Last Updated on: 23rd December 2023, 01:44 pm
ZDoom – a family of enhanced ports of the Doom engine for running on modern operating systems. It runs on Windows, Linux, and OS X, and adds new features not found in the games as originally published by id Software.
Older ZDoom ports may be used and distributed free of charge. No profit may be made from the sale of it. GZDoom and its descendants from version 3.0.0 on are licensed GPL and are subject to the terms and restrictions of the new license.
ZDoom was originally created by Randi Heit using id Software’s and various others’ sources. Its successor ports GZDoom and QZDoom are now maintained by Christoph Oelckers, Alexey Lysiuk, Magnus Norddahl, Rachael Alexanderson, and Braden Obrzut.
– Next-Gen Dooming – ZDoom is a source port for the modern era, supporting current hardware and operating systems and sporting a vast array of user options. Make Doom your own again
– Maximum Game Support – In addition to Doom, ZDoom supports Heretic, Hexen, Strife, Chex Quest, and fan-created games like Harmony and Hacx. Meet the entire idTech 1 family
– Limitless Mod Potential – Experience mind-bending user-created mods, made possible by ZDoom’s advanced mapping features and the new ZScript language. Or make a mod of your own
The primary port, GZDoom, sports advanced hardware (OpenGL) and enhanced software rendering capabilities, while the port LZDoom serves as an alternative with a different feature set, detailed below.
LZDoom is based on an older version of GZDoom. It does not provide all features currently supported by GZDoom but in turn is capable of running the hardware renderer on older hardware which does not support modern OpenGL features.