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4 GB Mod Brings 2011 Graphics to Morrowind

By - Source: Joystiq | B 19 comments

A user-created mod updates the graphics and sounds of The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind.

Joystiq points to a just-completed mod for Bethesda's now-classic The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind that updates the visuals and sounds of the PC version to today's standards.

For its time, the RPG was impressive visually even on the original Xbox console, however this new overhaul takes the impressive graphics to new heights. Naturally there have been a few bumps along the development road but modder Tyler "Warwon" Smith seems confident that everything has been resolved.

"I have been able to test the mod pack on two machines here to correct a few dozen issues, some rather complex that I didn't see coming," Warwon said over on Reddit. "I have removed all the bad little errors with mlox, and TESTool. Those tools brought to light a lot of awful issues and outdated modes I was using that are now fixed."

According to Warwon, the mod weighs in at a hefty 4 GB uncompressed and in addition to the original Morrowind install. The actual compressed file is 1.08 GB in size, however Warwon is currently still looking for someone to host the hefty download.

To run this hi-res mod, Warwon suggests that gamers meet the following PC specs:

  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Intel Quad at 2.40 GHz
  • 4 GB of dual channel ram at 800 Mhz
  • Radeon 5670 with 1 GB or compatible

For Morrowind fans looking to update the graphics, keep checking back here to see if hosts have been provided. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy the demonstation pasted below, or just hang tight for another ten months for The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.

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    warmon6 , January 3, 2011 9:31 PM
    Well now..... how ironic. :lol:  Not only had i just reinstall morrowind and started playing it again after all these years, the guy name is very very close to mine. warmon6 / warwon :heink: 
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    cmartin011 , January 3, 2011 9:38 PM
    brings me back to the day I loved that game!
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    Antichrist , January 3, 2011 9:41 PM
    I bought the Game Of The Year edition but haven't gotten around to playing it yet...now may be a good time to give this game a try!
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    Aionism , January 3, 2011 9:49 PM
    I was hoping this would be a new mod but it's just a big compilation of mods. Those always seem to have a few questionable choices in them but I might try this pack out (sounds simpler than hunting down all of the mods and making them work) if I feel like playing Morrowind again someday.
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    Supertrek32 , January 3, 2011 9:56 PM
    I was hoping to see revamped character models. That above all else has always been what's bothered me about morrowind graphics. They seem to have altered the heads, but they still walk/run like robots.
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    agnickolov , January 3, 2011 10:58 PM
    Hopefully it works with the Steam version.
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    elcentral , January 4, 2011 12:07 AM
    is it youst me or do the gamer bring a lot more love then meny of the game developers them self ewer had for the game?
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    rpgplayer , January 4, 2011 12:17 AM
    The modding community is what really keeps a game alive past it's first year. Some companies realize this and they promote modding, look at how many mods there were for Half Life.
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    arlandi , January 4, 2011 12:24 AM
    this is just awesome. may have to dig up the old disc somewhere and reinstall even if its just to see the mod.
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    ben850 , January 4, 2011 6:09 AM
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    Warwon is currently still looking for someone to host the hefty download.


    Why doesn't he just upload it via BitTorrent?
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    THEfog101 , January 4, 2011 6:55 AM
    Anybody Remember the Program which was used to convert Morrowind so it would function with the oblivion game engine (Updated Version of Gamebyro). That Pumped out some bloody decent visuals for its time, its a shame it was never finished because Bethesda had a bitch about it.
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    hardcore_gamer , January 4, 2011 2:16 PM
    ben850Why doesn't he just upload it via BitTorrent?


    It'll lead to game+mod torrents :) )
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    youssef 2010 , January 4, 2011 5:27 PM
    Excellent work
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    jossrik , January 5, 2011 2:13 AM
    Things like this upset me. Not that the game got a reboot, that's awesome. Not that the game has some really hardcore fans who can do a reboot. But that the game was for lack of a better term, too open. I like games to have a story, I don't want to write the story to the game, cause lemme tell ya, I'd have definitely added more lemmings or something, Polecats for fans of Full Throttle. What makes the games enjoyable and immersive is that you connect with the characters, I understand the whole I wanna make the character the way that I want, and I want it to be able to do anything, but in that vein, why even bother to write a story?

    I loved the game til I was lvl 48 with rugged trousers and a rusty letter opener cause I couldn't find the !#%#% second village or whatever, so I left the story line cause I couldn't find it, but I did find another town, I pickpocketed everyone in town and now I have a billion gold pieces and no idea where to go, the FAQs assume I know where I am and how to get back to where I should have been, and people are like what are you talking about I beat the game in 6 hours first playthrough Just go North from the first town, well, the first town is three people standing around a shack near the river, not what I call a town, but whatever, Dungeon Masters have entirely too much time, and not enough brain cells, at least with real people at the wheel, they can keep things interesting where as game IQ is if you've hit the lvl 57 wolves that look just like the lvl 3 wolves you were just pwning you've gone too far.

    Games of that nature are overkill, don't believe me, ask any nerd what the backstory of any character in Dragon Age is, cause every one you talk to talks for hours, and none of it is relevant, it's like a bad Monty Python sketch that has no commercials. "I didn't vote for him!" "Help! Help! I'm being opressed!" Go talk to Prince Chandelier. No directions, what's he look like? No one !@#%!# knows. You can ask questions about how the town got ransacked, you know how it got ransacked, !#%@!#$^ bad guys with torches. Where is the Prince? If one more idiot tells me about the hard times again I STFG I'ma save, beatdown, reload, then beatdown again. Yes, the voice acting is above average. Don't care, didn't care about the characters or the story that never unfolded.

    I don't like the game to be on rails, I like to be able to wander off, but I also like a little compass somewhere that can tell me how to get back to where I was supposed to be so I can go on with the story when I'm ready to stop exploring the way too expansive planet.
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    mrecio , January 5, 2011 9:50 PM
    does it work with the steam version?
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    Darkv1 , January 6, 2011 11:17 PM
    Wow...I though Morrowind looked good when just using the Morrowind Graphics Extender. Looks like I'm going to lose a few hundred more hours of my life in Vvardenfell.
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    The_Prophecy , January 6, 2011 11:58 PM
    Interesting.... perhaps i'll pull out Morrowind again and try these out.
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    thething , January 8, 2011 6:17 PM
    The link is no longer valid (seems bethesda started acting??), also the video was removed, please update the post if you have info [worried]
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    Anonymous , February 14, 2011 5:37 PM
    http://www.gamepron.com/news/2011/01/03/morrowind-2011-mod-complete-download-here/