OpenRA is a brilliant service for fans of the early C&C and Dune games and they’ve just released a major update to all the games and the matchmaking system.

OpenRA now comes with a global chat channel which shared across all games which means players can now arrange matches and chat without joining the servers. To accommodate the changes the in-game server browser and skirmish lobbies have also been updated.

One of the best new features that’s been added is a speed selector. Players of the original games will remember being able to slide the game speed up or down and it was a feature that was sadly missing from OpenRA.

Another gameplay mechanic that’s been changed is that all units default to a defend stance now which should keep any rogue units in check. The OpenRA version of Red Alert  has received a stack of balancing changes and there’s five new missions for the Soviet campaign.

OpenRA has just got better and a full list of changes can be found in the lengthy change log.

It’s fantastic what the OpenRA team has achieved, these early C&C games are still some of the best RTS games ever created. If you’ve not tried OpenRA then you’re missing out.




Paul Younger
Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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