The new game from Wing Commander’s creator

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Many of you have been clamouring for something to fill the gap left by the lack of games like Wing Commander, Freelancer and Privateer. did you know they were all created by the same guy, Chris Roberts? Pity he left videogames to work on film over ten years ago, isn’t it? Well he’s back – and he’s busy creating a new game that sounds like it could just be the game you’re looking for.

That game is Cloud Imperium – and while details are incredibly sparse, it certainly is a space-bound game – and seems like it could pick up where Freelancer left off. You can sign up for the game (in whatever form it may appear) over at Roberts’ site here (Password’s 42, by the way) or just read chris’ message below:

Welcome!

If you’ve made it here, you probably know who I am. Maybe you have heard of Wing Commander and its sequels, or perhaps Strike Commander, Privateer or Freelancer.

If not, you’re still welcome!

I grew up making video games. I sold my first game at the age of 13 and created Wing Commander when I was 21. But 10 years ago, at the height of my career I took a break. Not because I stopped loving or playing games but because I had become frustrated with the limits of the technology at the time to realize my vision.

I decided to pursue my desire to create detailed worlds and tell sophisticated stories in film. I always said the moment I became interested in making games again was when I was going to come back.

With the power of today’s computers and the reach of the internet I finally feel I have the tools to build the connected experience that I always dreamed of. A world that would be more satisfying and richer than any film I could work on.

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. If you register below you’ll become an insider that will not only give you early access to the game’s website and forums, but you will also get the opportunity for rewards and privileges that no one else will get. It’s my way of showing how important your early involvement and support is.

The full announcement will be at 10am Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the 10th day of the 10th month of this year.

My name is Chris Roberts.

And if you would indulge me I would like to create a world for you.

The only thing that’s worrying me right now is the “connected experience” bit – but if it expands upon Freelancer’s meagre multiplayer, I can’t really complain. The world’s been without games like wing commander for far too long now – and I welcome their return. I just hope it’s not an MMO or some F2P pay-to-win title – but I guess we’ll find out next month.

Last Updated: September 11, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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