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20 Years of the X-Wing Alliance Upgrade!! - Friday, August 14, 2020
Great new Effects coming from Blue Max - Thursday, August 13, 2020
Imperial Star Destroyer II v2 Preview - Thursday, August 13, 2020
Victory Star Destroyer II v2 Preview - Wednesday, August 12, 2020
XWAU: 20 Years of Memories - Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Friday, August 14, 2020

20 Years of the X-Wing Alliance Upgrade!! Posted by Ace Antilles


Happy Anniversary to the X-Wing Alliance Upgrade!!
On this date 20 years ago the XWAU released it's first big update. It was called The Rebel Fighter Patch.
The actual website was around for a little longer but this was the first XWAU milestone you could say.
Many talented people have contributed to the XWAU over the years and 20 years on we are still here!
Because this anniversary seemed too good to pass up the team put together this week of celebration. :D
All of the previews and more I have posted this week are now live and in the Downloads page for you to enjoy.


XWAUP: Crew Quarters Upgrade v1.1. Created by Ace Antilles
Taking on feedback from the first release I've updated this fun Upgrade with some minor changes.

Ace Azzameen (no relation) has done a little redecorating.
He discovered Olin Garn was playing a prank on him and had reprogrammed Emkay to help!
So he's now replaced the fake Dueling swords with the proper ones that were being hidden by the cheeky pair :D
Ace also obtained a new printer from Fleet Supplies. So he printed out new digital copies of the photographs of Lady Blue and Aeron.
Also he has given the Family Crest a clean and buff to give it a bit of a shine. Plus he hung it straight on the wall this time as it was a little crooked.




You can see more pictures and discuss this release on the Forum here.


The Imperial Star Destroyer II v2. Created by General Trageton and Driftwood.
Apart from the standard FG colours is also comes with an amazing custom Errant Venture flightgroup colour!



You can see more pictures in the Showcase section and discuss this release on the Forum here.


Effects V.1.1.4. From Blue Max

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The latest full stable release from Blue Max with more of his Virtual Reality improvements and wondrous effects.
Some of the new features in this release are:

* Fully-metric and distortion-free SteamVR mode.
* SteamVR Performance Improvements.
* Head Tracking in the Hangar and Concourse.
* Cockpit Shadows/Shadow Mapping.
* Reticle placement in VR.
* SteamVR Mirror Window.
* Wireframe targeting computer mode.
* POV Offsets.


You can see discuss this release on the Forum here.


The Victory II-class Star Destroyer v2. Created by General Trageton
The VSD2, like the VSD1 is a complete remake with a highly detailed model and completely revamped HD textures.



You can see more pictures in the Showcase section and discuss this release on the Forum here.


Shipyard. Created by Warb Null
Warb Null has created the perfect Station for a Starship assembly line.



You can see more pictures in the Showcase section and discuss this release on the Forum here.


New Team Member
I want to take this 20th Anniversary as the time for an unplanned announcement.
We welcome Rogue518 to the XWAU team as an honorary member and tester!
Rogue518 has stuck with us for 20 years. The full 20 years!

You can congratulate him on the Forum here


XWAU: 20 Years of Memories
Share with us your favourite memories of 20 years of the XWAU.
Please visit the forum topic here to join in.


THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Lastly the team wants to thank all of you. The gamers that keep visiting our little piece of Star Wars history.
Without your constant support and interest and encouragement then this project could have died long ago.
We have now a total of 4360 members. Obviously they aren't all active :lachtot: but we value every single one.
Thank you also to all the XWAU team members past and present that have helped our goal.
We have some great things in the pipeline still to come for you to enjoy in 2020!
Hopefully we will complete our goal before another 20 years have gone past. ;)
May The Force Be With You All!

You can discuss these releases on the Forum here.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Great new Effects coming from Blue Max Posted by Ace Antilles
Blue Max is our resident Virtual Reality expert and is always hard at work making amazing new effects to use in XWA.
You can now get Beta versions from the Downloads page when available. There's also a new XWA VR Help Forum section.

Here is a WIP preview look at the future cool Holographic Displays.

We now have Dynamic Cockpits for most of the main Rebel and Imperial Fighters but not all cockpits have room for lots of displays.
So this is where a Hologram HUD text display will be used. This is an early preview but it gives you an idea of how it will work.



You can discuss this preview on the Forum here.

Wireframe targeting computer mode
Many of you may have already tried this Beta feature but this and many more improvements will be available in v1.1.4.
Now you can get an almost retro gaming look to targeting your enemies. Also the individual components will flash to highlight them.



There are more details on all the Effects in the Forum here.


Imperial Star Destroyer II v2 Preview Posted by Ace Antilles
The XWAU Anniversary is coming tomorrow! Here's a last batch of previews for you.

The Imperial Star Destroyer II v2. Created by General Trageton and Driftwood.



The ISD2 has had a complete make over from a brand new very detailed model. General Trageton has also made a new Hangar for it too!
With the help of Ual002 and recent Hook improvements from JeremyaFr you can place it full of Imperial ships.



You can see more pictures and discuss this preview on the Forum here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Victory Star Destroyer II v2 Preview Posted by Ace Antilles
The XWAU Anniversary is getting closer! Here's another preview of a great new release coming later this week.

The Victory II-class Star Destroyer v2 Created by General Trageton



The VSD2 comes with a series of cool Flightgroup options. Including the very nice digital Tron option!



The Victory II-class Star Destroyer v2 will be released later in the week. You can see more pictures and discuss this preview on the Forum here.

Come back tomorrow for more anniversary previews!


XWAU: 20 Years of Memories Posted by Ace Antilles
The X-Wing Alliance Upgrade has been around for over 20 years now.
Yet here we are still making new fighters, stations, effects and more for a game that should be a forgotten part of the past!

I want to say a big thank you to Forceflow for continuing to host this website for all this time. Most XWA fan sites have long gone so for him to personally invest in keeping it alive for such a long time is appreciated by us all.

I thought it would be great time to hear from all you guys. :)
What is it that keeps you coming back to this vintage slice of gaming? Share some of your favourite memories and experiences of the XWAUP. What has been your favourite release so far and what do you wish to see released in the future?
Please visit the forum topic here here to join in.

20 years gone but we are getting there. Thank you to everyone for your constant support of this project and we hope we can continue bringing you more cool stuff to play with. :)

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