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Wing Commander is a media franchise consisting of space combat simulation computer games from Origin Systems, Inc., an animated television series, a feature film, a collectible card game, a series of novels, and action figures. The franchise originated in 1990 with the release of Wing Commander, a groundbreaking space combat simulation computer game. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A media franchise is an intellectual property involving the characters, setting, and trademarks of an original work of media (usually a work of fiction), such as a film, a work of literature, a television program, or a video game. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ... Origin Systems, Inc. ... Wing Commander Academy is an American animated television series created and produced by Universal Cartoon Studios, along with a team led by Larry Latham. ... Wing Commander is a science fiction film loosely based on the Wing Commander computer game series. ... An action figure is a posable plastic figurine of an action hero, superhero or a character from a movie or television program. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Wing Commander (often referred to as Wing Commander I) is the first, eponymous game in Chris Robertss science fiction space simulation franchise. ...


Set in the 27th century, the games tell the story of humanity's war against the Kilrathi, an alien species of large feline bipeds. Launching from carrier ships, the player fulfills various missions in starfighters. The games were all notable for their storytelling through extensive cutscenes. Starting with Wing Commander III, every game (excluding Secret Ops) contained cutscenes that incorporated live action filming, starring several major Hollywood actors, including John Rhys-Davies, Mark Hamill, and Malcolm McDowell. The Terran Confederation is the primary human government in the Wing Commander science fiction series. ... The Kilrathi are a race of warlike, felinoid aliens in the popular computer game series Wing Commander by Origin Systems. ... “Feline” redirects here. ... A biped is an animal that travels across surfaces supported by two legs. ... This article is about the fictional class of vehicle. ... A cut scene or cutscene (sometimes also referred to as a cinematic) is a sequence in a video game over which the player has no control. ... ... John Rhys-Davies (born May 5, 1944) is a Welsh actor. ... Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice actor. ... Malcolm McDowell (born June 13, 1943) is an English actor. ...

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Games

The Wing Commander game series began in 1990 with Wing Commander I. The newest addition to the series, Wing Commander Arena, is scheduled for release on the Xbox Live Arcade service for the Xbox 360 sometime in the summer. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Wing Commander Arena is a forthcoming space combat game developed by independent software developer Gaia Industries for the Xbox 360s Xbox Live Arcade service. ... Xbox Live Arcades logo. ... The Xbox 360 is the successor to Microsofts Xbox video game console, developed in cooperation with IBM, ATI, Samsung and SiS. Information on the console first came through viral marketing campaigns and it was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game information divulged...


Wing Commander (1990)

Main article: Wing Commander I
Wing Commander

The player begins his tour of duty as a young officer on the carrier TCS Tiger's Claw. Through his heroic efforts, the Confederation is able to destroy the Kilrathi's sector headquarters and drive them from the Vega sector. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Wing Commander (often referred to as Wing Commander I) is the first, eponymous game in Chris Robertss science fiction space simulation franchise. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (719x1024, 444 KB)[edit] Summary Origins Wing Commander computer game box. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (719x1024, 444 KB)[edit] Summary Origins Wing Commander computer game box. ... TCS Tigers Claw (CV-07) is a fictional starship from the Wing Commander universe. ... The Kilrathi are a race of warlike, felinoid aliens in the popular computer game series Wing Commander by Origin Systems. ...


Through the course of the Vega campaign, the player can gain numerous promotions and medals and fly in various squadrons, each featuring a different fighter. The game was notable for its innovative and seldom-repeated "campaign tree" structure, whereby the "path" you took on the way to the end would be determined by your performance on preceding missions. In-game cinematics in "newsreel" format reflected the success or failure of the player and the Claw. However, in an infamous design decision, game designer Chris Roberts included an incredibly hard mission along the "victory" track which required you to protect a captured Kilrathi destroyer from four Gratha heavy fighters. Even though it is possible to win the mission, it is prohibitively difficult. Since that mission was a critical victory condition for that system, the player would almost always wind up on the losing path because of it; although the game gives one last chance to return to the winning path afterwards. Consistent victory in that mission (Kurosawa 2) is often taken as a mark of an excellent player in this game. Since the missions in the following Rostov sequence are relatively easy (that is to say, difficult but quite winnable), this is not particularly problematic for any player who has penetrated this far into the game. Chris Roberts (born May 27, 1968) is a computer game designer and programmer. ... In-game render of a Gratha The fictional Gratha heavy fighter is the lightest of the Kilrathi heavy fighters in the original Wing Commander computer game. ...


Originally announced as Squadron, the name was changed to Wingleader shortly into development; however, trademark issues forced a name change to Wing Commander at the last moment. The development team's nickname for the otherwise-unnamed protagonist was "Bluehair," due to his unusual shade of hair. Perhaps in a nod to this little in-joke, when the character was given an actual name in later installments, Origin chose "Blair," a shortened version of the old nickname. A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ...


Wing Commander was ported to the SNES, Sega CD, Macintosh, Amiga CD32, 3DO, Amiga, FM Towns and Sony PSP systems, the most ports of any Wing Commander game. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as Super Nintendo, Super NES or SNES, is a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Brazil, Europe, and Australia. ... The Sega Mega-CD (Japanese: メガCD) is an add-on device for the Sega Mega Drive released in Europe, Australia, and Japan. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... 3DO Interactive Multiplayer (most commonly referred to as the 3DO) is a line of video game consoles which were released in 1993 and 1994 by Panasonic, Sanyo and Goldstar, among other companies. ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with various peripherals The Amiga is a family of personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation. ... The FM TOWNS (also spelled FM-TOWNS, FM Towns and FM-Towns) system is a Japanese PC variant, built by Fujitsu from February 1989 to Summer 1997. ... The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ...


In 1991, Wing Commander won the Origins Award for Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Computer Game of 1990. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The Origins Awards, presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design, are presented at the Origins International Game Expo for outstanding work in the game industry. ...


Wing Commander was added to GameTap on April 12, 2007. GameTap is a subscription-based video game service by Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). ...


The Secret Missions (1990 expansion)

A new Kilrathi secret weapon destroys the Terran colony of Goddard. In retribution, the Confederation plans a daring raid, Operation Thor's Hammer. Tiger's Claw must follow the Kilrathi deep into their own territory and destroy their new super weapon, the dreadnaught Sivar. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... An expansion pack is an addition to an existing game. ... Drawing of an archeological find of a gold plated hammer in silver. ...


The Secret Missions was ported to the FM Towns, SNES, Sony PSP, and was included with Wing Commander on the 3DO and Macintosh as part of Super Wing Commander.


The Secret Missions 2: Crusade (1991 expansion)

When the Confederation is just celebrating a new alliance with the bird-like native species of the planet Firekka, they learn that entire fleets of Kilrathi ships are leaving from other sectors and heading towards the Firekka system. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


Puzzled, the Confederation ships must retreat, but they soon learn from a Kilrathi defector that Firekka has been chosen as the place for a holy Kilrathi ceremony. The Confederation soon develops a plan to disrupt that ceremony to deliver a blow to enemy morale and it's up to the Tiger's Claw's pilots to ensure the success of the mission. Ralgha Hobbes nar Hhallas was the Kilrathi defector from Secret Missions 2: Crusade, though his first appearance was in Vengence of the Kilrathi. ...


The Secret Missions 2: Crusade was ported to the FM Towns. The FM TOWNS (also spelled FM-TOWNS, FM Towns and FM-Towns) system is a Japanese PC variant, built by Fujitsu from February 1989 to Summer 1997. ...


Super Wing Commander (1994)

In 1994, a revamped version of the original Wing Commander, entitled Super Wing Commander (SWC), was released for the 3DO. It featured new graphics, full speech and replaced the The Secret Missions 2 campaign with an alternate series, a follow up to Thor's Hammer in which the Claw destroys the Kilrathi shipyards that constructed the Sivar. Because of the full speech the player character is named "Armstrong" (even though the same year's Wing Commander III would see the character named "Christopher Blair".) Super Wing Commander reuses several 3D models from Wing Commander II and Privateer. Several of the ships created for were later reused in [[Wing Commander Armada]]. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


Super Wing Commander was ported to the Macintosh.


Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi (1991)

Wing Commander II
Main article: Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi

Shortly after the Firekka campaign, the Tiger's Claw attempts to attack the Kilrathi headquarters in the Enigma sector, but is ambushed by new Kilrathi Strakha stealth fighters and is lost. No one but Blair sees these fighters, so they are dismissed as an excuse to cover his cowardice. He is scapegoated for the loss of the Claw, is demoted and transferred to a backwater space station. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 427 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (549 × 771 pixel, file size: 145 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) // Box art for Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 427 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (549 × 771 pixel, file size: 145 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) // Box art for Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi. ...


Ten years later, he is called back into action when he is able to save the Confederation's flagship, the TCS Concordia. Meeting many old friends there, he continues the fight against the Kilrathi, finally culminating in the destruction of their sector HQ, the clearing his name and the uncovering of a traitor on the Concordia's flight decks. TCS Concordia is the name of at least three ships in the fictional Wing Commander universe. ...


Wing Commander II was ported to the FM Towns. In 1992, it won the Origins Award for Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Computer Game of 1991. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The Origins Awards, presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design, are presented at the Origins International Game Expo for outstanding work in the game industry. ...


Special Operations 1 (1991 expansion)

Blair is transferred to the undercover Special Operations division, supporting Kilrathi colonies that are defecting from the Empire. But first he must solve the problem of a mutiny on a Confed cruiser. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


Special Operations 2 (1992 expansion)

Jazz, the traitor from Wing Commander II, has fled imprisonment and the Mandarin (the society of traitors) are also able to steal some of the Confederation's newest top-secret fighters. Blair must hunt them down and face Jazz in one final showdown. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (1994)

Wing Commander III
Main article: Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger

The war is going badly for the Confederation. Battles are lost on all fronts and the Concordia is destroyed. Colonel Christopher Blair (the player from the first games, now with a set name), is transferred to the TCS Victory, an old ship from the first days of the war. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Christopher Maverick Blair is the players character throughout much of the Wing Commander computer game series. ...


In a last-ditch attempt to win the war, Confed has designed the TCS Behemoth, a doomsday weapon able to destroy an entire planet. It is Blair's mission to help end this war for good, by destroying the Kilrathi homeworld of Kilrah. Unfortunately the Behemoth is destroyed by Kilrathi forces. The enemy fighters seemed to know exactly about the weakpoints of the weapon. Later on Blair finds out that his old friend Hobbes, a Kilrathi defector, is a sleeper agent and the traitor responsible for the Confed's losses. Ralgha Hobbes nar Hhallas was the Kilrathi defector from Secret Missions 2: Crusade, though his first appearance was in Vengence of the Kilrathi. ...


The last hope of winning the war for the Confederation is a secret weapon, the "Temblor Bomb", using the tectonic instability of Kilrah to destroy the planet. Blair is finally able to attack Kilrah, firing the bomb and destroy the Kilrathi homeworld. With the royal family of Kilrah killed and their homeworld lost, Melek, once attaché to the Kilrathi prince, surrenders before Blair. The Temblor Bomb is a fictional superweapon in the Wing Commander game series. ...


Starring in the video cutscene sequences are well-known actors like Mark Hamill as Christopher Blair, John Rhys-Davies as James "Paladin" Taggart, Thomas F. Wilson as Todd "Maniac" Marshall, and Malcolm McDowell as Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn. Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice actor. ... John Rhys-Davies (born May 5, 1944) is a Welsh actor. ... Thomas F. Wilson in the Back to the Future trilogy as Biff Tannen. ... Malcolm McDowell (born June 13, 1943) is an English actor. ...


Wing Commander III was ported to the Sony PlayStation, Macintosh and the 3DO. The original PlayStation was produced in a light grey colour; the more recent PSOne redesign sports a smaller more rounded case. ...


Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1996)

Wing Commander IV
Main article: Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom

The war with the Kilrathi is over, but not all is well within in the Confederation. Skirmishes in the Border Worlds destroy ships regularly. Both Confed and the Union of Border Worlds assign blame to each other and the skirmishes threaten to lead to all-out war. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Union of Border Worlds is a fictional nation-state in the Wing Commander computer game and novel series. ...


Blair is soon recalled to active duty and sent to the Border Worlds to confirm Confed's determination. But he finds out that a conspiracy of war-mongers with members in the highest Confed circles are responsible for the attacks. Defecting to the Border Worlds, Blair must expose the conspiracy to help restore the peace in a galaxy still torn over the events of the Kilrathi-Terran War.


The Price of Freedom retained the storytelling-style of its predecessor, using live-action cutscenes with an ensemble cast of actors. Many of the actors from Wing Commander III returned to reprise their roles. The story's final sequence was innovative in that dialogue choices made by the player affected the outcome of the hearing. However, only three endings were possible, and two of the outcomes depended on the earlier choices made by the player.


Wing Commander IV was ported to the Sony PlayStation and Macintosh. To owners of the original MS-DOS version, Origin made available a Windows 95 DirectX port, free of charge. Wing Commander IV was added to GameTap on July 5, 2007. Windows 95 is a consumer-oriented graphical user interface-based operating system. ... Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms. ... GameTap is a subscription-based video game service by Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). ...


Wing Commander: Prophecy (1997)

Wing Commander: Prophecy
Main article: Wing Commander: Prophecy

Peace has finally come to the Confederation, or so it seems. Still remaining vigilant, they commission the new megacarrier TCS Midway, which is soon needed when Kilrathi worlds are attacked by an enemy whose coming was foretold in ancient Kilrathi prophecies. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 492 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (640 × 779 pixel, file size: 47 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) // Cover art for Wing Commander: Prophecy. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 492 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (640 × 779 pixel, file size: 47 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) // Cover art for Wing Commander: Prophecy. ... The Midway-class Heavy Fleet Carrier (Megacarrier) is a fictional starship in the Wing Commander universe. ...


The insectoid enemy, codenamed the Nephilim, soon begin attacking Confed space and the Midway is called in to stop their advance. As young hotshot pilot Lance Casey, the player must fight their organic ships to help destroy the wormhole they used to enter Kilrathi space, thereby halting the invasion, at least for a while. Lieutenant Lance Casey is a fictional character from the Wing Commander computer games from Origin Systems and Chris Roberts. ...


As did Wing Commander IV, Prophecy incorporated live-action cutscenes with actors.


Prophecy was ported to the Game Boy Advance. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Wing Commander: Secret Ops (1998)

The Nephilim return, this time much closer to Earth. Transferred to the cruiser TCS Cerberus, Casey and his wingmates must repel the invasion once again. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Hades-class Quick Strike Cruiser is a fictional starship in the Wing Commander universe. ...


Secret Ops was an experiment in game distribution. It was at first only available as a free download. In regular intervals, new episodes were released, each featuring several new missions with the storyline told through in-game cutscenes. The game was later available in a collection together with Prophecy, and sold as Prophecy Gold.


Spin-offs

Wing Commander Academy (1993)

A game where the player could build his own missions using ships from Wing Commander II. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Wing Commander: Privateer (1993)

Wing Commander: Privateer
Main article: Wing Commander: Privateer

Set in the border regions of Confederation space, the player takes control of a privateer (in Wing Commander, a "privateer" is a mercenary spacer akin to Star Wars's smuggler, Han Solo) who may profit by trading, performing various missions, or pirating. Meanwhile, an ancient alien spaceship has been awakened and is on the loose, attacking ships at random, and the player-controlled privateer may be the Confederation's only hope in defeating it. The major benefit this game had when it came out was its outstanding degree of liberty. While there was a main storyline, the plot was more of an optional element than anything else. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... Han Solo is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ...


Righteous Fire (1994 expansion)

When the player's priceless Steltek Gun is stolen, he embarks on a quest that will bring him into conflict with the Luddite-like Church of Man and their shady leader, Mordecai Jones. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


Wing Commander Armada (1994)

Wing Commander: Armada
Main article: Wing Commander: Armada

Armada featured both an action and a strategy game mode and several multiplayer options. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Armada was ported to the PC9821 and FM Towns.


Proving Grounds (1994 expansion)

This add-on for Armada added numerous new features such as a new "arcade"-mode with powerups, radar-obscuring asteroids, and several new multiplayer options, including IPX. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... See also Ericsson IPX Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) is the OSI-model Network layer protocol in the IPX/SPX protocol stack. ...


The Kilrathi Saga (1996 recompilation)

Kilrathi Saga was a retooling of the first three Wing Commander games (Wing Commander, Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi, and Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger), fixing some bugs and adjusting the speed to run on the early Pentium processors of the time. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Pentium is a fifth-generation x86 architecture microprocessor from Intel. ...


Kilrathi Saga also featured complete digital re-orchestrations of the original two soundtracks by George Oldziey.


The production run was quite limited, and today, copies of Kilrathi Saga fetch exorbitant sums on eBay. eBay headquarters in San Jose eBay North First Street satellite office campus (home to PayPal) eBay Inc. ...


Privateer 2: The Darkening (1996)

Privateer 2

Cargo ship "Canera" is attacked during landing and crashes into Mendra City, planet Crius. One survivor. As Lev Arris, a man with no memory of who he is and no record of his existence prior to two weeks before the crash, the player must take the life of a privateer in the Tri-System, finding out about his past along the way. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 489 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (627 × 768 pixel, file size: 176 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) // Box art for Privateer II: The Darkening. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 489 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (627 × 768 pixel, file size: 176 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) // Box art for Privateer II: The Darkening. ...


Although The Darkening features no obvious connection with the "mainstream" Wing Commander series, there are several links that bind it to the larger universe. The game features references to a "Confederation", and one of the easter egg derelicts is a Talon light fighter. Perhaps anticipating a future title connecting The Darkening with Wing Commander, the game's developers set the plot sufficiently far in the "future", in the year 2790.


The game features live-action video directed by Steve Hilliker. The cast included Clive Owen, Mathilda May, John Hurt, Christopher Walken, Brian Blessed, Amanda Pays, David Warner and Jürgen Prochnow (the latter two would go on to appear as other characters in the Wing Commander movie). Clive Owen (born October 3, 1964) is a Golden Globe and BAFTA winning critically acclaimed English actor, now a regular performer in Hollywood and independent American films. ... Mathilda May is a French actress, born on February 8, 1965, in Paris, France. ... John Vincent Hurt CBE (born January 22, 1940) is an Academy Award-nominated English actor. ... Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor. ... Brian Blessed (pronounced //, or in the tradition of English poetry, Blessèd, born October 9, 1937) is an English actor, who came to fame as PC Fancy Smith in the BBC TV police drama series Z Cars. ... Amanda Pays (born on 6 June 1959 in London, England) is an English actress. ... David Warner David Warner (born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England) is an English actor who often plays sinister or evil characters. ... Bold textItalic text Jürgen Prochnow as Duke Leto Atreides in David Lynchs Dune Jürgen Prochnow [IPA: jʏrgÉ›n prÉ”xnÉ”v] (June 10, 1941 in Berlin) is a German actor. ...


Wing Commander Arena (2007)

Main article: Wing Commander Arena

Publisher EA and developer Gaia Industries are reviving the Wing Commander franchise with a downloadable release on Xbox Live Arcade called Wing Commander Arena . Dogfights will take place on one of nine environments, and pilots will be able to choose from 18 ships. There can be up to 16 players in a single match. The title was originally rumored to be released on June 27, 2007, but was postponed to a later date. Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Wing Commander Arena is a forthcoming space combat game developed by independent software developer Gaia Industries for the Xbox 360s Xbox Live Arcade service. ... EA, Ea, or ea can signify several things. ... Gaia Industries is a game development studio located in New York City, NY that develops mobile video games and downloadable games for the Xbox 360s Xbox Live Arcade. ...


Cancelled games

Privateer 3

Origin aborted several attempts to continue the Privateer franchise between 1995 and 2003, by either developing a sequel (Privateer 3) or an online game (Privateer or Wing Commander Online). Only one of these was formally announced. The March 1998 issue of Computer Games Strategy Plus featured a cover story on Privateer 3. Origin announced that development of the game had been cancelled shortly after the magazine was published.


Strike Team

Wing Commander: Strike Team was a planned sequel to Wing Commander: Secret Ops which focused on multiplayer gameplay. The title was officially announced in an EAUK promotional publication but was cancelled early in development.


Film

Main article: Wing Commander (film)

In 1999, Wing Commander hit the big screen with the film of the same name. It was directed by Chris Roberts, the creator of the game series, and stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Saffron Burrows, Matthew Lillard, Tchéky Karyo, Jürgen Prochnow and David Warner. Wing Commander is a science fiction film loosely based on the Wing Commander computer game series. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... Chris Roberts (born May 27, 1968) is a computer game designer and programmer. ... Freddie James Prinze (born March 8, 1976) is an American actor, perhaps best known for his leading roles in teen-oriented films. ... Saffron Dominique Burrows (born October 22, 1972[1]) is an English actress. ... Matthew Lyn Lillard (born January 24, 1970) is an American actor. ... Tchéky Karyo as Dmitri Mishkin in the James Bond film Goldeneye. ... Bold textItalic text Jürgen Prochnow as Duke Leto Atreides in David Lynchs Dune Jürgen Prochnow [IPA: jʏrgÉ›n prÉ”xnÉ”v] (June 10, 1941 in Berlin) is a German actor. ... David Warner David Warner (born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England) is an English actor who often plays sinister or evil characters. ...


Television series

Wing Commander Academy was a thirteen-episode animated series that originally aired on the USA Network between September 21 and December 21, 1996. The series is before and during the events of the first game and features many familiar ships and characters. The cast featured Mark Hamill, Tom Wilson, and Malcolm McDowell reprising their Wing Commander game roles. Wing Commander Academy is an American animated television series created and produced by Universal Cartoon Studios, along with a team led by Larry Latham. ... USA Network is a popular American cable TV network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Novels

Main article: Wing Commander books

Several novels based on the games have been released by Baen Books. Several novels based on the Wing Commander games have been released by Baen Books. ... Baen Books is a publishing house that publishes science fiction and fantasy novels, including numerous military science fiction genre works. ...


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