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Is X-Wing and TIE Fighter Making a Return?

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LucasArts may bring back the X-Wing and TIE Fighter flight sim series.

For the past few weeks, we have been tossing around ideas about a top ten list featuring PC games we'd like to see return. Unfortunately, that's a task for more than one writer, as apparently we have different tastes. But one of the few titles we mutually agreed upon was the return of LucasArts' X-Wing and TIE Fighter flight sim series.

According to G4TV, that might actually be a possibility. Recently G4TV's Patrick Klepek interviewed LucasArts president Darrel Rodriguez concerning the company's future plans, and asked Rodriguez about his thoughts on bringing the two infamous Star Wars flight sims back; LucasArts just revived the Monkey Island franchise with The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and Tales of Monkey Island.

"We don’t have any announcements now, but stay tuned," Rodriguez responded. "We will soon….." Obviously, the answer provides absolutely no information whatsoever, however what the comment doesn't include is a downright denial.

Bringing both the X-Wing and TIE Fighter franchises to Valve's Steam service seems more likely than new installments at this point. LucasArts recently unloaded a batch of older PC games onto the service including Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Star Wars Starfighter, and The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition.

Still, new additions to X-Wing and TIE Fighter would be preferable, taking advantage of the latest technology and perhaps even incorporating Nvidia's 3D Vision.

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    zjuice , August 4, 2009 9:17 PM
    Tie Fighter is one of the first computer game I played, and still one of my favorite. They have my money if they re-release or make an updated version!
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    chaohsiangchen , August 4, 2009 10:03 PM
    If they're not releasing a remake with modern graphics and revamped iMUSE, they'd better release it in original form plus a really good MIDI simulator (such as Gravis Ultrasound, or Turtlebeach Maui). X-Wing and Tie Fighter are probably as good as space-sim can ever be. I didn't remember how many flight sticks I have broken while trying to chase Tie Advanced.

    The next step might be to combine FPS into it. Jedi Knight IV anyone?
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    zjuice , August 4, 2009 9:17 PM
    Tie Fighter is one of the first computer game I played, and still one of my favorite. They have my money if they re-release or make an updated version!
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , August 4, 2009 9:19 PM
    What about Rebel Assualt :)  loved those games
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    Honis , August 4, 2009 9:19 PM
    I can't express what kind of good news this would be to me.
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    trevorvdw , August 4, 2009 9:33 PM
    THQ should make a current generation of the Descent series since they own Volition anyhow...
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    Anonymous , August 4, 2009 9:44 PM
    God I would love to see this come back. The original X-Wing game was so good for its time. Can't even imagine what they could make it look like now.
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    Firehead2k , August 4, 2009 9:47 PM
    "News" like this keep franchises like Duke Nukem Forever alive.
    'Good news is good news', 'bad news is good news', now we can add 'no news is good news'.
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    chaohsiangchen , August 4, 2009 10:03 PM
    If they're not releasing a remake with modern graphics and revamped iMUSE, they'd better release it in original form plus a really good MIDI simulator (such as Gravis Ultrasound, or Turtlebeach Maui). X-Wing and Tie Fighter are probably as good as space-sim can ever be. I didn't remember how many flight sticks I have broken while trying to chase Tie Advanced.

    The next step might be to combine FPS into it. Jedi Knight IV anyone?
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    jhansonxi , August 4, 2009 10:05 PM
    Considering the capabilities of modern hardware it would be impressive. There are some free space sims like Vega Strike and remakes of old ones like Descent (D2X-XL). For the old LucasArts games there appears to be independent servers for XW vs TF and XW Alliance like Errant Venture! (I haven't tried it). The main problem with space simulators is vertigo and getting lost which is even worse than with flight simulators.
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    jeraldjunkmail , August 4, 2009 10:43 PM
    trevorvdwTHQ should make a current generation of the Descent series since they own Volition anyhow...



    Descent made me REALLY dizzy. But it was SO fun to blast the insane mining machines etc... Right up there with XW/TF
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    Anonymous , August 4, 2009 11:05 PM
    I think seeing those games on a console should make one wonder how in the world where we able to live with such a crappy graphics?
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    grimreality , August 4, 2009 11:06 PM
    I'm tired of Star Wars RPG's, I want the Flight Sims and FPS's of old to be brought into the current generation. And they had better be release for PC!
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    maban , August 4, 2009 11:24 PM
    Ha, I still have my X-Wing vs TIE Fighter and the Balance of Power expansion.
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    belardo , August 4, 2009 11:28 PM
    Its been about 10 years since we've had a Star-Wars fighter sim for PC... with todays graphics (refer to H.A.W.X.s) and game engine tech, they graphics should look almost right out of the movie.

    But we still like to fly around other ships. I forgot which game it was, but you got to fly the Falcon, A-Wing, Y-Wing, Tie-Fighter Advance, etc. With 1990s graphics, had fun flying around a star destroyer.

    But yeah, a revised X-Wing game to battle it out around and IN the Death Star (ROTJ) and Star Destroyers would be very very cool.

    The blockade runner is a favorite still (also in the old game - had to protect).


    I'd buy it.

    And Multiplayer would be a big boost.
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    IronRyan21 , August 5, 2009 12:09 AM
    I LOVED TIE Fighter. Bring it Back!
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    yrmoma , August 5, 2009 1:09 AM
    I have the original strategy guides for X-Wing and TIE fighter still. I just wish I could find the games!
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    Abaddon , August 5, 2009 1:43 AM
    I just hope they release X-Wing with the expansion packs as well. Awesome amount of fun to be had there. Perhaps I should dig out my original copies and give it another go in the mean time.
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    stradric , August 5, 2009 1:52 AM
    Rodriguez's comments are perfect for seeding the possibility, then using the response to gauge how well remaking XW vs TF would be accepted. I'd say the response so far has been pretty amazing. And rightly so. Xwing vs Tie Fighter is easily in the top 10 games Lucasarts has ever put their name on. I put it way up there.

    And given the success of BF 1943 on Xbox Live and PSN, I think an XW vs TF remake is certainly a possibility. Let's just hope Lucasarts doesn't blow it like they do so often.
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    captainspock , August 5, 2009 2:12 AM
    How about Star Wars Battlefront 3 When? There's lots scuttle butt.
    Anyone know more than just rumors, The battlefront is the best series they made,I hope it is not EOL for them.
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    Aragorn , August 5, 2009 2:57 AM
    I still bring out Ti-fighter from time to time 486 graphics and all. If they created a new version using modern tech and that game play and control system I would not only be online release day (or a week before) to buy it, I would upgrade (probably have to replace) my 5 year old rig for it.
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    Aragorn , August 5, 2009 3:28 AM
    If they do remake the games I just hope they keep the control and gameplay setups. Too many games today try to simplify things too much. Make it interesting give me a reason to include strategy and thought not just shoot anything that moves. I like the fact that for some missions I had to be heavy on the sheilds and for others heavy on the speed, while others made me switch modes mid mission.
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