The WC Saga team has posted an update on the evolution of Confederate ship textures. The game has gone from a worn down look to a more polished style with a layer of shine on top. Despite the lack of updates this year, the team is still pushing ahead and hopes to reach a testing phase soon. Check out the feature here.
We went forward with this concept, getting it modeled, skinned, and in game. But, as often happens, we can’t often see existing problems until you get an asset in the game. We realized that the worn down look wasn't working. So we made some adjustments and variations to the base map which made a marked improvement. In a twist irony, as time went by and the texture work began to get more fleshed out, the product became more and more military looking (which we were originally avoiding).
A few months shy of the tenth anniversary of its release, MechWarrior 4: Vengeance has been released for free at MekTek. The game featured hot graphics for 2000, a cool story mode and some really fun multiplayer. Customizing your big robots was also aways an engrossing part of the MechWarrior games too. How is this news to us? If a new MechWarrior or Wing Commander were made today, they would most likely fall into some kind of "action" genre, and while that's always been perhaps the best way to describe these games, they were actually co-members of a pretty substantial "simulation" genre back in the '90s. Though it might seem a little odd today, this relationship prompted a great many reviewers to compare this game to Wing Commander when it was launched.
At that point in time we also added sophisticated armor plating. We actually had a good foundation to build upon thanks to the work done on the Kilrathi textures. We wrote a simple Photoshop script that creates armor plates in a matter of minutes (thus saving us a lot of time).
Studio MekTek, in association with Smith and Tinker, INC., Virtual World Entertainment, LLC, Catalyst Game Labs, and Microsoft Games, is happy to announce the release of Mechwarrior4 Free.
Getting started is easy. Just download and install MTX, MekTek's free content delivery and updating system. Once installed, simply click the Games Available tab, select Mechwarrior4: Mercenaries and click install. The game will download and install, all within MTX, and as updates become available, MTX will help you keep your game up to date.
Once again, a big thanks to Microsoft Games and all of our partners for making this free release possible, and a special thanks to all of you in the community. Without our community, MekTek wouldn't be what it is today. Your continued support and financial contributions have made all of this possible.
Download Mechwarrior4: Mercenaries Free Release (1.7 GB) via MTX today!
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