Getting Excited About Mods Update ID

Today we have a new poll that asks which game engines you're most excited about on the modding scene. Fan Projects have been reaching back further than ever lately and doing some truly amazing things with classic Wing Commander game engines. There's a lot of ways you can group these, so we went with the general way that projects have been getting managed lately. Yes, technically Privateer is a spinoff of the original WC1/2 engine, and technically Armada is a prototype of the RealSpace engine popularized by Wing Commanders 3 and 4, but we usually see projects sorted out by the options as we have them depicted here. And while I would absolutely love to see SWC or Arena on this list, due to platform limitations, there's very little action going on with these at this time. Hopefully talented Wingnuts can change this in the future though!
Our annual birthday poll showed similar, yet still impressive, results to previous years. A surprising 1 in 6 visitors appear to be relatively new transplants while nearly half date back to the late '90s. Pretty nice spread!

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Bengal's Tiger Stripes All Lit Up

The WC1 sprite refresh that Unnamed Character, Goliath and Howard Day are working on was a big hit last month, so here's a closer look at one of the stars. These are the full 1024x1024 frame shots used for the upgraded Bengal. They're higher res than the upgraded assets in engine so you can really get a good look. (2018-11-11)

Get a Glimpse of Classic Origin Customer Service

Entartika posted this look back at a physically distributed patch for Special Operations. Apparently in regards to an autopilot glitch, the team at Origin modified the SO1 executable and sent it to people to copy over their existing WC2 installation. Origin did have a BBS in the early '90s with a few things like this, but relatively few people had modems to access it, so they had to send out updates in the mail. (2018-11-10)

Simple Sabre's Sky Scramble

Shaggy reports that he was able to get a pretty accurate looking Sabre flying in Simple Planes. The SP engine allows players to create or recreate various flying machines and see how they perform under power. In this case, the design seems like a winner! (2018-11-09)

New Ships Ready for Vega Sector Grind

Today's new ships aren't necessarily the most popular, but they're amazing renditions of two trusty workhorses of the mid 2600s. DefianceIndustries has added the Scimitar medium fighter to fill the gap between the Hornet and Raptor, and they all have a Drayman class transport to escort now. Despite their unfair reputation as space slugs, both ships look super sleek here and the Drayman's turrets give it some nice teeth. (2018-11-08)

WC4 Fan Update Teased

WC modder Pedro - of Unknown Enemy and WCP OpenGL fame - has released an image that shows off some of the ships for his WC4 remaster project. The effort has been hinted at for some time, but as more high quality assets are completed by DefianceIndustries, the project as a whole becomes more feasible. After some extensive planning, Pedro is ready to soon get started on the programming side. (2018-11-07)

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