Wing Commander Creator Making New Game

Shacknews reports that Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts has resurfaced after being absent from the gaming scene for over 15 years. While nothing official has been announced, a website has appeared – Roberts Space Industries – with a countdown timer set to expire on October 10, 2012 at 10am (get it? 101010).

On the website, Roberts also provides a letter to fans, re-introducing himself as a gamer who loves to develop games. "With films you tell stories but with games you create worlds," he writes. "If you've played my games, you’ll know that's what I love to do. I'm here to tell you that I have been working on something for just under a year, something that embraces everything that my past games stood for but takes it to the next level."

"I hope you’ll be as excited by it as I am," he adds. "My new endeavor is still in its early stages but I invite you to take the journey with me."

Once signed up with the site, visitors are granted a golden ticket stating that the project will be officially revealed at GDC Online in Austin, Texas on October 10. "Upon purchase of a Roberts Industry Spaceship, I do invite you to a private showing of my next creation and the opportunity to participate in its development over the next 24 months," the coupon states. "Once completed, you will re3ceive a very special equipment package that only golden ticket holders are entitled to."

Based on his LinkedIn listing, Roberts became Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Cloud Imperium Games back in January. Prior to that, after leaving Origin in 1996, he founded Digital Anvil and directed the 1999 feature film version of Wing Commander in 1999 (directed by Roberts himself) which used visual effects from Digital Anvil. His filming career also includes The Punisher (2004), The Jacket and Lord of War.

Is Roberts bringing Wing Commander back to a new age of PC gaming? It's possible. The original made its debut back in 1990, and was followed by a string of sequels and spin-offs like Wing Commander Academy, Wing Commander Armada, Privateer 2: The Darkening and loads more. There was even a Wing Commander Academy TV series back in 1996 which aired on the USA Network between September 21 and December 21.

That said, it's a prefect time for a Wing Commander reboot taking advantage of today's technology. Guess we'll find out what he has planned next month, so stay tuned.

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  • timbrewulf
    Ho-lee-fux... Are you kidding me? As a 36 year old gamer who's been playing since the 70's; WC is, was and ever shall be my favourite series.

    Welcome back from your hiatus, Chris. You've been missed. Now... TAKE MY MONEY!
  • opmopadop
    The cast of WC3 was amazing... Oh man they were good days.
  • mugiebahar
    I'm a couple of years younger, but it's crazy that we were the first real generation to have been gaming since walking. Nowadays that's a regular occurrence but we started it all, lol. Mind you it was the guys older then us that created the games so they get credit as molding us, but I digress. But hell ya good to see Chris back, and if wing commander is the series wahoo. But if it's not I'm sure I'll be buying it because wing commander was amazing. Welcome back Chris.
  • kyee7k
    Please complete the WC Prophecy trilogy.
  • Stardude82
    WC1 on a 286 was probably my first real game and Privateer is probably my favorite game of all time. But not Privateer 2, that can die in a fire. And, I don't think I could ever forgive him for the movie.
  • memadmax
    Dude, the Dark Ages of Gaming are FINALLY OVER!
  • john_4
    Sweet, those were great games and the cat humanoids were cool too., need to get a new joystick. Been wanting a new one anyway because I have Freespace 2 that was great too. It's loaded to my Mac mini running XP under bootcamp for my older games. For modern games I run a self built older Q9650 with a GTX 560Ti with 7-64 as the OS. Bring back some good flight sims, we need them.
  • thecolorblue
    privateer please!
  • nocteratus
    WC was the game I've played the most when I was a kid.
    The first privateer was the best.
  • danlw
    Time to dust off the old joystick, perhaps?

    WCII was the game responsible for teaching me about computers. After many hours trying to get the game (with speech pack) to work on a 486, I finally learned all about how to write autoexec.bat, and config.sys files, along with how to make a boot disk just for the game, and the difference between extended memory and expanded memory. All before I had an internet connection. Ah, DOS 6.22... those were the days... back when 16MB of RAM cost $600. (fortunately, I didn't need that for the game to work!)