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OpenE2140 Status update: end of September 2023
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2023 1:30 pm    Post subject:  OpenE2140 Status update: end of September 2023
Subject description: In search of public from Earth and Beyond!
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Hello, ladies and gentlemen! michael.dgg.2, the leader of OpenE2140, has shared some progress done with this project a few days ago with the public of ModDB. For those unaware, OpenE2140 is a modification for the OpenRA engine that strives to remake the old game Earth 2140. Here is what you need to know about the progress on OpenE2140:

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Hello everyone!

It's been three weeks since we released our last preview video, so we thought we should give you another sneak peek at what we've done and what we're currently working on. Be sure to watch the Preview 5 video, too, if you haven't seen it yet! Either here on ModDB or on Dalek.zone (that's a PeerTube instance).

Why an article?
The reason we're publishing this article here on ModDB is that aside from the channel on Dalek.zone and the videos and images here, there is virtually no public information about OpenE2140 outside of our OpenE2140 Discord server to this date. There is our GitHub repository, but there are so many issues and tasks (a lot of them in the backlog, i.e., not currently worked on) and other stuff going on that regular person, who knows little about programming or game development, likely has difficulties following the development there.

Also creating video takes a lot of time: it took me about 3 weeks to create Preview 4 and Preview 5 videos just over 2 weeks. Writing this article? Only about 9 hours (over 3 days). The rest of the time we can spend working on the mod. This doesn't mean that there won't be any more videos. Actually the opposite: we're planning to release several over the next few weeks/months.

Recently implemented features

Research
The most important feature that has been fully implemented is researching technologies. We did change it, though. It's not the same as in Earth 2140.

Fortunately, we've been able to recover unused icons for all technologies that exist in Earth 2140:








Although they weren't used, it seems that at some point in the Earth 2140 development, the developers were thinking about making research more than just a countdown in Research Center's popup.

Thanks to Dzierzan, we now have proper icons for all technologies with two variants for each faction:








The research in OpenE2140 has now been moved to a separate tab in the sidebar. Technologies are now researched manually, with each technology having time required to research and prerequisite technologies displayed in a tooltip:








The opposite part of the research is units and buildings, which require these technologies in order to be built. As with the technologies themselves, units and buildings have their prerequisites shown in their tooltip, too:








The research feature has been fully implemented by IceReaper, so a huge thanks go to him!

Building explosions
As the subtitle says, we have further progressed with building explosions. The only thing that remains to be implemented is the fire after the building explodes.








Other stuff
We've also done other small(er) stuff such as:

  • One new 1v1 map from Dzierzan
  • Gunfire sound for Tiger Hellmaker and HB Bike
  • Grenade throwing sound for Android A01
  • Support for installing game assets from game bought on Zoom platform
  • Other small fixes and tweaks



Currently work-in-progress

Right now, we're hard at work to implement more features. Currently, we have several features in active development:

  • Building crew (including capturing enemy buildings)
  • Resource harvesting
  • WTP unit (with working vehicle inside)
  • importing maps from Earth 2140


And since both the WTP unit and building crew are in an advanced stage of development, here's a sneak peek of them:








Future

So, this was what we've worked on and are currently working on. But what the future holds? We're slowly reaching a point when we're going to have all core game mechanics implemented. That means a first public playable release is on the horizon. Stay tuned! Follow us here on ModDB and come discuss with us and other fans to our Discord server. And if you're adventurous, you can take a look at the development of the mod in the GitHub repository!



If you are curious about OpenE2140, visit the Official Website, and Discord Channel to obtain further information about it. And this is all we can offer for today regarding OpenE2140!


Key Words: #News #OpenRA #OpenE2140 

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