There's good news coming out of the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack project this week. All of the planned capships for the game's upcoming iteration have been completed, so work is proceeding now on wrapping up everything for the next launch. For those interested in the ship-by-ship progress, DefianceIndustries has posted an update here. About 60% of the models have already been upgraded, and much of what remains are starbases, some of the bigger Nephilim ships and a few smaller artifacts. There's also a cool peek at a potential Shrike upgrade. Even though DI made a pretty snazzy one himself a while back, he's put together an even more enhanced update with Howard Day's impressive model below.
...because he was nice and shared his model with me way back, and he's been modeling WC before I knew what a spline was, I replaced my Shrike with Howard Day's version. pics below. Look for it as well as Stingrays and Plunketts and Orcas (Oh my!) in your next upgrade pack release coming soon.
Games that Rock: Wing Commander 3
Nerds that Geek has posted a quick flashback on the majesty of Wing Commander 3. The article's not long, but it captures the essence of what made The Heart of the Tiger great. The author credits the game for kickstarting FMV and next-level storytelling in games without compromising on the gameplay. (2018-05-25)
Wing Commander Meme of the Day: Who Would Win?
Wing Commander Movie Model Rundown
Atherin has been busy recreating nearly every ship in the Wing Commander film using SketchUp. There's really not much missing - we don't see the Kilrathi Concom, Diligent or some of the small background items, but just about all of the other major stuff is there. It's a pretty nice lineup! (2018-05-24)
Wing Commander Meme of the Day: It's Not Going To Happen
That's what we've been saying all along! (2018-05-24)
Hobbes Betrayal Crosses Over Language Barriers
Most people are familiar with the infamous video cuts that were made to fit all of the video on the Wing Commander 3 discs. Helpful sequences such as the TCN news bursts and Hobbes explanation were omitted due to space constraints. Fortunately, these are now available here at the CIC, but for a long time, the main way players could watch the Hobbes scene was to track down a copy of WC3 on the Playstation or 3DO. (2018-05-23)