it's the actual budget of the game, it is very promising indeed as $31 million would rank it very highly in terms of video game development budgets...Check out this link...
http://www.digitalbattle.com/2010/02/20/top-10-most-expensive-video-games-budgets-ever/

Halo 3 cost ~$30m according to that list...

If it is a project cost, EA (presumably) are putting some serious cash into this one, so we should be able to expect a AAA title...
 
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