Electronic Arts has confirmed that the ancient cat-fighting space-combat fest, Wing Commander
, will be appearing on Xbox Live Arcade as Wing Commander Arena.
The game originally appeared in the late 1990s as Origin, Chris Roberts who went on to direct the movie of the same name starring, Freddie Prinze Jr, David Warner and Mark Hamill’s voice.
The news comes following a clever spot this week by Siliconera
that the 1998 3D ‘Space Simulator’, Wing Commander
had appeared on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) as an Xbox 360 title featuring "Fantasy Violence".
The news having been outed, EA responded via vice president, Chip Lange, who tells the world, “We’re really excited to deliver unparalleled multi-player arcade action. The design for Wing Commander
will appeal to both long-time fans of the franchise and immediately engage anyone who wants the melee style action of an arcade shooter.”
The new version is being developed by Gaia Industries (Street Trace NYC
, also for Xbox Live Arcade). It’s has four modes: single player, multi-team, multi-player free for all, multi-player duel; and eight maps, and will apparently 16-player action.
This EA announcement is its second Xbox Live Arcade foray after Boom Boom Rocket
by Bizarre Creations.