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Red Eclipse 2 is a revamp of the classic free arena shooter coming to Steam

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I will admit this is quite a surprise, Red Eclipse is a first-person shooter I haven't seen mentioned in a long time and it seems they're closing in on a big revamped release with Red Eclipse 2.

A classic free and open source shooter, Red Eclipse hasn't seen a released update since 1.6 back in December of 2017. Two years later, they're launching the massive upgrade for it free on Steam. Not a simple update either, they've completely changed the rendering engine to bring in Tesseract so they can support more advanced graphical features.

Plenty more than just an upgraded rendering engine as they've built a new interface, new maps, gameplay mode adjustments and a whole lot more you can read about here.

Feature Highlight:

  • A completely free arena shooter. No fees, no microtransactions.
  • Fun for everyone, young and old, noob or expert.
  • Cross platform across Linux, macOS and Windows.
  • Parkour, impulse boosts, dashing, and other tricks.
  • A huge amount of mutators and game altering variables.
  • Create maps with other players in realtime co-op edit.

It remains open source too, so anyone can check it out and contribute towards making it better.

Want an early copy to play and help test? Good news, we have a bunch of keys to throw at you provided by the developer! This is your chance to help make this shooter have a great release.

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You can follow it on Steam for release on December 19. You can also try it now with the older classic version on the official site. You can also join their Discord Channel to chat with the developers and community.

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BielFPs 11 November 2019 at 11:15 am UTC
I hope they're also thinking in make a Vulkan version. It would be nice to have an open source fps using vulkan api, so it might encourage the community to improve it.
dvd 11 November 2019 at 11:46 am UTC
I tried it few years ago, it was quite fun. The only downside was the lack of players as most other online libre games.
Julius 11 November 2019 at 4:23 pm UTC
I think that screenshot (and the video on the Steam page) is still from the old version. On their forums they have some newer screenshots. I guess it will not look totally different (as playermodels for example are unchanged), but it does seem to look better than in that screenshot now.
Gobo 11 November 2019 at 4:26 pm UTC
BielFPsI hope they're also thinking in make a Vulkan version. It would be nice to have an open source fps using vulkan api, so it might encourage the community to improve it.

vkQuake was one of the first open source implementations I know of. Just grab the shareware episode of quake and you're good to go on your testing.

It's a pitty Red Eclipse 2 throws players into parcour maps that don't let them test and improve their skills but instead block them from the fun by an insurmountable challenge right from the start.


Last edited by Gobo on 11 November 2019 at 4:48 pm UTC
riidom 11 November 2019 at 6:33 pm UTC
JuliusI think that screenshot (and the video on the Steam page) is still from the old version.
Yes definitely - I see my old character in the video
Seriously thinking about giving it a try again.. but then, I'm not getting any younger and faster, and I left because community. Though, other people age too and maybe get more mature so... it may be less toxic nowadays.
ElectricPrism 11 November 2019 at 7:53 pm UTC
This is exciting, getting the game into as many hands as possible is always great news for open source games.
Julius 11 November 2019 at 8:02 pm UTC
Anyone else has strange sound issues? On my Solus installation sounds are kind of muted and often don't play as if there was a problem with limited simultaneous samples or something like that. Just me being stupid

Also I really dislike that the default parkour button is "q" instead "left-shift".


Last edited by Julius on 11 November 2019 at 8:42 pm UTC
RafiLinux 11 November 2019 at 8:07 pm UTC
I'm down for some of that! Pass that key, please!
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You know, the article thumbnail reminded me of C&C: Renegade. We could use a new one of those.
Thetargos 12 November 2019 at 3:26 am UTC
Nice! Oh the memories!

I wanted to give it a try, but for some reason it does not run for me without any indication as why (literally no console output whatsoever) , oh well, guess I'll wait for an update.
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