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OpenRA is a highly moddable RTS game engine for classic Westwood 2D games. In fact Red Alert, Command & Conquer and Dune 2000 are implemented purely as mods on it. Tools are provided that allow you to add new units, maps and tilesets even create your own mod. Have a look at the wiki.

Built-In Mods

Red Alert

sovietsThe RA mod for OpenRA is a reimagining of Command & Conquer: Red Alert. It is not just a clone of the original but has improved and rebalanced gameplay. The UI is modernised for higher resolutions and better usabiltiy. It has fully working multiplayer support for both internet and local play (via direct connect). A single player campaign is currently being worked on.

Command & Conquer

GDI The CNC mod for OpenRA is a reimagining of the original Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn game. As with Red Alert modern networking and rendering technology is used. Also new features are implemented such as snow terrain, neutral tech buildings and many glitches from the original have been fixed.

Dune 2000

ArrakisThe D2k mod for OpenRA is a reimagining of Dune 2000. A remake of the remake so to speak. The mod tries to optimize balancing and gameplay. Currently in early stages of development, but already playable. The spice must flow!

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9 comments by Milanium on Oct 29th, 2014

Our Halloween 2014 release is now available, and is overflowing with both tricks and treats!
This release includes over 760 commits by 41 contributors since our July release.

The most visible change in this release is the redesigned in-game UI:

  • The RA mod has received a brand new sidebar.
  • Improved keyboard shortcut configuration, with new defaults based on Tiberium Wars and Red Alert 3.
  • The in-game menu has been completely overhauled, and now includes information on mission objectives.
  • A new end-game score screen appears once a game is complete.

The other big focus of this release was a complete overhaul of our map scripting support for creating single-player missions and multi-player minigames. Our new Lua API is faster, more robust, and provides many new features that were not available in the older API (which has now been removed).

A large number of smaller features have also been included. A small selection from our full changelog includes:

  • The lobby now prevents players from choosing “cheating” colors that are too similar to the terrain.
  • Veteran units gain improved reload time and accuracy, and elite units will now heal over time.
  • Planes will maintain their distance from each other in a similar fashion to helicopters.
  • Servers will now drop players with unresponsive connections to unfreeze stalled games.
  • Units will now properly move inside transports, instead of teleporting.
  • Tank turrets will now turn to face forward after the unit has finished attacking.
  • A number of small balance changes to the Red Alert and Tiberian Dawn mods.
  • Many more small bug-fixes and behaviour improvements.

Head over to our downloads page to grab the new release!

RA sidebar overhaul

The Red Alert sidebar interface has been given a much-needed facelift and a more compact design.

Improved single-player missions

Our single-player mission support has improved dramatically with this release. The bulk of this work is now complete, and so future releases will be able to add more campaign missions.

Connection notification

Game servers will detect when a player causes extended periods of lag, and disconnect them from the game. This should resolve the situations where a multiplayer game would freeze after a player drops.

Tiberian Sun progress

Work is slowly progressing on our Tiberian Sun mod. The features that we have been developing for TS
(such as EMP weapons and stealth generators) are available for use in mods and custom maps.

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Lord_Baal
Lord_Baal Nov 18 2014, 8:43am says:

Is there a tutorial or something on how to make a portable installation?

And how to make it run in windowed mode?

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Milanium Creator
Milanium Nov 22 2014, 2:36pm replied: +1 vote   reply to comment
That_Gal
That_Gal Oct 27 2014, 5:43pm says:

I can't find a single game of RA multiplayer with this mod that isn't laggy and choppy. And that's if I'm lucky, as in most cases I can't find any games at all.

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pchote Creator
pchote Oct 28 2014, 1:24am replied:

The best time of day to find a game is 18:00 - 22:00 UTC. There are usually 40-50 players in-game during this period. You'll want to be running the latest release build, as unfortunately our main player base tend not to use the playtests.

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That_Gal
That_Gal Oct 28 2014, 9:32am replied:

Ok I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for the reply

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Zenoseiya
Zenoseiya Aug 29 2014, 12:43am says:

Do you plan on implementing the original campaigns with the Risk-style map and mission tree? I'm mostly interested in this project so that I can play the original single player missions with an updated interface.

Do you plan on including the bonus content like the counterstrike and aftermath expansions, retaliation lost files, save games, videos/music, etc that are included in PortableRA, Red Alert 1 Installer and Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06? They're fun, but they don't have the new features from OpenRA.

Also, where do we get the MIX files from? I checked the Red Alert 1 CD and found a MAIN.MIX file that seems to contain the videos. The Tiberian Dawn is a bit trickier, as I had to download not only the original SCORES.MIX but also a modified MOVIES.MIX that included both the GDI and NOD videos. Do you think you could streamline this in later releases and include an option to automatically rip the videos/soundtrack from the CD or download them from the internet?

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pchote Creator
pchote Aug 29 2014, 8:40am replied:

Installing the videos and soundtrack from CD has been supported for several years, and the news post above explains the music download support that was added in the last release :)

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Zenoseiya
Zenoseiya Aug 29 2014, 12:11pm replied:

I tried that. It does not install the videos from the Red Alert CD when it asks me to. I have to add the MAIN.MIX file manually. I tried it with the C&C CD and got the same result: the installer does not download the music and videos from the CD.

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Zenoseiya
Zenoseiya Aug 29 2014, 6:35pm replied:

I've done some more testing. The installer recognizes virtual CD drives. However, when attempting to install Red Alert, it does not copy over the videos. I have to copy the Main.mix file from the CD directory manually.

When installing Tiberian Dawn, it only copies the videos from the current CD, requiring the use of a custom Movies.Mix file that contains both the GDI and NOD videos.

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Milanium Creator
Milanium Sep 4 2014, 3:42pm replied: +1 vote   reply to comment
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