The modding community for id's remake of Doom 3, titled Doom 3 BFG Edition, has some good news. Bethesda has announced that the GPL source code for Doom 3 BFG Edition is now available on the id Software page.

Bethesda has also listed the changelog for the game's latest update on the PC version. The update has new features as well as bug fixes. Here are the new features added to the game in the update:

  • All projectiles cast shadows
  • Texture LOD bias added to menu options
  • Added option to force v-sync (instead of “smart v-sync”)
  • Adjusted default brightness value
  • Shadow casting projectiles added to menu options
  • Allow setting anti-aliasing up to 16x on Nvidia hardware. AMD/Intel cap is at 8x
  • Adjusted range of vertical sensitivity (allows you to lower sensitivity further than original implementation)
  • Added option to disable checkpoints
  • Allow left/right to enter resolution menu
  • Variable FOV settings options were added into the main menu
  • Added controller bind options
  • Added additional anti-cheat measures
Doom 3 BFG Edition

Source code now available

The bug fixes for the game include fixed blood splatter effects after reloading a saved game, fixed broken view nodal code that allowed players to see through the world by backing into a wall and looking up, fixed weapon impact effects break after using the artifact, and fixed leaderboards to work across languages.

The Doom 3 BFG Edition was released in October. The set features a re-mastered version of both Doom 3, and its Resurrection of Evil add-on, along with seven new levels titled 'The Lost Mission.' The game has enhanced graphics that bring it to the current generation. Along with the add-on, the game has also been optimised in 3D, featuring 5.1 surround sound, achievements on the Xbox 360, trophies on the PlayStation 3, new rendering and lighting, and a new checkpoint save system. The controls have also been fine-tuned by id so that the game's fast-paced action translates better into the console versions.

The game features an armour-mounted flashlight, allowing players to have the flashlight on and the weapon ready at the same time. In the original Doom 3 release, players couldn’t keep the flashlight on while holding a gun; you had to pick either. This added to the game’s creepy atmosphere, which unfortunately couldn’t do much by itself to make the game scary.

The Doom 3 BFG Edition also includes the original Doom and Doom II, which were some of the games that defined the first person shooter as a genre in the early days of gaming.

Before release, the game was available to be played during this year’s QuakeCon. Along with the showcasing of Doom 3 BFG Edition, the gaming convention also held tournaments. The Quake Live tournament saw professional and amateur players compete for a share of the $30,000 prize. Events included the Duel Invitational Masters Campionship, Free For All, Capture the Flag Open, and Duel Open. Free For All will be available to all attendees at the Quake Live Free Play booth.

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