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Diablo is a classic and it can live on forever thanks to open source. Freeablo is a cross-platform free and open source game engine and it just had a massive update.

Not to be confused with Devilution and devilutionX, which are reverse engineered and walk a pretty iffy legal line. Freeablo, instead, is an original GPL licensed re-implementation for getting Diablo running on modern platforms. Think of it like OpenMW for Morrowind and openXcom for X-COM.

What's new in Freeablo v0.4? A huge amount including: multiplayer, save/load, monster attack animations, melee combat, town NPCs, a dialogue system, player inventory and much much more—it's getting into a much more playable state. Check out the release trailer for Freeablo 0.4:

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It needs the original data files like other open source re-implementations, you can pick up a copy of Diablo from GOG.com for that. This release actually adds support for the GOG version too!

See the announcement here, and the GitHub page here.

Hat tip to Lightkey.

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4 comments

Dedale 7 March 2020 at 10:12 pm UTC
It sounds promising. I find touching all the efforts to maintain cherished old games. That and the scene behind older computers.


Last edited by Dedale on 7 March 2020 at 10:12 pm UTC
Cimeryd 7 March 2020 at 11:08 pm UTC
Sounds nice,and it makes me realize that this is what we need done to Warcraft 3. Reforged retroactively screwed people who had the old game, now we need a community driven engine pulling assets from game discs.
Botonoski 8 March 2020 at 1:19 am UTC
I imagine this port will likely become the preferred one once the features exceed devilutionx.
legluondunet 8 March 2020 at 9:47 am UTC
I just downloaded it (there is a 0.4 Linux packaged available on their official site) and launch it:
- no sound
- no credits (not very important)
- no options
- no video intro
...
I will see if I obtain better results compiling Freeablo myself.
But for the moment we are far to obtain DevilutionX or Tchernobog(+wine) game experience.
It's good to have another free Diablo engine project, this one is promising, let's see...


Last edited by legluondunet on 8 March 2020 at 4:37 pm UTC
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