20 Years

So yeah…. Doom 64 (aka the best entry in the Doom franchise) has turned 20 years old.

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Announcing Nightly Builds!

Since I’ve been very busy with other ‘EX’ projects (3 to be exact) , dotfloat has been kind enough to continue maintaining Doom64EX. So without further adieu, here’s an update from dotfloat:

 

We’re happy to announce automatic nightly builds for Windows. This marks a major milestone for the continuation of the project.

But first, I’ll introduce myself; I’m dotfloat. I’ve been working on and off (mostly off to be fair) on Doom64EX in silence for the past few years. I became interested in programming because of Doom and I hope to make Doom64EX a strong engine.

Download the latest in-development version here

Note that since this is an in-development build meant for beta testing; stuff will break. If you’re not willing to lose your saves, please use version 2.5 instead.

The current long-term goals for the engine is to be a faithful recreation of the original Nintendo 64 game, while also being highly moddable. The minimum requirements will hopefully stay the same. If you can’t run the nightly builds, but can run 2.5, please report it as a bug.

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What’s new:
– Better Linux support (even though you have to compile it from scratch…)
– New Image loading system with support for Doom Picture format
– SDL2 support
– Various bug fixes and improvements

What’s next:
– Support for zipped (ie. pk3) and directory WADs
– Controller support (with N64 Controller)
– Support for replacing sounds
– Scripting language integration (AngelScript)

Other Notes:
– Multiplayer has been re-enabled, but it’s very buggy and unusable at this moment.
– OS X builds are a bit tricky because I don’t have an Apple machine. I’m trying to find one though!
– Animated textures don’t work correctly if you use an older WAD. You’ll have to regenerate it with the command “doom64ex.exe -wadgen “. However, this is only a graphics bug, and won’t affect gameplay.

Big thanks to GuntherDW, ProfessorKaos64, volumetricsteve, alexey-lysiuk, DieMatratze, aFoxNamedMorris, gogtytsufvhgekwzyuow (what a name) and others for having the patience to compile Doom64EX and report bugs.

If you wish to help out by submitting bugs or feature requests, you can do so on Github. I will also be checking the forums periodically, so you can report there as well.

You can also contact me on IRC at #doom64ex on irc.oftc.net, twitter as @dotfloat, email: dotfloat@gmail.com. Keep in mind that I live in Norway, so I might be asleep when you try to talk to me.

Doom64EX Status

For those who are unaware, I have been swamped with other projects (one of them being Turok2 EX) and has left me with little to no time to update Doom64EX. However since the most recent release, I have gotten help from a few contributors. For the time being, dotfloat, MP2E and Quasar will be assisting me in maintaining Doom64EX.

The following is a list of goals that dotfloat hopes to accomplish:

GitHub repo: https://github.com/svkaiser/Doom64EX

New Stuff:
* SDL2 support
* Wadgen integration
* Various bugfixes
* 64-bit support on Windows and Linux

What needs to be done before a full release can be considered:
* New UI for Wadgen
* Fix save/load-related crashes

What won’t be considered for the next release:
* Multiplayer
* Doom Builder 64

Plan for the future:
* Full controller support
* Support for multiple image and audio formats
* Scripting

While nothing is set in stone yet, since I have the tenancy to drop off the face of the earth, I do have plans on migrating the Kex3 codebase with Doom64EX as I start wrapping up other things. This will introduce a ton of new features and improvements (hopefully) from my other projects. Anyways, thanks for keeping interest in this project wish the guys the best of luck!