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In this article, we show you some further graphic improvements we've made to this STAR WARS mod for Freelancer!

Posted by FW:ToW_Sushi on Dec 16th, 2012

Over the past several months since our demo release, FriendlyFire has been working on fine tuning our DX9 integration as well as adding a few extra components to make this mod look even better. The below video highlights these news additions: lens flare, improved dynamic lighting, reflection maps, distortion maps and our work in progress shadow mapping.

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joshino Dec 16 2012, 6:25am says:

Utterly mind bogglingly amazing, great work! Those distortion maps are off the rails.

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FW:ToW_Sushi Dec 16 2012, 6:58am replied:

Thanks for the kind words :D

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ADTeam™ Dec 16 2012, 9:06am says:

Dose shadow maps...

Dat ship...

Dis mod...

Da sex.

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FW:ToW_Sushi Dec 16 2012, 11:45am replied:

lol. Thanks!

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AronPreece Dec 16 2012, 9:16am says:


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FW:ToW_Sushi Dec 16 2012, 11:45am replied:

Thanks! Glad you like it!

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VitaminK Dec 16 2012, 11:31am says:

can't wait for release!

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FW:ToW_Sushi Dec 16 2012, 11:45am replied:

Neither can we, let me tell ya!

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Expack Dec 16 2012, 11:52am says:

This keeps looking more and more like a modern game, rather than a game from 9 years ago! Excellent work.

Also, I have a quick question regarding the dynamic lighting. Since it seemed like not every individual laser projectile shown in the video has an accompanying dynamic light, is it possible for every laser projectile to be represented by a light, or is it not possible due to technical limitations?

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FW:ToW_Sushi Dec 16 2012, 12:03pm replied:

Nope, every laser has its own dynamic lighting. Sorry if that didn't come across in the video. What happens if there are several bunch together, their lighting is combined.

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TSP-FriendlyFire Dec 16 2012, 12:03pm replied:

All the lasers do have lights.

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the-middleman Dec 16 2012, 11:56am says:

Sorry if this has been asked before. But will it be possible to disable all these effects so I can play your game with my 8 year old computer which runs Freelancer perfectly but fails at new games?

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FW:ToW_Sushi Dec 16 2012, 12:02pm replied:

Yes, it will be able to disable all the DX9 integration. That said, we do have several models that have higher polygon count and texture resolution which work fine on more modern computers but might cause your 8 yr old machine some difficulties.

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TSP-FriendlyFire Dec 16 2012, 12:08pm replied:

The absolute minimum configuration required is a GeForce 7000 series/Radeon X1000 series graphics card. If you have something older, it is very unlikely that the mod will run.

Note that this does not mean the game will run well, just that it will run at all.

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Sasha5163 Dec 16 2012, 1:21pm replied:

Looks like I need a new graphics card

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Roh Dec 16 2012, 12:14pm says:

I remember playing the original version of this mod. Much fun. And I have freelancer reinstalled and just waiting for you to release this so the fun can begin again.

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FW:ToW_Sushi Dec 16 2012, 1:49pm replied:

well, there are two "original" versions of this mod since we combined the freeworlds and tides of war teams. That said, we look forward to release too!

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KodY Dec 16 2012, 4:18pm says:

While the lens flare looks nice I'm not so sure about that smudge effect on the screen itself that reflects it. Doesn't really fit to the 3rd person perspective IMO.

Other stuff looks great though.

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generalsol Dec 22 2012, 6:36am says:

Out of this world fantastic!!! 8D

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rocknroll237 Dec 26 2012, 4:58pm says:

My eyes literally widened when I saw the distortion maps! Great work.

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