Development History

MV3D Object Editor circa 1998The concept and name for Multiverse dates back to the early 1990's where it was a MUD people could play via dialing in to a BBS system. That incarnation was fairly complete and included combat and eliza like AI for NPCs. Multiverse3D goes back to 1998 when it began as a C++ app built from scratch with a custom graphics engine, network layer, and physics engine. The custom 3d object modeler app is shown to the right. Eventually, it moved to using Crystal Space as the graphics engine and ODE as the physics engine. The codebase grew to 110kloc and the team was about 12 people at it's biggest.

MV3D First Crystal Space Tests in 2001In 2005, we hit some road blocks and took a break to write Siegium. Siegium made a lot more use of Python than MV3D had, and it also used Twisted for network gameplay. Both of those concepts worked out very well, and in mid 2006, the Python version of MV3D started development. Version 0.1 was released in September 2006 and featured a server and client with basic graphics.

  • Version 0.2 came in October 2006 and added terrain and physics amongst other things.
  • Version 0.3 was released in March 2008.
  • Version 0.32 was released in July 2008 and was the first open source release.
  • Version 0.34 was released in February 2009. It features many client user interface improvements and world editing tools.
  • Version 0.40 was released in January 2010 and concentrated on high availability.
  • Version 0.42 hit in June 2010 and in it, the core systems were made ready for tool building and content creation. This included a redesigned persistence mechanism and a cross system GUI layout.
  • Version 0.44 came out in September 2010. In this release, a functioning content creation toolchain was created. It became possible to populate a game world from scratch without using the command line or writing code.
  • Version 0.50 was released in February 2011. It was the first official Beta release of MV3D. Version 0.50, added support for a new 3D renderer: Panda3D. In addition, a path-finding system based on navigation meshes and A* was added. Many bugs and performance problems were also addressed.
  • Version 0.60 came out in August 2011. This release focused on server scalability but also added better Panda3D client support.
  • Version 0.70 is the current version in development and includes more client features, tool chain simplification, and bug fixing.
  • Version 1.0 is being tracked at a high level on the DevelopmentRoadmap page.

Check out the old MV3D news page on the wayback machine for some very early history.

MV3D has been primarily developed by MikeHandverger with contributions from Judd Cohen.

MV3D using Crystal Space in 2002