OpenMW is a new and modern engine based on the one that runs the 2002 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind. The engine (OpenMW) will come with its own editor (OpenCS) which will allow the user to edit or create their own games. Both OpenCS en OpenMW are written from scratch and aren't made to support any third party programs the original Morrowind engine used to improve its functionality.
To give you a better idea of what this project is about, here are some of the aims for the future of the OpenMW engine:

  • Be a full-featured reimplementation of the Morrowind engine
  • Run natively on Windows, Linux and MacOS X.
  • Support all existing content, including Tribunal, Bloodmoon and all user created mods (in case they don't use external programs).
  • Allow much greater modability: change game rules, create new spell effects, etc through scripting.
  • Fix system design bugs, like save-game “doubling” problem.
  • Improve the interface and journal system.
  • Improved graphics by taking advantage of more modern hardware.
  • Support to improve game mechanics, physics, combat and AI. (
  • (Possibly) Support to implement multiplayer.

NOTE: Playing Morrowind with this engine still requires one to own the Morrowind data files.

OpenCS will support the editing of for all OpenMW features. We aim for the editor to stay fully up-to-date with the corresponding OpenMW version, allowing the user to edit any newly implemented feature. It will also support editor plugins, files that add to the engine code which can extend the editor's functionality and allow it to be used as a debugging tool for OpenMW content. The OpenCS is not based on the editing tool which came with the original Morrowind game, it is a program made by modders for modders.
Important properties of the OpenCS are:

  • non-blocking
  • multi-threaded
  • multi-document support
  • multi-view support
  • high scalability
  • customisable GUI

OpenMW/OpenCS is released under the GNU General Public License version 3.

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About OpenMW with 12 comments by OpenMW on Mar 15th, 2014

The OpenMW team is proud to announce the release of version 0.29.0! Grab it from our Downloads Page for all operating systems. This release includes the first implementation of the Save/Load feature, which catapults OpenMW closer to being completely playable. Please bear in mind that the save file format is not yet finalized and we cannot guarantee forward compatibility of save files until OpenMW 1.0. Some aspects of the game state, such as player controls being enabled/disabled, weather, some creature state including all magic (also used by NPCs), movement of objects between cells (except for the player), and fog of war are not currently saved. Other new features include more combat AI, blocking, area magic, and disease. OpenMW is becoming a hazardous place to be!

Check out therelease video by the irrepressible WeirdSexy:

Known Issues:

  • Issue #416 Extreme shaking may occur during cell transitions for some users (enable anti-aliasing as a possible workaround)
  • Slaughterfish fly. You read that right.


  • Implemented most of the Load/Save GUI
  • Implemented Knockdown
  • Implemented fatigue decrease when doing physical activities
  • Implemented melee blocking
  • Implemented area magic
  • Implemented combat and combat AI for creatures
  • Implemented Damage/Restore Skill/Attribute magic effects
  • Implemented Resistance/Weakness to normal weapons magic effect
  • Implemented Slow Fall magic effect
  • Implemented auto-calculating NPC spell list
  • Implemented Disease contraction
  • Implemented blood particles
  • Implemented the rest of the player death feature
  • Implemented sleep/rest being interrupted
  • Implemented inventory equip scripts
  • Implemented display of the version/build number in the launcher window
  • Implemented a large portion of the Save/Load feature
  • Implemented AI Packages:Activate, Follow, FollowCell
  • Implemented levelled creatures
  • Implemented missing journal backend features
  • Improved handling of creature Weapons/Shields
  • Linked movie volume to Master instead of Music volume control
  • Fix for excess vram usage
  • Fix for footsteps in first person
  • Fix for Ascended Sleeper animation issues, related to determining the root animation node
  • Fix for AI related FPS drop
  • Fix for music issues on OS X ]= 10.9
  • Fix for inventory paperdoll obscuring armour rating and rating text display when window is shrunk
  • Fix for 0/0 charge stat bar display
  • Fix for werewolf change handling
  • Fix for NIF filters not working properly with some mods
  • Fix for invalid orientation crash
  • Fix for invisible weapons when re-entering an area with NPCs engaged in combat
  • Fix for magicka depleting when casting an uncastable spell
  • Fix for creatures not being able to run
  • Fix for activators working as collision objects
  • Fix to not reset water level when loading a plugin with no water level record
  • Fix for AI packages growing exponentially when adding an AI package
  • Fix for Vivec Informants quest
  • Fix for bug allowing the player to get unlimited gold
  • Fix for bug of only receiving 1 gold when picking up stacks of gold
  • Fix for Dwemer crossbows not being held correctly
  • Fix for quick keys being able to be configured during character generation
  • Fix for a crash when equipping the lockpick in the Census & Excise Office
  • Fixes for errors in .desktop files
  • Various fixes for script instructions
  • Various message box fixes
  • OpenCS: Implemented a referenceable record verifier
  • OpenCS: Implemented script verifier
  • OpenCS: Implemented Drag & Drop
  • OpenCS: Implemented record cloning
  • OpenCS: Fixed broken code for loading objects
  • OpenCS: Fixed tables to sort case-insensitively
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Guest Mar 13 2014, 1:59pm says:

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OpenMW Mar 15 2014, 10:59am replied:

Yes! :)

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ciastoludek Mar 15 2014, 12:26pm replied:

wow, that is truly awesome. I can now see the ultimate potential in this game :)

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Schinigami92 Feb 9 2014, 11:07am says:

First of all I really appreciate your project and your work, I'm glad because of the existence of such a project. There is one thing that always bothered me a little in Morrowind because I like to play with 3rd person view. I do not know if you are considering this in your project but I would like suggest to take into account that the crosshair could appear in the 3rd person. It would be nice to have a crosshair when aiming with a bow or cast a spell just like in Skyrim.

for comparison

in Morrowind

in Skyrim

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Feminine_Steve Feb 7 2014, 11:20am says:

Does anyone have any suggestions of game engines for beginner's, I need somewhere to start??!! :)

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Eagle12687 Jan 27 2014, 10:15pm says:

I am very enthusiastic about this. There are not enough open-source rpgs, and Morrowind is the best rpg ever, in my humble opinion.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

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AFellowStalker Jan 20 2014, 3:23am replied:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but open means open. As in you can literally make anything, and not a hackey version like you can in the regular games. Like turn the games into RTS MMO FPS' if you really feel like it.

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OpenMW Jan 20 2014, 9:11am replied:

That's true. To be able to add features you have to have a good understanding of the code though. That is why the OpenMW team will try to keep the code as easily understandable and hackable as possible.

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KOYK_GR Feb 3 2014, 5:17am replied:

so that means we just need a person to do it? mmm good ideas love to fall. lol

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