Modders Have Made Morrowind Look Like A Modern Game

After more than 18 years, Morrowind is making a triumphant return. OpenMW is a fan-built remaster of the iconic game, and a new fan trailer for the project shows off a world that’s more beautiful than Skyrim.

OpenMW is actually available right now – just head over to its official website and give it a download. You’ll of course need a copy of Morrowind in order to run the game, as “OpenMW is a game engine recreation and only replaces the program.” That means a legal copy of Bethesda’s aging title is required to run the fan remaster. Once you’ve got that all figured out, you’re ready to experience Morrowind like never before.

One of the great things about OpenMW is its mod support. This lets fans outside the development team get in on the action and build Morrowind into directions all their own. The latest and greatest showcase of this comes in the form of a new fan trailer – one that’s running with over 300 mods. Needless to say, the game looks impressive.

While OpenMW is currently playable, it’s not yet considered a full release. “There are still a number of issues that need to be addressed before we believe that we have reached parity with the original Morrowind game engine and Construction Set,” writes the team. “In particular, many of the new features we are planning for post-1.0 will require a functioning editor so that we can create mods that use them, thus bringing OpenMW-CS to parity is very important.” In other words – OpenMW will only get better through the year.

If you want to see what the game looks like without 300+ mods, the OpenMW team released a video in 2020 to celebrate the release of version 0.46.0. The update was one of the largest ever for the project, and it introduced real-time shadows and new AI pathfinding to the game. It doesn’t look quite as good as the fan’s version, but it’s still a huge step up from base Morrowind.

For more information, check out the official OpenMW website.

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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.

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