Copernicus Research Vessel Vision Engine Model Revealed Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Update ID

Quarto has posted some interesting pictures of one of Prophecy's hidden models. The Copernicus Class Planetological Research Vessel was left behind in the game's data files, though it isn't automatically accessible. Using regular modding tools to attempt to swap in the design normally results in errors, but Quarto and Killerwave conducted some successful experiments on forcing the ship into the game. They managed to get it cruising, but some solid parts of it can be flown through, and there are a few associated graphical glitches. The research vessel looks pretty neat, and it's also always very interesting to see the differences between a ship's FMV version and in-game model.
I suppose I can upload it to KW's page if anybody's interested... but keep in mind, it's not something that I'd consider good enough to use in a mod or anything like that.

Edit: The ship was released for download on November 22, 2005 here. LOAF has also completed a detailed historical file for the vessel here.

EA Finally Beginning Digital Content Distribution Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Update ID

When Secret Ops was released seven years ago, it was partly intended as a friendly gesture to Wing Commander fans and simultaneously designed to test the internet as a means for delivering new games. Even before that, the Armada Proving Grounds expansion was released only at the Origin bbs in 1994. Since then, a few massively multiplayer expansions and other limited pieces of software have been released or sold online, but Electronic Arts is now officially gearing up for large scale internet delivery. The Battlefield 2 and Sims 2 expansions will lead the new service this month via EA Downloader, a program that delivers software upgrades, trailers, demos and also serves as the mechanism for direct online sales.

EA downloader is a lightweight PC application (approximately 5MB) that downloads EA games in the background. It keeps you up-to-date with the latest patches, trailers, and new game content without requiring login every time you play. EA downloader offers easy downloading, auto-patching, pre-ordering for new games & content, no additional disks required to play, and game replacement. In short, EA downloader ensures that your game never wears out by delivering the latest content directly to your PC.
The introductory expansions are priced from US$15-30. As more people become familiar with the process, expect a greater range of titles available over the service.

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