Returning To The Genre That Made Him Famous
So apparently I’m 15 again, because Chris Roberts has decided to return from his foray into film making and create a brand new game set in space. The creator of Wing Commander, Starlancer and Freelancer has opened a new website, called Roberts Space Industries, which provides a place for people to sign up and get involved in his next project, currently called Cloud Imperium.
By heading over to the website, users can crack a fairly easy code to gain access to a letter from Roberts himself. We’ve got it below for your convenience.
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.
Signing up to the website gives you access to the official forum and a short bit of backstory to the new game. It also provides users with a virtual golden ticket, which will not only guarantee being sent information as it emerges, but will also reward them with in-game equipment as well. It’s not specified what it is yet, but we look forward to finding out what we will get. All we do know is that we will definitely have more information on October 10th, when Roberts will be making an announcement.
So far we can gather that the title will be a Space Combat Sim, but there is no word if trading will be a part of it. Concept art reveals there will be carriers involved, and a survey on the website currently asks if players would like a virtual cockpit. So far that’s all we know, but we should probably make it clear that the end product isn't going to materialize any time soon, so prepare yourselves for a good wait. That said, we will definitely keep you up to date on any further details. You can sign up and have a look for yourself by heading over to the website here.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and hug my copies of Wing Commander for a while, for this is a good day.