Wing Commander: Prophecy

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Wing Commander: Prophecy
Cover art
Developer(s) Origin Systems
Raylight Studios (GBA)
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Destination Software (GBA)
Director(s) Frank Roan
Producer(s) David Downing
Mark Day
Designer(s) Billy Joe Cain
Programmer(s) Peter Shelus
Artist(s) Mark Vearrier
Writer(s) David Carren
J. Larry Carroll
Composer(s) George Oldziey
Bill Munyon
Series Wing Commander
Platform(s) Windows, Game Boy Advance
Release Windows
  • NA: November 30, 1997
  • EU: 1997
Game Boy Advance
  • NA: June 4, 2003
  • EU: July 17, 2003
Genre(s) Space combat simulation
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer (GBA only)

Wing Commander: Prophecy is the fifth installment in the Wing Commander science fiction space combat simulator franchise of computer games. The game was released in 1997, produced by Origin Systems and distributed by Electronic Arts.

The game features a new game engine (the VISION Engine), new spacecraft, characters and story elements. The events depicted in Prophecy are set over a decade after Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom and, rather than the Kilrathi, the player must deal with a new alien threat, an insectoid race codenamed Nephilim that has invaded the human galaxy through a wormhole. Prophecy was the first main-line Wing Commander game in which the player did not take on the role of Christopher Blair, instead being introduced to a new player character, Lance Casey. Some of the characters and actors from previous games return in Prophecy, where they rub elbows with an entirely new cast of Confederation pilots and personnel.

A standalone expansion pack, Secret Operations, was released by Origin in 1998 solely over the Internet and for no charge. The large initial file challenged the dial-up connections of that day. Secret Operations was later released for sale in combination with Prophecy in the Wing Commander: Prophecy – Gold package. A Game Boy Advance port of Prophecy with added multiplayer was released in 2003.



Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PC) 81%[1]
(GBA) 63%[2]
Metacritic (GBA) 70/100[3]
Review score
Publication Score
PC Gamer (US) 89%[4]

Wing Commander: Prophecy was nominated in the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' first annual Interactive Achievement Awards in the category "Computer Action Game of the Year".[5]


  1. ^ "Wing Commander: Prophecy for PC - GameRankings". Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Wing Commander: Prophecy for Game Boy Advanced - GameRankings". Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Wing Commander: Prophecy for Game Boy Advanced". Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ "PC Gamer Online". Archived from the original on February 26, 2000. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ "1998 1st Interactive Achievement Awards". Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. 1998. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 

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