There is now a Jane's Attack Squadron Petition
online, created in reaction to the understanding that Electronic Arts is in the
process of deciding whether or not to fund continued development of Jane's
Attack Squadron, the ambitious WWII flying combat game that could be one of the
casualties of the closing of Looking Glass Studios (story
). Here is a plea from Rich "Zdim" Carlson (a former member of Looking Glass himself) on the
Thief lead designer Tim
Stellmach, from yesterday's GameSpy interview:
Looking Glass was stuck in a position of trying to run a couple of projects that
weren't bringing in much money up front. Jane's Attack Squadron was slipping its
schedule significantly due (at least in part) to a major redesign of the game
partway through, at the insistence of the publisher. We also had an
action/espionage title in early development, originally contracted out to
Irrational Games. When they pulled out of the project, so did its publisher
(Microsoft), along with a lot of expected advances.
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Looking Glass's JAS, Jane's Attack Squadron (formerly FLIGHT COMBAT), is not
As we speak, 20 or so Looking Glass employees, Con Hantzopoulos and his
extraordinary flight sim team, are waiting vigil until Tuesday when EA will
announce whether they plan to take JAS to its June release or not.
For those of you who haven't heard about it, JAS is a revolutionary single AND
multiplayer 3D WW2 action-oriented air combat game, with ALL of the trimmings.
As if the multiplayer component (solo fighters and team bombers, etc.) wasn't
enough, the game would ship with its excellent and very easy to use
game/mission/terrain editor. Also, JAS is very extensible with regards to
user-created aircraft and coolstuff like that.
I have seen this game in production, and it is a marvel of gameplay, physics,
art and technology.
So, and I'm going to stick my neck out a little bit here, if you truly want to
help LGS out, write EA and tell them to SAVE JAS/FLIGHT COMBAT!!!
With a little oomph, and luck, we all may be able to play and enjoy one more
game infused with that special LGS magic this summer!