The WC4 Fan Remake team has posted a bit of a roadmap that lays out their next steps to make progress towards something playable. The target for next year will be to release an enhanced version of the actual WC4 demo that originally came out in 1996. It's a big leap from exciting teaser trailer to something interactive, so they've got their work cut out for them in the months ahead! You can learn more about the project at WCRespace.
Originally we had planned to do a first playable using mission 1 of the game, however LOAF of the CIC gave us a much better idea; to recreate the often overlooked original Wing Commander IV demo. Most of us had never played the demo, but we were pretty excited for a number of reasons. ...
The switch to producing a public release is not one to be taken lightly; a video can hide a multitude of incomplete features, the same can not be said of a demo. We’ve already made a start; we now have mappings for mouse, keyboard and joystick (until recently the game only supported gamepad). You can now toggle between 4:3 and 16:9 for the room files (as shown here), as well as classic vs AI upscaled.
One bit of good news is that we have new recruits to help us out with the audio, and more importantly the tools. Again these won’t lead to sexy updates but Defiance Industries is very excited about the prospect of an improved particle editor.