My idea with this conversion is that it might be a project that I may actually finish, instead of trying to make yet another full blown rpg or an epic freespace clone. I am using my home brew 3d engine to complete this (that I wrote for my freespace clone, which I never finished ). It's all being written in glorious C# with the help of OpenTK.
I just implemented the cook torrance lighting model in the game and I am on the way to do some of the initial game play. Already got movement and shooting covered but collision detection is missing. It would be nice if you were actually able to hit one of those nasty asteroids. I have not decided exactly on how I will handle the collision detection yet but I will either do simple sphere colliders as I have done in the past or some kind of mesh based detection for more accurate collisions.
I have attached screenshots of both the 3d and 2d versions to this post. As you can see I have quite a lot of work to do before I can match the visual quality of the old version. But at least the lighting will be dynamic and nice.
If you're interested in playing the regular RymdspeletHD then it is still available at www.rymdspelet.net