The 1993 MS-DOS classic Star Wars: X-Wing is getting a major facelift thanks to a new mod that's in development, which updates the original game to include features from the Unity 3D game engine, in an impressive peice of re-mastering.
We're not entirely sure how the team are achieving this, presumably they're doing this by using The Force or something, but the results are more than impressive. The mod's lead author, David Esparza Gurrero, is working with a team of mod authors and programmers to introduce overhauled graphics, and new 3D elements to the game.
The video below shows some prototype gameplay of the original X-Wing game, enhanced by features from the Unity 3D game engine, with impressive hyperspace sequences, awesome space dust effects, some nice glow from the engine and sun flares, as well as much higher detail in ship models, animations on turrets, and an entire overhaul of enemy AI.
Many older fans of Star Wars games will remember X-Wing, a game that harkens back to the old MS-DOS days, and a time when LucasArts could do no wrong. Many fans were quick to point out, however, that recent Star Wars mods and fan games have come under fire from Disney, who are quite protective of their intellectual property, and fear this mod may face the same wrath.
The mod author addressed these concerns with the following quote over on their official Mode page;
The mod will require the player to own and have installation of the original Star Wars: X-Wing game, or have the GOG or Steam versions of X-Wing Special Edition (either the 1993 floppy, the 1994 CD, and/or 1998 Windows edition). XWVM neither contains nor distributes any copyrighted material. All game resource files (missions, voiceovers, SFX, iMUSE automaton, etc) are loaded from the player’s copy of the original game, or are original creations of our team, where the original resources are considered inadequate for today’s standards.
This doesn't mean that Disney will leave the project alone, but by taking the best possible approach to the implementation of the mod, it does reduce the possibility of legal action. Given the popularity of X-Wing, and the huge interest in the mod, we can only hope that Disney see the wisdom in leaving this one well enough alone.
Do you remember X-Wing, and are you excited to give this new re-mastered update a try? Let us know in the comments below!
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