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Open source Morrowind game engine OpenMW 0.44 released

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For those wanting to play Morrowind on Linux, the latest version of the open source game engine OpenMW is out with a new spell search bar and more. 

A spell search bar will certainly be handy, but that's not all. The launcher now has an advanced settings tab, they added the option for fast travel services to change every companion, you can have multiple quick saves (very handy), an option to re-balance soul gem values based only on soul value, not soul times gem value and the OpenMW-CS (the editor) also gained multiple new features. There's also 87 noted bugs that were fixed, so it should be much more stable.

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You can also see the OpenMW-CS release video here.

If you're grabbing this release from their pre-built Linux binaries, you will need Qt4 and libpng12 installed. Download instructions can be found on their official site or on the GitHub announcement.

As a reminder, it does require you own a copy of Morrowind as it needs the data files. You can easily grab a copy from GOG.

Honestly, I'm still amazed projects like this exist. Happy it exists, because Morrowind is a game I never got to finish and I did absolutely love it. Kudos to everyone working on OpenMW.

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hardpenguin 30 July 2018 at 6:28 am UTC
GuestSince it's not in the Debian Stretch repositories (gotta wait for Debian 10), I decided to install it via flatpak. I was happy when I found out it was the newest version. I hope they keep it up to date.

While I was on Debian 8 a while back I compiled it from source. That was a headache that I don't want to go through again.
You can easily download distro-agnostic binary release from their releases page, listed as "Other Linux" on their downloads page.


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crt0mega 30 July 2018 at 9:44 am UTC
Nice. I hope TES3MP is going to make progress, too.
slaapliedje 30 July 2018 at 5:16 pm UTC
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GuestSince it's not in the Debian Stretch repositories (gotta wait for Debian 10), I decided to install it via flatpak. I was happy when I found out it was the newest version. I hope they keep it up to date.

While I was on Debian 8 a while back I compiled it from source. That was a headache that I don't want to go through again.
You can easily download distro-agnostic binary release from their releases page, listed as "Other Linux" on their downloads page.

I know. I was actually going to download that until I found the flatpak package on flathub.

I thought about it for a minute then decided that the flatpak package would be easier for me to keep updated I guess.

I'm just curious why it hasn't been backported to Debian 9. I'm kinda surprised by that.
You can either give it time or request it get into backports.

Oh, just checked, it isn't in Stretch at all. If you are knowledgeable enough, why not run Testing/Buster? (It generally is still more stable than Fedora).
Joeyboots80 30 July 2018 at 6:25 pm UTC
I like how this is shaping up.
Avehicle7887 30 July 2018 at 7:45 pm UTC
Glad this project is still going, Morrowind is my fav TES game, Skyrim coming in second. Looking forward to 1.0
TheRiddick 31 July 2018 at 12:29 am UTC
it would look pretty good if they added selective tessellation and real time soft+shadows. Maybe one day.
Eike 31 July 2018 at 7:07 am UTC
GuestI'm just curious why it hasn't been backported to Debian 9. I'm kinda surprised by that.

The article says it depends on QT4, but that is being removed from Debian. So as long as OpenMW doesn't switch, I wouldn't expect it to be contained in Debian anymore.
slaapliedje 31 July 2018 at 7:25 am UTC
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GuestI'm just curious why it hasn't been backported to Debian 9. I'm kinda surprised by that.

The article says it depends on QT4, but that is being removed from Debian. So as long as OpenMW doesn't switch, I wouldn't expect it to be contained in Debian anymore.

While that wouldn't matter for Debian 9 anyhow (since Debian isn't going to remove Qt4 from Stretch, but future releases) it looks like the current packages for openmw in Debian are dependent on libqt5.
Dunc 31 July 2018 at 2:43 pm UTC
TheRiddickit would look pretty good if they added selective tessellation and real time soft+shadows. Maybe one day.
I was actually thinking about this while watching the video. Obviously getting the engine working correctly is the priority, but as long as running the original with mods provides a better experience, interest is going to be limited to open-source obsessives like ourselves. To be fair, I think the devs recognise this: they did have shadows at one point, but removed them due (as far as I recall) to bugs. It's on their to-do list, but quite far down I think.
razing32 31 July 2018 at 5:37 pm UTC
I'm curios. Wasn't the same engine used for Oblivion ?
Could OpenMW theoretically run that as well with minor alterations ? OR would it need a huge overhaul ?

Still , cool this project is still going. Even if I did not play it at the time it came out , this one seems to be the Elder Scrolls game with the most depth.
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