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Putting the E in ACSE

A new version of the Eternity Engine has been released. 3.40.25 "Midgard" includes a new ACS interpreter by David Hill which brings Eternity's support for the scripting language up to par with ZDoom's. Also new are flying players and walkcams, a further enhanced "cooldemo" mode, many new EDF features, better support for widescreen video modes, and a large number of optimizations for blazing fast action. You can download it at the Eternity Engine forum.


Zandronum 1.0 Released

After nearly 2 years of development, Zandronum 1.0 has finally been released. For those of you who don't know, Zandronum is the continuation of Skulltag. Here's what Torr Samaho, the creator of Zandronum, had to say on the Zandronum forums:

This is a major milestone for various reasons. First and foremost, it is the first public version of Zandronum and thus ends the awkward situation where most of the servers are still running Skulltag 98d even though Skulltag has been officially declared dead by its creator and the community migrated to Zandronum.

The development of this release started almost two years ago under the name 98e. What was originally intended to be a small bug fix release grew into much, much bigger proportions. The two most striking differences changing our development model are the opening of the source and the creation of a Skulltag fork named Zandronum.

The long development time allowed us to make truckloads of changes to the engine. There are too many new things and fixes to highlight all of them, so let me just list some very remarkable ones:

  • 3D floors in competitive modes and non-sloped 3D floors in the software renderer
  • considerably improved client side prediction (try some bridge things)
  • numerous new ACS commands (ResetMap anyone?) and the GAMEMODE lump that allows the reconfiguration of hard coded gamemodes (e.g. Coop with teams, LMS with spawned map things)
  • an almost unlimited number of big and small fixes for things that have been plaguing Skulltag for ages (for instance the weapon synchronization is completely redesigned, putting an end to many of the problems inherent to the old system)
  • 64 player support
  • reduced monster bandwidth usage
  • auto return system for the Terminator sphere and the Hellstone, making Terminator and Possession finally playable on all maps
  • "unblock players" flag to allow hordes of players play cramped maps with few player starts
  • much improved Hexen support
  • flexible forward skipping in client demos
  • much better poly object handling online
  • externalization of Skulltag's resources (existing Skulltag mods are still fully supported, but need to be loaded with compatibility wads to supply the Skulltag assets)

So head over to http://zandronum.com/downloads/ and check it out!