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DarkXL is a Hardware Accelerated remake of  Dark Forces. It requires the original game data, and will fully support the original game – with cutscenes, briefings and other features. In addition user mods and levels will be supported.

The point of this project is to allow people to play Dark Forces in high resolution, on windows in either “classic” mode (no new features) or “extended” mode. All modes will benefit from newer control methods like mouse look, high resolutions and color depth. The extended version will get new features such as real-time lighting, slopes, dual adjoins, vertical adjoins, better model support (md2 and/or md3) and more.

See the FAQ for more information.



1. Austin McComb - September 1, 2009

I can’t wait for the next build. Your doing an awesome job lucius, this just goes to show what some people can do for their love of hobbie.
Turn an already great game even better with enhanced graphics and other features.

2. jp-30 - September 18, 2009

This is amazing, I’ve made it ma news post on mixnmojo.com. Keep up the great work! Mouse-look in DF is wonderful.

3. Demiath - September 20, 2009

I really like what I’ve seen so far. Keep up the good work!

4. alectriciti - December 1, 2009

Hey lucius. You don’t know how excited I am for this project. I literally grew up with this game, and to see it revamped and improved with all those features you mentioned just makes it feel like christmas. 😀
I told my brother about this (he bought the game when it came out.) And I’m definitely sharing it with him when it comes out.
Keep at it!
I don’t know what I can do or that I can do it well, but if you need any help, feel free to ask. I’m around and I have a lot of free time on my hands.


5. Chris - October 26, 2010

Looks Good for all old gamers
Your work is appreciated

6. Jonathan - December 11, 2010

I completely forgot about this, followed it years ago. Do you plan on adding 3D models to this or allowing the community to make their own models (ala Doom or Duke Nukem 3d)? I know there was the Dark Forces Mod for Jedi Academy, you could possibly take models from there, possibly? Also they had some nice high quality music with that too.

Either way this looks great and can’t wait to be able to play this, the original Dark Forces was the FIRST FPS game I ever played, I remember buying the Lucasarts Archive Vol. 1 back in the 90’s and it included a demo for the game – the original first level – and from that moment on I was hooked on it and it was one of my favorite games, and the FPS genre one of my favorite genres.

luciusdxl - December 12, 2010

DarkXL will support model and texture replacements but it will be up to the community to develop high resolution resource packs.

7. Absynthetics - January 2, 2011

Dude, do you have a job making games? Because if not, you really, really should. I thought the daggerfall project was incredible and have been following it for months (well, as much as I can on a mac!) but then I just saw this for the first time today and I’m totally blown away. I swear man, on my next pay check you’re getting a (modest) donation for bringing back two games that I loved so much growing up.

8. friedmetroid - March 8, 2011

I don’t normally like posting comments on things, but I feel like this warrants it. I just wanna say how extremely glad I am to see someone doing this. You’re doing the world a great service, please keep it up!

9. themaniacboy - April 15, 2011

Man, Blood, Outlaws and Dark Forces ?
That’s one of the best packages i’ve ever seen combined.

Keep up the great work man, i’ll support you !

10. mark - June 8, 2011

you had me at mouse look

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