Alien Arena is an open sourced game that combines a sci-fi atmosphere with the tournament style deathmatch of Q3A and UT2k4. Major graphical features such as GLSL per-pixel lighting, ragdoll physics, light blooms, real time lights and shadows, textured particles, shaders, and reflective water, create a colorful and immersive deathmatch atmosphere. The game also includes mutators, adjustable effects, bot skill settings, and fully configurable deathmatch, team deathmatch, CTF, All Out Assault, Team Core Assault, Cattle Prod, and Deathball games. The game features original artwork, with a dark, sinister atmosphere combined with an off-the-wall campiness, and trippy, techno type music. There are currently over 60 maps, loaded with weapons(each having an alternate firing mode) and powerups. Alien Arena has fast, smooth gameplay, & players can play online against one another or against the bots. Please post all support issues in the forums for the game.

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Version 7.65 of Alien Arena is expected within two weeks, boasting some incredible performance improvements, new effects, bug fixes, improved assets and more. However, the big news is the new project/game mode based on the Alien Arena universe...

Posted by Irritant_new on Dec 13th, 2012

Within the next two weeks, COR Entertainment will release version 7.65 of Alien Arena, a release that heavily focuses on performance improvements nearly too astronomical to believe.  In our last article we mentioned the mesh rendering and moving the animation to the GPU, which allowed for full use of VBO for all of our meshes, static and animated.  This also touched our shadow rendering system as well, but an equally impressive set of gains were made in the map rendering.  A near complete rewrite of the renderer since our last release is probably the best way to describe all of this.  For the past six months, we have focused primarily on performance, and the results speak for themselves.  In a nutshell, the CRX engine now renders 3 to 4 times faster than it did in July!  It is now among the fastest of the id tech based game engines in existence. 

We didn't stop with that though.  We added high definition lightmapping, cubemapped surfaces on mesh and maps, better soft shadows, spectator mode updates and fixes, and updated some of our player models with a few extra polygons in places that they needed it now that we aren't as restricted with that. 


Aside from this, as you know we mentioned the revival of Alteria in our previous news post.  We have made some progress on that, and you can have a look.  Alteria is a long term project that we expect to be released in about two years or so, perhaps a beta with a multiplayer map for testing weapon balance sooner than that.

The other, and maybe biggest news...yes...we have started work on a new game based on the Alien Arena universe called Alien Arena Tactical.  This will be offered as both a standalone as well as a mode in the full Alien Arena suite.  As you would expect, it is not a deathmatch game, it is something in between that and a tactical shooter, pitting Martians against Humans in an all out war to destroy the enemy's base.  Players will be able to select different classes on their team, with each having different skills and abilities.  Teamwork, strategy, and cunning will be at the forefront of the game play, using slower movement than a deathmatch shooter, but a mildly faster pace than your typical tactical game.  Alien Arena Tactical is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013, with a beta in the spring.  More details will follow.

Alien Arena Tactical

In the meantime, keep an eye out, Alien Arena 7.65 is about to hit the streets, moving at light speed!

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Ravious
Ravious Dec 13 2012, 12:18pm says:

I remember trying out Alien Arena a few years back. Not sure if I found there to be some kind of issue with the servers, or perhaps just too few players. So might it be worth installing this game again? Sure would be fun with some deathmatch.

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Dec 13 2012, 9:30pm says:

some sweet changes you've got there. :)

Did you guys strip out all the SP stuff when working on the game or is it still all in the game code?

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Irritant_new
Irritant_new Dec 13 2012, 11:37pm says:

Most of it was stripped out, but could be re-added if someone was inclined to code a single player project using the engine.

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