The June 18, 1993 issue of Point of Origin is all about the 1993 CES show, where Origin showed two Wing Commander products (Academy and Privateer)! Apparently the presentation didn't go as well as years past, with other companies showing games that were closer to Origin's lineup than ever before.
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!
- CES: The Gap Closes reports on the show's results: "Not to say we didn't have an impressive lineup: Pacific Strike, Shadowcaster, Privateer and Wing Commander Academy... Look for Wing Commander Academy to be compared to X-Wing's Rebel Assault, while Aces Over Europe will square off against Pacific Strike... The most anticipated game still seems to be Privateer. We made a conscious effort to position it between Wing Commander and Strike in terms of technology, but the press seemed a little leery of the fact that we were once again showing just the opening cinematics... But the surprise hit and what could be our biggest seller this year was Wing Commander Academy. To a person, everyone who saw it wanted a copy of it right then and there. And talk about positioning - WCA was pitched as a non-traditional ORIGIN game: 'Less than 5 megs on your hard drive and runs great on a 386.'
Point of Origin
Vol. III, No. 40 - June 18, 1993
CES: The Gap Closes
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