Freeworlds: Tides of War is a fan built Star Wars total conversion mod for Digital Anvil's Freelancer game that was released several years ago. When fans began to make mods for Freelancer, one of the many things people were keen on seeing was a Freelancer mod based on the Star Wars universe developed by George Lucas. Freeworlds and Tides of War were the answer to this outcry. The development team of both mods have now joined forces to create an epic new Star Wars TC, Freeworlds: Tides of War.
This is the final iteration of the planet shader, using this time Bastion as a benchmark. Unlike previous versions, this shader also replaces Freelancer's planet handling entirely: custom models, custom pipeline, custom definitions, many more parameters, etc.
The shader itself is a straight port of O'Neil 2004. It implements a simplified version of Rayleigh and Mie scattering. As a bonus, it's a lot easier to work with, which means we'll be able to churn out many more planets much faster!