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Morrowind lives on with a major new OpenMW release out

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Morrowind is a much loved RPG classic and thanks to open source it continues living on modern platforms with OpenMW. The team behind OpenMW just release version 0.46 and it's one of the biggest updates ever.

We've been waiting on this one for what feels like forever, especially as it finally brings in real-time shadows making it look a whole lot better. There's plenty of other changes both big and small and it continues be a very impressive game engine recreation. Modding even got improvements to the point that some previously unplayable mods should now work.

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Major new features:

  • Improved navigation mesh-based AI pathfinding system
  • Native weapon and shield sheathing support
  • Support for NiPalette, NiRollController, NiTriStrips and NiSwitchNode NIF records
  • Native seamless container open/close animations support
  • Real-time shadows
  • Support for loading the compressed BSA format from Oblivion, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas and 2011 Skyrim games
  • Native graphic herbalism support
  • Support for custom attachment bones for different weapon types and custom bones in general
  • Support for unique animations for different weapon types
  • Environment-mapped bump-mapping support

Masses of improvements elsewhere too. Gamepad input should feel better and it by default matches the Xbox version of Morrowind, sensible default config values to get going quicker, multiple projectiles can be enchanted at once, you can invert the X axis if needed now, tons of UI improvements, enchanted arrows correctly glow now, distant terrain settings and much more.

As you do need the Morrowind data files to play it, you do need a copy. You can pick up a copy of Morrowind easily from GOG.com.

For OpenMW itself you can grab it from the official site.

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nate 16 Jun
Congratulations to the OpenMW team! Awesome work. Another massive step forward for the project. Hopefully OpenMW can become to the RPG modding community what GZDoom is for retro FPS modders.
slapin 16 Jun
Have they made it easier to build, like docker container or script to get dependencies?
They depend on very fresh versions of some stuff...
razing32 17 Jun
Quoting: crt0mega
Quoting: Liam DaweSupport for loading the compressed BSA format from Oblivion, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas and 2011 Skyrim games

I think even before this i saw a video of them loading a Fallout 3 map and walking their MW character in the capitol ruins.
grigi 19 Jun
Quoting: NezchanSo I'm curious, as someone who's not really familiar with the OpenMW project. Is the goal here to make an engine that recreates the original Morrowind, or one that's actually an improvement on it in a kind of "Morrowind, but better" sense?

I just installed OpenMW 0.46, and set up some recommended mods for it.
And WOW, it is really so nice.

It's Morrowind, but less glitches, and runs REALLY WELL.
Shadows, texture packs + normal mapping, nice water, tamriel rebuilt, etc...
Runs smoothly at 1600x900 on an old skylake notebook iGP.

It was "better" than Morrowind for years, but I'd say its approaching "better" than the Morrowind + all the binary mods.
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