Monday, October 24, 2005

Epic: Middle States Becomes Torn Stars

I got a nice email from Jon of the Epic mod team stating that the mod is now called Torn Stars. Here's a description from the new web site:
Torn Stars (formerly Epic: Middle States) is a new and epic space simulation set in the war torn and ravaged Middle States star cluster. Live a second life traveling and plying the space lanes with a fleet of transports, preying on fat and rich merchant transports as a pirate, exploring l-points and undiscovered star systems, or even laying claims and searching out mineral-rich asteroids.
You can read more about this new mod for Independence War 2, and download the 98MB file, at the official Torn Stars website.

Friday, October 21, 2005

New X3: Reunion Designer Diary Entry at GameSpot

There's a fantastic developer diary entry over at GameSpot detailing the day in a life of a pilot in the X3 universe. Here's a clip:
With him at my mercy, I ask him to surrender. To my surprise, he refuses and then I realize why. I had not checked my immediate surroundings carefully, and two local police ships are speeding to his aid. The supplier was not attached to any station or factory. He was an independent trader and still they came to his aid! Cursing, I swiftly dispatch the freighter and he disappears in a cloud of dust, his scream cut short. Even in this short span of time, the police ships are onto me--one standard Boron M4 fighter and one Vanguard M4. I curse again. Although the M4s are lighter than my ship, they are faster and more agile, and the Vanguard is faster and more heavily armed than most ships.
Be sure to check out the rest of the diary entry over at GameSpot, and enjoy.

Monday, October 17, 2005

X3 Has Gone Gold!

According to the official Egosoft website, X3 has finally gone gold. Here's a clip from the announcement:
The sequel to the award-winning PC title X²: The Threat; X³: Reunion is an in-depth space simulation that thrusts players into an epic battle for control of the universe. The latest in graphics technology and a multi-purpose interface allow the player to fight, barter, pirate, police, steal and trade their way to domination. Featuring a real dynamically interactive AI and economic model, NPC pilots will help or hinder players on the way to salvation for the universe.
You can head over to the official Egosoft website for more info.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space Is Golden

In a press release on the Shrapnel Games website, they've stated that Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space, the sequel to the excellent Strange Adventures In Infinite Space, has gone gold and will be available shortly. Here's a clip from the press release:
Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space is the staggeringly brilliant follow-up game to the original, epic coffee-break game of space exploration, Strange Adventures In Infinite Space. Designed for Windows, the sequel is everything you enjoyed about the first game, along with a whole parsec or two of new stuff guaranteed to make even a Vulcan get excited. We're talking gorgeous new graphics, amazing new encounters, even more challenging combat, and more secrets than the strange guy down the hall who always wears that stained raincoat...
You can head over to the official Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space site for more information about the game itself, which I know I'll be buying shortly.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Epic: Middle States released for Independence War II

A new total conversion is available for Independence War II: The Edge of Chaos. Called Epic: Middle States, this new mod has several features including:
  • A new star cluster with well developed background The Middle States.
  • Economic simulation and new occupation of Merchant Trader.
  • Reputation adjusted by player actions such as Piracy.
  • Governments protect innocent shipping and actively pursue pirates.
  • Pirates haunt Lagrange points and prey on merchant shipping.
Head over to the official Epic: Middle States page for files and installation instructions.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Word Verification On

A quick administrative note: word verification has been switched on to prevent comment spamming.