Highlights in this release include integration of the FGCom voice communications client within the simulator, improved terrain rendering, faster scenery loading, and improved usability. This release also coincides with the release of FlightGear World Scenery 2.0 – massively improved scenery data covering the entirety of the planet and incorporating OpenStreetMap roads and detailed terrain information from a variety of sources.
Also interesting is the “Bombable” add-on, which adds combat mechanics:
Lots of great new features and especially multiplayer games should be now much easier to do with hosting improvements and a lobby for browsing available games.
Another open-source RTS engine (using Mono/C# though) has also released a new version: OpenRA. Currently it is still geared toward running an assortment of older Command & Conquer based games, so you need to own these for the data. But this release adds lua scripting for the creation of custom missions, so maybe someone will come up with a libre game to run on this engine.
Not only from the clutches of Ganondorf, but also from the dominion of proprietary software. All thanks to the magnificent Solarus Engine, a GPLed, SDL-based, 2D action RPG engine. This amazing project aims to provide a stable and easily customizable platform for users to create their own Zelda-like games, and so far, I must say, I am darn impressed by what I’ve seen. The engine already has two incredible launching titles, named The Legend of Zelda: Mystery of Solarus DX, and a parody of the former, Mystery of Solarus XD. Both are true love letters to the classic SNES RPG, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and amazing and enjoyable games on their own.
Mystery of Solarus DX
But hark, the mere words of a mortal make no justice to the grandiosity of this undertaking. Sheathe thy sword, get thy green cap and ready yourself to adventure! You can start by marching straight to the Solarus download section, or, if your intentions are more creative, you can check the various sources here, and the quest editor here.
Code License: GPLv3 Mystery of Solarus DX Artwork License: Mixed (original Solarus assets under CC-BY-SA, but the game also uses spritework taken directly the A Link to the Past rom)
Boson X is a simple time-waster gamey-thing, which has been making quiteafuror in the indie game world. Turns out it’s not only available gratis, but it’s also Free Software. It’s quite a challenging little game, but oh, if only particle physics were this easy. So if you want to experience all of the thrill of being on the edge of a scientific breakthrough with none of the insane amounts of reading and complex calculations (and actual breakthroughs), give it a try.
I wish actual science was more like this
The source for the engine is available here under the MIT license. The game itself is completely scripted in lua, so will find all of the required data inside the game package itself. Spread it, port it, package it, but remember all of the artwork as well as the brand name are copyrighted.
[Edit by Charlie] Boson X is not related to Boson, the FOSS RTS. Sadly that project has not been updated since 2006.
Game development appears to be getting more and more of a foot in the door at free software conferences, so I encourage people working on open games to apply as speakers at conferences, talking about technical and social aspects of free, open source game development project leadership and contribution. (Not just at FOSS events, why not at general game dev events as well?)
If you have any relevant talks from recent events to point out, please do so in the comments!
If you follow our planet, this is no news, but the recent advances in graphics, networking a other stuff from SuperTuxKart are quite nice. This is basically a result of them being accepted to this years Google Summer of Code.
Not showing most of the new features yet is this nice video featuring the mascot of OpenGameArt.org as a new player character:
But their blog has many interesting technical details (and other screenshots + videos) to show off the new features.
The self described open-source rogue-like survivalcraft / driving game in a sci-fi zombie apocalypse has successfully reached its goal on Kickstarter, and one of the developers will now be able to work on it full-time for a few months to implement for example a back-end for proper graphics.
But see and hear about it yourself:
The first stretch-goal is close too, with 12 days remaining to pledge money towards this cool project.
Here is a nice (but slightly older) game-play video for those not having played Xonotic yet:
Changes are quite extensive compared to the last official release… most notably an extensive update the the CTF mode, some neat additional features for competitive gaming and an assortment of great new maps.
New maps in Xonotic 0.7
On the technical side of things, the engine DarkPlaces got quite a few performance improvements (mainly due to the fact that the creator now works at Valve software and thus has direct access to Nvidia’s and AMD’s graphics hardware divisions) and that an all new script compiler is now in use. That it runs on SDL 2.0 might also increase it’s usability a lot for some. There are also finally an animation bending feature for the player-models and creation of new characters has never been easier now that the iqm format is used.