Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn launches

It's unofficial and fan-created, but a new Wing Commander game has launched and fans of the series are jumping on it.

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The Wing Commander series died years ago, with no hope of an official resurrection after Electronic Arts scooped up developer Origin and slowed phased it out. But the game has been reborn after 10 years of effort by a team of fans.

Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn launched today and offers players two campaigns, 55 missions and a story reminiscent of the original series. In a letter to fans announcing the launch, project leader Anton "Tolwyn" Romanyuk said:

"If Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn is your introduction to the Wing Commander universe, you owe it to yourself to try the source material that inspired us. Several of the original Wing Commander games are available at GOG.com, so make sure to show your support for the actual creators of Wing Commander by going and purchasing some copies! You won't regret it."

Romanyuk also said that a Mac and Linux version are coming once the launcher is ported. He has also made it clear that the project is not official sanctioned by the original developer, Chris Roberts, or Electronic Arts.

The site was getting hammered so hard by fans that nine different sites had to mirror the download. Have no fear! You can download the game here at Shacknews.

While the launch trailer might be a bit too long, it is definitely enticing enough for you to want to hop into a fighter and start taking on the Kilrathi. Hopefully, EA will stay out of the way.

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    March 22, 2012 4:00 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn launches.

    It's unofficial and fan-created, but a new Wing Commander game has launched and fans of the series are jumping on it.

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      March 22, 2012 4:22 PM

      I doubt EA stays out of the way, so GET IT WHILE IT'S HOT!

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      March 22, 2012 4:27 PM

      I'm all over this!

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      March 22, 2012 4:29 PM

      Lol their official page lists our download mirror as Slacknews.com

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        March 22, 2012 4:38 PM

        Well incorrect, it's probably an accurate characterization for most of us.

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      March 22, 2012 4:37 PM

      That trailer was really bad and really stupid. I'm downloading it anyway 'cause the game itself looks neat.

      "They're clawing at our throats". Come on.

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        March 22, 2012 4:38 PM

        ;alkhfdapfiohdasf what? it looked pretty dang good. DON'T SHIT ON THIS GAME UNTIL YOU'VE PLAYED I SWEAR TO GOD I WILL MURDER SOMEONE

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          March 22, 2012 5:12 PM

          The game looks cool, but it was a sloppy trailer. Endless text cuts saying variations of the same thing.

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            March 22, 2012 7:24 PM

            lol, i was thinking it was a spoof, and then the vocals at the end just send me over the edge. hahaha

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      March 22, 2012 4:52 PM

      This game makes me wish I still had my stick.

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        March 22, 2012 5:19 PM

        ...too easy.

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          March 22, 2012 7:50 PM

          yeah, but do it anyway. moon deserves it after that comment :)

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            March 24, 2012 6:43 PM

            Seriously, I'm setting them up for you all and this is the best I get?

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        March 23, 2012 8:13 AM

        Got married, eh? Grats. Sort of.

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      March 22, 2012 5:19 PM

      I absolutely adored Wing Commander 3 on 3DO. Wing Commander are good people.

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      March 22, 2012 6:28 PM

      PEOPLE NEED TO GET ON THE TORRENT BITCHES http://www.gamershell.com/download_87172_start.html?02:26:44

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      March 22, 2012 7:25 PM

      I would love to play this but I can't because of some OpenGL error. Bummer.