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A fresh release of OpenMW, the open source game engine to play Morrowind has been released. There's not a huge amount of new features, but there's a lot of fixes.

Note: It's only a game engine, so it does require the original game. You can get a copy of Morrowind DRM free on GOG. It's perfectly acceptable to buy an old Windows title to run in an open source engine!

First, you can check out their release video:

New features:
  • Implemented water sound effects

  • Implemented light particles showing in inventory character preview

  • Implemented magic projectiles emitting light

  • Implemented NiSphericalCollider

There's also a few new features for the OpenMW-CS editor.

The main thing about this release is the staggering amount of bug fixes and general improvements, to make the game a better experience. I've heard it was already playable until the end, but having it as smooth and bug free as possible is also important.

See the release post here for more information.

I really hope once this is considered truly complete, that they can move onto Oblivion too, that would be even more awesome.

Thanks for the email rcrit!
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razing32 2 August 2017 at 10:46 am UTC
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Nice to hear.
But considering how much time it took for just Morrowind not sure if I would get my hopes up for other Bethesda titles.
Ivancillo 2 August 2017 at 11:14 am UTC
razing32Nice to hear.
But considering how much time it took for just Morrowind not sure if I would get my hopes up for other Bethesda titles.

Yeah.

There's no other Bethesda game that needs more a modern version than Oblivion.

Has many bugs and incompatibilities with modern machines/OS'es.
rudzha 2 August 2017 at 1:02 pm UTC
razing32Nice to hear.
But considering how much time it took for just Morrowind not sure if I would get my hopes up for other Bethesda titles.

Oblivion runs more or less on the same engine, with a bunch of strap-ons.
They wouldn't be starting from scratch.
razing32 2 August 2017 at 1:13 pm UTC
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rudzha
razing32Nice to hear.
But considering how much time it took for just Morrowind not sure if I would get my hopes up for other Bethesda titles.

Oblivion runs more or less on the same engine, with a bunch of strap-ons.
They wouldn't be starting from scratch.

Hmm , ok , then we might be seeing it as well . That would be cool.

Also , is "strap-ons" a correct term ? All that comes to mind is the sex toy....
Gonza565 2 August 2017 at 1:24 pm UTC
Looking good! I imagine it will get a lot more popular when there are graphical improvements / mods. Most Windows users are probably using the original engine so they can jack it up to look like (almost) a new game.
This Youtube channel has some tests with Oblivion & Skyrim.
razing32 2 August 2017 at 1:42 pm UTC
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Gonza565Looking good! I imagine it will get a lot more popular when there are graphical improvements / mods. Most Windows users are probably using the original engine so they can jack it up to look like (almost) a new game.
This Youtube channel has some tests with Oblivion & Skyrim.

Mods seem to already work.
Or am I missing something ?
hummer010 2 August 2017 at 4:37 pm UTC
razing32Mods seem to already work.
Or am I missing something ?

Depends on the mod.

https://wiki.openmw.org/index.php?title=Mod_status
razing32 2 August 2017 at 4:59 pm UTC
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hummer010
razing32Mods seem to already work.
Or am I missing something ?

Depends on the mod.

https://wiki.openmw.org/index.php?title=Mod_status

Oh i see.
My bad. The few ones I used worked without flaw so did not dig into overall status.
Gonza565 2 August 2017 at 5:55 pm UTC
razing32
hummer010
razing32Mods seem to already work.
Or am I missing something ?

Depends on the mod.

https://wiki.openmw.org/index.php?title=Mod_status

Oh i see.
My bad. The few ones I used worked without flaw so did not dig into overall status.
Yeah, I meant the mods that require Morrowind Graphics Extender, that can make it look really pretty.


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DMJC 3 August 2017 at 11:41 am UTC
A lot of support for Oblivion has already been experimented with, there's information here: OpenMW Oblivion experiments Officially the developers will not be merging any Oblivion code until after 1.0 is out. Anyone can of course fork and work on Oblivion support in the mean time. From what I gather the main issues are: SpeedTree support, Support for facial customisation/animation, and support for extended shaders which Morrowind didn't have. The archive format for Oblivion also needs to be implemented as well as any updates to scripting/AI code.


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