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Classic FOSS FPS 'Cube 2: Sauerbraten' sees the first release since 2013

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Cube 2: Sauerbraten lives again it seems! The classic free and open source first-person shooter, which combines old school gameplay with in-game map editing returns. For newer players: this is not another game based on old open source id Software tech though, as the engine supporting it is original and open source under the ZLIB license.

Going by their release history the 2020_11_29 edition is the first since early 2013. That is a long time for fans to wait for a new release. Pretty amazing to see it come back in such a huge way too, as this is not a small release. Oh no, it's a big one. Bringing with it tons of new maps (nearly 200!), it also has plenty of technical changes too.

It now uses the modern SDL 2, masses of bug fixes due to the time since the last release, chat names are now team coloured, there's optional HUDs for score / game clock and an ammobar, there's health bars for teammates, support for JPEG screenshots, lots of new textures and skyboxes, a revamped and more intelligent spawn system, various new server and user options you can tweak, improved water quality and the list goes on.

Pictured - Cube 2 with the newly included Genesis map.

If you've been after a free and fast first-person shooter to play with friends, Cube 2: Sauerbraten looks to be a really good choice. It performs ridiculously well and can run on some really low-end devices, and most importantly it's quite fun to run around in even with bots. Looking over the server list earlier, there's plenty of people playing it and with so many maps to choose from and multiple modes you're not going to get bored in a hurry.

You can grab it from the official site or Flathub.

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ObsidianBlk Nov 30, 2020
Sadly, I'm at work right this moment, but I'm definitely checking this out when I get home.
I tried out Cube2 years ago and thought it was pretty awesome. It's great to see it's not totally dead. Hopefully this is the beginning of more frequent updates.
Bloombery Nov 30, 2020
gustavoyaraujo Nov 30, 2020
I would like to see an update for Urban Terror as well, which is a decent counter strike like game.
YourPalMark Nov 30, 2020
My favourite game... this is very good news!
Samsai Nov 30, 2020
Fun fact: the first ever piece of Linux gaming content I posted was a crappy gameplay video of Sauerbraten I posted on YouTube. That channel and the video are long gone, but technically it was the starting point to me creating Linux gaming content on the Internet.

It's really neat to see it get an update all these years later. Along with Minecraft, it was one of the games I played most during my early years on Linux and I remember the times spent on Venice 27/7 instagib team servers fondly.
Craggles086 Dec 1, 2020
Quoting: gustavoyaraujoI would like to see an update for Urban Terror as well, which is a decent counter strike like game.
mao_dze_dun Dec 1, 2020
I've played way too many hours of instagib in this game, back in the day :)
Craggles086 Dec 1, 2020
Tried downloading it twice from official site
and download drops out before completion

Not sure if I blame SourceForge or something my end but makes me miss
not having a Torrent link.
ronnoc Dec 1, 2020
Quoting: Craggles086
Quoting: gustavoyaraujoI would like to see an update for Urban Terror as well, which is a decent counter strike like game.

They've been working - in one form or another = on updating UT for at least 8 or 9 years now. Sadly, not holding my breath.
Mezron Dec 1, 2020
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Cube 2 is a great game.
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