Wings of Dawn is an anime-inspired space shooter game built on the Freespace 2 Open engine. It follows the story of a girl named Dawn, who gets thrown into a galaxy spanning war of space opera proportions. Dawn must keep her wits beside her as she encounters the numerous self-serving human governments, the long-eared and arrogant Cyrvans, and the lumbering might of the Hertak and their many thralls. Fly a variety of fighters and use devastating weapons to bring down your enemies and discover the secrets that only Dawn can unlock. Wings of Dawn is an on-going story released in episodes and is completely free!

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A gazillion months after the release of episode 1 later, where are things at currently?

Right off the bat, despite previous hopeful aims, a release this year is not going to happen. But here's an update on how things are progressing.

Assets wise, things are looking pretty good, with only a few models left queue to be textured. Once all of these have been added, there's little work left on this front for any future episodes. Almost all of the aliens have had their ship models updated in some form, providing a decent amount of variation to shoot at.

Player flyable ships are plenty as well, with 10 unique terran ships plus 6 variants. And 4 unique CSA ships. (Not all of them pictured here)

Which should help keep the game varied and fresh over the episodes. As you unlock more options to wreak carnage with!

For character art, it's a bit more work left, with four characters that I still have to start on for episode 2, and several characters that still need some degree of work in Emofuri (headani's and VN portraits). Then after this upcoming releases, there's still a few more characters I plan on adding, so there's still some long term effort to be put into this. (I gave a small explaination on what the 'Emofuri' process entails in a forum post last year.)

Currently there's already over 240 apng's for 16 characters, coming in at 1.78GB. By my conservative estimate, this number will easily end up reaching 300. That's quite a bit of animu right there.

WoD's soundscape has also been much improved, now fully utilizing all of the nice new sound code that has been added recently. Now sounds won't be excessively culled anymore, and sound effects that would repeat a lot, like shield impacts, are now a lot more varied.



As shown in this screenshot, there has been some effort put into replacing a lot of the big asteroids previously used in WoD. (and considering how many missions seem to take place in the proximity of Asteroids, thats a good thing indeed.)

Work on the meat of the game, the mission, is also steadily progressing, with several mission of episode 1 replaced&improved plus a few extra. While work on the missions of episode 2 is underway too.

The biggest hurdle before the release of episode 2 right now, is the many words that still need to be written for the visual novel sections of the game. It's a bit hard to gauge how much time all of this will take, or when a realistic release date would be. Currently gunning for April, but with no promises made.

In case you missed it, and you happen to be in the mood for reading some cool WoD lore, check out this thread, for some delicious words.

Wings of Dawn - Status update #2

Wings of Dawn - Status update #2

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Progress, Progress, release of episode 2 planned for this year.

Wings of Dawn - Status update #1

Wings of Dawn - Status update #1

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It's been over a year since release, so what's new?

Wings of Dawn new release

Wings of Dawn new release

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Wings of Dawn re-released! Now 78.23% more awesome and 100% more stand alone!

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Stand alone release based on the Freespace 2 engine. No Freespace 2 installation required.

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Chozh_Pahenin
Chozh_Pahenin

This mod is awesome!
The original was already good, but this is even more amazing with the improvement in both storytelling and gameplay.
Thank you so much for all the work you put into this.
I can't wait for the next episode =)

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Gamer_Of_Rock
Gamer_Of_Rock

So, like the new version and all, but I never finished the original and would like to play through it fully. By any chance do you know where I could acquire it?

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Gamer_Of_Rock
Gamer_Of_Rock

Never mind. I found the old Hard-Light thread. Fantastic mod here! And now a standalone version different enough so the two can co-exist!

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Piemanlives
Piemanlives

so i just started my first run though of WoD and I'm thoroughly impressed
will be awaiting a sequel that probably will come out

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rodo
rodo

Want WoD 2 :D

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Mobius89
Mobius89

Looking forward to WoD2! :-)

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Lord_Mordja
Lord_Mordja

Just saw that you're working on a sequel. This is good news.

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LaDoncella
LaDoncella

Very nice game =P

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Lord_Mordja
Lord_Mordja

I've recently been playing through FreeSpace 2 mods and I just want to say that this was easily one of the funnest! I love the way it diverges from standard FS2 structure, and its creative mission and enemy design. I mean obviously there were some annoying parts to the campaign, but it's still incredible what you did in a year.

Here's hoping for a sequel!

PS More planetary missions please. XD

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KingSpoon Creator
KingSpoon

Thank you :)

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