The Turkish VHS has been added to our international cavalcade of Wing Commander home video releases!VCD!
It's always great to come across odd localizations of the Wing Commander film that we missed in the past. On display today we present 'Cesaret Kanatları', as the film is known in Turkey. Roughly this title translates to "Wings of Courage," which I think has a nice ring to it! The Turkish distributor of the Wing Commander movie was Ozen Film, which also distributed the Chris Roberts produced Outlander in that country.
Time to CelebrateFlashback to 2012: Look at these kids!
Seven years ago today Star Citizen was announced to the world, and together, over the subsequent years we have built the most engaged, creative, and fervent communities in gaming. That unbridled enthusiasm demonstrated again and again by Star Citizen players and fans has been front and center over the past month in the Ship Showdown celebration and tournament. From mind-bendingly creative nomination submissions, to spirited discourse and campaigning during the head-to-head rounds, your passion and dedication have sounded true.
And it's done! All combat ships of the game - except for Nomads - have been replaced. The player freighters have yet to be replaced as well, but when it comes to fighters and capital ships, we're good. I'm currently uploading the mod, which should be around 300 MB compressed and 825 MB uncompressed. Once again, this is going to be the first layer of the mod, the most visible but not complete. Beyond the remaining ships, the texts, names, weapons and turrets have not been modified.
The other caveat is that numerous mod features do not show right away in the game or in a single place, making comprehensive testing a bit hard, so if you stumble upon bad textures, invisible ships and the like, please tell me where you found the issue, which ships were bugged and what ship you were flying. Ideally, sending me a copy of the latest save would help me reproduce the issue and fix it in a further release. This post will be edited with the link to the 1.0 version of the mod once it's finished uploading.
CAUTION: the mod contains the modified. exe and .dll files in its folders. If you do not want to use them but would rather make them yourself, do not unpack the EXE folder and edit your own files following the instructions here. Or use the already modified files.
I didn't find any Wing Commander 1 story summary videos on YouTube, so I decided to cut and upload this video that has no combat in it. This way, you can read and experience the story of the first "Wing Commander" game (the entire Vega Campaign) without the space combat itself.About a decade ago, SonataFanatica also made a neat clip of WC1 running on a Nintendo DS emulator, which is pretty cool too!
I am glad to present here the ultimate fighter of the Civilian branch, accessible only to top-level Freelancers: the F-44X Super Rapier. Pretty much an early model of the Nephilim War era Rapier variants, capable of mounting the best weaponry and shields of the game, which will conclude the Rapier tree, the Civilian fighters giving access to a F-44C and a F-44J before the Super Rapier.
FYI, the uncompressed mod is currently weighing 580 MB, and is a 200 MB download, with a GB expected for the full conversion uncompressed once it's done.
- F-44C Rapier II pictured above, a tough middle-range fighter suitable for many missions.
- F-44J Rapier II pictured above, a modernized variant of the old gal, an end-of-campaign fighter for the player.
- In addition, I have added the beloved Epee, Avenger, the Banshee and the Pirate Thunderbolt to the game.
The release of the 1.0 version of the mod is coming very soon now. Here is the definitive list of ship replacement for playable fighters.
The Kusari capital ships will be replaced with Kilrathi ones, the Rheinland battleship will have an advanced Confed' carrier and the Osiris' Order battleship will be replaced with DefianceIndustries' Typhon stealth carrier to finish the whole thing, allowing you to play the campaign in full (replacement of Nephilim ships will come at a latter date, if they become available after the release of DI's own main project, the MUP). The names, guns and such will remain identical from vanilla Freelancer, and their modification - texts and appearance - will be the main feature of a planned 1.5 version. Further gameplay modification such as universal gun availability (no more limit to the gun mounts' level) or specific values of power generation, agility, etc., would make a 2.0 version.
Sorry boys I'm just a tourist with a fragged nav console...
We are working non-stop to prepare the conclusion of this great project we started two years ago and pieces are already starting to come together. To that end, Denis Loubet has sent us a quick draft of his ideas for the Wing Commander bookmark with the appropriately named file "bookmarkrough.jpg” We already love it! Fans of the game will understand immediately who is pictured. There’s no need to say more...
...but we will! We're investigating several printing options at the moment but we assure that it will be cooler than just a picture on a rectangle. As soon as we decide on the final output, you'll be the first to know! So what are you waiting for? Get yours now! After this Kickstarter, the bookmark won’t be available anymore.
Lastly, we are only €1,450 short of the soft cover upgrade stretch goal, which will allow us to add black and white photographs to the soft cover edition. We are sure that we can reach this goal, but not without your help. Please take a moment to share this campaign and thank you so much for your support!