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'Wing Commander' creator Chris Roberts teasing new game

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Roberts returns to video games

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Chris Roberts, the game designer and filmmaker who created the seminal Wing Commander franchise at Origin Systems, is working on a new game currently slated for release in 2014.

Chris Roberts, the game designer and filmmaker who created the seminal Wing Commander franchise at Origin Systems, is working on a new game currently slated for release in 2014.

The project's website, Roberts Space Industries, launched yesterday with a 30-day countdown and a field asking for an access code — the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything" — that leads to a letter from Roberts himself. He plans to reveal his new game at 10 a.m. ET on October 10th during GDC Online. It appears to be a title in the vein of the space simulation experiences he is known for; above is the game's first piece of concept art.

Roberts spent two decades making games before leaving the industry in 2003 to produce films such as The Punisher, Lord of War, and Lucky Number Slevin. "I always said the moment I became interested in making games again was when I was going to come back," writes Roberts. "With the power of today's computers and the reach of the internet I finally feel I have the tools to build the connected experience that I always dreamed of. A world that would be more satisfying and richer than any film I could work on."

"something that embraces everything that my past games stood for but takes it to the next level"

For the past year, Roberts has been working on "something that embraces everything that my past games stood for but takes it to the next level." The company behind Roberts Space Industries is "Cloud Imperium Games Corporation," which could be the name of Roberts' new studio; according to the company's brief information page, it is "dedicated to high end gaming and anything involving spaceships."

You can create an account to gain full access to the site. Upon logging in, the site presents you with a "golden ticket" to Roberts' unveiling of his project. The document promises "the opportunity to participate in its development over the next 24 months," as well as "a very special equipment package that only the golden ticket holders are entitled to." Forums are already available on the site, along with a poll asking fans about their preference on the in-cockpit view. The website will be providing daily updates, so keep checking it from now until October 10th.