Here are a couple of different cool updates for the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack. The first shot shows off a more refined version of the new Piranha cockpit. DefianceIndustries has added emit mapping to all the gauges and buttons, but he's been careful to balance them so they don't overpower the actual HUD elements. There's also a sampling of the newly recreated missiles that Confed fighters will launch. Lots and lots of new ships have been introduced over the past couple years, but these enhancements will help increase immersion for the pilot whether or not they've got a target on screen. The next big release for the project is scheduled for August 18 - just in time for the CIC's 20th Birthday Party!
Welcome MUP-fans to the "Things You Rarely See" edition. Let me ask you a question: Do you hop into your shiny MUPetized Panther and head out ready to kick some high-poly thorax; you line up your shot, you get tone, and you fire off a missile only to say to yourself, "Hey! That isn't a missile, that's just a tapered rectangle!"? Well, we didn't either. But we here at the MUP are nothing if not completion-ists and fine purveyors of high(er) poly models. Our anal retentive nature is your gain true believers! Introducing the upgrade nobody asked for (but you'll appreciate, we know) - upgraded Confed missiles! TAH DAAAAAAH!!!
So sit back, relax, and fire at will knowing that the crawling AI is about to suck newly enhanced death! Torpedoes, mines, and ER missiles are forthcoming....
Nephilim Fleet Seeing Red
During Saturday night's exciting birthday festivities, renowned Nephilim artist Dark Sentinel released this ominous picture. It features a large bug fleet crossing an eerie red backdrop. The image makes a fantastic wallpaper, but it also provides a striking glimpse of what's to come in the world of Prophecy & Secret Ops modding! (2018-08-20)
We're going to kick things off with a bang thanks to Fek'Leyr Targ! "For the CIC's 20th birthday, I felt that a simple 'happy birthday' was not enough for an occasion of this magnitude. So I decided to take the opportunity to improve my animation skills by creating this small gift for all of you to enjoy as a mean to show my appreciation for this awesome community as well as saying 'happy birthday' and 'thank you'. (2018-08-19)
More Birthday Greetings!
Legendary Origin composer George Oldziey also popped in to share a kind birthday message. We also appreciate all the work he's done to help bring Wing Commander music back in a big way! A lot of people are familiar with his major crowdfunding campaigns over the last few years to bring WC to a live orchestra, but George has actually been very supportive of the CIC since the very beginning. (2018-08-19)
Ghosts of CICs Past
To celebrate twenty years at wcnews.com, we're taking a look back at some of the visual layouts used here at the CIC. Kris has carefully recreated each of them as best as possible in our webmirrors area. (2018-08-19)
New Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack Released!
The latest version of the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack is here! As previously mentioned, this update includes the TCS Midway, Comm Relay base, initial glow emit maps and more. Download it from the link at the CIC Forums. (2018-08-19)