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A new OpenRA release adds the full Harkonnen campaign for Dune 2000 and more

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OpenRA [Official Site], the fantastic open source game engine for classic Westwood strategy games has its first full release this year. When reading what's changed, you might be thinking this is some kind of Déjà vu, that's because we covered the test release from January as well.

The developers say a large part of this development cycle was for "modernizing core parts of the engine and game code to support the work-in-progress Tiberian Sun mod". I'm sure this will excite a number of you, as we've been waiting on Tiberian Sun support for some time now.

Here's the highlights of this new full release:

  • The full Harkonnen campaign in D2K
  • Refinements and improvements to several campaign missions in Red Alert and Tiberian Dawn
  • A fix for the AI cheating when it uses superweapons and support powers
  • Several other changes that should improve the AI behaviour and performance
  • New lobby options to disable bounty, build radius, and re-packing Construction Yards
  • Further improvements to memory usage and performance
  • The main menu and server browser will notify you if a new release is available
  • The server browser shows the name/faction/team of connected players

There's more, so be sure to see the release notes. Go ahead and download it, it's really fun.

This is all possible thanks to EA releasing the classic titles as freeware back in 2008.

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stretch611 18 February 2018 at 9:53 pm UTC
I forget, is OpenRA one of the titles that require access to graphical assets?
liamdawe 18 February 2018 at 9:58 pm UTC
stretch611I forget, is OpenRA one of the titles that require access to graphical assets?
It downloads it for you when you load it (they're freeware)
qptain Nemo 19 February 2018 at 7:06 am UTC
Which titles has EA released as freeware? I'm trying to find information on that and can only find mentions of the original Command & Conquer, Tiberian Sun and Red Alert.

After some more research, looks like those three games are it: C&C Tiberian Sun, C&C: Tiberian Dawn and C&C: Red Alert. The presence of Dune 2000 assets would appear to be legally dubious but at least it also seems like that title might be in a bit of legal limbo and not fully owned by EA and thus probably safe from any pursuit.


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IDNO 19 February 2018 at 2:08 pm UTC
!!!! tiberian sun support PLZ i have like waited like since they announced it. Cuz i was by the ones asking for tiberian sun for OpenRA at first time. I got many likes, but i forgot login / password but its like almost 6 years. (,Btw i did the account to just do that comment.)
Whitewolfe80 20 February 2018 at 12:09 am UTC
qptain NemoWhich titles has EA released as freeware? I'm trying to find information on that and can only find mentions of the original Command & Conquer, Tiberian Sun and Red Alert.

After some more research, looks like those three games are it: C&C Tiberian Sun, C&C: Tiberian Dawn and C&C: Red Alert. The presence of Dune 2000 assets would appear to be legally dubious but at least it also seems like that title might be in a bit of legal limbo and not fully owned by EA and thus probably safe from any pursuit.

download the grunt mods dune 2000 it has the full files that open ra can use and its free just google it
jordicoma 20 February 2018 at 7:34 am UTC
It's a great news, but I would like to start to see some support for RedAlert 2.
I have great memories on RA2.
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