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LeHah dug up an old letter from Chris Roberts he received around the time the Wing Commander movie was released in the US. Occasionally people ask about the prospects for another movie and if Roberts would even be interested. Although the box office results for Wing Commander weren't as high as hoped, and this could prevent such a project, these are the thoughts Roberts had. If you're in the mood for more and didn't catch it in March, we have a real audio interview with him here.

BTW David actually composed four themes; The main title theme, the "love" theme, the Pilgrim theme and the Kilrathi theme (which kind of got reduced:-()

Anyway, I hope you like the film. It's not perfect, but it's got a lot of good stuff in it and is better than most of the of the films that come out nowadays... Anyway I hope it does well enough to allow me to go back and tackle WC with a bigger budget (plus I've always liked the WC2 story a lot). I really want to try digital character animation for the Kilrathi.

In person he also told us he might like to spice in some Fleet Action novel elements, but at the moment this is unlikely. :-()

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Bengal's Tiger Stripes All Lit Up

The WC1 sprite refresh that Unnamed Character, Goliath and Howard Day are working on was a big hit last month, so here's a closer look at one of the stars. These are the full 1024x1024 frame shots used for the upgraded Bengal. They're higher res than the upgraded assets in engine so you can really get a good look. (2018-11-11)

Get a Glimpse of Classic Origin Customer Service

Entartika posted this look back at a physically distributed patch for Special Operations. Apparently in regards to an autopilot glitch, the team at Origin modified the SO1 executable and sent it to people to copy over their existing WC2 installation. Origin did have a BBS in the early '90s with a few things like this, but relatively few people had modems to access it, so they had to send out updates in the mail. (2018-11-10)

Simple Sabre's Sky Scramble

Shaggy reports that he was able to get a pretty accurate looking Sabre flying in Simple Planes. The SP engine allows players to create or recreate various flying machines and see how they perform under power. In this case, the design seems like a winner! (2018-11-09)

New Ships Ready for Vega Sector Grind

Today's new ships aren't necessarily the most popular, but they're amazing renditions of two trusty workhorses of the mid 2600s. DefianceIndustries has added the Scimitar medium fighter to fill the gap between the Hornet and Raptor, and they all have a Drayman class transport to escort now. Despite their unfair reputation as space slugs, both ships look super sleek here and the Drayman's turrets give it some nice teeth. (2018-11-08)

WC4 Fan Update Teased

WC modder Pedro - of Unknown Enemy and WCP OpenGL fame - has released an image that shows off some of the ships for his WC4 remaster project. The effort has been hinted at for some time, but as more high quality assets are completed by DefianceIndustries, the project as a whole becomes more feasible. After some extensive planning, Pedro is ready to soon get started on the programming side. (2018-11-07)

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