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The moddb awards are upon us again and being such the FW:ToW mod team is taking a look back at all the accomplishments and milestones this year in a three part article series!

Posted by FW:ToW_Sushi on Nov 16th, 2010

Since beginning development of the Freeworlds: Tides of War mod I have always enjoyed the MODDB awards for two reasons: A chance for the development to reflect and be proud of the things they have accomplished throughout the year and an opportunity for the fans and followers of the mod to say thank you in their own way for the work we do. As many of you know, modding isn't an easy process, but with faithful and enthusiastic fans, it drives us developers to produce the very best product we possibly can.

So, to start things off, I first wanted to take you all back to the first glimpses of the fighter and capital ship combat showed the fans in the early part of this year. As some of you that have played X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter and X-Wing Alliance will notice that those games had an extremely strong influence in flight physics design and overall gameplay of this mod. Our goal was to combine the fast paced nature of XvT and the ease and versatility of Freelancer. As for our capital ship dynamics, we've tried to stay true to canon in many ways with only some alterations to ships for overall gameplay balance. When you fly these capitals, they truly will be the behemoths you always wish you could pilot.

Enjoy the videos:

Fighter Combat Demo

Capital Ship Combat Demo:



Soon after we released these two videos showcasing some combat, our team went to work on fleshing out the missile/torpedo system for our die-hard bomb lovin' junkies. Once again, using XvT as our influence, we developed a system that will allow players to pick off critical targets of a larger capital to bring it to its knees. However, for this to be achieved, it will take a dedicated bomber squadron.


Also, within this time, we went to work on making the effects of these missiles/torpedos visually stunning. Fortunately, we have one of the best effect designers for Freelancer on our team and he produced some beauties...


While work on our missile/torpedoes was being completed, other developers on the team were producing the finishing touches for our Corellian Capital Ship fleet. For those of you that are dying to being in the Corellia faction, we've got a treat enstore for you!!

Below, staring from top to bottom:

  • Corellian Cruiser (Cruiser Class)
  • Corellian Destroyer (Destroyer Class)
  • CC-7700 (Interdictor Class)
  • Liberator Cruiser (Carrier Class)
  • Corellian Heavy Gunship (Frigate Class)



Well, this takes us to about early June of this year in terms of development progress! In my next article, I'll recap the amazing changes we've made to the mod in regards to graphics, with the DX9 port, the addition of some beautiful SW models and functionality of Freelancer (zoom function, multiple characters)

Once again, thank you for all the support you've given us over our 2 1/2 years of development. Without you guys, we wouldn't be here.

And, hopefully for those that have just found us, we hope like what you see and give us a vote for the MOTY awards.

As always, any questions, comments or suggestions are welcomed!

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ponyus
ponyus Nov 16 2010, 5:55pm says:

already voted. twice :D

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Nov 16 2010, 5:57pm replied:

Awesome. Thank you for the vote(s)!!

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Cropto7
Cropto7 Nov 16 2010, 6:18pm says:

Yeah I voted
Good luck Sushi and the FW team!

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Nov 16 2010, 7:13pm replied:

Thanks Cropto

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TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 16 2010, 7:10pm says: Online

Nice to see a summary of all that has gone on this year, some very cool gameplay videos there, good stuff.

Best of luck, you've got my vote.

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Nov 16 2010, 7:12pm replied:

Thanks, Talon. Right backatcha with the votes :)

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Tharapita
Tharapita Nov 16 2010, 7:22pm says:

Definitely voted for you folks. Good luck.

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Nov 16 2010, 7:34pm replied:

Much appreciated!!

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Aragost
Aragost Nov 16 2010, 7:42pm says:

Already Voted! This mod is just great! Cant wait to play.

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Nov 16 2010, 8:22pm replied:

Thanks man!

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$n!p3r
$n!p3r Nov 16 2010, 8:09pm says:

AWESOME !

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PiratexCore
PiratexCore Nov 17 2010, 2:30am says:

Voted. While I have a few mods I'm looking forward to, this one has always been at the top for me. Also, those Corellian capital ships look absolutely amazing. I was going to go New Rep on my first character, but I might just go Corellian instead because of these beauties. Keep up the good work.

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Nov 17 2010, 6:42am replied:

Ya, they are a pretty fleet, aren't they? EvilleJedi, Bouma and Icewolf did a great job on them.

Thanks for the vote and kind words :)

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dead_devil_66
dead_devil_66 Nov 17 2010, 7:19am says:

one question: will capital ships have automated point defense weapons? thanks

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi Nov 17 2010, 8:03am replied:

Not as a player flyable ship. However, the NPCs capitals will have those.

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Bird_of_Prey
Bird_of_Prey Nov 17 2010, 5:31pm says:

Great work. It's been really fun to watch to progress this mod has made. Best of luck with MotY!

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CrossDressiNate
CrossDressiNate Mar 4 2011, 2:52am says:

I'll probably buy this game just for this mod! Awesome work.

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