Upgraded Prophecy Walkthrough Highlights Enhancements Update ID

Just in time to help ease some of the anticipation for his next release, DefianceIndustries has filmed this video walkthrough of the Prophecy & Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack. It shows off things like the new glowing emit maps and high quality Midway model as we fly through the first mission in WCP. If you haven't tried out the upgrade so far, this is a great opportunity to see how things come together in motion!
Part 1: I play the first mission of Wing Commander Prophecy and review some of the changes in the Model Upgrade Pack.

On Your Mark 5, Get Set, Go! Update ID

Here’s a great find from AD. It's a photo of the "timeslice" setup used to film one of the deleted scenes we showed off last week. The movie Rapiers say “CONFED MK 5 RAPIER” below their Space Force roundels. Other shots show the number "528" after that. I love this kind of background lore!
(The pilot in the cockpit) is most likely the actor playing Polanski... The pilot with the large scar on his face. You see him leave the mess Hall all suited up just before the Claw jumps to the Ulysses Corridor.

Concept Video Shows Alternative Wreckage Removal Update ID

Here's an early look at how Rosie's crash scene in the Wing Commander Movie was originally envisioned. It features a slightly different take on how wreckage would be removed from the deck. In the theatrical cut of the movie, a pilot's crashed fighter is pushed off the runway by some sort of tractor vehicle, presumably driven by a maintenance crew. This causes some to ask whether it wouldn't have been just as easy to push the wreckage into the hangar where the pilot might possibly have been recovered.


In this early version, the shunting is done automatically and is controlled from the flight control room (where the flight boss is located). This would also have made the shot of Maniac pleading up to the flight control window make more sense.

Stylized Raptor Takes Off Update ID

NinjaLA made this pretty nifty sketch inspired by the Raptor heavy fighter. He started with the familiar bones of the craft and then started filling in the connections in a radical way. There's a careful balance of authenticity and artistic license necessary, but it seems like this technique could be applied to a number of ships with wild results!
I have been experimenting with different blocking methods. I think this works fairly well. Throw down some two or three tone shapes and just start throwing lines in where it looks like they'd be.

Updated Midway for Secret Ops Revealed! Update ID

Today DefianceIndustries gave fans a sneak peek at the centerpiece of his next update to the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack. His highly anticipated TCS Midway is now ready to go! There's some gorgeous shots of it in action below, but the new carrier is just the beginning. Ships across the board will start to get new emit maps for new glow effects. This update should also be followed soon by another iteration that will include the Nephilim Hydra. There's lots to look forward to! Get your hands on the latest at the CIC Birthday Party this Saturday!
So good news and bad news. First the bad: we ran out of time on converting the Hydra for this release - (BOOO HISSSS - I know) the upside though is that it's almost ready and could be added as a fast follow on. Now the really good news: The package is ready and being assembled so we can release it in time for the CIC's Birthday party next weekend!

Technical additions include the new GL patch which includes emit mapping which we intend on implementing for all ships in the game, The bug ships are the first candidates.

The full list of additions will be in the readme as always. Looking forward to the party all!

Happy Birthday CIC! Update ID

The CIC is now officially 20 years old! Time flies when you're having fun. We opened up wcnews.com on August 10, 1998 and never would have imagined we'd still be here all these years later. We've seen this milestone approaching over the last few years, but it's kind of mind blowing that it's finally here. What makes it so impressive is everything the community continues to do. Just look at the last couple weeks of news: there's multiple innovative hacks/mods to Wing Commander 1, gorgeous creative art, newly recovered movie footage, new programming tools, discovery of easter eggs and some great fan projects. And just last month we finished out the Baen ebook series. Thanks for being here with us to enjoy it all.


We're very much looking forward to the party, which will take place a week from tomorrow on Discord. Set your calendars for Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm EDT (4:00 pm PDT and 11:00 pm GMT). Here's your invite, and we'll see you there!

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