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.
- Steam rerelease
- Steam and Xbox Live Arcade rereleases
- Rereleases with some kind of enhanced graphics and/or reworked controls
- 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?