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.

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As promised in my last news piece, this new article is about the latest development video for the Freeworlds: Tides of War total Star Wars conversion mod for Freelancer.

Posted by FW:ToW_Sushi on Aug 23rd, 2009


It has been a few months since our last development video, so I thought I'd try to include some of our most recent happenings in the 11th edition.  Unfortunately, I was not able to capture all of our work because I personally do not like making these videos over six minutes in length.  So, for the work that wasn't included, I thought I'd show you some of the short clips/images here.

Our 11th Development video focuses on the capital ship prototype that is being developed, primarily, by Deety. He and I have spent many hours conversing over what we want capitals to be in the mod and thus far, I'm quite thrilled with the results.  He's spent countless hours recording statistical data and coding it into the mod to bring these beautiful gigantic ships we have to life.  With Deety's determination and work ethic and our new capital testing crew, we're inching closer to the final capital ship prototype.  In addition to that, Deety has been requesting many custom capital effects that I've been assisting him with.  You'll see that there are many new shield hit, hull hit and explosive effects, which have been a joint project of Deety and I.  We are also using some of the work Why485 left us to further the immerse feel.   


Another developer, W0dk4, has done some incredible things for the mod.  His recent creations brought animations to our game. Through the tutorial he gave us, we were able to recreate many of the wing folding animations you see in the movies: Lambda Shuttle, B-Wing, X-Wing and ETA-2.  In our next development video, I hope to show the wings folding appropriately when you engage the ships hyperspace drive.  In addition to this, he also has written a FL Hook that increases the turning rate of fighters/bombers/interceptors when they go to 33% throttle. Those of you that have played X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter or X-Wing Alliance know that this throttle percentage was the optimum level to turn quickly in the game. 

As a personal mini project, I've been working on a new enter/exit hyperspace effect for the game to take away the standard Freelancer jump tunnel.  Although it is still a work in progress, I've been quite happy with the results.  The only sad thing is that there is no possible way to slow down the effect at the end of the sequence. This means that I cannot slow down the stars at the end.


Overfiend and Mirkha have also being working incredibly hard on hitboxing all the models in the game.  I can assure you, that is no easy task.  Fortunately, with our newest hitbox technique, which allows us to use infinite hitbox groups, they've been able to hitbox things that we only dreamed about.  The image below is our 10km long Mon Calamari Shipyards generously donated by EvilleJedi. 


This hitbox took over 298 parts to make. But, we do believe it's paid off as you can see in these early images: 1 and 2.

Overfiend also has been working very hard on new Mon Calamari Cruiser textures as well. I won't get into this now as I've already discussed his work at length in my last news piece.

 As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to post.  And please click this link to keep up-to-date with Freeworlds: Tides of War. 

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Sushi

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Madman4700
Madman4700 Aug 23 2009, 10:30am says:

WOW, speachless at the capital ship video, i seriously cant wait

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deathkricket
deathkricket Aug 27 2009, 7:46pm replied:

is freeworlds tides of war the same thing as FW 18.46
if its not i cant freekin wait for it to come out,been waiting on a good star wars conversion

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Aug 27 2009, 7:50pm replied:

No FW:ToW is not the same as FW 18.46. The only thing we share is the Freeworlds name. Other than that, everything is new in FW:ToW.

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Phil3005
Phil3005 Aug 23 2009, 11:20am says:

will those ships all be flyable? that looks just too great for flyable ships

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Aug 23 2009, 11:34am replied:

Yep, all the ships in the video will be flyable :)

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4CH!
4CH! Aug 23 2009, 11:39am says:

It seems I need Freelancer ^^

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Galaad_López
Galaad_López Aug 23 2009, 12:14pm says:

I would like to know what can I to play this mod step by step, because last version to download from the official site, ingame, I can't take off to space from the Coruscant runway. I need to buy a engine for my z-95, but the game don't enable do it!! What can I do?? I'm loss and powerless. Help, please!! I would like so much to play this mod!...
Sorry my english.

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Aug 23 2009, 12:21pm replied:

The mod that you see presented here in this news piece has not been released yet. For assistance with the old mod please go to www.freeworlds-tow.net/forum and post your problem in the New Player forum or the Help & Troubleshooting forums. You'll get assistance there.

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Galaad_López
Galaad_López Aug 23 2009, 1:26pm replied:

Ok, thanks.

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alenoguerol
alenoguerol Aug 23 2009, 3:08pm says:

those star destroyers are uber awesome!
it looks like if it were taken from star wars galaxies but its good :)

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SunnyBittern
SunnyBittern Aug 24 2009, 7:32am says:

hey, what will be the biggest ship that we can get our hands on?:D

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omayksilo
omayksilo Aug 24 2009, 10:53am replied:

The biggest would be the Imperial Star Destroyer or the MC-90 - although they are likely not to be seen too often in general play - more for the weekend TE events.

In terms of weeklong play, it will probably be the smaller Mon Cal cruisers, VSD's and so on so sorth. That's the case right now anyway and as always - is subject to change as we understand the nature of the beast we have.

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SunnyBittern
SunnyBittern Aug 24 2009, 1:00pm replied:

nice :O. that will be epic, controling my own iperial destroyer:D

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Aug 24 2009, 6:05pm replied:

I can say with almost full certainty the biggest ships you'll see for regular gameplay days will be the destroyer class vessels (Dreadnaught, MC40a, Carrack, etc.) and lower. Bigger ships like the MC80s, MC90s, VSD, ISD will only be seen in events that have enough people online to be able to provide some challenge for the vessels (since we intend to make them as canon as possible in terms of offensive/defensive capabilities)

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Ballroom
Ballroom Aug 19 2010, 5:56pm says:

Is there any idea at a guess as to when it will be released Sushi ?

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