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May the Fourth be with you!

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Post by Forceflow » Mon May 04, 2020 2:05 pm

May the Forth be with you! Written by Ace Antilles.

Happy Star Wars Day from all of us at The X-Wing Alliance Upgrade Project!
In 2000 the XWAUP released its first upgrade the Rebel Fighter Patch. TWENTY years later and we are still going strong! Members have come, gone and come back again but there are still amazing old and new talented people working to improve X-Wing Alliance for you.

A gift for all our Imperial friends / enemies: The Dynamic Cockpits for all the TIE Fighters available in the X-Wing Alliance, each with its own characteristics.

TIE Fighter, the progenitor: cheap but reliable
TIE Bomber: robust and powerful
TIE Interceptor: a definite improvement over the original!
TIE Advanced X1: experimental, fast and deadly
TIE Defender: Admiral Thrawn's jewel.
TIE Avenger: the new generation of TIE Fighters
But there are also the TIE Specials: Bizarro, Booster, Warhead and Big Gun! In all, ten different dynamic cockpits!



REBEL DYNAMIC COCKPITS V2.0. By DTM, Blue Max and Darksaber.
It has been asked loudly, and here it is. An improvement of all the cockpits released with version 1.0, to improve the visibility of the MFD and therefore the playability of XWA, even without the aid of the HUD. But remember: if you still need the good old HUD, just choose the right option when installing the patch.
In addition, the collection is completed with the wonderful B-Wing cockpit created by Blue Max, who shows great talent in many different skills!



Discuss all the cockpits in the Forum here

The room that you share with MK-09 has been upgraded! This Upgrade replaces some of the Souvenirs or Medals that you collect throughout the course of the game.
Some are improved but many are based off other Star Wars universe items. Also, there are rewritten descriptions to elaborate them or to better match the new upgrade.
To get the full experience you will have to install it and discover all the cool new additions.


Discuss the Crew Quarters Upgrade in the Forum here

The Victory-class Star Destroyer returns in never-before seen detail! This iconic imperial warship has received a complete visual and functional overhaul and comes loaded with new features and goodies.
6 Flightgroups: Default, Crimson Command, New Republic, Old Republic, Old 'n rusty, Damaged.
Working S-Foils: The ship will now open its wings as it emerges from Hyperspace and close them before jumping out.
Custom Hangar OPT with two launch variations: Ground touchdown or TIE racks.
And yes, the Victory II will be coming in the future.



Discuss all the new VSD in the Forum here

EFFECTS V.1.1.3. By Blue Max.
With this evolution of the patch, the lights of the new shading system are connected to the mission's light sources. It seems like a small detail, but in reality, it is a great success obtained by our talented Blue Max! Also many other improvements, all to be discovered, such as the new lens effects and the new suns.


Discuss all the Effects in the Forum here

SUPER BACKDROPS PATCH V2.1. By DTM with Darksaber.
Version 2.1 comes with new starfield backdrops and explosions effects. It is an update that improves all the backdrops, taking advantage of the JeremyaFr Hooks, which allow the use of 32-bit transparent images. Basically, the planets no longer have the black outline and blend better with the star background. No changes to missions, no new unpublished images, only a huge leap in quality!


Discuss all the Super Backdrops in the Forum here

Jeremy has been busy pulling XWA to pieces so that everyone can have a better game.
His custom ddraw.dll has been updated to v1.3.10 with: new radar renderer and new bracket renderer. This is also featured in the Effects v1.1.3.
A new hook allows using a custom HUD targeting Reticle image for any flyable craft. This means you could have one crosshairs in an X-Wing and a different one in a TIE Fighter!
Also TgSmush now adds support for mp4 files, so you can use custom videos simply as cutscenes!
His XWA Opt Editor has been updated, you can choose many Landing Gear options and much more!


Discuss all the Hooks in the Forum here

Now that’s how we celebrate 20 years! There’s still lots of cool things being worked on too. May The 4th Be With You!
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Post by Ace Antilles » Mon May 04, 2020 2:46 pm

I've also added additional screenshots to thew VSD and Cockpit threads.
All of the team worked extremely hard to get this amount of updates out to you today.
I hope everyone enjoys them as we need some fun in our lives right now :)

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Post by Jaeven » Mon May 04, 2020 3:28 pm

Just wow. Outstanding work, guys.

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Post by MagnumFR » Mon May 04, 2020 5:26 pm

nice job guys 😍😍

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Post by JeremyaFr » Mon May 04, 2020 7:07 pm

Good work to all :2thumbs: :applaus:

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Post by rogue518 » Mon May 04, 2020 9:36 pm

AWESOME Work!!! Great job to all involved. :2thumbs:

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Post by kikoliko » Mon May 04, 2020 9:56 pm

a great job!!!!!

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Post by Kampher » Mon May 04, 2020 11:06 pm

Thank you so much to everyone in this community. I've been having so much fun with all this stuff during the pandemic. You guys are rock stars!

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Post by Mark_Farlander » Mon May 04, 2020 11:37 pm

Thank you everyone for releasing all these beauties!
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Post by Bob_Sinclar » Mon May 04, 2020 11:51 pm

Excellent work!!! I shall redo the campaign 20 years after my 1st completion of it. Your mod is outstanding!

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Post by Ace Antilles » Tue May 05, 2020 1:32 am

Thanks a lot guys. This wasn't planned very far ahead like most promotions you expect.
Everyone worked really hard to get things out on time for Star Wars Day. I tip my hat to them all.
Due to this there wasn't a huge amount of testing time. So if you discover any bugs please tell us in the relevant forum threads. Thx.

X-Wing Alliance is still really popular it seems. The forum recorded this info on Sunday.
Most users ever online was 835 on May 3rd, 2020, 9:11 pm
Now that's a lot of guests I expect, maybe some bots lol but that shows that 20 years after the game came out this place is busier than ever!!
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Post by keiranhalcyon7 » Tue May 05, 2020 2:33 am

Wow, great job, you guys! :respect:

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Post by BenKenobi » Tue May 05, 2020 5:59 am

Great work! Thanks to every one working on this! :2thumbs:

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Post by ual002 » Sun May 10, 2020 5:49 am

Great job team. I'm so proud to be here to see this stuff 20 years on.
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