Why No Wing Commander Or Privateer Remasters?

Some large game franchises are remastering or rebooting games less than 20 years old, many of which have already aged quite well. So why can’t we get some older ‘classics’ like early Wing Commanders (1990, 1991) or Privateer (1993) at least an HD upgrade? Several spiritual successors have been attempted and there are no fewer than three different fan-made attempts.

As great as the originals were back in the day their actual gameplay is now hopelessly dated. And I say that as someone who enjoyed them as a youngster in the 90s. That said, the stories and characters retain much of their charm, despite some stereotypes and tropes. Props to those making patches and fan remakes to breath some new life into these vintage franchises. Sadly their efforts still have too much jank for my taste.

If only there were some modest quality-of-life and graphical upscaling these old experiences could be restored for a new generation. Ideally some mod support would be included so the community can carry the torch once the rights holders lose interest.

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