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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri gets an in-development open source remake

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Seems like another classic is getting revived with the power of open source. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri from 1999 has a remake in progress called GLSMAC. All unofficial, like most open source reimplementations and it's early days for the project but it's showing a lot of promise.

Their plan is to use the original data files, just like other open source remakes (OpenMW for Morrowind for example), while it's a full rework of the graphics engine, networking and pretty much everything else. So plenty will be a bit different like the random map generation, AI and so on while they try to keep it similar to the original logic they are creating the code from scratch.

According to their roadmap they're at stage v0.2+ so they still have quite some ways to go:

  • v0.1: fundamental engine functions, such as: rendering, UI, netcode, sound system

  • v0.2: basic map functions, such as: tiles, mapgen, creating/saving/loading games, map rendering

  • v0.3: basic multiplayer: ability to host and join games, lobby, save/load games with same players. multiplayer support will be maintained during further steps from now on

  • v0.4: game processing, such as: game turns, units (only scout patrols, formers and colony pods), buildings (only recycling tanks), technologies (only centauri ecology), building of bases (only land bases), terraforming (only farms, mines and solar arrays), unit combat, victory by conquest

  • v0.5: all remaining SMAC units, buildings, terraformings, technologies, etc

  • v0.6: all remaining victory types

  • v0.7: AI (computer opponents, cities automation, units automation, etc) and diplomacy

  • v0.8: alien lifeforms, ecology

  • v0.9: all remaining in-game UI, including game settings

  • v0.10: non-crucial things like movies, interludes, dynamic music

  • v0.11: final polishing and bugfixing

Looking forward to watching this one grow, Alpha Centauri was absolutely one of my favourites. I remember spending so many hours playing it through.

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri can be picked up with the Alien Crossfire expansion on GOG.com. You can follow the remake project on GitHub.

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alka.setzer Sep 12, 2023
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: NodFun fact. This game was ported to Linux by Loki in 2000. I am a proud owner of the box set and played it at the time.
Yup. Likewise. Not that I can get it to work these days.

There is a docker container just for launching old loki games here: https://github.com/lutris/asgard/

Although not on the list smac(x) works.
neolith Sep 12, 2023
Aw man – there goes my free time!
I think I still have the original CD somewhere...
Purple Library Guy Sep 12, 2023
Quoting: alka.setzer
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: NodFun fact. This game was ported to Linux by Loki in 2000. I am a proud owner of the box set and played it at the time.
Yup. Likewise. Not that I can get it to work these days.

There is a docker container just for launching old loki games here: https://github.com/lutris/asgard/

Although not on the list smac(x) works.
Oh, cool. I should give that a whirl.
eldarion Sep 13, 2023
Quoting: apocalyptech
Quoting: eldarionA pitty they will work on multiplayer before all single player features.

I don't really care about multiplayer myself, either, but for a feature like that, it is extremely useful from a development perspective to bake it in as close to the beginning as possible, rather than trying to add it in after the fact. That way you don't discover right near the end that you've made some fundamental assumptions early on which make implementation that much more difficult, etc. IMO it's a good idea to be doing it so early.

As a software developer myself, I can say it goes both ways. You can reach to a point where you find out you have to change the multiplayer stack because there is a feature on a latter stage of the development that you were not counting on.
eldarion Sep 13, 2023
Quoting: Purple Library GuyHurrah! I've been wanting something like this forever!
Be worth it just to have mousewheel zoom.

That is already possible with the Thinker patch for SMACX.

https://github.com/induktio/thinker
Nod Sep 14, 2023
Quoting: Purple Library GuyOh, cool. I should give that a whirl.

Likewise, never knew this existed. I'll have to search for those disks now to give it a try.
Siinamon Sep 17, 2023
Oh my goodness, this is amazing news!
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