First of all: Sorry for the delay of 0.45.0. It is more or less ready for release and has been for quite some time. Real life just caught up for raevol and Atahualpa, our release manager and release video producer respectively. We want each release to be seen and downloaded by as many people as possible, so it’s important to us to get the PR done right – and we all love the videos. As soon as they are done with the things occupying them, we will have our release ready for you.
Anyway, there is one thing we want to make official to you all. Those of you active on the forums might have already figured out that the long-term plan for TES3MP, the multiplayer fork of OpenMW, is to get it merged into OpenMW as an optional multiplayer feature of the engine. The multiplayer part will then probably be renamed to OpenMW-MP. When the merging is going to happen has not yet been decided, but a good guess is that work on TES3MP integration will probably start soon after OpenMW 1.0.0 has been released.
Multiplayer integration also means that a server side scripting system, like the one present in TES3MP, will eventually find its way into OpenMW. This is, of course, a huge undertaking, so it might take a while before we can release more details on how this system is going to work.
Anyway, since TES3MP is now officially a partner of OpenMW (and, internally, has been for quite some time), you’ll see more news posts regarding that project in the future. In the meantime, we highly recommend visiting the official TES3MP subreddit and TES3MP’s steam group.
The TES3MP news of the week is that TES3MP will soon have a macOS client! This has been much requested for a long time and will allow our dear Apple users to join the growing Morrowind multiplayer community. Already there: TES3MP now provides 32-bit builds on Windows for users of older operating systems or computers. You can download TES3MP here.
But what about news for regular OpenMW you ask? There has been a lot of work on our engine too. – But that is something to discuss in a future news post.
I’ll give you one thing though: Shadows are being reviewed and, after that, are going to be merged into the OpenMW master. Soon™ in a nightly near you!
See you again next week!
Greetings! We just want to inform you all that OpenMW version 0.45 is finally in RC phase, which means it will soon™ be released to you all.
One important thing, just so you don’t get too excited just yet: neither shadows nor recastnavigation (better AI pathfinding, basically) will be included in the release, even though we all hoped so before. Don’t get too sad though, because recastnavigation is actually merged in master. This means that you can try it out already today in the latest nightlies! The implementation of shadows is not merged yet however, and it is very hard to say exactly when it will get merged, but probably quite soon™. Some bugs take longer time than you might expect before they are solved.
So why were recastnavigation not included in 0.45 then? Basically, it is such a huge update that we need to test it thoroughly before it can get included in a stable release. The alternative would have been to delay the release of 0.45, but that release is so huge already that we still want to get it out for you all. If you do test the implementation of recastnavigation in a nightly, be sure to report any bugs you find!
Otherwise, have a little more patience and you’ll have a new OpenMW version soon.
Until next time!
Just a heads up to let everyone know that there might be some ‘downtime’ as we transition to new infrastructure. This will happen Sunday around 17:00 GMT and hopefully no one will notice a thing. If they do, they will notice something like: https://maintenance.openmw.org
Our longtime comrade, developer and infrastructure admin lgromanowski is stepping down due to time constraints and has asked me (psi29a) and pvdk to take over the reigns of keeping the lights on for OpenMW. Please join us in thanking him for all his hard work keeping things humming along, paying the bills for hosting and donating his time to the project. Thanks Lgro!
Update: Transition happened without a hitch. Thank you again Lgro!
We’d hope that this would go without saying, but sometimes it needs to be explicitly said… do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In other words, help us help you. We have a commitment to ourselves to try to help, where we can, to be kind and patient. We ask that also in return. This is our hobby too, our labor of love, be it OpenMW, TES3MP, MWSE… we all want to get along even if we disagree with each other. If we feel that our good will is being abused, then we’ll stop providing help, warn and eventually ban individuals who can’t follow the Golden Rule. This also includes those who troll other projects, for whatever reason.
We hereby invoke Wheaton’s Law.
The OpenMW Team
Version 0.7.0 of TES3MP, a fork of OpenMW that provides players with multiplayer experience, has been pre-released! Full details and download here. But in short, what’s so good about this? Well, for starters, here are a few new features to pique your interest:
– Custom spells, potions and enchantments can now be created through regular gameplay, and their details are sent to other players on a need-to-know basis, preventing unnecessary packet spam.
– Spells cast through items are now synchronized.
– On strike enchantments are now partially synchronized.
– Weather is now fully synchronized, with sudden transitions when teleporting to other areas and gradual transitions when walking across regions.
If you want to experience Morrowind with friends and strangers, come join us!