With no one available to create missions for the dated Secret Ops we are moving to another engine. Right now we need someone to refine and complete the story and someone who is capable of creating CG sequences. Once the new engine has been chosen and released I will hopefully be able to turn the project over to whoever appears to be the most talented at using it.
[14:23] ([CIC]Cpl Hades) Thanks Beth :) Hey Warthog guys. :) Quick question...have you considered releasing the Privateer 2 source code to renew interest in the game like what has happened with games like Quake and Descent?
[14:23] (StarLancer) We don't own the Privateer 2 source code, thats an EA/Origin decision.
[14:24] ([CIC]Cpl Hades) Hmm, would you know who to contact to try to get it?
[14:25] (StarLancer) Not sure on that one, it would have to be head of development at Origin probably...
[16:49] (Cronoss) What are the controls like (will we have many keys to function, like most space-sims, or will it be simpistic?)
[16:49] (P_Markus) Cronoss: Much like Wing Commander, with additional sliding.
[13:51] (Crytek_Adam) Silent Space overall is a sci-fi combat simulation much in the genre of Wing Commander and FreeSpace
Wing Commander OnlineMore proof that although unannounced, Origin is indeed working on the next Wing Commander game.
Internet Comeback w/o Chris Roberts but with Andy Hollis (Longbow)
We at Twisted Animations are having a contest. The contest is make your own fighter for WC: Lost Universe and WCSO. First Prize is having your fighter in our game. Second prize is a role in the game.Submissions can be sent to Bloodfeast@uswest.net.
At long last, the confirmations are in, and we can finally spread the wordon who will be attending our next IRC multi-dev chat. I think we have apretty solid line-up, with a nice mixture of game developers within thegenre. Here are the details:Complete chat info can be found here, and there's a servers list at Gameslink.
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2000
Time: 1 PM Eastern/6 PM GMT
Where: Gameslink IRC Network (IRC Client required)
Guests: Representatives from Deep Space, Freespace 2, Parsec, Silent Space,Starlancer, Terminus, and UFS Vanguard
Format: The majority of the chat will be moderated, but there will also bean unmoderated period of time with the developers.
Specifically for you Lancers, here are the reps from Warthog:
Rob Taylor-Hendry -- Designer and Project Co-ordinator
Paul Hughes -- Lead Programmer
Phil Meller -- Designer and Art Manager
Nick Elms -- Designer and Team Leader
The German PC Games also mentions www.wcnews.com in a booklet which came with the mag, called: "Unmissable internet sites." It's filed under the fan sites for wing commander 1-5. They also added a 'best-site-per-page' box to show you the best site on the page you're reading, unfortunately www.wcnews.com was beaten by the fan-site of Ultima 9. They also added as comments to www.wcnews.com : At www.wcnews.com you can await information and multiple details of all 5 parts of the space opera and side-kicks like Privateer. The movie as well. Fan-meetings and other 'schnik-schnak' (stuff), for example Kilrathi handwriting, are there.
Ratings (1-3 stars):
Actuallity (Originality?): ***
Information Available: ***
1/2000:And in 2025 we'll find out of Freelancer can live up to the hype...
Award: most unnoticed film premiere
Imagine, the directing debut of Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts enters the American cinemas - and nobody goes to see it. Everybody is waiting for Star Wars Episode 1. Result: Wing commander - The Movie flops. The film opens in Germany on 23/12/99
Will there be FMV in Freelancer? Oh god, no! Chris Roberts has learnt from the crappy Wing Commander movie and now uses 3D characters. What's the difference between Freelancer and Wing Commander? Freelancer is much, much bigger and doesn't attach you to linear missions. It actually reminds you more of a mix between ultima online and privateer.
The Orinomes created the Nephilim. After the Nephilim were defeated in WC:Secret Ops, they went to war with the Orinomes. After one of the battles marking the beginning of the Nephilim-Orinome War, Blair (alive and stuck in a distant region) proceeds into the unknown space and finds an ancient space station.Erm.. yeah.
Searching the station he notices Latin writing and skeletal remains of humans. Accessing the computer database and translating it through his ship's computer system he learns through historical records of the background of these ancient space faring Terrans.
Suddenly, an alert sounds and his ship's computer identifies a battle carrier-type vessel unknown to him. However, the station's records identify the battle carrier as Orinome in origin. The Orinome soldiers quickly board the station and find Blair. Translating their conversation through a communications device Blair received news of the Nephilim and how they are at war with the Orinomes. Thus, lost in this unknown region of space, he makes an allegiance to the Orinomes.
Years later, the war between the Nephilim and Orinomes still goes on, but the Orinomes are about to lose. Blair, commander of an Orinome Fleet, decides to try and get a message through to Confederation space via a Nephilim array the Fleet stole months before. He sends a message through, asking for help...
By luck and chance, Captain Lance Casey receives the message. Others think it as a trap, but Casey tells them that if it IS Blair he is in need of help. Casey even appeals to Senator "Paladin" Taggart, and with his help strings are pulled. The TCS Wolf's Bane, a new type of ship, is ordered on her maiden voyage through the gateway. Paladin, Casey, Maniac and other old friends go along and upon going through the gateway they join up with Blair and his Alien Fleet.
1. Double Impact
2. Home Alone
3. Day Of The Dead
4. Home Alone 2 - Lost In New York
Tch. "Kilarthi" and "2564." Despite the various little mistakes in the review, it obtained the highest rating this week.
WING COMMANDER (PG):
The hit computer game has been turned into a special-effects adventure that is sure to keep children more than happy on a miserable winter's day.
It is set in 2564 and Earth is caught in a brutal war with the Kilarthi, a vicious, bloodthirsty alien race.
They have captured a computer which they are planning to use to jump behind enemy lines and destroy the planet.
Freddie Prinze Jr and Matthew Lillard star as a couple of space pilots who set out to see off the Kilarthi and save the world.
Out to rent on monday (Fox Pathe).
Rating: 7 out of 10
If you think you know the odd one out, mail me. I'll post the correct answers at the weekend. The closing date for the magazine competition is 21 January, so you'll still have plenty of time to enter if you can get hold of a copy of the magazine. The magazine prize is £100 (US$160). The CIC prize is.. uhm.. an honorable mention.
- Clive Owen first shot to fame in the 1990 TV series Chancer, playing dealer Stephen Crane.
- Born in Coventry, Clive's parents split when he was very young and he didn't meet his father until he was 19.
- A reluctant heart-throb, Clive is happily married to Sarah Jane and has two children, Hannah and Eve.
- Clive's biggest TV break has been starring as Gary in Men Behaving Badly.
- In 1996, Clive went to Hollywood to make the movie Rich Man's Wife with American star Halle Berry.
All together Wing Commander received almost 75% of the votes. Strike Commander dominates the Combat Sim category with almost 50%. You can still cast your vote here.
- Wing Commander 66.1%
- X-Wing Series 16.6%
- Freespace 1/2 7.2%
- Privateer 1/2 6.6%
- Descent Series 3.3%
Designers Evaluate Reader Ideas
You have a great idea for a game, but no one wants to have it? We do! PC Games makes it possible: You know what game plays best, have the concept for a potential hit in the bag and don't know what to do? We submit your idea to an experienced designer, who comments on them personally and evaluates them in PC Games. This is no false modesty: sketch your concept in a letter, and we'll take over. Make certain to send a real concept, complete with sketched levels, characters, a background history and such things. Postcards with things like "a mixture of Half Life and Commander and Conquer" do not meet this requirement.
Send the concept and the name of the desired designer to:
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When Ultima Online became Origin's most profitable game ever, they made the decision to ditch single player entirely and instead produce only multiplayer games in future.
Given that Origin was best known for the Ultima and Wing Commander series, which had always been single player only in the past, this was something of a leap of faith. But if the current stampede of online games is anything to go by, it looks as if their faith in multiplayer gaming will be rewarded.