Pioneer Makes A Splash Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Update ID

Howard Day has released a handful of tentative load screens for WC Pioneer. The first picture is obviously inspired by the original Privateer splash image, and each one thereafter carries its distinctive border and style. These designs and more will be cycled randomly when players start up the game. They already look fantastic and make great wallpapers. Each picture is currently being reworked based on suggestions from Crius.net, so visit this thread to help out.
Here're a couple of loading screen art pieces. These will be displayed when first loading the game - before the user hits the main menu. They're likely to change, but for now they're more than adequate. Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.

Fans Contribute Turret Ideas Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Update ID

The WC Pioneer team has also been looking for suggestions on turret cockpit designs. A number of people have already submitted concept proposals based on required criteria. Some have even modeled possible exterior shots. Here's a few of the submissions.

These helped Howard come up with this impressive mock-up. You can grab a 750 kilobyte .mov of it in motion here.
Okay, ladies and gents - here's the first turret completed from the concepts you guys have made. This is the tail turret for the Camel - it's built after the concept presented by Maj Striker. The main reason I like it is its extreme range of movement - a normal ball turret only has about 60 degrees of movement in any given direction. This sucker has almost 85 degrees. The only thing that might be considered a downside is that it looks a bit like the head of an AT-AT from Star Wars. But eh... only a little bit.

Bloodrayne Bombs At The Box Office Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Update ID

The year's first video game to movie adaptation was released this past weekend. Bloodrayne premiered on January 6 in the US. Despite featuring a fairly all-star cast including Kristanna Loken, Michelle Rodriguez, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Udo Kier, Meat LOAF and others, the film only managed to make a paltry $1.2 million. To put this in perspective, the Wing Commander Movie and DooM did more than $5 and $15 million respectively. This caused Bloodrayne to debut in nineteenth place, and although it showed on fewer screens than expected, its per-screen average was also lower than every movies in the top eighteen.


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