After nearly a decade of work, the team behind the open-source OpenRA modding project have revealed that the first public test of something that’s not Red Alert: the Australian post-apocalyptic RTS Krush Kill ‘N Destroy.
It’s not the first time Beam Software’s – the same studio behind the excellent EA Cricket/Ashes Cricket games in the ’90s – Command & Conquer clone has been available. GOG has been selling the first and second game for years, although “due to technical issues” only the second has multiplayer.
So that’s where the OpenRA comes in, or more specifically, the KKnD Remake Team.
Much like OpenRA, the mission is to improve compatibility with modern systems while improving online functionality, modding capabilities, support for a broader range of resolutions and operating systems (like OSX and Linux).
According to an announcement post over the weekend, the fan developers started the project back in 2011. Seven years later, the first alpha of the game’s multiplayer is now finally available (with singleplayer to be implemented in alpha 0.2.0).
If you want to play the remastered singleplayer campaigns when they’re available, you’ll need KKnD 1 and 2 (when that’s worked on) from GOG. Skirmish matches, however, are completely available for free, and the goal is to remaster the audio, soundtracks, tilesets and sprites down the road when support becomes available.
“Running on mobile, console, RaspberryPi or other platforms will be possible if someone wants to maintain the OpenRA ports,” the official FAQ says.
You can see some progress on an alpha version of the game in a video from YouTuber Andre Mohren below. To follow the project and download the multiplayer alpha for Linux, OSX and Windows, as well as links to the sourcecode, head to the official remake page.