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This Halloween we present the most polished classic Command & Conquer experience so far with more improvements towards the heavily requested single-player campaigns, end-game score screens and stability improvements.

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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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StalinsThighs
StalinsThighs

Nice stuff. Can't play TD or RA on First Decade anymore(lost codes/computer is too advanced) so I can finally play them again. Sweeeeeeeeeet. And then of course TS is in the works, my favorite of all the games. I will play that RELIGIOUSLY, especially if you redo the campaigns.

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alexeistukov87
alexeistukov87

I wonder if we will be able to play classic RA, TD and Dune 2000 single player missions in coop mode some day. Especially I'm hoping for recreation of Counterstrike and Aftermath mission packs.

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Gunship_Mark_II
Gunship_Mark_II

Coop missions would be sweet.

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ZoneOP
ZoneOP

Once the TS component is done, I hope to see some of the popular mods like Twisted Insurrection porting over to OpenRA due to its extensible engine capabilities.

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TheNodCommander
TheNodCommander

While Im not a fan of those mods, I absolutely support dumping the old limited W2D engines in favour of this!

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Jerkakame
Jerkakame

wait, I have read this changelog one or two times before, but the date says: yesterday.

Whats going on?

EDIT: is it the same changelog being edited?

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Milanium Author
Milanium

We are already working on the next version so Changelog.openra.net gets updated with every patch merged.

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Templarfreak
Templarfreak

I think a better idea instead of preventing people from choosing the "Cheating" colors, just make their radar colors appear as the exact-opposite color of the Terrain if they choose that color.

And if that becomes an issue because of other people maybe choosing that color, maybe you could make their color glow slightly?...

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SeriousToni
SeriousToni

Why are there included standard campaign missions? I mean .. we just could reinstall the original game ,couldn't we?

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