Game engine with official Haiku support

First post, so short introduction: I’m Laurin better known as lyniat and I’m professional game dev from Germany. Currently solo “CEO” :smiley: and dev at my own company. (The last one with employees did not work as expected :smiley: ).
I’m currently developing an own game engine, mostly for own products but also with the goal to sell it for some bucks on if everything works. :slight_smile: I have 10+ years of Unity experience but I’m not a Unity fan anymore. (Different reasons). I spent a lot of time developing with the great DragonRuby engine and fall totally in love with it’s simple concept.
DR is also the reason why I also chose Ruby as scripting language.
Last week I wanted to do a short break from daily business so I went through different topics on the internet and found Haiku.
I tested it a lot with Parallels on my iMac and it was a really cool experience! :+1:
So I started porting my engine for Haiku and progress is so far better than I expected.
Of course it will never be the next Unity or Unreal but I thought having a beginner friendly game engine with official support for this OS would be a cool thing.
So I wanted to check out if there are some people in this community who are interested in having such a tool and if there are some things you don’t want to miss.
I will post some screenshots and / or a video if I get the engine running on Haiku as expected. :slight_smile:


You could be interested by this thread about Drag[en]gine from Dragon Dreams which also has Haiku support. If you want to test it, it should be available though HaikuDepot.

Anything that makes haiku interesting for new developers or users is welcome.

Welcome/Willkommen to the Community


Short update: Beside the fact that it’s suuuuper slow (software renderer) everything is working now. Last part, replacing X11 with Haikus nativ window system was a bit stressfull but it was worth the effort! I will try get it running on an old Laptop the next days with HA so that I can record a short video :slight_smile:


I am looking for a game project that I could develop with you on Haiku and with Haiku. I have a friend who develops Tibia, so he keeps his knowledge of c ++ at a high level. I’d like to do game-dev like him.
I searched the entire forum know about the morrowind port, however this project is now closed.
Please give me some ideas for my development

There is OpenMW in haikuports, if that could be helpful :slight_smile:

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With Drag[en]gine I once started creating the ToolKit binding for the IGDE (Drag[en]gine game IDE) but never finished it since I got absorbed in other things. If this binding would be done the IGDE would run on Haiku. If you are interested to help me this would be great. The binding part is coded in a separate git branch. Basically it means porting this to this.

Or you could just finish patching the FOX Toolkit + Xlibe to run on Haiku that way. I tested Xlibe with the FOX toolkit and it mostly worked but had some critical problems that prevented it from being usable (something related to focus management, though I recall finding some hack which fixed that, and then font rendering looks terrible because the FOX toolkit really expects Xft which I didn’t implement.)

That would be an option. But I designed the tool-kit abstraction so I can allow the toolkit to look-and-feel like the the UI the user typically expects on his system… that is “if” you have a standard toolkit like Windows/MacOS/Haiku has it. But all solutions that yield to a result are fine with me. I’m just not sure fixing FOX is going so easy. It has some nasty sticks up his but outside the Windows/Linux realm :frowning: