Warzog and the Privateer Reckoning team have released the latest version of the Freelancer Wing Commander mod. It's looking better than ever. The shot featuring the carrier hanging in space below is just gorgeous. You do need the full retail Freelancer and the Freelancer Mod Manager program, which you can download here. Don't forget to disable your other mods when you load up The Reckoning.
The mod files clock in at about 27 megabytes. That package can be found here.
The past 24 hours have been a great time for Clive Owen, who is best known in WC circles as Ser Lev Arris from Privateer 2. He has not only been awarded a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in recognition of his performance in Closer, but has also been nominated for the best supporting actor award at next month's Bafta film awards. He also stands a good chance of being nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar. All that isn't bad for a guy who eight years ago spent all of his time hanging around Sinners Inn.
The Baftas will be awarded on February 12. The BBC has a good write-up about Owen. They also comment that his recent success will improve his chances of becoming the next James Bond.
The latest news regarding EA's moves in the football gaming industry came out this morning. Not content to simply strip away the NFL license from competitor Sega ESPN NFL 2K5, they have now licensed the use of the ESPN brand for fifteen years in all relevant areas. In gaming time, fifteen years is an eternity. They already outfoxed Sega last year by snapping up ESPN tv deals while Sega games carried the ESPN branding. All of this would seem to give EA the ability to price football and other sports games at will moving into the next console generation in 2006.
"This relationship was created to benefit consumers who are passionate about sports games," said Larry Probst, Electronic Arts Chairman and CEO. "EA SPORTS recreates the real life experience fans enjoy while watching or playing their favorite sport; while ESPN programming captures the look, sound and excitement of the sports they follow. Together, we believe we can significantly grow the interactive sports category."