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Arx Fatalis Updated, Released Under GPL 153

Posted by timothy
from the every-big-distro-could-have-a-fps dept.
Kevin Fishburne writes "According to WtF Dragon at Ultima Aiera, 'The long and short: Arkane Studios have released what is probably going to be the final patch for their Ultima Underworld-inspired game (which, indeed, they tried to license as the third entry in that series), Arx Fatalis. They have also released the source code for the game. That's right, the complete source of Arx Fatalis is available for download.' The readme notes that the original game installation is required in order to play the compiled game, as the data files are certainly still copyrighted. Linux is in need of a good FPS dungeon crawler, though the code will need a hell of a lot of cleanup as it's a VC8/9 project and uses DirectX (ugh...)."
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Arx Fatalis Updated, Released Under GPL

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  • by RyanFenton (230700) on Saturday January 15, 2011 @04:26PM (#34891644)

    I liked that game - but the really, REALLY disliked the amount of time it took to properly shape out letters with the mouse input. There just seemed to be no consistency with the way it judged the curves of input - I can understand the games with subtle puzzles on learning input mechanisms, but even with practice it came out more as random than a skill to build up.

    If anyone can fix the input mechanisms for those spells using the source code, you'd be helping the game immensely.

    Oh, and of course, remaking Ulima I & II would be a nice follow up... seems that's always been in the works for FPS modders, but it never seems to get completed. They're beautiful games that deserve the chance to appeal to modern gamers with a modern interface.

    Ryan Fenton

  • by Xian97 (714198) on Saturday January 15, 2011 @05:36PM (#34892096)
    You can get Arx Fatalis [gog.com] at Good Old Games for the required data files

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