Chris Roberts is responsible for some massive milestones in PC gaming. As the man behind the Wing Commander and Privateer series of games, as well as other notable titles like Strike Commander and the more recent Freelancer, he can rightfully be called the father of the space combat simulator genre. Unfortunately, he hasn't produced a game in nearly ten years. During that time, the market for such games has sadly dried up, and real stick-and-ethereal-rudder aficionados have been left without any flagship titles, turning their attention instead to community efforts like the Freespace 2 Source Code Project to keep their skills sharp.
We might soon be in for an exciting change. Ars alumnus Ben Kuchera recently posted a link and a short message over on the Penny Arcade Report: "Type in '42' and get very excited." The link points to a website named "Roberts Space Industries," and after a short animation, typing "42" into the site's secret code entry form yields a message from Roberts himself.
"I always said the moment I became interested in making games again was when I was going to come back," says the note. "My new endeavor is still in its early stages but I invite you to take the journey with me."
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