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.
Thanks to you, Freeworlds: Tides of War has made it into the MotY Top 100 for a sixth year running. We thank you all for your all of your support and patience over the years. It's been a long, hard road, and we're nearly at the end. We're currently going through the final stages of prepping the mod for a Beta release. Over the next few weeks, we'll be going through the codebase, tidying up loose ends and killing the last few remaining showstopper bugs. Very soon, we'll be opening the doors on a new frontpage and community forums. I'll keep you all up to date on that as it develops.
Now, in other news, some eye candy. First, a preface. The development style we encourage in our team allows for side projects to be worked on so long as it doesn't interfere with main work deadlines. For developers, having passion projects within the main project is essential to prevent burnout, especially on a project with the scope of FW:ToW. Many of the things we've shown off this past year are the result of that program, and I'd like to really drive home the point that none of these additional features have held back the release of FW:ToW. So, once again, I bring your the results of one of those personal projects. FriendlyFire has done it again, this time with a new system for wreck handling. Ships now suffer an explosion upon death, and leave behind a smoldering corpse. This corpse decays naturally over time, and presents a navigational hazard to the area, as well as creating a physical wall through which fire cannot pass. These wrecks can be destroyed by players to remove them from the field before the natural decay timer is up, but in fleet fights, the time spent trying to shoot through a wreck that is blocking your fire can be fatal. There are also other implications to the way this has been implemented, including, but not limited to, the dynamic placement of explorable wrecks, similar to the secret wrecks in vanilla Freelancer.
As always, the following is a work in progress, and does not represent the final version of the effect.
In other news, DarkForce has released another article on GalacticNews.net. Head on over and check it out!
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Since 2002 we have explored, played and enjoyed mods of all shapes and sizes just like Freeworlds: Tides of War. We love games like Freelancer that have opened themselves up to modding. Because of communities like Workshop, Nexus, Curse, RTSL, GameBanana and Mod DB, more games support modding today than ever before.
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As mods play a bigger role in the future of gaming, we believe it is important to recognize the effort the teams behind the work put in, giving us countless hours of enjoyment while asking nothing in return. We have the power to change our games and that needs to be celebrated to ensure it remains a big part of PC gaming's future.
It all started
In 2015, when the paid modding dispute left many gamers and modders worried about the direction the industry is headed. Things have since settled down, but we believe it is important to continue this small tradition to show we are not alone in our love for mods, and the open platforms that embrace them.
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