Disclaimer:
This mod isn't in any ways endorsed, funded, licensed, authorized, or related to/by Nintendo.  All characters and elements of the StarFox franchise belong to Nintendo. No assets from Nintendo games have been used, all content is fan made. This mod is not made for profit, or to profit from Nintendo's properties, or to interfere with Nintendo's business.
It is a work of fan fiction,  in which Nintendo's characters are put in situations/described or represented  in a way, not necessarily intended by the author / owners. 
It is made simply to share products of fan imagination, for the educative experimentation of game development, and to pay homage to this Nintendo franchise.

Description:
The goals of this mod is to recreate the style, and the feel of the first Starfox games on a more modern platform to make it accessible for newer fans of the series, and for old school StarFox fans like me.
I plan to take the best of StarFox 1(snes), 2(snes), and to a certain extent StarFox 64, and tape it all together to create an interesting continuity.

The Concept:
However, I'm not planning to do a complete rip-off the first game. That's why the mod is based on the 1993 StarFox Nintendo Powers Comics. But even then, It's not a total rip-off of the comics either!
The story and game will revolve around 2 parallel stories StarFox's, and a group of Cornerian soldiers.

Now some of you might say, isn't this a StarFox mod, why not make it StarFox only ? Or for the more "direct", "Oh no not some fanon/fanfic crap..."
My point here, is since StarFox fly ships most of the comics, there's not much room for on-foot combat, natively. That's where the soldiers come in. On foot mission will be mostly with the soldiers, while flying missions mostly with StarFox. Of course I'll try to let both share either types of missions. I find it to be an acceptable trade-off between coherence and gameplay, isn't it?

The levels:
While I'm probably being overoptimistic, I plan to feature most of the Lylat system in some way or another. Here's a list :

  • Aquas
  • Asteroid Belt
  • Black Hole
  • Corneria
  • Eladard
  • Fishina
  • Fortuna
  • Katina
  • Lylat (Star) : The system's star, since systems are named after the star at their center.
  • MacBeth
  • Meteor
  • Sector X
  • Sector Y
  • Sector Z
  • Solar
  • Titania
  • Papetoon
  • Venom
  • Zoness

The always awesome black hole will also be featured in the mod. I didn't put Out of this dimension here since, that's not in Lylat...

The Characters:
While this may change as eventually I'll find a writer, you should expect the following StarFox characters :
- Fox
- Falco
- Peppy
- Slippy
- Gen. Pepper
- Fara
- Fay
- Miyu
- Bill
- Katt

- Andross
- Herbert the Pig Android :)
- Professor Hangar( or Hanger? )
- Wolf
- Leon
- Pigma
- Algy

Though, you shouldn't expect Rob64, Tricky, Krystal, Panther, or sf command characters. But it may change in the future.

As for the original characters, lets just say that I've tried to keep them on the level, and not make them a bunch of unkillable superheros, with messed up personalities, and funky hairs and clothes wielding giant swords. The goal here isn't to overshadow StarFox!

The Multiplayer:
Since multiplayer and singleplayer are pretty close in the source engine, this will probably happen. I have a few ideas, but it will require some research. But I'd like to do deathmatches, vehicular combat, and shooter game modes.
 
The Engine:
We're currently experimenting with the Orange Box and Alien Swarm version of the engine to find the best code base for our mod. We will probably opt for the Alien Swarm base, since it's free.

The Gameplay:
The mod should feature both vehicular on-rail and all-range combat, along with on-foot action.
The on-foot part will be slightly less arcarde-ish than StarFox Assault, and will borrow mechanics from Metal Gear Solid 2-3, Mass Effect 1-2, Freedom Fighter, and similar third person shooters.
Stealth, firefights, sniping, and puzzles, are some of the planned features, but it may change later on.

The Releases:
While this is far from being final, I was thinking of releasing small batches of missions and content over a few years. You could call that episodic content.

More details to come as development progresses!

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2 comments by psy_commando on Feb 23rd, 2013

Yes, Starfox SNES was released in Japan on February 21 1993 !
I thought it was worth mentioning that, since 98% of the web doesn't care ! Hell, even Nintendo couldn't care less about it..

Anyways, its been a while since I had posted an update here. I had lots of crap to deal with in the last and current year, and still more to come. So yeah, dealing with crap left me with little time, time that I could either have spent on the mod or writing updates for the moddb profile. No need to tell you which one I chose..

So yeah, I'm not sure I should apologize, since probably nobody would believe me even though I'm sorry about it, and also because this is bound to happen again and would probably make me even less believable ! So yeah, I'm really sorry, but I won't tell you.. ;)

I'll probably try to get someone else on the updates..

However, I'm growing increasingly concerned (maybe too much ?) with the idea of trying to avoid attracting too much attention. But on the other side, I'd like to be as transparent as possible with our stuff. And that's the problem..

Nintendo is usually pretty lax about their characters and etc, but we have no ideas what are their limits. How much do they tolerate ? I'm sure some of you might have tried to ask Nintendo's permission  for working on a fan project of some sort, however their answer is pretty weird and confusing. It pretty much sums up to : "we can't give you permission, but that doesn't mean you can't do what you're asking permission for.. And you should seek your own legal advice..".  What's annoying is that, while a lawyer will tell me that fanworks aren't legal, but tolerated, he can't possibly know what they'll tolerate or not :/

The only other hint we have is Satoru Iwata answering a shareholder's question on whether they'll harass fans making fanworks : Kotaku.com But that's not telling much..

Do you guys have any ideas on how to get that kind of info, or just suggestion on how to deal with this ? Maybe there's a way to ask them about it, so they don't think its for legal advice or something.. While this has always been a known possible outcome, albeit an unlikely one, lets not risk shooting ourselves in the foot if we can avoid it ! Its not really an enormous problem right now, but preventing something bad is always better than having to deal with it..

And yeah, I can totally picture the kid asking for making a drawing of mario having to consult a lawyer.. What a crazy world we live in.. The day when they'll wipe our memory of things we heard / saw after seeing / hearing them, I'll take a walk to a place far away, and I'll never look or come back !

Anyways, that's it for now, and feel free to leave some comments on the newspost.

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thonglover
thonglover Jan 30 2014, 8:44am says:

DEAD

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RennardFuchs
RennardFuchs Feb 7 2014, 2:13pm replied:

The project is not dead. We are sharing most of our progress on starfox-online.net .

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thonglover
thonglover Feb 16 2014, 9:40pm replied:

I take it back.

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psy_commando
psy_commando Dec 14 2013, 3:55am says:

This comment system is giving me a headache.... >_<

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DemonFiren
DemonFiren Jun 23 2013, 5:43am says:

Given the comment system's...temperamental nature here, can you link to your main forum or subforum?

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psy_commando
psy_commando Jun 25 2013, 7:42pm replied:

There you go :
Starfox-online.net

We don't have our own forums, too much hassle.
The info on the first page is extremely old. I need to update it, but I got so much crap to do already..

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psy_commando
psy_commando May 31 2013, 12:53am says:

I'm not going to update the profile very often. Only when big events happen, which are fairly rare.

Mostly because, it doesn't look like it, but it takes an eternity to do !(At least for me with my problems.. And nobody else wanna do it. ) And it only creates hype in the end..

We're much more active on the Starfox-Online forums.

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DemonFiren
DemonFiren Jun 15 2013, 10:34am replied:

It depends on the kind of OCs, of course. I'm generally sceptical until I see it done right, so show off some concepts!

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psy_commando
psy_commando Jun 22 2013, 3:34am replied:

We're on it. But, I rarely post concept on moddb, because their gallery system is just ... and won't allow to have, like a separate gallery for concept and one for work in progress, or one for screenshots...

But on the mod thread in the Starfox-Online forums under the "General Starfox" section, we relatively regularly post concept art. I think its easier to get feedback from a small community, because most won't stay silent and actually give some feedback.

As for the OCs, well, they're not author surrogates, or fursonas or something. It does feel creepily like they have some random traits from me which I never intended giving them. But, I've heard its kinda usual for authors to do that without actually wanting to..

Anyhow, like I said rest assured you're not going to see a depressive, anxious, half-insane, anthropomorphic animal as a character ;)

Also, I have been working on that post for the SFO forums I mentioned earlier, but, we've made some changes recently and I'll have to show the old version of the 3D models. Along with the concept art, though, some characters are going to, or have changed from the concept art.

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psy_commando
psy_commando Jun 22 2013, 3:12am replied:

Yep, that's what I meant.
And the reason is, that, someone once made a very good point that the snes starfox universe was in the future, but not such a distant future, compared to us.

I think I actually read that in an author comment on the Starfox : Phoenix from the ashes fanfic..

We could assume maybe technology evolved differently. And maybe its not been so long since firearms have been phased out.
And given that the CDF are poorly equipped and rather small, keeping that kind of weapon for training new recruits and such would be relatively logical, to keep the modern weaponry where its most needed.

Also, armors made to resist energy weapons usually have poor protection against projectiles in other sci-fi universes such as battletech and others.

Therefore, projectile weapons might be effective against certain enemies.

Its mostly because, we'd like to have some rock/paper/scissors kind of gunplay. A little like Mass Effect, but maybe not exactly the same way. And most likely not implemented as well..

Though, this is still open for debate, and we dropped most of the firearms, and kept only one at this point, its a futuristic multi-caliber assault rifle. As in, it can adjust to a few various ammunition calibers on the fly.

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