The Ships of the Wing Commander Universe document has been updated with an amazing find: nine new ship names, all discovered by AD during a careful study of the Wing Commander movie's surround sound audio tracks. The new ships are the TCS Ally, TCS Avalon, TCS Barracuda, TCS Bradley, TCS Darwin, TCS Jean Louis, TCS Langston, TCS Miranda and TCS Vega.
This version also corects a long-standing error which listed the TCS Altair as the TCS Apache. TCS Chinook and TCS Altair were the names of the two asteroid depots that Col. Blair and company refuel at in the Kilrah System at the end of Wing Commander III -- their names are revealed in the 3DO port of the game.
You can download the list in DOC format here.
Last week we reported that it was your absolute last chance to fly the Tarsus-class Merchant Scout in Wing Commander: Standoff's simulator. Well, now Quarto says we actually mean it:
Well, this patch has taken a little longer than we anticipated (mainly because we're trying to also kill the gauntlet-crashing bug once and for all - and it takes a lot of testing to kill a bug that only appears rarely at random times), but we think we may be almost there now, hopefully we'll release it during the next few days, and before the end of the coming weekend at the latest.
The Tarsus was the mainstay of the Terran Confederation Exploratory Services during the initial exploration of the Gemini Sector in 2639. Manufacture of Tarii ceased in 2658 and by the mid-2660s they had left official service entirely. By 2668, the time of Standoff, the ugly little ships remained popular, however hopelessly outclassed, on the second hand market. The Tarsus was introduced in 1993's Wing Commander: Privateer, where the player character begins the game by inheriting a a Tarsus that his grandfather, Mac, had purchased from an ES officer. So: this is your last chance to get behind the wheel... er, IBM PS/2 Keyboard of the Tarsus -- and it's your last chance to get your name on Standoff's Tarsus scoreboard. Go get those bastards... very slowly!
So... you know, if there's any last takers for the Tarsus (though it doesn't seem to be an especially popular ship... can't imagine why), this is really the last call.