Every article tag can be clicked to get a list of all articles in that category. Every article tag also has an RSS feed! You can customize an RSS feed too!
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. See more here.

Jagged Alliance 2 game engine 'Stracciatella' has a big new release

By - | Views: 16,941

The community working to keep the classic Jagged Alliance 2 alive with the Stracciatella game engine have put out their first release in a few years.

With the Stracciatella project their aim is to provide good cross-platform support, improve stability, fix bugs and provide a stable platform for mod development. It's a noble aim, especially when it's an old game long left behind by the original teams and in this case the original developer and publisher no longer even exist.

Jagged Alliance 2 Stracciatella 0.17.0 went out on August 3 adding in:

  • A redesigned graphical launcher with more toggles, multiple mod support and the location of the main settings file (game.json)
  • Data files are now searched for in several places and more easily overriden
  • Several hardcoded values and assumptions are now externalized to json files for easy editing
  • Basic Wildfire and Night Ops support
  • Several new standalone optional mini-mods
  • The map editor now works out of the box, using bundled dummy graphics
  • Several smaller features like IMP import and better screen scaling options

Unlike other game engine reimplementations, this is not open source (more like "Source Available"?). It can't be compared directly with the likes of OpenMW for Morrowind or OpenRA for Red Alert/Command & Conquer. It's based on the original source code release by Strategy First Inc under their own Source Code License Agreement, and it also uses code from another developer who never put a license on their work so it's all a bit murky.

You can see the official site here and GitHub here.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
About the author -
author picture
I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly. Find me on Mastodon.
See more from me
The comments on this article are closed.

beko Aug 6, 2020
That's an awesome project bringing back one of the best games ever (IMHO) to life on Linux PC.

Did you know that JA2 featured a native Linux version back then already? It was ported by Tribsoft (afair the only title ever). Last time I checked it could still be played with some workarounds but Stracciatella is obviously the better choice today.

Shame what happened to this franchise. None of the following games cut it
beko Aug 6, 2020
Quoting: PatolaVery interesting facts, didn't know that. I am very interested in this franchise, can you expand a little why Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, Jagged Alliance: Crossfire and Jagged Alliance - Flashback don't cut it? If you were talking about Jagged Alliance Online: Reloaded I would understand better, since the servers have been just turned off and the game is thus unplayable today (like what happened with Shadowrun Chronicles ), but these games from the gameplays on youtube do not seem so bad, and the bad ratings mostly seem to be from people who disagree with some mechanics decisions.
Hard to put a finger on. Yes, game mechanic is a huge point. This is what happens when you change a turn based game wildly (also in art and style). And none of the follow ups brought back the flair and depth of the characters as players like me knew and loved their mercenaries. Unfinished Business was the last part I enjoyed.

It's what also killed M.A.X. back then.

This kind of games attracts a certain kind of players. This was understood for e.g. the XCOM series and while the game was streamlined it's still close to it's origins.

Things I enjoyed most:
* Audio (sound and voice was just awesome)
* tactical turn based with dices (like cover _may_ work)
* stealth/alarm mechanics
* unique characters and traits (they even sometimes didn't like each other xD)
* explore, upgrade and tinkering
* solid story
da_habakuk Aug 12, 2020
hm doesnt seem to work with the steam versions... always tells me data files not found :(
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on:

Reward Tiers: Patreon. Plain Donations: PayPal.

This ensures all of our main content remains totally free for everyone! Patreon supporters can also remove all adverts and sponsors! Supporting us helps bring good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!
The comments on this article are closed.