Electronic Arts has announced the latest entry in its On The House promotion, offering anyone with an Origin account - or the desire to create one - a free copy of Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger to keep.
Released in 1994 for DOS and Mac OS before being ported to the ill-fated 3DO in 1995 and the far more successful Sony PlayStation in 1996, Wing Commander III is a classic game from the days when live-action actors were easier than motion capture. Designed by Chris Roberts, the gameplay itself revolves largely around first-person space combat, using true 3D graphics for the first time in the franchise, but its success came down to long live-action cutscenes during which players would occasionally be asked to make a binary choice.
These scenes include some household names doing their very best to chew the computer-generated scenery: the lead character, Christopher Blair, is played by Mark Hamill, and is joined by Malcolm McDowell, John Ryhs-Davies, Tim Curry, Jason Bernard and more. Shockingly, nobody won an Oscar for their performances in the series.
Normally sold via Origin for £3.99, the title is being made available for free download as part of EA's On The House
programme. The company has warned that the offer may 'disappear at any time
,' but once registered to an Origin account the game will remain freely downloadable.