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Unvanquished, the free and open source shooter has a huge new release now out

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After being quiet for some time, the Unvanquished team is back and they have quite a lot to show off in the new release of their free and open source shooter.

This is their first new release since April 2016, so the amount that's changed is quite striking! Hopefully, this will be the start of regular release once again, since they used to do monthly releases a few years ago and it was fun to watch it grow.

To give everyone a good experience, they've made a fancy new launcher. It will update the game for you, give you a teaser of their latest news posts and obviously allow you to launch the game.

Works perfectly on Ubuntu!

They've also done a lot of tweaks to the gameplay. One of the major differences is that the drill and the leech buildings which give each team resources, now work on a global pool rather than being locked down to locations. Additionally, other buildings like turrets and others now depend on the power they provided, so you need to keep them safe.

When you hit an enemy, there's also now a hit marker so you know you hit them and how effective your weapon is. There's new graphical models, new sounds, lots of fixes to various maps, better AI behaviour for bots, many crash bugs were fixed and you get the idea. There's a lot that's new and improved and in my testing of it today it seemed to work really quite well.

See the full post here on the official site.

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morgancoxuk 10 December 2018 at 11:13 am UTC
Cool! Tremulous was one of the most fun games I have ever played (and free also..)

I'll be checking this out tonight
razing32 10 December 2018 at 5:28 pm UTC
So this is basically the FOSS version of Natural Selection 2 ?
Dragunov 11 December 2018 at 6:31 am UTC
Tremulous isn't dead, they are working on version 1.3 over at the , I played tremulous for years. It was an extremely fun game. Then the developers abandoned the game for while before another group eventually resumed development. A lot of people migrated over to the Unvanquished fork, Which is basically the same game, but I prefer to support the original project. I like the old name better too. I need to give it another try to see if its still as good as I remember.

I'm a little bit confused on why they forked in the first place. Why not just pick up development of tremulous?
As far as I know tremulous is open source too, and was much more widely known. Last I played it, the game was almost a carbon copy of tremulous anyway with slightly improved graphics.

Unvanquished is missing my favorite map too, ATCS

Edit: Appears has been hacked and they are working to get it back online at the moment.

Last edited by Dragunov on 11 December 2018 at 6:43 am UTC
Dolus 11 December 2018 at 9:36 am UTC
It pleases me to see this project is still alive.
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