eddieb reports that the new 1.5 edition of Flight Commander is coming along well. A notable new feature in this version will be player-controllable turrets. Various aspects of the engine have been upgraded to make this work properly, and a screenshot of the new turret targeting HUD is below. Controls for this view still need to be implemented, but that's about it. Eddie expects that after this and additional movie customization options are incorporated, the new version should be ready for release.
QuailPilot noticed that EA and FilePlanet have begun offering open beta for Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn. This new release is a major graphical overhaul for the original UO client, and they've packaged together a few comparison shots to prove it. The beta test is open to everyone, but a (free) FilePlanet account is necessary. You can try it out for yourself here.