Main Features

Fully integrated per pixel lighting and shadowing technology (diffuse, normalmapping, specular lighting, with shadowmaps or shadow volumes supported), lightmapping and deluxemapping (directional shading for lightmaps, supporting full normalmap and specular features), and a variety of material effects fully integrated in one shader system that deals with all situations.
Variety of file formats supported (Quake1 and Quake3 file formats, skeletal models, various image formats, ogg vorbis support on all sound effects, and more).
Game logic scripting in QuakeC programming language.
Advanced networking designed to scale from dialup to broadband, with automatic distance-based prioritization for optimal close-range gameplay in a densely populated world.
Realistic global fog feature with height limit for seamless blending with sky.
ODE physics engine integration.
Per-polygon collision detection optimized for large static meshes, as well as Quake brush technology.
Background music support with sequential and random playlists and playlist switching (with resume), in ogg vorbis or wav format.
CD audio support.

Model formats

Quake MDL, Quake2 MD2, Quake3 MD3, DarkPlaces DPM (converters from SMD and MD5), DarkPlaces/Cube2 IQM (Blender exporter available, SMD converter available), UnrealEngine PSK, Wavefront OBJ, Quake1 BSP, Quake3 BSP.

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grabeskuehle
grabeskuehle

Darkplaces is for some years now using OpenGL 2.3 as it's main renderpath, which works fine, it just throws up some questions for me:

Could the renderer perform faster on a newer API like OGL 3.2 or Vulkan?
What are the downsides if it would get ported over to an newer API?

Are screenspace effects like depth of field or godrays doable with the current implementation?

For the latter reshade could be used, but it seems rather incompatible for now.

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President_Bagel
President_Bagel

DarkPlaces is an incredible engine, but there's still a lot of compatibility bugs (especially with Scourge of Armagon) that need ironing out. I hope there will be another release of DarkPlaces at some point.

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mckaygerhard
mckaygerhard

the best id tech engine ever are gpl (open source code and free access to the work and changes), most commercial engines does not have the quality of the free software mades.. i love linux benefits

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Impossible_Man
Impossible_Man

where the download link??!

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SupaCubis
SupaCubis

what happened to the games?

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grabeskuehle
grabeskuehle

Best IdTech based engine ever, imo :D

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Zimica
Zimica

What does GPL mean ? I can use it but give it credit ? I don't understand

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AaronGlazer
AaronGlazer

You can use it but if you distribute it, you must make it open source. It allows you to sell it commercially but open source and commercial products aren't really compatible.

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Argoon
Argoon

AsronGlazer what you said is wrong GPL is totally compatible with commercial products, GPL only demands this, that you give access for free to the original engine source code and any modifications you do to it, if you don't modify the engine then you just need to give access to the original source code. GPL DO NOT demands you to release for free any of your ingame script code, models, textures, sounds, etc, etc, all assets of the game belong to you and you can lock them if you want, also any custom tools that you make to be able to use the engine source are also yours and you can decide to not release them.

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AaronGlazer
AaronGlazer

That's exactly what I meant.

> that you give access for free to the original engine source code and any modifications you do to it

Exactly. Any modifications you make must be made open source. And modifications are necessary because you'd have to modify the engine to make it load all of your assets and whatnot.

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Argoon
Argoon

You don't need to modify the engine to load assets if you only import assets already supported by the engine, and that is what everybody using any third party engine GPL or not does, that is why they use a third party and not make their own.

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Engine of choice if you still dabble in quake one. What can it do? Ton of visual effects & rendering magic. It CAN load Quake 3 maps! Yes, quake 3. All shaders arent supported, but this is one heck of an achievement. Also loads half-life maps. Super customize quake-c code - create console vars on the fly, detect map information like texture names - there is a massive extension list in dpextensions.qc. Colored lighting for your maps. Dynamic lighting. This list goes on. Open source, so you could…

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