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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).

Tiberian Dawn

Tiberian Dawn 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. It separates itself from the rest of the C&C series in terms of lore, certain game mechanics and file formats, but also shares a lot of technology with it's spiritual successors. Avoid the sandworms and build your base on stable foundations. The spice must flow!

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15 comments by Milanium on Jun 30th, 2015

Work has been progressing well on our next development cycle, and we are today making a snapshot of this work available in the form of a new playtest release. playtest-20150628 focuses on behind-the-scenes improvements, but also includes a collection of new features and bug fixes.

The most visible changes in this playtest include:

  • Removed the “Enemy unit detected” notification, by popular demand.
  • A collection of TD balance changes based on player feedback. [#8303]
  • Use the repair cursor or order a unit to a repair depot. In D2K a carryall will pick up the actor. [#8056]
  • Units built from the starport in D2K now work with the “select units by type” hotkey. [#8212]
  • Improvements to the player name and color validation. [#8137, #8380]
  • New missions: Nod06b, Nod06c (TD), Soviet02a, Soviet05 (RA), Atreides01a, Atreides01b (D2K).
  • A collection of polish fixes for maps, tooltips, and unit artwork.

On the technical front, improvements include:

  • A collection of fixes for issues found using Coverity Scan.
  • Several new lint tests to detect common YAML errors in maps and mods.
  • Changes towards a more consistent set of rendering traits. [#8171]
  • A Significant rework of the shroud code to prepare for TS shroud and scripted map area changes.
  • Improved support for compiling and running OpenRA on BSD operating systems.
  • Improvements to our Lua API for map authors.

For the full changelog, please refer to the changelog page on our wiki.

Our new in-game map editor has also received a collection of bug fixes, and the ability to view and edit the area outside the playable map area. The old map editor (which we inadvertently broke in the last release - sorry!) has been removed.

If you encounter any problems or bugs (especially anything related to the shroud or any new crashes), then please let us know on our bug tracker or the comments below.

Red Alert Soviet05 screenshot

Press CTRL + P to take a screenshot. The hotkey binding is configuarable via Settings - Input.

Carryall repair delivery

Use the repair cursor in D2K to signal a Carryall to transport an actor for repair!

New map editor

The new map editor is more stable, and updated maps now show correctly in the map selection screen.

TS Shroud

A preview of things to come: work is nearly complete on rewriting the shroud logic to support terrain height.

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SMIFFGIG
SMIFFGIG Jan 10 2015, 8:36am says:

A 'Classic' mode would be nice, which set all the unit/building values to exactly what they were in RA/TD and excluded any new units.

This would be especially useful for when the original campaigns are included with the mod.

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InStars
InStars Mar 4 2015, 10:04pm replied:

Actually there was some guy in OpenRA forums making a classic RA mod, I believe it's even in a playable state now.
Offcourse it's not 100% there yet, but the progress is going on.

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Milanium Creator
Milanium Mar 7 2015, 10:31am replied:

There is no such thirdparty mod to our knowledge, sorry. However this is ModDB so what are you waiting for? :D

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GraionDilach
GraionDilach Jan 21 2015, 9:32am buried:

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They never will do that, never even tried. Matthias went on to classic C&C communities, tried to sell OpenRA as better and demanded classic RA fans to support ORA and agree with their changes without any option. When fans told him he's doing bad, he axed classic RA support idea entirely, blaming the community for everything.

I can't wait to see the backlash when they finish the rape of OpenTS.

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TiberFCSL
TiberFCSL Mar 10 2015, 5:55am replied:

I think that Graion has a strong point, in fact I don't think it's good to make a customized Red Alert mod, I'd just like to play the original game with a better engine, not some kind of "imitation".

But I still think that this project is way too good just because of the infinite posibilities of the new engine. Maybe I will not play RA mod nor TS mod but I'm definitely going to play Rewire and seriously consider making mods of my own.

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pchote Creator
pchote Jan 24 2015, 6:24am replied:

********. I (not Matt) axed the classic mods because it was wasting a developer time towards an unachievable goal ('exact' values are impossible without knowing the full details of the engine internals), and because the original motivation of the classic mods (extending an olive branch towards people like yourself) was based on a flawed premise - you're going to complain no matter what we do, so there's no point wasting our time trying to pander to you.

I normally try to be more diplomatic in my responses, but your comment is so wrong and hostile that I don't see the point in spending the time on careful phrasing.

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GraionDilach
GraionDilach Jan 24 2015, 7:56am replied:

You're comparing yourselves to OpenTTD. And that IS the ********. OpenTTD CAN 95-99% imitate the TTD gameplay (excluding the AI when they implemented their NoAI framework instead of their TTD AI reimplementation (tho there's SimpleAI) and some pathfinding stuff (fixes in NPF)), every other change in OpenTTD can be disabled. Yes, you can disable drive-through bus stops, etc.... you can play Transport Tycoon Deluxe in OpenTTD.

Heroes 3 VCMI is also a project which aims to recreate Heroes 3... and it also does not try to shovel it's own stuff to the base game.

These are engine recreation projects, not game recreation projects. Back to OTTD terms, OpenGFX and OpenSFX contains no actual changes in gameplay.

My personal hate towards OpenRA comes from the fact that you treat OpenRA as "the RA equivalent of OpenTTD" and that's simply not true. You have changed everything under the hood due to your personal preferences and without an option to revert, it's quite not what OpenTTD did.

When OpenRA introduces it's own equivalent of OpenGFX and OpenSFX, then I probably will stop bitching about it, but until then, I'll keep my opinion. Because until then, you just abuse the availability of the RA graphics to make your own game.

TS Rewire might be a good solution to prevent something like this at TS anyway, with axing "retro" TS completely and simply using the Rewire art to differ the hoods as well.

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php_bg
php_bg Jan 24 2015, 8:04am replied:

Do you even hear yourself? You are comparing apples with ... chairs. Tell me again what game OpenTTD recreates, and then read the answer to yourself please.
After that you can try actually reading what he told you.

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GraionDilach
GraionDilach Jan 24 2015, 8:29am replied:

They call their apple a chair, dude. Or you mean that because it's not an RTS, they can't be compared?

Both can be modded, both has a "source game" which has a layer of engine, rules, graphics (TTD: exe, grf-nfo, grf-pcx, RA: exe, ini, shp, OpenTTD adds grf-nml next to nfo, OpenRA substitutes ini with yaml).

OpenTTD concentrated to recreate the logics first been in TTD, then went on to add new ones, OpenRA loosely recreated logics then added new ones, meanwhile adjusted balance according to them.

Technically speaking, while they are different genres, they still can be compared, just due to the similarities of their original engine setup, their feature development history and principles and accuracy of their source game.

You're either ignoring the facts or you just don't want to see what I talk about because otherwise I couldn't be classified just into "haters gonna hate".

But hey, you tried.

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pchote Creator
pchote Jan 24 2015, 5:28pm replied:

I'm not really sure what your point is here. You are correct that OpenRA is not an open-source drop-in engine replacement for the original game (which one? OpenRA targets more than just Red Alert), but we have never claimed that we were. If you want a drop-in engine replacement, then you are welcome to resurrect the dead FreeRA/CnC projects and rework their logic to properly match the original games.

The OpenRA engine is a toolkit that can natively load the original asset files (art/sound/video, but not rules) plus a flexible framework for writing RTS game logic. Our default mods build on this to provide games that recreate the character and gameplay of the originals, with modern conveniences and other changes that have been driven by our community.

You might insist on making up your own version of our project goals and history, but you look like a lunatic when you go around the community / news posts (note to others: this isn't the first time) ranting about your offense over them.

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Milanium Creator
Milanium Jan 24 2015, 9:48am replied:

I am personally a huge fan of Transport Tycoon Deluxe and I really like the changes from the original listed at Wiki.openttd.org and although some drastically change gameplay, I would never dare to come to their boards and flame about them building upon the popularity of the classic, but not re-implementing without doing changes. That is the whole point of these Open Source game clones. Otherwise DOSBox would do the job with a lot less effort. The different approach you describe is due to the nature of how things started. OpenRA was a rewrite from scratch taking modern RTS engine design into account while OpenTTD began with disassembled binaries and started porting features from fan patches. Try dropping your fundamentalist world view for a second.

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php_bg
php_bg Jan 24 2015, 9:58am replied:

I think you are trying not to hear the "it cannot be copied exactly without a very, very deep understanding of the original engine (and nobody knows how it looks)" part. I've seen such arguments in other forums...
And I was talking exactly about the fact that OpenTTD is a chair, because it actually builds upon the original game.

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Milanium Creator
Milanium Jan 24 2015, 4:28am replied:

I am blaming no one. Just thought there was demand for such a mod which was more difficult to create than expected with the hard-core fans looking at every detail. There was also no one wanting to help and we did not have the developer resources as the team was small so we had to abandon the plan. Instead we point everyone who wants the classic gameplay to the very popular Cncnet.org service which is also partly Open Source. I am a bit sad about this split community and all the hate from people like GraionDilach. It is really demotivating. Criticism is okay, but these personal attacks are unfair. This is a hobbyist project developed in spare after work time and donated to the community for free. :(

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