The Standoff team has released a progress update on the status of Episode 3. Work is proceeding at a better pace than with previous chapters, and the load is being uniformly distributed across the team. The progress meter shows that some cutscene and music work is nearly complete, and all other necessary aspects of the episode are in production. More information on the branching mission tree has been released as well.
Episodes 2-4 can end in just two ways - either you win the episode and go to the winning path of the next episode or you lose and go to the losing path of the next episode. But inside each episode, there can be a bit of branching depending on the player's performance. This branching doesn't, strictly speaking, affect the ending - it does, however, affect how hard it is to win.
In other words - lose episode 2, you go into episode 3 on the losing path. Lose a few missions on the losing path of episode 3, and you go on the losing path of the losing path of episode 3. From there, you still have a chance to win the episode... but the chance is pretty darn miniscule.
On the other hand, if you win all the missions on the losing path of episode 3, you'll be able to get back onto the winning path for episode 4, though it's still not gonna be easy.
It'll be slightly different in episode 5, though. There, you have three different endings - there's a losing ending, a winning ending, and a middle ending (the middle ending is the book ending - so as you can imagine, we'll be working very hard to make sure that most people never see the winning ending).
The original CIC Green Ships Database is more than six years old, and a few parts of it are out of date or incorrect. Some people are aware of our partially upgraded database, but most are not. If you visit Ships 2, you can find more accurate data and information for Wing Commander 1 & 2 craft. We've had some problems getting sections put together for the later games, but hopefully this resource helps out fans who need stats from the earlier ones.