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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Hey Folks, the OpenMW team is back with a video release commentary covering our last three releases. Hundreds of bugs were fixed and many features were added. You can find the full change logs here and downloads here. If you are a fan of open source software you can donate to one of our main developers who contributes to many open source projects outside of just OpenMW. If you are a C++ developer with knowledge of either OpenSceneGraph or QT and want to join the team please head over here.

Version 0.35.1
Released March 15, 2015

  • implemented being able to dress corpses
  • Implemented checking Cmake sets correct MSVC compiler settings for release build
  • Implemented default values for mandatory global records
  • Implemented basic joystick support
  • Implemented a progress bar for Morrowind.ini import progress in the launcher
  • Implemented passage of time indicator when training or serving jail time

Version 0.35.0
Released February 16, 2015

  • Implemented Calm effect removing combat packages
  • Implemented first stages of ess-Importer, an importer for vanilla Morrowind save games, this feature is not complete
  • Implemented previous/next weapon and spell equipping hotkeys
  • Implemented XYZ rotation keys support
  • Implemented AI fast-forward
  • Implemented NPC drowning while knocked out
  • Implemented setting for exterior cell grid size
  • Implemented some leveled list script functions
  • Implemented testing dialog scripts with -script-all
  • Implemented NPC lookAt controller
  • Implemented handling initial state of particle system
  • Implemented a warning when loading a savegame that depends on non-existent content files
  • implemented conversion of global map exploration overlay for ess-Importer
  • Implemented command line option to load a save game
  • Implemented new display of load order problems in the Data Files tab of the launcher
  • Renamed "profile" to "content list" in the launcher
  • Added comments to the local/global openmw.cfg files to clarify their identity
  • OpenMW-CS: Implemented clicking on a script error in the report window to set the cursor in the script editor to the respective line/column
  • OpenMW-CS: Implemented deleting selected rows from result windows
  • OpenMW-CS: Fixed window opening issue when the config file doesn't exist
  • OpenMW-CS: Fixed skills to allow values other than 0 through 99
  • OpenMW-CS: Fixed an issue with not launching when another instance was falsely
    detected as running
  • OpenMW-CS: Cleanup for the Opening Window and User Settings Window

Version 0.34.0
Released December 22, 2014

  • Implemented ClampMode in NiTexturingProperty, fixes some floating plant textures
  • Implemented INI-importer for the launcher
  • Implemented "encoding" option in the launcher
  • Disabled third-person zoom by default due to usability issues
  • OpenCS: Implemented rendering cell markers
  • OpenCS: Implemented double-click functionality in tables
  • OpenCS: Implemented user settings dialog grouping, labeling, and tooltips
  • OpenCS: Implemented editing positions of references in the 3D scene
  • OpenCS: Implemented edit mode button on the scene toolbar
  • OpenCS: Implemented user setting for showing the status bar
  • OpenCS: Improved the layout of the user settings dialog
OpenMW 0.33 Release Video

OpenMW 0.33 Release Video

10 months ago News 7 comments

The team behind the open source reimplementation of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind engine is back with another release. We're closing in version 1.0...

OpenMW 0.32 has arrived. Over 100 issues fixed!

OpenMW 0.32 has arrived. Over 100 issues fixed!

1 year ago News 9 comments

The new version adds features to AI, our all new editor, and fixes a huge amount of bugs.

OpenMW Version 0.31 Released

OpenMW Version 0.31 Released

1 year ago News 16 comments

Version 0.31 of the open source engine reimplementation for Morrowind, The Elder Scrolls III, has been released.

OpenMW v0.29.0 released! (Morrowind engine reimplementation)

OpenMW v0.29.0 released! (Morrowind engine reimplementation)

1 year ago News 12 comments

The OpenMW team is proud to announce the release of version 0.29.0! This release includes the first implementation of the Save/Load feature, which catapults...

The Open Source Engine Reimplementation of the Game Morrowind.
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KOYK_GR Aug 16 2014 says:

hey i got an idea! voice commands (with a microphone) to npc's! like follow or kill him(target by cursor) or even simple staff like responses like hi or die that will force npc's to say something in return.

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Guest Mar 13 2014 says:

Are there any example mods already?

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OpenMW Creator
OpenMW Mar 15 2014 replied:

Yes! :)

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ciastoludek Mar 15 2014 replied:

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

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Schinigami92 Feb 9 2014 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 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 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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KOYK_GR Jan 19 2014 says:

it is possible to add drivable "vehicles" ? like a ship? or horse cart?

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AFellowStalker Jan 20 2014 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 Creator
OpenMW Jan 20 2014 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 replied:

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

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