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Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns

The Wing Commander Saga Website is in low-bandwidth mode in an effort to stay online amid the demand for the promised release of Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn, the fan-created project based on the Wing Commander series of space combat games. The Windows version is the first to be released, and they say the Linux and OS X editions are still in the works. They have a list of mirrors and the download can also be found on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell. Here's what they have to say to mark the occasion:

On many occasions, we have referred to Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn as a labor of love. That is truly what it has been for us. Many years ago, Chris Roberts and his team at Origin ignited our imaginations with their innovative, blockbuster Wing Commander series. Our hope has always been that with Wing Commander Saga, we could recapture that excitement and magic to some degree and share it with all of you. Our ten year development process has certainly taught us even more respect for just how innovative and brilliant Chris Roberts and his team are. Our development of Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn is meant as an homage to them and what they achieved, and we would like to thank them and EA, who holds the intellectual property for Wing Commander. We would also like to thank all the sites who have generously offered to provide mirrors for Saga.

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26. Re: RE: Follow up Mar 23, 2012, 18:18 Armengar
 
aww maniac didnt make it through the asteroid field.

WTF HE CAME BACK IN PROPHECY! (heh, god I hated that guy)
 
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25. Re: RE: Follow up Mar 23, 2012, 13:30 Krovven
 
Kastagir wrote on Mar 23, 2012, 00:39:
because it's pretty obvious when you rip a line from a well-known film and use it as dialog or chatter.

You mean like Blizzard does for just about every game they make? Starcraft series had a ton of them. Personally, if done right, I think its great sneaking pop culture quotes into games.

I downloaded the Darkest Dawn last night, will probably get around to looking at it this weekend.

Edit: And I was getting 3MB/sec from AtomicGamer last night.


 
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24. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 23, 2012, 05:15 Rigs
 
Tom wrote on Mar 22, 2012, 18:06:
DDL through Gamer's Hell is averaging 550KB/sec and I'm at 600MB so far.

I actually was downloading both at the same time to see which one was faster, but apparently my Net connection is bogged down from everyone streaming their @#@$! Netflix crap! *sigh* Such is the price you pay for cable...It finally did go up to about 200k/sec for a while but it was erratic and I couldn't go anywhere web-wise so I said screw it until tomorrow...


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23. Re: RE: Follow up Mar 23, 2012, 04:37 InBlack
 
Freelancer sucked cock. Its engine was not really that impressive compared to the enhanced version of Freespace.  
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22. Re: RE: Follow up Mar 23, 2012, 00:39 Kastagir
 
Not to belittle the effort that went into this, but all the movie quotes were starting to get on my nerves. Is this a translation issue, because it's pretty obvious when you rip a line from a well-known film and use it as dialog or chatter. Also, I would have loved to have seen this in a prettier engine like the one Freelancer used. Oh well.  
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21. Re: RE: Follow up Mar 23, 2012, 00:13 ASeven
 
UConnBBall wrote on Mar 22, 2012, 22:25:
Wing Commander was orginally written on an Amiga computer but it never came out on that machine

Yes it did, the first one anyway. WCII and onwards didn't.
 
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20. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 23:31 SlimRam
 
Hawk: "Let the fur fly kid!"

Hawk to Casey 'Wing Commander: Prophecy'

*Lowers my head nodding slightly with my fist raised in the air and whispers*

"Indeed Hawk.......indeed"

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19. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 23:14 KilrathiAce
 
Hell yes, now thats something I been waitin for baby.  
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18. Re: RE: Follow up Mar 22, 2012, 22:25 UConnBBall
 
Well I am seeding it on my FIOS connection now at 300 kbs so hope to get this out. So far my ratio is 5:1 I am hoping for a 100:1 by tomorrow

Wing Commander was orginally written on an Amiga computer but it never came out on that machine
 
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17. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 22:25 DedEye
 
no need to fly forever, press alt-a

F2 brings up options/bindings
 
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16. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 20:41 Julio
 
Ah good memories...95% of my hard drive at the time to hold WC2 on a 286. Almost done downloading!

Come on EA - where's WC4 and 5 on GOG?
 
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15. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 19:59 Selektaa
 
IIRC it was "A" for Autopilot. I'm downloading this now, really interested to see how it turns out  
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14. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 19:48 Dev
 
DaZ wrote on Mar 22, 2012, 18:53:
I was excited for this, but the first mission involved flying towards a nav marker for 15 minutes without anything happening. I quit and haven't had another look yet.

What an awful way to introduce players to your game
Is there a time compress or auto nav key? In wing commander games, there was usually a key to press to auto navigate to next waypoint. That 15 min flight would be a 10 second one. It would bring you out if you ran into something on the way. In wing commander, one rarely flies in empty space with nothing around for more than a minute or two because of the auto nav key.

If they aren't telling players new to the wing commander series this basic stuff in some sorta tutorial, thats bad.

DangerDog wrote on Mar 22, 2012, 19:28:
I never got into it, but boy did it spark a surge in sound card sales back in the day. I remember there was a separate speech add-on you could buy.

very expensive game when you added it all up.
That's nowhere near the price of buying the game and all the map packs for a game like MW2.
Plus, that wasn't for all the wing commader games. Just back when the games were on floppies. The speech pack added a chunk of more floppies and space required in days when people were buying hard drives WAY under 1 gb. So many people wouldn't want that. I don't think I bothered with the speech pack when it came out, but when I picked up the re-release on CD it had all that stuff (including the mission packs) included.

Wing Commander II as I recall was one of the big drivers for gamers to upgrade their computers. It required a faster CPU, and more memory than normal (386 and 1 meg as I recall).

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13. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 19:28 DangerDog
 
venomhed wrote on Mar 22, 2012, 18:35:
Gayyyyyyyy.

Such a lame series.

I never got into it, but boy did it spark a surge in sound card sales back in the day. I remember there was a separate speech add-on you could buy.

very expensive game when you added it all up.
 
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12. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 18:53 DaZ
 
I was excited for this, but the first mission involved flying towards a nav marker for 15 minutes without anything happening. I quit and haven't had another look yet.

What an awful way to introduce players to your game
 
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11. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 18:35 venomhed
 
Gayyyyyyyy.

Such a lame series.
 
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10. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 18:26 Dev
 
Slashman wrote on Mar 22, 2012, 18:15:
Is this a stand-alone release or do you need Freespace installed to play it?
It says full game, so pretty sure no need for freespace.
 
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9. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 18:15 Slashman
 
Is this a stand-alone release or do you need Freespace installed to play it?  
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8. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 18:06 Tom
 
DDL through Gamer's Hell is averaging 550KB/sec and I'm at 600MB so far.

Really curious what this is going to be like. Wing Commander 2 is still my all-time favorite game, and I've been dying for a good space sim for years. I'm not getting my hopes up though.
 
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7. Re: Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Dawns Mar 22, 2012, 17:51 Rigs
 
I'm getting like 18k/sec on the torrent even with over a 100 seeders and peers.... *sigh*


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