Last fall we mentioned a VHS tape with three hours of footage taped on the Wing Commander 3 set. There was a bit of a mix up, and the tape actually contained only a three minute trailer for WC3. The quality on it is quite nice however, so we've prepared a divx for people to check out. The file size of this high quality version is only twice that of the original low quality one, but it looks a whole lot better. Compression sure has improved. You can grab the 37 meg divx here. Today's three minute trailer is actually different from the five minute clip we've posted previously. If you were looking for a good reason to play Wing Commander 3 again, either of these videos should get you in the mood!
On some computers, the sound will cut out if you fast forward ahead in media player. Just watching the video normally with a recent version of divx should be fine. The tape was originally part of Chris Todd's personal collection.
Eder from the Standoff team has explained how the upcoming episodes in this Secret Ops mod will work. Decisions you make in the first episode will have lasting consequences throughout the game.
This is a minor spoiler about the mission tree and overall structure, but no plot information is given away below this point. You can grab episode 1 of Standoff here.
Episode 1 is almost entirely linear... in the end you get a different mission depending on the ship you choose to fly and a different ending cutscene depending on a choice you make in the cockpit. This choice also affects the inflight dialogue and the cutscenes for most of the rest of the game.
Episode 2 is also almost entirely linear. Near the end there's a different mission you might get depending on your performance. This affects your *entire* episode 3 (all missions, the story, all dialogues, etc).
All subsequent episodes work the same way... Meaning there's basically two different episodes 3, two different episodes 4, and two different episodes 5. The path you will get depends on your performance in each episode.
Then, in episode 5, your performance will affect the ending scenes. Some (all?) endings are shared between the two versions of episode 5, so that there's no such thing as a dead-end losing path.