Command Carriers: Orion: Prelude

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An email arrived from Orion: Prelude developers, Spiral Game Studios, asking us if we miss Starsiege: Tribes. Which I misread as “Miss Starsiege: Tribes”, which would be the strangest beauty contest ever. It is, in fact, the multiplayer shooter Alec mentioned a couple of weeks back, based on the success of their previous Orion: Source mod experiment. Oh, and it contains dinosaurs of course. And humans (called Carriers). Which have had something of a makeover. So they don’t look like Master Chief any more. There’s new artwork and the old video below.

Dinosaurs in shooters really does seem to be the new zombies, and I welcome it in with open arms. Orion: Prelude boasts the following features:


Which looks promising. Prelude is going to be only a part of the full game, apparently.

To redesign the Carriers they hired four concept artists and told them to go wild. They were very pleased with the results, and the new art reveals the new vehicles too. Click on the man-face above to see it bigger. The other three are about actual size anyway.

There’s also a bunch of new community features, which you can get involved with via here.


  1. Jsnuk says:

    I, for one, don’t see why we can’t have both dinosaurs AND zombies co-existing peacefully.

    • Omroth says:

      Because dinosaurs are awesome and zombies are boring.

    • sockeatsock says:

      With hats. Zombies with hats. Or maybe, just maybe, dinosaurs with hats.

    • Surgeon says:

      Surely you could just triple the awesome by combining all three.
      Hat wearing dinosaur zombies.

    • SanguineAngel says:

      Just hats, no zombies no dinosaurs. Just hats.

    • Dawngreeter says:

      Can we sell our own dinosaurs? Or zombies? Or zombie dinosaurs? I rest my case.

    • Epsz says:

      Dinosaurs wearing zombie hats

    • squirrel says:

      I dont know, but if a dinosaur is infected to be a zombie, I guess I will not be able to tell the difference. It is going to eat me anyway.

      Remain me of the Area 51 by Midway in 2005.

    • GoodPatton says:

      A T-Rex with a top hat and a monocle? Yes please! And perhaps, just perhaps, a tea cup and saucer for his little hands? One can only dream.

    • Tei says:

      What about Zombie Hats, undead hats with a hunger for brains.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Zombie dinosaurs only eat your brains. A T-Rex eating someones head much like a boiled egg.

    • Superbest says:

      Blah, what does who is dead and who’s extinct, and who dons what chapeau, if I can’t buy the hats at 17.99$ a piece. Crap, I say! This hat-store-less game isn’t worth my consideration.

    • Superbest says:

      Blah, what does it matter who is dead and who’s extinct, and who dons what chapeau, if I can’t buy the hats at 17.99$ a piece? Crap, I say! This hat-store-less game isn’t worth my consideration.

  2. strange headache says:

    Is the spam filter still eating my messages?

  3. DevilSShadoW says:

    Cinematic co-op..
    as in
    that plays itself?

  4. Jake says:

    They hired four concept artists and told them to go wild, then later re-evaluated that and said ‘actually, just a bit like Master Chief is fine, y’know, power armour stuff, nothing fancy.’

  5. Santiago says:

    I read Command Carriers and thought of Carrier Command, which really interests me. Unlike this.

    • Peanut says:

      Me too. :(

      Although this is still interesting in its own right.

  6. Christopher M. says:

    #01 ain’t a feature for me. It’s a bug.

  7. Gibbobobo says:

    I read the title and thought someone had decided to remake Carrier Command, someone should.

    • Blather Blob says:

      @Gibbobobo: Someone has.

      Having just played ArmA 2 for the first time (thanks to the Steam sale), I was also very excited to think there was new information on the Carrier Command remake. But it seems to have gone silent.

    • noom says:

      I was under the impression someone was.

      edit: looks like I was too slow :3

  8. Zomby says:

    Dinosaur vehicles?

  9. snv says:

    That video looked strangly unappealing off. Then they threw those Xbox-Live and Playstation Network logos around and it all came together.

  10. GoodPatton says:

    I said it last time the trailer was posted and I’ll say it again…I’m impressed with the sense of scale in the trailer! It really looks like they captured a realistic size comparison for the world. It’s a bit disappointing though that this Multiplayer only.

  11. Tei says:

    The map seems small to fit on the 512 MB (or less) ram of a console.

    Other than that, I like the art. But the engine seems old. Grass is not impresive to this date, and some rocks props around was done by Half-Life Lost Coast like a million years ago. Maybe I sould be impresed because this was done by a small team?
    I wait for how this will feel in my hands in a demo.

  12. Army of None says:

    I thought of Cortex Command and carriers therein….

  13. Maltose says:

    I sure hope the game modes are interactive. I wouldn’t want to play a game that was limited to non-interactive modes.

  14. Pew says:

    Why not just make a Dino Riders game? Lasers on a T-Rex to shoot down Pterodactyl carpet bombers while evading a rushing titanium plated Stegosaurus? DINO RIDERS!

  15. MrBRAD! says:

    I want a nuclear t-rex :(

  16. PC_Gamer says:


    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand you lost me.