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Wing Commander 3 goes free on Origin

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Origin, Electronic Arts' digital distribution service, is going back to an Origin Systems classic for this month's free game: Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger, publisher Electronic Arts announced today.

The space combat title, which usually costs $4.99 on Origin, is available free on Windows PC from now until Sept. 2. Wing Commander 3 debuted in 1994 on MS-DOS and Mac, and was designed by Chris Roberts at Origin Systems. Hollywood actors who starred in the game included Malcolm McDowell and Mark Hamill.

Roberts is now working on a new space simulation game called Star Citizen at his own studio, Roberts Space Industries, with $49.1 million and counting in crowdsourced funding.

EA kicked off Origin's "On the House" program in late March with a free copy of Dead Space. Other titles the publisher has offered free include Plants vs. Zombies and Battlefield 3.