Aaron Thomas hasn't had much time to release updates on his WC4 Homeworld 2 mod recently, but work still continues. He has been busy struggling with artificial intelligence lately - specifically teaching it to recognize a third faction in the game. To keep his fans happy, Aaron has published a batch of screenshots from a side project he's been playing with. The images below show off a variety of Kilrathi craft based on Wing Commander 3 designs. Note the special ace paint schemes mixed in with regular fighters. Focus still remains on the WC4 mod however, and no more work is being done on a WC3 era spinoff until the original project is complete. The ships sure look neat though! You can see more pictures and provide feedback at Crius.net. Homeworld 2 owners can download a preview of the WC4 mod here.
Microsoft has announced two changes to the Xbox 360 relevant to those looking forward to Wing Commander Arena. The first is the announcement of a 512 mb memory card, which would allow core system owners to play Arena without buying a more expensive 20 gb hard drive. The second, more important, change is that the 50 megabyte limit for Live Arcade games has been upped: developers may now release games that are up to 150 megabytes in size. This is exciting news, because it means that Electronic Arts won't need to cut any corners to fit Arena onto XBLA. For more information on both announcements, check out Microsoft's press release. It actually goes so far as to mention Arena:
"As we prepare to launch our first Xbox LIVE Arcade game, 'Boom Boom Rocket,' we're able to see how dynamic and creative this platform is," said Chip Lange, vice president of Online Commerce for Electronic Arts Inc. (EA). "Having 'Wing Commander Arena' on Xbox LIVE Arcade allows us to take full advantage of the online play and bring to life a 16-player online arcade experience that delivers unparalleled arcade action."