Death reports that an interview with Scott Brown, NetDevil President and Lead Designer on Jumpgate mentions Wing Commander as one of the games that inspired them.
We have of course all played Elite, Wing Command, and XWing and have always wanted to play a MMP version of these games. Also, many of us read Sci-Fi and there are scenes from many books that are inspiring as well. We took what we thought was great from all these things added our own ideas and improvements and the result is Jumpgate."You can read this interview at PlayerofGames.com.