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.
And in 2025 we'll find out of Freelancer can live up to the hype...
TAFKAW also found a neat CIC mention in the German PC Games magazine. Apparently we're in the mag's 'Unmissable Internet Sites' booklet:
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.
At long last, the confirmations are in, and we can finally spread the word on who will be attending our next IRC multi-dev chat. I think we have a pretty solid line-up, with a nice mixture of game developers within the genre. Here are the details:
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 be an 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
Complete chat info can be found here, and there's a servers list at Gameslink.
Jack Bliteworthy writes. Police on Hephaestus are cracking down on a Nerve Toxin manufacturing ring. Suspicions were arounsed when a routine militia patrol encountered an unmarked Ogan-class transporter in a restricted airspace. Scanners revealed it to be loaded to the gunwhales with Leggatin A, a highly toxic substance favoured by many terrorist organizations. The smuggler was fired upon and destroyed, but large quantities of Nerve Toxins are reported to be freely available on the Hephaestus black market.