There are rumors of a shakeup at Chris Roberts' production company, Ascendant Pictures! The company's 'Team' website was recently cut down, removing mention of studio founders' Kia Jam and Christopher Eberts as well as Finance Advisor Robert Norton and Director of Development Jodi Heaston (an old version of the page is available here, courtesy of The Internet Archive). In their place is new Production Counsel Ortwin Freyermuth. AD notes that Freyermuth was the producer of the Das Boot director's cut... maybe he's here to help recut Das Boot in Space? Almost certainly not... but it should be interesting to watch what Chris Roberts is up to here.
There's an interesting note in this article: Wing Commander I for the Amiga is still being developed! The game was actually listed in Origin's catalog three years earlier, as 'coming soon' when the MS-DOS original came out.
A very special thanks to Joe Garrity of the Origin Museum for making this resource available and to Electronic Arts for sending them to him in the first place!
- Notes from Abroad has equal parts tragedy and triumph regarding Wing Commander Amiga:
Believe it or not, Wing Commander/Amiga is on the way. Midscape hired Nick Pelling to do the conversion and it's almost complete. For a time, the project looked shaky when Nick suddenly contracted viral encephalitis, but he's recovered and the plan is to release the game late this Fall. It will probably be a limited release here in the States since only two North American distributors and a small array of retailers still carry Amiga software.
Fortunately, the same condition is not true across the Atlantic, where Brit Brand Jennie Evans has scored a huge coup. She landed a 20,000 unit order for Wing/Amiga/German for November. No doubt she'll now suffer the same psychological disorders as our own sales staff watching their Strike order for Tandy make its successful Xmas landing.
- In Ink... finds articles about several Wing Commander games: "In PC Entertainment... 'Strike Commander is a technological leap beyond Wing Commander.'", "In the current Computer Gaming World, Underworld enters the Readers' Poll in the #2 slot, trailing Civilization by only .03 and bumping Wing 2 to #3." and "ORIGIN figures prominently in the Reader's Choice Award nominations in MPC World. Wing 2 is up in two categories. It's competing against Stellar 7 (Sierra) and Commander Keep (I think that's right; they tell me it's from Apogee Software) for best Arcade/Action Game. It's also in the Flight Simulator category against Falcon 3.0 and Flight Sim v4."
- Global Conquest talks about Wing Commander II French: "Bland translations have been the bane of American games in the past, but the French version of Wing 2i is already getting rave reviews. Joystick magazine writes: 'Thanks to an extremely faithful translation (thumbs up to the translator who perfectly masters French insults!), we are finally able to fully enjoy this super-sublime game."
- What They're Saying... has some praise for Special Operations 2: "In short, a good little scenario, very pleasant, which enables us to wait for Strike Commander. Gen 4 (France)"
Point of Origin
Vol. II, No. 21 - July 17, 1992
Boats, Blood and Burgers
Notes from Abroad
In The Library
+ Plus and Minus -
Dear Point Man
What They're Saying...