Open-Source reimplementation of Westwood’s Command & Conquer: Red Alert game engine, updated to use the hardware acceleration of modern video cards using OpenGL and OpenAL for sound playback. It runs natively on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The game was designed with modifiability in mind, but is not identical to the original. Campaigns and mods made for the legacy game won't work out of the box.

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Currently OpenRA supports early sprite based Command & Conquer classics by Westwood Studios, but what about the next generation with Voxels, 3D terrain and isometry?

Posted by Milanium on Feb 24th, 2013

A frequently asked question is why there is no Tiberian Sun or Red Alert 2 mod. The short answer: the engine does not support it yet. The long answer: you can already try and convert the file formats to add infantry and buildings. So what is needed for native support without conversions:

3D terrain and Isometry

This is currently not supported, but not as far fetched as one might think. We recently stumpled upon CnCMaps.Net which turned out to be re-factored OpenRA code to render high-quality map previews.

SHP Format changes

The file formats for infantry/buildings changed since Tiberian Sun, but it is already reverse engineered. In fact the SHP Viewer is built upon OpenRA and supports them.

Voxel support

The biggest addition to the engine by Westwood since Tiberian Sun is Voxel support. All vehicles are in fact 3D models although the games still had a static camera and the look and feel was still very much like that of sprite-only era. Paul started hacking on OpenRA again and presented some experimental voxel support a few days ago.

Tiberian Sun

Tiberian Sun ships a bunch of partly broken C&C/RA1 units in voxel form. Westwood probably used them for early engine tests as well.

Red Alert 2

"Kirov reporting!"

Will there be a Tiberian Sun and Red Alert 2 mod?

Time will tell. Sooner or later, time will tell...

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Nuttah Feb 24 2013, 4:07am says:

...And given the look of things, there will be much rejoicing when it does.

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ApornasPlanet Feb 24 2013, 4:22am says:

That would be fantastic!

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medve Feb 24 2013, 7:25am says:

is the dune mod ready?

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ApornasPlanet Feb 24 2013, 8:24am replied:

I just downloaded the realease from october 2012 and the Dune mod was in there.

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Petrenko Feb 24 2013, 8:00am says:

Voxels got no palette-limitations, am i right?

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Milanium Oct 20 2013, 2:47pm replied:

Think of Voxels as 3D sprites and they also have a palette and are remapped just as SHP files. OpenRA has no palette limitation by the way. You can theoretically define 256 individual ones and assign them to each unit.

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Igncom1 Feb 24 2013, 8:40am says:

Well isn't TS free now?

Why not just promote the use of the real thing?

Unless there are other considerations.

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Petrenko Feb 24 2013, 9:15am replied:

OpenRa engine is way more free. Just look into it and it's possibilities. Been modding myself a bit. Also TS lagged always a lot. Atleast for me.

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Hijacker Feb 27 2013, 12:14am says:

I don't care how long it will take, I just hope you guys can do it.

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Holy_Terra Mar 2 2013, 10:44pm says:

look really promise let see how it done, i still consider to port my mod [or even create whole new game] into this.

any chance to improve UI to support unit special ability like C&C3 and Ra3?

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Milanium Author
Milanium Mar 3 2013, 7:47am replied:

Yes that is planned and work-in-progress:

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alghifari Jun 1 2013, 12:11am says:

Realy wanna making OpenRA 2.0 ?
thanks for that

Red Alert 2 best game ever for me :D

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