This update will have two parts. The first highlight of the day is, of course, the Volumetric Damage and Explosion Effects mini mod, available as a separate download because, why hold off the fun of blowing stuff up until the main mod is finished, right?
The premise behind the mod is simple - it adds voluminous effects to all your in-game explosions, critical hits and persistent damage effects. Now, in addition to seeing spaceships actually burst apart in a hundred pieces careening off into space (at very little or no performance impact I might add), you can see them being set on fire, vent atmosphere, spray ship bits into space and more. This is especially fun when a ship is subjected to massed fire. Ever saw one of those footage reels where a tank is hit by an A-10 minigun? This is something like it.
Anyway, why talk about it, see it for yourself. For a preview of the mini-mod and also of the kind of visual experience the Last Stand combat will bring, check out this video:
The mini-mod will be available for download either here from ModDB, from Filefront site or directly via these links:
Stand-alone variant v0.81 - this is the standalone version, to be used with an unmodified game
Merge-friendly variant v0.81 -to be used with existing mods, for eventual compatibility issues and how to fix them, see readme.txt
Do note that the mini-mod *does not* contain Bailknight's Improved Particle effects seen in the preview. However, the merge-friendly variant is fully compatible with this mod.
For those who don't want the hassle of merging them manually, here is ver 1.3 of Bailknight's mod with added volumetric effects. Enjoy!
The second item for this update is the Impaler Drone, a special elite unit which will be available to players after much grueling research has been done. This little nasty will, however, almost certainly tip the scales in the Xin favor endgame, because it is almost twice as powerful as a regular assault drone. Hosts of these will be hard to repel indeed. Spamming static fortifications is recommended. ;)