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Open source Morrowind game engine OpenMW has a new release up

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Time for another adventure? OpenMW, the free and open source game engine for Morrowind just had a brand new release. Do note, this release does not include the long-awaited Shadows implementation.

There's various AI improvements, shader water is rougher during bad weather, more options in the launcher, 360° screenshot support, you can now deal critical hits to unaware enemies with ranged weapons, performance improvements, multiple issues with spell-casting fixed for scripted events, hit detection improvements and so on. Of course it also includes tons of bug fixes, solving around 200 issues. See more on the OpenMW website.

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Constantly amazed by this, once shadows are in I will be personally giving it a play through. This is why I love the open source community making game engines like this, so many games I didn't get a chance to finish when I was younger that I can now. It's not just that though, some games don't age well so getting them improved in this way is fantastic.

It does need a copy of Morrowind to play, you can find it any time on GOG and Steam. However, right now it's also free to grab from Bethesda using the code "TES25TH-MORROWIND" until March 31st.

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psi29a 28 March 2019 at 4:52 pm UTC
The next big features for 0.46 are: shadows and navmesh navigation

If you want to help us test these features (and more), feel free to grab one of our dailies:
https://launchpad.net/~openmw/+archive/ubuntu/openmw-daily

Keep in mind, these are built from master so things are still in development. If you see anything you see as suspicious or downright bugging, be sure to report it to us so we can track it and fix it!
https://gitlab.com/OpenMW/openmw/issues

Enjoy!

PS: on our forums are links to MacOS and Windows dailies as well.
Scoopta 28 March 2019 at 4:57 pm UTC
I really want a project like this for Skyrim.
psi29a 28 March 2019 at 5:05 pm UTC
ScooptaI really want a project like this for Skyrim.

That's what OpenMW is shooting for... have a read from one of our recent blog posts:
https://openmw.org/2019/followers-of-shadows/

If you're still not convinced... then head to the forums and look at the youtube links showing OpenMW running (bits of) Oblivion, Skyrim and Fallout3.

https://forum.openmw.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3017&start=280#p62043

There is still more work to do, so obviously many hands makes small work. Join us! Let's make this happen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWPAGuPsQ4A <-- OpenMW's Whiterun


Last edited by psi29a at 28 March 2019 at 5:08 pm UTC
Krogan86 28 March 2019 at 5:23 pm UTC
Elder scrolls online also works with Proton/SteamPlay the performances are great.
Dedale 28 March 2019 at 5:44 pm UTC
I must say i am extremely impressed. And charmed too. Such a wonderful dedication ! And Whiterun !

I am sorry i do not have the time to offer help but please accept my kudos !
Scoopta 28 March 2019 at 6:01 pm UTC
psi29a
ScooptaI really want a project like this for Skyrim.

That's what OpenMW is shooting for... have a read from one of our recent blog posts:
https://openmw.org/2019/followers-of-shadows/

If you're still not convinced... then head to the forums and look at the youtube links showing OpenMW running (bits of) Oblivion, Skyrim and Fallout3.

https://forum.openmw.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3017&start=280#p62043

There is still more work to do, so obviously many hands makes small work. Join us! Let's make this happen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWPAGuPsQ4A <-- OpenMW's Whiterun
Tbh I don't do C++ otherwise I'd love to. That language is like demon spawn haha. Just my opinion.
legluondunet 28 March 2019 at 6:05 pm UTC
Quoteright now it's also free to grab from Bethesda using the code "TES25TH-MORROWIND" until March 31st.

And you have to install the "Betheeda Launcher"...no thanks, I prefer to use the Gog version, without installer.
Uplay, Origin, Epic...to much games clients that are not Linux compatible.
jury 28 March 2019 at 6:59 pm UTC
My first contact with Elder Scrolls series was Morrowind through OpenMW 3 years ago. Great engine!
liamdawe 28 March 2019 at 7:34 pm UTC
legluondunet
Quoteright now it's also free to grab from Bethesda using the code "TES25TH-MORROWIND" until March 31st.

And you have to install the "Betheeda Launcher"...no thanks, I prefer to use the Gog version, without installer.
Uplay, Origin, Epic...to much games clients that are not Linux compatible.
The method really doesnt matter for things like this.
qptain Nemo 28 March 2019 at 8:09 pm UTC
Is there yet an option to disable the bright bleak distance fog? It can be a beautiful effect when done right but I absolutely can't stand how it looks in Morrowind.
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