Gaming news site Kotaku is reporting on some interesting posts made to Paul Barnett's twitter account. If you need a refresher, Paul is creative director of Bioware Mythic (formerly EA Mythic) where Ultima Online is currently housed.
In those posts, Paul acknowledges Wing Commander's 20th birthday and mentions that he's been hard at work attempting to convince EA to put out a release of Wing Commander packaged up with DOSBox. Presumably such a release would be purchasable either on EA's own download service or another third-party service like Valve's Steam marketplace.
Talking to the dosbox people, so far they have been awesome, gives me hope for releasing old old origin product to the faithful!
Wing commander Turns 20, I am hard at work seeing if we can dosbox and release it! Come on ea legal... Now is the time to shine!
Wing commander in dos box and re~released , retweet it for the win!
now have a dosbox'ed version of Wing Commander plus secret missions.
Tech guys removed the copy protection question from the Wing commander build!
Now having the Wing commander game data compared to our original source code, we need a clean bill of health at this stage!
Sounds promising! A rerelease of Wing Commander would certainly be welcome given the franchise's recent milestone! Wing Commander fans should watch these developments closely. Ultima Aiera, a fan site for Origin's other major property, is reporting that Mythic is also looking to rerelease classic Ultima titles, including the more obscure 'Worlds of' games. Can Wing Commander Armada and Cybermage be far behind?