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Earlier this month, the Doomsday Engine which runs classic titles like Doom, Heretic and Hexen had a new release out.

The 2.1 release is the latest major build for the project after 2.0 last year and it features:

  • Graphics optimization - While games still use the classic renderer like in 2.0, all graphics are now drawn using OpenGL 3.3. This enables optimizations for more efficient rendering of the player view, menus, text, and the Doomsday UI.
  • UI improvements - The Doomsday UI look and feel has been refreshed. The game library is now more flexible and powerful with further game customization settings and view options.
  • Multiplayer convenience - Clients will automatically download missing PWADs from the server before joining the game.

I have to admit, I haven't followed this project at all. A shame too, since it seems really sweet. The UI it comes with is really slick and useful:

I've had no problems with it, seems to work really nicely and it's really easy to work with. Point it to a folder where you store your files, it will pick them up and instantly allow you to click and play—very nice indeed.

See more on the official site. The UI and engine is open source, you can find it on GitHub.

Hat tip to Le Gluon rose.

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legluondunet 22 Dec, 2018
Some screenshots of Heretic running with HD paks:

You can download HD packs for Heretic here:
and music HD here:

Last edited by legluondunet on 22 December 2018 at 3:29 pm UTC
kurp 25 Dec, 2018
But, hey, how it works exactly? You need to install Steam version using SteamPlay and than run this tool indicating installation folder, right?

Shame that Hexen and Heretic are still unavailable DRM-Free on GOG :(
Grimfist 6 years 25 Dec, 2018
Hmm never heard of that one, always used GZDoom for ages, actually played it today :D
Version 2.1 is already in AUR so I will try it out. Thanks for covering it.
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