The Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack isn't just about bringing the visual assets into the 21st Century. That might be the main priority and most obvious change, but incremental improvements continue to be made as they make sense. In addition to making the new Vesuvius model look great, it's now got destroyable components as well as significantly upgraded turrets. There are pictures below, but you should check out the video to get a real sense of how dangerous a torpedo run will be against one of these things!
Update for everyone. I'm currently working with @gr1mre4per testing his new collision mesh building tool (aka. the cursed tree!) So far things are going pretty smoothly. I was finally able to create a destroyable Vesuvius bridge! Hooray!
I got some free time this weekend and was able to iron out some of the issues with the additional features in the next release as well as finish making a fully explodable Vesuvius, and I was able to confirm my theory on how to make extra illuminated objects like the hull windows dim/explode with the rest of the ship, it's kind of a hinkey work around but it allows for better visual effects.
I did manage to throw on the AMG turrets as well. Here's a sequence of images detailing a head-on approach. I recommend using the 5 D's of Dodgeball... Oh and those unused turret pads in the last image...future home of IMREC launchers. WHEEEEEE! I really think the Vesuvius is something of the spiritual successor to the Confederation-Class Dreadnought. A fleet-carrier-cum-battleship.
Universe Map Origins Revealed in "Wing 5" Progression Map
Here's a peek at an interesting prototype of the Wing Commander Universe Map included with Wing Commander Prophecy. We first caught a glimpse of this during our 2012 trip to the University of Texas archive. While the final map detailed many sectors where most of the main events happened in the series, this appears to be a little snippet that just traces through the events of WCP. (2018-07-18)
One Month To Party Time!
Today we'd like to officially announce our annual Birthday Party for the CIC's 20th Anniversary! This year we'll be observing the event on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm EDT (4:00 pm PDT and 11:00 pm GMT). We'll be celebrating two decades of Wing Commander community at wcnews. (2018-07-17)
French Promotional Booklet Beautifully Highlights Wing Commander
Mail call! Hereâs a wonderful press booklet from the Wing Commander movieâs French distributor, United International Pictures. 32 pages and about the size of Claw Marks! (2018-07-16)
Wing Commander Meme of the Day: American Chopper
Who knew the Admiral was so ripped? (2018-07-15)
Wing Commander Jazz Album Marches On
Following up on his recent release of the jazz and bar music digital recordings, veteran video game composer George Oldziey has sent out three more updates to his backers. George has exported the sheet music for several tracks from volume 2 of the orchestral project to video format. You can follow the score as the music notation is played back through the Sibelious sound fonts. (2018-07-14)