OpenArena is a free and open source first-person shooter
First-person shooter
First-person shooter is a video game genre that centers the gameplay on gun and projectile weapon-based combat through first-person perspective; i.e., the player experiences the action through the eyes of a protagonist. Generally speaking, the first-person shooter shares common traits with other...

 (FPS) computer game based heavily on the Quake III Arena
Quake III Arena
Quake III Arena , is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game released on December 2, 1999. The game was developed by id Software and featured music composed by Sonic Mayhem and Front Line Assembly...

style deathmatch. The OpenArena project was established on August 19, 2005, the day after the id Tech 3 GPL
GNU General Public License
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 source code
Source code
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 release. It is still in early development.

OpenArenas primary goal is to make a completely free, open source FPS game derived from Quake III. Its game engine
Game engine
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 is ioquake3, based upon id Software
Id Software
Id Software is an American video game development company with its headquarters in Richardson, Texas. The company was founded in 1991 by four members of the computer company Softdisk: programmers John Carmack and John Romero, game designer Tom Hall, and artist Adrian Carmack...

's GPL id Tech 3. In addition, a "missionpack" add-on is planned, to take advantage of the GPL'd
Quake III: Team Arena source code.

The newest version of
OpenArena 0.8.5 was released on February 23, 2010. The version 0.8.0 was removed because of the non-free content from the previous version.

OpenArena is available from the default repositories of a number of Linux
Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open source software development and distribution. The defining component of any Linux system is the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel first released October 5, 1991 by Linus Torvalds...

 distributions, including Debian
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, Fedora
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, Gentoo
Gentoo Linux
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, Mandriva
Mandriva Linux
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, and Ubuntu
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. It is also in development for the Maemo
Maemo is a software platform developed by the Maemo community for smartphones and Internet tablets. It is based on the Debian Linux distribution, but has no relation to it...

 mobile operating system.


OpenArenas game play attempts to emulate Quake III Arena
Quake III Arena
Quake III Arena , is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game released on December 2, 1999. The game was developed by id Software and featured music composed by Sonic Mayhem and Front Line Assembly...

: score frags to win the game using a balanced set of weapons each designed for different situations. Guns include a chaingun, rocket launcher, shotgun, and railgun. The Quake III style of play is very fast and requires skill to be played successfully online.

Gameplay modes exist such as Deathmatch
Deathmatch (gaming)
Deathmatch or Player vs All is a widely-used gameplay mode integrated into many shooter and real-time strategy computer games...

, Team Deathmatch, Tournament
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, and Capture The Flag
Capture the flag
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 (all modes also in the original Quake III). OpenArena version 0.7.6 adds the new Elimination, CTF Elimination, Last Man Standing and Double Domination gametypes. Domination mode is available, too, and the same are Harvester, One flag CTF and Overload modes (the latter three are from Quake 3: Team Arena).

OpenArena has undergone compatibility testing with some Quake 3 mods and maps. Because "OpenArena" is not finished, some of the many mods and maps created for the original game are not compatible. A list of tested mods can be found at

Legacy and impact

OpenArena has been used as a platform for scholarly work in computer science. Some examples include streaming graphics from a central server, and visualizing large amounts of network data.

See also

  • List of free first-person shooters
  • First-person shooters
  • FreeDoom
    Freedoom is a free Doom engine based first-person shooter game currently under development. The game is currently in an alpha stage and many features are missing, for example some monsters and other sprites are replaced by placeholder images, some levels are missing, and some levels have no music....

    , a similar effort but for Doom

External links

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