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Free and open source racer SuperTuxKart has a big 1.2 release out

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The classic FLOSS racing game returns with more enhancements, as SuperTuxKart now has the 1.2 release officially available. Here's a run over the highlights and what's new.

Part of the good news here, is that online play remains compatible with the previous version so people not rushing out to upgrade won't see major issues. One of the major new features is improved gamepad support, as they're now using SDL 2 for it which means hotplugging is supported, easier remapping and most of their previous issues should be gone. It's quite essential for such a racing game so good to see it in.

On top of that there's a new UI theme named "Cartoon" you can find in the Interface menu, previously known as the Modern skin which we showed off in a previous article:

Also new camera settings, an improved online ranking system, some improved Karts, better addon support for online play, support for IPv6 LAN servers, improved server creation speed and performance, a better tutorial, support for SVG icons, team chat for team games and lots of other miscellaneous small improvements.

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They're also talking about what's coming next which includes a continued effort to improve the polish and user experience as a whole. However, after that they're going into a bigger overhaul with a 2.0 release serious with plans for overhauled tracks and a lot more.

Oh, they also dropped a little nugget in the release post that Vulkan support is planned for a future release along with more improvements to their rendering.

Find where to download it here.

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5 comments

Fredrik 28 Aug
Nice! 10 more years and it will look like a tripple A title.
xavi 28 Aug
Quoting: FredrikNice! 10 more years and it will look like a tripple A title.

In 10 years you will not play any of the triple A games you are playing now. SuperTuxKart will continue its slow improvement for the generations to come.


Last edited by xavi on 28 August 2020 at 8:32 pm UTC
GustyGhost 29 Aug
Super Tux Kart is one of the better works proving that free and open games do not have to look like home made amateur projects.
SDL 2 really gets around, huh? Seems like it's become a really important project when it comes to making a bunch of stuff work easily on Linux.
Still only 1.1 in Ubuntu Software (i.e. "the Snap Store")... It's strange that it's taken them so long, because usually Snap updates come out pretty quickly in my experience (it's part of the reason I usually use Snaps over "traditional" packages).

Hopefully they push the update out soon though.


Last edited by Cyba.Cowboy on 1 September 2020 at 5:45 am UTC
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