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What's This X-Wing Buzz All About?

LucasArts is teasing some sort of resurgence for its hallowed Star Wars flight combat games. But what's going on exactly?

Don't call it a comeback (yet). 
Now that the Monkey Island series is enjoying all kinds of new popularity, and several of LucasArts' other hallowed old properties are back in action, it's time to start asking about the LucasArts games that really matter: X-Wing and TIE Fighter. G4's Patrick Klepek did just that, starting all kinds of trouble this morning by inquiring of the company's president, Darrell Rodriguez.

I asked Rodriguez for thoughts on a return of the company's lauded X-Wing and Tie Fighter flight sim series. His answer?


"We don’t have any announcements now, but stay tuned," said Rodriguez. "We will soon….."

By the way, that's his number of dots, not mine. We conducted the interview over e-mail. Five dots is far more mysterious than three dots, so I'm willing to bet I'm onto something here. Whether it's a full-on remake ala The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition or an addition to the company's growing Steam lineup…well, who cares? Either one would be the first acknowledgement of a major part of LucasArts' legacy in a long, long time.

Let's examine a list of possibilities Rodriguez might be referring to, in order of descending likelihood.  
 
  1. Steam rerelease 
  2. Steam and Xbox Live Arcade rereleases
  3. Rereleases with some kind of enhanced graphics and/or reworked controls 
  4. An actual, new, honest-to-goodness X-Wing game

Number 1 is practically a given, considering the success Lucas seems to have been having putting its other games on Steam. Anything beyond that and I'm not holding my breath. As much as I'd like to think a brand new X-Wing might be on the way (and might be good), you didn't hear anyone getting particularly excited about the last project from Larry Holland and Totally Games, Alien Syndrome. On the other hand, I don't think I'd trust anyone else with a new X-Wing game. 
 
Let's put on our wait-and-see hats, shall we? In the meantime, what would you want to see if X-Wing were to come back all proper-like? Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad
Don't call it a comeback (yet). 
Now that the Monkey Island series is enjoying all kinds of new popularity, and several of LucasArts' other hallowed old properties are back in action, it's time to start asking about the LucasArts games that really matter: X-Wing and TIE Fighter. G4's Patrick Klepek did just that, starting all kinds of trouble this morning by inquiring of the company's president, Darrell Rodriguez.

I asked Rodriguez for thoughts on a return of the company's lauded X-Wing and Tie Fighter flight sim series. His answer?


"We don’t have any announcements now, but stay tuned," said Rodriguez. "We will soon….."

By the way, that's his number of dots, not mine. We conducted the interview over e-mail. Five dots is far more mysterious than three dots, so I'm willing to bet I'm onto something here. Whether it's a full-on remake ala The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition or an addition to the company's growing Steam lineup…well, who cares? Either one would be the first acknowledgement of a major part of LucasArts' legacy in a long, long time.

Let's examine a list of possibilities Rodriguez might be referring to, in order of descending likelihood.  
 
  1. Steam rerelease 
  2. Steam and Xbox Live Arcade rereleases
  3. Rereleases with some kind of enhanced graphics and/or reworked controls 
  4. An actual, new, honest-to-goodness X-Wing game

Number 1 is practically a given, considering the success Lucas seems to have been having putting its other games on Steam. Anything beyond that and I'm not holding my breath. As much as I'd like to think a brand new X-Wing might be on the way (and might be good), you didn't hear anyone getting particularly excited about the last project from Larry Holland and Totally Games, Alien Syndrome. On the other hand, I don't think I'd trust anyone else with a new X-Wing game. 
 
Let's put on our wait-and-see hats, shall we? In the meantime, what would you want to see if X-Wing were to come back all proper-like?
Posted by Heartagram

Dude what?

Posted by Fluffy_Zombie

Confused.

Posted by NukeSpoon

 A new X-Wing game would be superb :D
 
Being able to adjust the attributes of your ship would be cool, and possibly planetary missions?

Posted by PrioritySeven

My vote is for a combo option 2/3, ala the Monkey Island retooling.  Hopefully sooner rather than later, too!

Posted by NoK

uh, read the article

Posted by Delta_Ass

I hope it'll be a proper sequel to TIE Fighter, and not just one of those lame Rogue Squadron games.

Posted by EvolutionX0

Nope not really, x wing vs tie-fighter would be like a little fraction of battlefront III. Battlefront series was great..thats the series that needs to come back.

Posted by Bobafeet

A vs mode with TIE Fighters and X-Wings like they are doing in Battlefield 1943.

Posted by NukeSpoon
@Delta_Ass: Rogue Squadron 64 was good.
Posted by Delta_Ass
@NukeSpoon: I disagree.
Posted by Death_Unicorn

Cool.

Posted by mrsmiley

Oh man! I bet half the kids who go to this site have never played X-Wing or Tie Fighter. I played it on a 386 rockin' Windows 3.1. I didn't even have a sound card! Had to play X-Wing in silence, and it was still amazing. Then my grandparents got a state-of-the-art HP that had a sound card. When I played Tie Fighter over there... oh lord the good memories...

Posted by SunKing

I'd rather see new versions of Tie FIghter and X-Wing. The best part of those games was the campaign, story and overall atmosphere. I've never played X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter, but I have the impression that it has no story, no campaign, no characters – nothing else, except from multiplayer dogfighting. I can see why they'd want to because of the new found popularity of online gaming on consoles, but I'd be less interested in that, personally.

Posted by Phenwah

I'm all for a new X-Wing/TIE Fighter game as long as they don't import stuff from the new trilogy or shoehorn on-foot sections into it. Rebel Strike wasn't very good.

Posted by Mouth
@Fluffy_Zombie said:
"Confused. "

same here.
Posted by Ouroboros

I hope they can do a re-imaged X-Wing v Tie-Fighter game online, XW/TF/XVT were the only games I was amazing at.  I also loved X-Wing Alliance and I would re-buy that in a heartbeat.  But imagine 15 on 15 or 30 on 30 space battles.

Posted by Hashbrowns

Please, please, please do a Dark Forces Special Edition! 
 
If they did a restoration similar to the Marathon 2: Durandal XBLA release, then I would be pleased as punch.
Posted by Fosssil
@Delta_Ass said:
" I hope it'll be a proper sequel to TIE Fighter, and not just one of those lame Rogue Squadron games. "
I'll concede that the first and third Rogue Squadron games weren't anything mind-blowing, but you honestly didn't like the second game? That was one of the finest games that the Gamecube had to offer, IMO.
Posted by Peredur

I would be very, very happy with a simple graphical update à la Monkey Island for Tie Fighter.  They should definitely keep the original score though. That music was pretty good.

Posted by Delta_Ass
@Fosssil said:
" @Delta_Ass said:
" I hope it'll be a proper sequel to TIE Fighter, and not just one of those lame Rogue Squadron games. "
I'll concede that the first and third Rogue Squadron games weren't anything mind-blowing, but you honestly didn't like the second game? That was one of the finest games that the Gamecube had to offer, IMO. "
 
I only played the first one. Never owned a Gamecube.
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I would love a new X-wing game.  I loved  XW v. TF and XW Alliance too, so maybe I just want more Star Wars flight sims that aren't Rogue Squadron.
 
@NukeSpoon  Ugh, no planetary missions.  Period. 

Posted by Progman9000

Adventure games, Mechwarrior and X-Wing.  Seems like all we need is a new/remade Commander Keen (or other classic PC side scroller) and Doom and the 90's will totally be back.

Posted by Vankya_Karamazov

I think X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter would be great as a Sam and Max type of deal. Update the graphics a bit and release episodic content. You could expand the worlds fiction a bit, join up with this squadron or that squadron, so on and so forth. In other words, don't take the series too seriously. I doubt I'd plop down $20 or $30 for some all inclusive experience, but I would drop $10 every now and then for interesting episodes.

Edited by snide

The hype around X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter caused me to make my very first web-site before the game launched. Way back in the days where GeoCities ruled all. Close to 13 years ago. Like most others familiar with the previous games it was a huge dissapointment after coming from TIE fighter.

Posted by oopprraahh

 What I would want: A re-release of either or both games on xbox live with improved graphics and the ability to play co-op via live.  I think the escort missions would be a hoot playing with friends.

Posted by Rockanomics

Dude...... yesssssssssss. I need to bust out my Gravis Blackhawk, then realize the trigger sticks, and look for a new one, but realize they stopped making them 9 years ago.... 
 
GONNABEAWESOME!!! If it happens...

Edited by Doogie2K

I would basically want TIE Fighter on Steam, XP/Vista/7-compatible.  New graphics are optional but not discouraged in any form.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

I would like to play these games to see what all the hype is about. I was too young to actually play X wing or Tie Fighter.

Posted by Ouroboros
@snide: I assumed you tried XW Alliance?  I found the multiplayer much better than XVT was, in fact I found the MP to be what XVT promised to be but wasn't in the end.
Edited by evanbrau

DO NOT PRESUME TO ORDER ME!
 
These games were amazing, I really hope they give the old classics a lick of paint and maybe make a new one as long as it isn't terrible but I would be genuinely delighted with a graphically updated TIE fighter.

Posted by sickVisionz

I always wanted to play these games but I've been worried since "Sim" is always used to describe them.  My favorite flight games are Star Fox and Afterburner :(  
 
They are space ships so I always assumed  that it'd be like MS Flight Sim except 50x more complicated since you have (made up names alert) roxian thrusters, flagolian capicators, transmographic matter metamorphers and stuff like that to monitor on top of all the regular stuff you'd see on an airplane.

Posted by tmlim

I would gladly reinstall Steam just to play this.  But I would pay 1600 points to have either of these games on XBLive Arcade!!!!

Posted by JoelTGM

I've never played those games.  I think they're a little too old for me to get into them.

Posted by evanbrau
@sickVisionz: The word sim was probably used because there wasn't really any other word to describe them. They aren't at all complicated as you imagine (although the market for ultra realistic space sims does exist). Freespace 2 is probably the best example of the genre outside of X-Wing and TIE Fighter.
Posted by Christini

Answering the question above: just a next gen X-wing would be a wish come true. I mean, just the same story line as the old ones, same game options, same inmersive ambience, but with all the cutting edge visuals and sound of today (and, obviously, it has to be a simulator). C'mon, can't imagine what in the hells has been distracting the industry from making such a game. 
 
I've played ALL Star Wars space fighting games. Rogue Squadron for the Game Cube was great, but simply an arcade (my x-wing turns around automatically when reachin the boundaries of the combat zone???? what the...????). The X-wing sim series are the best with no doubt at all. I think there is an entire generation of Star Wars fans wiling to go back in to the cockpit of a X-wing/TIE Fighfer under those conditions of freeness.   
 
DO IT!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
 

 

 
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 @Brad said:

" On the other hand, I don't think I'd trust anyone else with a new X-Wing game. "

Volition.
Posted by MeatSim

I will take anything I can get since a new Rogue Squadron game is unlikely.

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Posted by nailerr

I'd hope this stonker arrives on ALL platforms, but as a person with all platforms available and a long time XvT mad fan I really want it to arrive on PSN because this is a game that could actually benefit from the Sixaxis motion control.  There were a whole lot of keys in the game, and having freeform flight would be quite a slick option.

Posted by Sunjammer

TOP DOWN 2D MULTIPLAYER DEATHMATCH FTW

Posted by MaddProdigy

Too young to have played x wing or tie fighter but if brad speaks of it in such reverence, I'd be down to have it back

Posted by JerkFace

X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter was the shit.  I would definitely jump at the chance to play that again, as the originals just don't run well on newer PC's.  And an XBLA remake?  Or, dare to hope, a full blown new XVT game?  Hot damn that would be fantastic.

Posted by JamesNI

Release for the PS3. That's all I am asking, Lucasarts!! I've been loyal, I've been there when you needed me most... BUT GOD DAMN IT, RELEASE AN X-WING OR TIE FIGHTER GAME ON THE PS3.

Posted by Brackynews

Proud to say that I still have right here on my wall the Tie Fighter poster that I ordered with my original copy of the game, 
from the LucasArts store.
 
Wishlist for X-wing: better balancing, of course.  Fewer escort missions.  And a bevy of cheats/trainers.  God, some of those were hilarious.  Oh, and animated sprite cutscenes please.  Don't go all "re-imagined" just to keep your artists busy.
Or legos. But only animated sprite legos.

Fact: Best thing about X-wing was the fact it SPED YOU UP in the trench run.  So few games bother to do that.
Man, now I gotta look at new flight sticks.  Been ages.  I've never owned a flight stick that wasn't a DA-15.  Oh Thrustmaster, whither the glory days?

Posted by snide
@Ouroboros: I was never interested in the MP of space sims. It always seemed to boil down to a couple fools circling each other while slowing their speed down to the point of boredom. 
 
For high flying space fighter MP combat I always preferred Sub-Space!
Posted by Warp

X Wing was my obsession back in 1993.  I used to watch just the beginning of these games just for the awesome cutscenes. Especially when I got a SoundBlaster card and could actually hear everything going on in the opening cinemas. Tie Fighter was even better what with being able to play as the empire which was such a perverse and awesome idea when I was 8 years old. I even did a book report on The Stele Chronicles which was a short story packed with Tie Fighter that also acted as a manual for the game itself.
 
So I think it should go without saying that a new game in the series would be more than a little welcome.

Posted by jubatron

I think that TIE Fighter was the first game I ever finished, and it caught me completely by surprise.  I was just expecting the game to go on forever, so when the credits started rolling I was crestfallen.  It never occurred to me that there would be an end to the missions, which kept getting crazier and crazier.  The TIE Defender? Absolutely nuts.
 
Also, way better than the Rouge Squadron games.

Edited by selbie

omg omg omg omg *jitters like a sugared up kid* If this is going to be a new XVT game my life is now complete. First Mechwarrior, now THIS!

Posted by dagas

I've only played X-Wing Alliance when it comes to the X-Wing/TIE Fighter-series and it was okey, but nothing great.

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Posted by Linkyshinks

I t would be fantastic if true, I absolutely loved the original game, I played it obsessively for months.

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