WING COMMANDER SAGA
PROLOGUE README1 INTRODUCTION
In an interview with TCN News, Colonel Christopher “Maverick” Blair said, “I have never felt comfortable with people calling me ‘The Savior of the Confederation.’ Sure, I was the wing leader in the raid on Kilrah, and I was the one who dropped the Temblor bomb. But I don’t want people to forget that I only got that far because of the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of others.
This is their story.
The conflict between Earth and Kilrah is drawing to a close, and the Terran Confederation is not winning. Humanity’s only hope lies in a desperate plan that will require even idealistic young fighter pilots to stretch themselves beyond all imagination. It’s the end of the world, and you have a front row seat.
Raw emotion, realistic characters, a hard look at the devastation of war, and intense large-scale space combat action await you as you assume the role of 2nd Lt. David “Sandman” Markham. Twists of fate will throw you out of your dull backwater assignment and right into the hottest spots of the most devastating war in history.
Wing Commander is back. You know Blair’s story, now experience the rest of the Saga.1.1 ABOUT THE PROLOGUE
In the prologue missions you join Markham at the beginning of his career on the TCS Wellington. These missions are not part of the full game, which will be released in winter 2666. The upcoming full release contains more than 40 heart-pounding missions that will take your experience with the Wing Commander universe to the next level.
- Enhanced Freespace 2 engine with features such as autopilot, carrier landings, enhanced graphics, effects and more
- Entirely stand-alone, Freespace 2 not required
- Breathtaking, high-detail models
- Dozens of believable characters
- Bountiful mission variety
- Combat ranging from minor fighter skirmishes to full-scale fleet battles
- Complex and compelling storyline
- Complete voice acting by an original cast
The following features have been excluded from the prologue:
1.2 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS> Minimum Specifications:Computer:
- Multiple environments including nebulas and mine fields
- Command Briefings
- Ship and weapons configuration
100% DirectX 8.1 compatible computerOperating System:
Pentium® III 700 MHz or AMD Athlon 600 MHz processorMemory:
256 MB RAM for Windows® 98, 384 MB RAM for Windows® ME/2000/XPGraphics Card:
32 MB NVIDIA® or ATI Hardware T&L cardSound Card:
Windows® 98/2000/XP-compatible sound cardImput Device:
Windows® compatible mouse and keyboardDirectX®:
DirectX® version 8.1 or higher OpenAL:
OpenAL is a cross-platform 3D audio API appropriate for use with gaming applications and many other types of audio applications. Installation:
600 MB free HD space> Recommended Specifications:Operating System:
Pentium® 1.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 1.4 GHz processorMemory:
512 MB RAM Graphics Card:
64 MB NVIDIA® GeForce 4 or ATI Radeon Hardware T&L cardInput Device:
Thrustmaster Afterburner or a similar input device1.3 KNOWN ISSUES
- Glow maps may fade in and out or exhibit intermittent flickering effects at a certain distance. If this is the case, you may want to activate 4xAA and 4x AF in your driver’s options.
- When the autopilot is engaged, other ships may appear to rapidly jump back in forth in relative position to the player’s ship. Many times, this will not be noticeable because the other ships will be in formation behind the player. While this bug is visually strange and occurs only seldomly, it should not cause any problems, and will be corrected for the full release of Wing Commander Saga.
- Capital ship surface shields are simulated and a specific sound is played when cap ship shields are hit, there is currently no visual effect. This is an issue that is being worked on and may be resolved for the full campaign. Although the surface shields of capital ships are not visible, they are active, just as they were in Wing Commander 3.
- For some lower-end computers, the apperance of asteroid fields causes a significant slowdown. If you are experiencing this problem, enabling “Asteroid Field Performance Fix” option in the installer will fix it. If you are not experiencing this problem, we do not recommend that you use this option.
The game needs at least 600 MB free memory on the hard drive. Initiate installation by running prologue_setup.exe. Follow the on-screen instructions. The setup will automatically enable the settings that should allow Saga to run well on your system.> Click on the desktop icon labeled “Launch Prologue”:
The game is now ready to run. Double click on the desktop icon labeled “Launch Prologue” and you can enjoy the improved graphics and enthralling story.> Create a Pilot:
Once the game is running, you will need to create a pilot by entering a name and select the “Prologue” campaign in the “Campaigns” section. Then, click on Continue to begin playing Wing Commander Saga.1.5 CUSTOMIZING LAUNCHER OPTIONS
The default settings that we have provided should allow most systems to run Wing Commander Saga well, and we recommend that you use them. However, you can customize your options by using the launcher program.> Run the launcher:
First, run the launcher. This can be accessed through the Start/Programs menu.> General Settings:
> Configure the video options:
- Level of Detail: Leave set at High unless you have a really crappy system.
- Use Large Textures: This allows the game to use large textures (bigger than 256x256 in OGL and bigger than 1024x1024 in D3D).
- Fix Font Distortion Problems: Some graphics cards experience problems at the edges of letters. Checking this box fixes that bug, however if you don’t have the problem in the first place it will cause the problem. So, do not select this item unless you actually have the text distortion problem while this flag is not selected.
Click on the Video tab and select which mode you want to run the game in. You have two main choices at time of writing: OpenGL or Direct3D8. You may want to experiment to determine which one leads to better performance on your computer, but bear in mind that Direct3D is not supported by Wing Commander Saga. > Set the command line settings:
Click on the Flags tab. Flags tell the game which new features to activate. Because the flags change frequently, it is possible that the launcher will pop up an error stating that it doesn't recognize a flag. Most likely, the flag that has produced such an error has been replaced by another one or the feature has been turned on by default. Alternatively, if you have written a flag manually rather than selecting a box, you may have misspelled the flag. Flags:
- -spec: This flag turns on the specular lighting code (which makes the models look better).
- -glow: This flag turns on the glow mapping code (which also makes the models look better).
- -env: Enables environment mapping. Environment mapping intensity will be determined from the intensity of specular maps. At the time of this writing, environment mapping only works when the video mode is OpenGL.
- -ambient_factor xx: This flag changes the ambient lighting which makes certain effects look more impressive and alters how well models are lit by ambient light. Try -ambient_factor 100 as a starting point and feel free to experiment with the number. Lower levels of ambient lighting will allow you to see the various lighting effects better. Higher levels will allow you to see the models more discretely, similar to how they are rendered in Wing Commander 3.
- -wcsaga: Enables feature set for The Wing Commander Saga
- -no_vsync: Disables vertical sync.
- -fps: This flag turns on the frames per second counter so you can see if the effects are slowing down the game.
> Click Run:
- The specular lighting and glow maps tags are also essential. Turning them off will not result in increased performance.
- 640x480 and 800x600 resolutions are not supported. Most systems should be able to have decent performance on the default resolution setting.
After completing your custom setup, click the run button to launch the Prologue, or press the Okay button and launch the prologue from the desktop icon.>Troubleshooting:
If you experience any difficulties, feel free to post questions.
Visit the Wing Commander Saga Website at: http://www.wcsaga.com1.6 MAIN MENU
The following options are available in the Main menu:
- Continue – starts/continues the demo
- Tech data – launches encyclopedia, simulator, credits list
- Campaign - select campaign
- Options - game settings
- Pilot – manage your pilots
- Exit – quit game
The controls may seem complex at first, but will become familiar after a little practice. Each demo mission explains part of the game mechanics. You may access a list of controls through the “Options” menu in-game.
It should be noted that the Arrow features the same autoslide (or "Shelton Slide") feature that it had in Wing Commander III. Autoslide is toggled on and off by pressing Alt + G. When Autoslide is engaged, maneuvering the Arrow with the joystick or keyboard will make it pivot on its axis without changing its direction of flight, which has multiple tactical usages.