Wing Commander Catches Flight in Fan Made Followup

Paul Lilly

Any old-school PC gamer worth his salt has spent some time dogfighting in space in Wing Commander, or at least is familiar with the series that first took flight in 1990. Heck, even Mark Hamill (better known as Luke Skywalker) lent his voice acting talents to the third installment, Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger. If you have fond memories of flying through space in the 1990s, you'll be happy to know that fans of the franchise are nearly finished with a massive followup.

It's called Wing Commander Saga, and though it's not officially sanctioned by or endorsed by Chris Roberts (who produced Wing Commander), Origin, or Electronic Arts, none of them are doing anything to shut the project down.

"They have not contacted us and we have not discussed it with them," the project's founder clarified in a statement. "We are thankful that they are permitting us to do this, but no endorsement of Saga by these entities should be implied from that."

Fair enough. Legalities aside, Saga has the potential to be an awesome followup. It's certainly much bigger and more involved than what you would expect from a fan made game. It's being built using an enhanced Freespace 2 engine with features like autopilot, carrier landings, enhanced graphics and effects, and more. There are dozens of characters, about 70 cut scenes with 90 minutes of pre-rendered footage, a whopping 55 missions, and much more packed into a 8-9GB installation (download size will be 3-4GB) due for release on March 22, just three days from now.

Want more? Check out the trailer embedded below and read this related interview with Gnomes Lair .

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