Time marches on relentlessly and I haven’t been very active in blogging recently, so I figured it would be a good time to elaborate a little on my big picture thoughts about Doomsday.
Doomsday 2.2.1 has been released (build 3299). This is a patch that fixes the following issues:
- In Hexen, some of the player character colors were not loaded and thus some player colors were not available.
- On macOS, package information text was sometimes displayed incorrectly in the UI.
- On Linux, music was always at full volume if FluidSynth was being used for playing back music directly to system audio.
- In the game library, a custom profile would forget its “No monsters” setting after restarting Doomsday.
- 3D weapon models would sometimes get near-clipped, so the near clip distance was reduced when rendering them.
The new release is available to download from:
Doomsday 2.2 has been released (build 3272). The highlights of this version are:
- Improved Doomsday Script integration
- Heretic modding enhancements
- Separate FOV for rendering player weapons
- Flatpak for Linux
- Renderer bug fixes
The 3rd release candidate (build 3269) of version 2.2 is now available.
Fixes since RC2:
- Light decorations were not visible at all (e.g., lights attached to wall textures)
texresetconsole command would not restore all textures
- Data package duplication issue when manually adding Doomsday’s own data folder as a location for user’s data files
- macOS: Qt framework updated to 5.12.6
The 2nd release candidate (build 3261) of version 2.2 is now available.
Bugs fixed since RC1:
- Savegames from Deathkings of the Dark Citadel don’t show up in the game library
- Incorrect music in Plutonia 2
- Finale animation
filterdoesn’t cover the whole screen
- Hexen: Changing the map while dead makes the player a zombie
- Hexen: No music on Map 26
- Failure to rename a game profile
The first Release Candidate build of version 2.2 is now available. The plan is to release the final stable 2.2.0 before the end of the year.
To accompany the upcoming release, the demo video on the dengine.net front page has been updated. It shows a few snippets of gameplay with the default settings, without any additional mods. This time with audio and in normal speed!
Version 2.2 is a relatively minor feature update. It comes with a number of bug fixes and a bunch of modding enhancements.
A few more regressions related to 3D model rendering are fixed in this release. Also, on macOS the applications are now notarized and the bundle metadata has been fixed to contain appropriate IDs.
This also acts as a test for the revised build scripts that now live in a repository separate from the main Doomsday source code. The separation makes it easier to maintain the scripts while building releases from different branches.
This year’s macOS update is out, and with it comes increased focus on protections against malicious software. The latest unstable build of 2.2 (#3209) now complies with the new requirements. I’m also looking into making an updated build of the stable 2.1 for macOS.
The new requirement is that applications must be pre-scanned by Apple (“notarized”) to ensure they are properly signed and contain no malware. It took a few builds to get this working right, as it turns out I was using quite an old version of the SDL2 frameworks on the macOS build machine and those were not being signed correctly.
Another issue you may encounter now with Catalina (and Mojave) is that looking around using the mouse/trackpad causes the player view to just spin around rapidly. This is because Doomsday’s mouse input relies on being able to reposition the mouse cursor while it is hidden. If an application wants to change the cursor position, this requires that the user has allowed it to control the computer in the Security & Privacy > Accessibility system preferences pane. If you encounter this problem, drag and drop Doomsday.app from the Finder to the list of apps on that pane.
2.1.1 is a patch release that improves the stability of the engine and fixes some incorrect behavior.
There were a couple of regressions in the renderer such as white flashes with additively blended dynamic lights, and black walls appearing in the sky. A few bugs have also been fixed in the game menus and resource file management.
Doomsday 2.1 has been released (build 2900), coinciding with the 25th anniversary of DOOM!
This version contains several improvements for an all-around nicer experience:
Graphics optimization. While games still use the classic renderer like in 2.0, all graphics are now drawn using OpenGL 3.3. This enables optimizations for more efficient rendering of the player view, menus, text, and the Doomsday UI.
UI improvements. The Doomsday UI look and feel has been refreshed. The game library is now more flexible and powerful with further game customization settings and view options.
Multiplayer convenience. Clients will automatically download missing PWADs from the server before joining the game.