Hot on the heels of the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack's addition of glowing emit maps, DefianceIndustries reports that normal mapping is now in testing! This is a technique that creates the appearance of more detailed textures than would otherwise be possible in the game. While the new high quality models are often considered the star of upgrade mods like these, it's also true that they're heavily dependent on behind-the-scenes updates and alterations to the game engines to make effects like this possible. And the combined results are fantastic! Check out a sneak peek below.
Here's "the next big thing" from the mighty technical wizards lurking in the shadows behind the MUP. Pedro and PopsiclePete have again been working their dark arcana and have spectro patronumesed us up (say THAT one three times fast) a long asked for feature for the GL patch: Normal mapping!
Behold true believers: The Konfed Kube!
It's still very much in the testing and development stages, but we are looking forward to implementing this on MUP assets in the future. And as a quick tease:
Differences a True Collector Would Love
Red-Jackal recently posted a neat 1993 Privateer advertisement from Computer magazine. We've shown it off before, or so I thought, so I almost passed it by. It is a little bit sharper than the one we have in the archive though, so I decided to take a second look. (2019-02-22)
All Wings Considered - Episode 1 - LIVE!
The first episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is live now! All Wings Considered is the CIC's first ever streaming variety show which will feature news, conversation and gameplay relating to our favorite series. This week we're taking on ground missions in Wing Commander IV and talking about the first four chapters of the novel End Run with members of the community. (2019-02-21)
Streaming Live Thursday!
Our kickoff episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is nearly here! Be sure to tune in on Thursday, February 21st, at 7 PM Eastern (4 PM Pacific) to watch our live streaming Wing Commander show. This works out to Midnight GMT, which we know is late on a school night, so the archived recording will be available later. (2019-02-20)
Wing Commander Enters the Retro Zone
Pix recently came across a pretty neat article in the UK magazine PC Zone. I really like it's graphical layout with the Dralthis overflying the slick text. The author is a big fan of the WC series and uses it as an example for awesome '90s games that were outside the realm of his usual fare. (2019-02-19)
Homeworld Mod's Prologue Campaign Released
There's an exciting update to the Homeworld Remastered Mod, Flag Commander, today. L.I. (2019-02-18)