The patch that will bring Privateer Gemini Gold to version 1.01 is nearly ready for release. It just needs the final pass for bugs. Project coordinator John Cordell sent us a note and a couple of screenshots inviting anyone who would like to participate in the testing to apply.
Privateer Gemini Gold 1.01 is ready for a beta test. Due to the rebalancing we've done, extensive testing is needed. The Oxford and Palan missions need the most checking. They should still be hard, but it is possible to complete them.
If you'd like to test the patch, or even if you just want to play the original release, you'll still need the version 1.0 package.
Flight Commander creator eddieb is currently hard at work on improvements for a future version of his game. One such improvement will be in the AI of the computer controlled ships, and apparently this involves white lines, green lines, and a sphere. Since I'm out of my depth here, I'll let eddieb explain.
If you want to test Gemini Gold 1.01, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will consider your application.
Note: The Beta will only be available for Windows users who need to download and install a ~16MB
patch. We will launch the Beta in a couple of days.
These screenshots show you the new Tarsus textured by Mamiyaotaru and the illuminated New Constantinople created by Klauss.
I've got a first cut going of path following. A path is just a series of points in 3d, and right now ships can follow that path. Eventually paths will be generated for enemies to do loops and other dogfighting maneuvers. Anyway, below is a shot of a ship successfully following the path (lines drawn in white). The little sphere is the predicted ship position in the future. The green line shows the target position the ship is aiming for.
Wing Commander Meme of the Day: Pompei Man
You know what they say, you're either an earthworm or a Wild Eagle... (2018-07-20)
More Secret Ops Updates Coming
DefianceIndustries has announced the release date for the next big update to the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack. The new version will make its debut at the CIC 20th Birthday Party on Saturday, August 18! This should include the grand revamp of the TCS Midway, which we're all anxious to see. (2018-07-19)
Universe Map Origins Revealed in "Wing 5" Progression Map
Here's a peek at an interesting prototype of the Wing Commander Universe Map included with Wing Commander Prophecy. We first caught a glimpse of this during our 2012 trip to the University of Texas archive. While the final map detailed many sectors where most of the main events happened in the series, this appears to be a little snippet that just traces through the events of WCP. (2018-07-18)
One Month To Party Time!
Today we'd like to officially announce our annual Birthday Party for the CIC's 20th Anniversary! This year we'll be observing the event on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm EDT (4:00 pm PDT and 11:00 pm GMT). We'll be celebrating two decades of Wing Commander community at wcnews. (2018-07-17)
French Promotional Booklet Beautifully Highlights Wing Commander
Mail call! Here’s a wonderful press booklet from the Wing Commander movie’s French distributor, United International Pictures. 32 pages and about the size of Claw Marks! (2018-07-16)