You may think I'm crazy, but you should read this:
Based on the forum you're in, I'm sure that you have played Arena when it first came out, or you downloaded DOS Box to convert your computer to 16-bit. Either way, you're here, and I am going to pitch an idea.
The thing that makes Arena so great is looking back and seeing, that even in 1994, most of the cities, towns, countries, governments, and plots were already developed by Bethesda studios. Unfortunately, for us gamers, looking at non-proportionate pixelated images is not so “Next Gen”, so why not do as gamers want? With the willpower of the Elder Scrolls Restoration community, we can remake a classic.
2. Old Files
The title of this section states it. The age of the game makes it impossible to open most files using modern software. This applies for most except for the applications that make up the engine. THIS IS WHERE CODERS COME INTO PLAY. They will need to analyze the content of these files and salvage as much as possible.
3. New Engine
Yup. You heard me right. We will be throwing out the rest of Arena to make a new game engine. CODERS LISTEN UP: This new engine will be similar to the old one, except (a) it needs to run on 32-bit and 64-bit systems, and (b) it needs better controls. Now, by “similar” I mean that buildings will be rectangular, map and inventory will be the same, and people will have only two sides.
4. 3d Models
Nothing to say here. All you have to do is incorporate new textures with square buildings and objects.
And now… the most important part: texturing. The base idea of this project was to make the textures look HD while being on flat objects. Basically, they’re just images being posted in the game. It’s as simple as that.
Really, I just want TES Arena to run on new computers, and I want it to look better. Maybe you could comment your thoughts?