Fan-Made Wing Commander Game Can Go Forward, But It’s Not Endorsed By EA

Fan-Made Wing Commander Game Can Go Forward, But It’s Not Endorsed By EA

A fan-engineered sequel to the long dormant Wing Commander series is known to Electronic Arts and all of the franchise’s rights holders, but they are taking no action to shut down its development. That said, they don’t officially or unofficially endorse the game.

The creators of Wing Commander Saga: Darkest Dawn had to clarify that after a report on the game’s development implied everything had the blessing of the guys with the lawyers. The bottom line is what counts: this isn’t getting shut down.

Wing Commander Saga: Darkest Dawn begins before the events of Wing Commander 3 ends at the climax of the Terran-Kilrathi war. GnomesLair, in a preview of the game, called it “a polished, feature-heavy, brilliantly designed behemoth of a game, that could have easily been a commercial release”. Best part? The game is going to be free.

GnomesLair said the game will offer “50 missions, two campaigns, 60 voice actors, dozens of Terran and Kilrathi spaceships and roughly 70 cutscenes. And some massive battles involving proper fleets.” There are many, many more details in its preview at the link.

Wing Commander Saga – Preview & Interview [GnomesLair via Blue’s News]
Clarification in Response to Recent Media Stories [Wing Commander Saga]


  • a story where EA aren’t jerks? Wow.

    I think publishers cop a lot of flak – a lot of it deserved – but in general they’re not all bad.

  • So it’s not endorsed by EA…

    So each ship won’t have 1 weapon locked off on disc where it’s available at launch only at pre-order or you pay for it later?

    So ships available on disc won’t have to be purchased seperate to the game?

    The Kilrathi will be available in game as foes and won’t be supplied later as DLC?

    Well shit if this is what not endorsed by EA means, BRING IT ON!!!!!

  • Been following the development of this game for a while now. Its essentially a Freespace 2 Mod but will be a standalone product and you won’t need Freespace:Open installed, which is great.

    Thankfully EA hasn’t shut it down, since it looks like they have no intention of reviving the Wing Commander franchise.

  • This is a smart move by EA, it’s free PR when everyone reads they’re not shutting down an indie developer…if the game gets widespread acclaim or support, then they can think about making an official relaunch of the franchise….so free market survey

    • Exactly… EA get all the benefits with none of the risk or costs… If they actually had plans to release a new WC or had one already in development it would have probably been a different story…

  • I have a feeling that EA will wait for this game to gain popularity, before their lawyers suddenly swoop in for the kill.

  • I thought to keep your copyrights you have to actively enforce them, so shutting this down would be needed to hold onto the Wing Commander rights…?

  • Might I just point out that this is yet another example of the power of the Freespace 2 engine that has been steadily upgraded over the past 13 years by a damned dedicated community of fans.

    A damn good game, with a damn good engine, and a damn good community to boot.

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