Wing Commander creator making a new game

Chris Roberts has been out of the gaming public eye for more than 15 years since his work on the highly acclaimed Wing Commander games. But now, a...

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Chris Roberts has been out of the gaming public eye for more than 15 years since his work on the highly acclaimed Wing Commander games. But now, a series of bread crumbs are starting to appear that make it clear that Roberts is coming back for an encore. A Roberts Space Industries site has shown up with a countdown clock set to expire on October 10, 2012 at 10 a.m. After entering the secret code (if you think about it in binary, you'll figure it out as the answer to everything), a letter to fans talks about his impending return:
"With films you tell stories but with games you create worlds. 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. My new endeavor is still in its early stages but I invite you to take the journey with me."
    After signing up on the site, we are told that the announcement will officially happen at GDC Online in Austin, Texas, where he will show off the game. It is expected to be in development for the next two years. The art from the site suggests a Wing Commander/Privateer style game could be in the works. According to his LinkedIn profile, Roberts just recently became Chief Creative Officer of Cloud Imperium Games. As we dig up more, we'll keep you posted.

    What are you up to, Chris Roberts?

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      September 10, 2012 2:00 PM

      John Keefer posted a new article, Wing Commander creator making a new game.

      Chris Roberts has been out of the gaming public eye for more than 15 years since his work on the highly acclaimed Wing Commander games. But now, a...

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        September 10, 2012 2:04 PM

        My dick just moved a little.

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        September 10, 2012 2:07 PM

        I'm hopeful.

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        September 10, 2012 2:12 PM

        Incoming Wing Commander-ish Kickstarter?

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          September 10, 2012 2:16 PM

          If it was Kickstarter, I don't think he'd be unveiling it at GDC Online in Austin. He must have some backing ...

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            September 10, 2012 2:57 PM

            Good point. Although it strikes me as a game which people would be very willing to support.

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          September 10, 2012 3:00 PM

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        September 10, 2012 2:15 PM

        I wondered what he was up to the other day besides unemployment. The Wing Commander/Privateer genre is woefully underrepresented in the current gen.

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          September 10, 2012 2:24 PM

          It's essentially extinct, which is a fucking crime against good gaming since some of the most memorable games of all time were space flight/combat games.

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            September 10, 2012 2:27 PM

            It's probably the easiest genre to update successfully to current standards and honestly I don't know why we don't see Kickstarters left and right for this type of thing. I guess some of the recent indie space combat games haven't been particularly successful like Darkforce One (or whatever it was called) or Evochron: Mercenary? There's always great CONCEPTS for these types of games, but none ever seem to make it to a purchasable stage...

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              September 10, 2012 2:42 PM

              I think that's because the world that is on display on these lower-budget space shooters isn't very engaging or interesting. That, or the marketing for these titles doesn't focus on anything but pretty graphics.

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                September 10, 2012 2:45 PM

                I always try them when they come out and none of them really nail fun space flight IMO. It's disappointing because I really want to like them, but the mechanics always seem off in various ways. I kinda liked X3, and EVE is pretty fun for a while (even though it's not a traditional space arcade game like Wing Commander or Privateer/Freelancer). That's been about it for the arcadey space genre since 2003 or whenever Freelancer was released.

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              September 10, 2012 4:53 PM

              Darkstar One should have been more successful than it was. It's the closest to the old-school fun of a space combat game I've seen in years. It's not perfect, but better than the few other offerings that have shown up in recent years.

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                September 10, 2012 5:24 PM

                Freelancer should have been more successful as well. It had a pretty big publisher and was a solid game.

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                  September 10, 2012 6:45 PM

                  SHUT UP YOUR DIRTY MOUTH! Freelancer WAS successful. LALALALALALA! I can't hear your "facts".

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            September 10, 2012 6:15 PM

            I'm sad the strike commander genre never took off - flight sims with missions and economy/upgrades and a story.

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        September 10, 2012 2:15 PM

        I will buy the shit out of whatever this is.

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        September 10, 2012 2:23 PM

        I never played the Wing Commander games but played the hell out of Strike Commander (Wing Commander with F-16's). If he can bring back some of the old magic, I'm in.

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          September 10, 2012 3:30 PM

          Man I remember Strike Commander. I even bought the voice pack to add in additional spoken lines. In retrospect, it was the world's first DLC.

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            September 10, 2012 6:43 PM

            It was awesome. It came bundled with the SoundBlaster/CD-ROM package my parents bought me. Not only was it an awesome game, but it was the first game I ever played in STEREO!

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              September 10, 2012 6:47 PM

              Voice Diskettes sold separately. Or did Strike come with them, and only Wing Commander sold them separately? I still have my Wing Commander 2 Disks and Voice Disks.

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                September 10, 2012 9:49 PM

                Strike Commander had a separate voice pack, as I recall...but I bought the CD version, so it had the speech pack, and the Tactical Operations add-on package. I remember it being such a HUGE game.

                Plus I remember dead-sticking so many landings after using the 'accelerate to next waypoint' and running out of gas. Broke a few sets of landing gear, I'm sure!

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              September 10, 2012 9:32 PM

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        September 10, 2012 2:25 PM

        I can't find a link or a button to send my money. Does anyone else see it? HALP!

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        September 10, 2012 2:27 PM

        I'm scared to think of how much money I might dump in to a kickstarter for another Chris Roberts space game.

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        September 10, 2012 2:30 PM

        When I drive to work, I think about how awesome it would be to hit an AUTOPILOT button and then watch a fly-by cam of my car driving and then end up in my parking spot for work 5 seconds later.

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        September 10, 2012 2:59 PM

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          September 10, 2012 3:20 PM

          yeah, pretty much on both counts.

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        September 10, 2012 3:01 PM

        while I love the idea of a new wing commander / privateer game I would have preferred if the announcement was not made two years before release. Two years of PR and hype building can kill a game I think. But I'm still looking forward to it!

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        September 10, 2012 3:29 PM

        I...cannot...get...hopes...up...

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        September 10, 2012 3:30 PM

        As much as I would love to see this happen, I don't think an updated WC game would do well in the market right now. The fan base, me included, would eat it up, but I just can't see the market responding. It'll be like Psychonauts or Beyond Good and Evil- critically acclaimed, but financial failure (or at least challenged).

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          September 10, 2012 4:09 PM

          Considering the shot had a "mercenaries guild" it looks more "privateer" than wing commander

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            September 10, 2012 4:42 PM

            Good point. Also notice the 42s in the picture (twice). Nice hints and the access code for the site and the binary equivalent of 101010 ...

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        September 10, 2012 4:08 PM

        Oh. Oh shit. Oh.

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        September 10, 2012 4:54 PM

        i will forever be hesitant when it comes to "rebooting" the space combat genre. until someone can prove to me it can be done in todays mainstream, instant gratification, made to appeal to everyone games industry and still be the same thing in more than just perspective and aesthetic, i will with-hold judgement with a side of skepticism.

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        September 10, 2012 5:13 PM

        So awkward, jizzing all over this train car.

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        September 10, 2012 5:23 PM

        I hope that whatever it is, it has FMV scenes in it

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        September 10, 2012 5:28 PM

        I hope he has a better return plan than the Pitfall guy

        http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jungleventure/david-cranes-jungle-adventure-0

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        September 10, 2012 5:29 PM

        FUCK. YES.

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        September 10, 2012 5:35 PM

        YES PLEASE INTO MY MOUTH AND OTHER HOLES

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        September 10, 2012 9:44 PM

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        September 10, 2012 9:51 PM

        So hotttt, want to touch the Heine!!!!

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        September 11, 2012 6:44 AM

        Hoping for some Mark Hamill voice acting.

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        September 11, 2012 7:20 AM

        Please don't be an MMO! Be very awesome though!

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        September 11, 2012 1:21 PM

        bout freakin time!

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