There are a number of interviews with Raylight that shed some light on the Blue Roses 3D Engine for the Gameboy Advance. Blue Roses is the engine that will be used for Wing Commander Prophecy GBA. Here are some interesting bits from these interviews :
PGC: When do you believe that this technology will be available to the consumer in a final product?
RL: By the end of this year we'll see the first games based on this technology.
Lord Axl: What kind of games will you be launching through BlueRoses?
Massimiliano Di Monda: Certainly, PSX games will be our main target. Games like Metal Gear and Resident Evil will not be a big problem for us. BlueRoses, having been written nearly entirely in Assembler, is so versatile that allows for conversions which are definitely faithful to the original game.
GBA Dome: Star Giants is also some sort of 3D, what's the difference between the Star Giant engine and the 3D engine?
RL: At present (maybe past :)) stage Star Giant is 3D only internally, I mean no polygons at all, it's part of another technology of ours for GBA: the "3D sprite" one! But we are porting now o the 3rd dimension and have all the ships in polygonal models! Stay tuned!
GBA Dome: Why haven't you used the 3D engine for Star Giant?
RL: Simple, because when we started the development of Star Giant BlueRoses didn't exist for AGB... but now...!!!
Flat Universe Tournament Fast Approaching
The final countdown starts now for this weekend's big Wing Commander Flat Universe tournament. It happens at 16:00 UTC June 23-24, and interested players should register by Friday. There are some very cool multiplayer modes that will be deployed in the new version of the game and even a spectator mode. (2018-06-21)
Spanish Special Operations are Extra Special
After seeing the Spanish WC2 that Christian Klein recently acquired, the next natural question was whether DROSoft had also localized the Special Operations. The answer is yes, and it comes in an awesome double pack just like the Spanish Secret Missions! Both are in the same box with the game summaries translated side-by-side on the rear of the packaging. (2018-06-20)
Join The Terran Confederation Space Force!
FekLeyrTarg has released his mini Wing Commander fan film. It takes the form of a recruiting commercial that could be used during the Kilrathi War. There's a nice mix of assets here from a Privateer-style building to Sabre fighters to the hefty Rigakh class cruiser. (2018-06-19)
WCSO Model Upgrade Pack Adds Comm Relay Station
DefianceIndustries has completed the first large scale base for the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack. This is a cool design, and the tiny little flight deck is a nice touch. In addition to making it much more detailed and gorgeous to look at, he's also significantly amped up the destroyability. (2018-06-18)
Happy Father's Day
Many countries celebrate Father's Day today, and we know a lot of Wing Commander fans have recently become dads out there. My little one just turned 16 months old, and I'm happy to that see she grabs a controller and starts pushing buttons whenever she gets a chance.The CIC is more of a news site than a blog, but it's also a community hub more than anything, and it feels right to share this personal story with the community. (2018-06-17)