Eighteen years have passed since FreeSpace 2 and the destruction of Capella, and the shattered colonies of man are finally ready to re-open the jump node to Earth. As the Alliance teeters on the verge of total social collapse, the Security Council deploys the elite 14th Battlegroup to re-establish contact with Earth, and young pilot Samuel Bei finds himself once more under his estranged father's command. Age of Aquarius describes the journey of the 14th Battlegroup as its mission to the Blue Planet goes shockingly wrong. War in Heaven takes place eighteen months after the events of Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius and details the final stages of the civil war between Sol and the rest of her colonies: a war without good or evil, only shades of gray. Built at the cutting edge of the FreeSpace Open engine, Blue Planet is a fan-made conclusion to the FreeSpace saga, a story of sacrifice, triumph, and destiny, and one of the most beloved FreeSpace mods of all time.
In which we tell you what we've been doing these past few months
Posted by The_E on May 12th, 2010
The short version: this is the one-year mark, and our first release is basically done! We're just going to hold on to it for a bit more polish.
The long version:
This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of War in Heaven development, and development on Release 1 is essentially complete.
We've done a lot of pretty cool things in this one-year span. None of it would have been possible without the assistance of the SCP coders, who solved bugs, implented new features, and generally behaved like saints. We also owe a lot to the work of other mod teams, especially Diaspora, who implemented awesome new features.
As a sampler of what we've accomplished, some of our features include
Obviously you'll also get your hands on a large number of brand new ships and weapons for both the GTVA and UEF, some of which are quite tactically different from normal FreeSpace.
And of course there's the meat of the mod: a complete campaign, about as long as Age of Aquarius in terms of gameplay, covering the first half of our story arc (consider it Episode 1 of War in Heaven). This campaign was FREDded from the ground up to use all of BP's new features like the Fury AI.
The campaign has been beta tested and is effectively complete. We are nearly ready to release, but we are going to perform some polish, optimization, and writing tune-ups for an undisclosed period of time. Expect to wait a few months or more while we get everything shipshape. But rest assured, we're in the home stretch.