- July 23 ,2016 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Daikatana 1.3 July 2016 Release available! - update by DI-MeisterM

The official Daikatana 1.3 project has released a new build for Windows, Linux, Mac and FreeBSD. You can grab the latest July 2016 build from the project page. You can keep it up-to-date with the new Windows Auto-Updater! I also mirrored all platform builds on my server aswell:

Additional stuff:

  • pak6.pak (containing fixed/updated Levels from 2016-03-26)
  • pak5.pak (32-bit textures)
  • pak9.pak (containing most user community maps (excluding some unfinished/unpolished ones)

The DaikatanaNews Gameserver has been also successfully updated to this build. Happy fraggin!

- April 29 ,2016 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
BLACKROOM Kickstarter on hold! - update by DI-MeisterM

John Romero and Adrian Carmack decided to put the BLACKROOM Kickstarter campaign on hold:

"After listening to the gaming community since we've launched the campaign, we've decided to give you what you've asked for: a gameplay demo of BLACKROOM. The team is at work on a demo which demonstrates the kind of gameplay, look and innovative, cool features that make BLACKROOM truly unique — the things we’ve waited years to put into an FPS and which make us incredibly excited about this game.

There’s a hitch here, a hitch that’s making us do something that’s right for the game, the team, and the community: we’re pressing “PAUSE” on the fundraising campaign for BLACKROOM to complete this gameplay demo. Simply put, this will take more time than the Kickstarter has left, so we’ve decided to suspend the campaign and launch a new one when the gameplay demo is ready. We believe, however, it is the right choice. Thanks to the community feedback, we know we should have included it at launch.

Your support for our game and our vision has been incredible and valuable. You've already proved you want this campaign to succeed, and we believe a gameplay demo will get the rest of the gaming community just as excited for this game as you already are. We will, of course, honor backer achievements in the next campaign. We’ll add an extra something for those of you who continue to support us and we will be in touch to collect your information to reward your support in the next campaign.

While we're working on the first gameplay demo, we welcome you to stay in touch with us at nightworkgames.com and @nightworkgames. Sign up for our newsletter for regular updates. You’re also welcome to email us at info@nightworkgames.com.

John, Adrian, & The Night Work Games Team"

I still belive in John skills and hope he'll come back with a kick-ass new pitch on Kickstarter and awesome gameplay footage!

- April 25 ,2016 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
BLACKROOM - A FPS by John & Adrian on Kickstarter! - update by DI-MeisterM

John Romero and fellow id Software co-founder Adrian Carmack proudly announce BLACKROOM™, a visceral, varied and violent shooter that harkens back to classic FPS play with a mixture of exploration, speed, and intense, weaponized combat. Use fast, skillful movement to dodge enemy attacks, circle-strafe your foes, and rule the air as you rocket jump in the single- and multiplayer modes. BLACKROOM launches with unique multiplayer maps and robust modding support for the community to make diabolical creations of their own design - Coming Winter 2018 to PC!

Do you like this as much as I do? Pledge on the Kickstarter page of BLACKROOM!

- April 21 ,2016 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
The Return ! - update by DI-MeisterM

John Romero returns with a new First Person Shooter announcement on April 25th. You can check out the teaser video here:

More news will be available on April 25th on NightWorkGames.com!

- March 26 ,2016 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Happy Easter with a new DK 1.3 Release ! - update by DI-MeisterM

I wish you all Happy Easter 2016! The official Daikatana 1.3 project has released a new build for Windows, Linux and Mac. You can grab the 2016-03-26 build from the project page. I also mirrored all platform builds on my server aswell:

  • Windows: DK_EXE_032616_FULL.7Z
  • Linux: Daikatana-Linux-2016-03-26.tar.bz2
  • Mac: Daikatana-OSX-2016-03-26.zip

It's important to use the updated pak6.pak file which is included in the Windows build!

The DaikatanaNews Gameserver has been also successfully updated to this build. Happy fraggin!

- March 15 ,2016 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Another new DK 1.3 Build for Win, Linux and Mac available ! - update by DI-MeisterM

The official Daikatana 1.3 project has released another new build for Windows, Linux and Mac. You can grab the 2016-03-08 build from the project page. I also mirrored all platform builds on my server aswell:

  • Linux -> Daikatana-Linux-2016-03-06.tar.bz2 [8,06 MB]
  • *new* Windows -> DK_EXE_030816_FULL.7Z [81,4 MB]
  • Mac -> Daikatana-OSX-2016-03-07.zip [8,58 MB]
  • *new* latest pak6.pak [33,22 MB]

The DaikatanaNews Gameserver has been also successfully updated to this build, including the new pak6.pak!
Happy fraggin!

- March 7 ,2016 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
New DK 1.3 Build for Win, Linux and Mac available ! - update by DI-MeisterM

The official Daikatana 1.3 project has released a new build for Windows, Linux and Mac. You can grab the 2016-03-06 build from the project page. I also mirrored all platform builds on my server aswell:

  • Linux -> Daikatana-Linux-2016-03-06.tar.bz2 [8,06 MB]
  • Windows -> DK_EXE_030616_FULL.7Z [81,43 MB]
  • Mac -> Daikatana-OSX-2016-03-07.zip [8,58 MB]
  • Latest pak6.pak [33,22 MB]

The DaikatanaNews Gameserver has been also successfully updated to this build.
Happy fraggin!

- January 24 ,2016 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Classic Doom Linux Game Server available with E1M8B ! - update by DI-MeisterM

DaikatanaNews.net is now hosting a Zandronum Classic Doom Linux Server with John Romero's first created Doom map in 21 years called "Tech Gone Bad" (e1m8b):

DaikatanaNews.net :: Linux x64 :: Romero's Tech Gone Bad (e1m8b)

You can read more about John Romero's map in this article and download it HERE.

To play on my server you need the Zandronum Client and to join you can use the Doomseeker server browser. Both are available for various of platforms!

Furthermore to restart the map you can "
callvote map e1m8" in Doom's ingame console!

Happy Coop-ing! :)

- January 7 ,2016 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Happy New Year & Daikatana 1.3 for Mac ! - update by DI-MeisterM

First off: I wish you all a happy new year and that most of your goals will be accomplished!

The developer of Daikatana 1.3 have released a first Mac build. You can download it HERE.

I tested it with a fully clean version of Daikatana 1.2. You need to extract the contents of the zip and start the Daikatana app. Then you have to point it to the DATA directory of the Daikatana 1.2 installation.

- December 26 ,2015 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
A new release of Daikatana 1.3 is available! - update by DI-MeisterM

I received this awesome news by [HCI]Mara'akate

"There is a new version of Daikatana 1.3 for Windows Clients. This is a preliminary version of the new protocol which includes HTTP Downloading, Compressed Packets, Fixes the packet overflowing issues on connect, Map and gamemode voting, Spectator Mode and a wide range of bug fixes and features.

Currently the [HCI]Mara'akate servers are exclusively using this protocol. A Linux version is planned to follow in a few weeks. Knightmare has been busy the past year but has returned and has pushed some new udpates to further reduce packet sizes across the network so we don't want to force the upgrade over DaikatanaNews (server) until this is finalized... but rest assured the work is progressing.

We also have a little Christmas easter egg in this version. All weather effects have been replaced with snow and the Christmas song "Deadly Gentleman" from Rise of The Triad will play.

Have a great Holiday and Merry Christmas from everyone the Daikatana 1.3 team!"

As always you can grab the latest release of Daikatana 1.3 on the official project page, right HERE. Enjoy!

As described, the DaikatanaNews Gameserver can't yet been updated to the latest version. I'll have to wait for the compatible Linux server release.

- December 24 ,2015 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2016! - update by DI-MeisterM

I wish you all merry christmas and a good start into 2016! As promised, the first Map Rotation vote interim results are available:

Click to vote!
Click on the image for the full results!

Thats means I activated the following map rotation on the DaikatanaNews Gameserver:

maps_dm "e1dm2a, e4dm1, e3dm2, e3dm1, e1dm1a, e3dm4, e2dm1, e1dm3"

Have great holidays, until next year!

- December 19 ,2015 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Vote for DaikatanaNews.net Gameserver Map Rotation! - update by DI-MeisterM

This year's holiday season is near so I thought it would be a good idea that you can vote for YOUR favorite Deathmatch Map Rotation on the DaikatanaNews Gameserver! Multiple choices are allowed, simply click on the image to get to the vote:

Click to vote!
Click on image to vote!

I will make a check on December 24 for the interim results and based on that the first map rotation will be activated!

- December 5 ,2015 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Replaced PAK files on DaikatanaNews Gameserver! - update by DI-MeisterM

Many players reporting issues regarding "version dismatches" of map files while trying to connect to the DaikatanaNews Gameserver, especially with map "e2m2a".

I've replaced all PAK files on the Gameserver, it uses now the PAK files from Daikatana 1.3 release "Windows pre-Beta version from 2015-01-23 FULL PACKAGE". Make sure you don't have any of these maps in your Data/Maps folder (because they're included in pak5.pak):

- July 6 ,2015 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Daikatana Milestone 2 Release! - update by DI-MeisterM

Thanks to an anonym source and John Romero's permission, I'm glad to announce that the Daikatana Milestone 2 from September 1997 is now available for public as free download! You can find the download link and a "How To Get It Running" guide by clicking on the logo below:

- June 25 ,2015 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Daikatana Mplayer Jacket and more stuff! - update by DI-MeisterM

Today I've received an AWESOME package by John Romero containing a Daikatana Mplayer Jacket, Mplayer Deathmatch Guide by Killcreek, a Poster and Postcard. You can check them out by clicking on the thumbnails below:

- May 20 ,2015 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Daikatana trailer from Eidos Sampler CD 1998 available ! - update by DI-MeisterM

I've received from John Romero a Eidos Sampler CD from 1998 containing one of the first Daikatana trailers.

Click To Resize!

Thanks to the permission by John Romero you can
download the trailer HERE (20 megs).

- April 19 ,2015 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
PC Gamer explains how to run DK on Windows 7/8 ! - update by DI-MeisterM

There's an article available at PC Gamer in which they explain how to run Daikatana on a modern Windows system. The solution: with Daikatana 1.3 of course! You can check out the article and the lazy comments over HERE.

- February 1 ,2015 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
John Romero plays Doom & talks about DK 1.3 ! - update by DI-MeisterM

John Romero was invited by Double Fine, who recently released Grim Fandango Remastered, to play some Doom and talk about Doom's history. He also mentions Daikatana 1.3, you can check it out here:

The segment he talks about DK 1.3 starts around 5:30 mins.

- January 23 ,2015 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
A new Daikatana 1.3 full package is available ! - update by DI-MeisterM

The official Daikatana 1.3 project page offers a new full package for the Win32 Client version. I've mirrored the package also here:

- January 11 ,2015 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
The new year starts with a Daikatana 1.3 fix! - update by DI-MeisterMI hope that you all had a great start into the new year and that most for your goals will be accomplished!

There's a new Daikatana 1.3 fix available for the Win32 Client, which fixes disappearing wall and floor textures. You can download it HERE.

- December 24 ,2014 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2015! - update by DI-MeisterMI wish you all merry christmas and a good start into 2015! Don't forget to take a look at Daikatana 1.3 and visit the DaikatanaNews.net Gameserver (dkserver.daikatananews.net:27992) for some deathmatching. The server is available 24/7 and can be seen in Daikatana's Ingame Serverbrowser!

Have great holidays, until next year!

- December 13 ,2014 -redline.gif (43 bytes)

Daikatana for only $2.80 at Square Enix Online Shop! - update by DI-MeisterMThe Square Enix Online Shop is currently selling Daikatana (download version) for only $2.80. If you haven't already, you can buy it HERE. Don't forget to pimp it with Daikatana 1.3 later.

- December 11 ,2014 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Daikatana 1.3 - Weapon Models on HUD Fix available! - update by DI-MeisterMThere's a new Daikatana 1.3 fix available for the Win32 Client, which fixes the Weapon Model display issues on the HUD. You can download it HERE.

- November 4 ,2014 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Daikatana 1.3 - New Win-Client with Widescreen-Menu! - update by DI-MeisterMThe Windows-Client of Daikatana 1.3 has been updated. Lots of bugs have been fixed, but it's still pre-beta! This version also features an awesome Widescreen-Menu:

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You can grab it on the official Bitbucket Project Daikatana 1.3 webpage! I have also mirrored the FULL PACKAGE of the Windows-Client HERE.
- September 26 ,2014 -redline.gif (43 bytes)

Daikatana Pre-Release Archive, Wiki and more! - update by DI-MeisterMI've received a couple of emails by Teflon regarding a Daikatana Pre-Release Archive Materials collection, which includes videos, concept arts, magazine scans, screenshots and more. You can grab the collection HERE.

Teflon has also created a Daikatana Pre-Alpha Wiki page where he publishes all kind of information regarding the Pre-Alpha version of Daikatana, which John Romero released in 2004.

Last, but not least, Teflon created a tiny mod, which replaces E2 spiders with gryphons and Satyr. You can download it HERE.

- June 2 ,2014 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Daikatana 1.3 available for public testing - update by DI-MeisterMWe decided that it's time to spread the news: the current in-development version of Daikatana 1.3 is now available to download for Linux (Client+Server) and Windows (Client+Server):

Click here:

I mirrored all current version here:

Please don't forget this is a work in progress build and there are bugs and issues. If you want to support this small community you can submit bugs on the Bitbucket Daikatana 1.3 Project page. Also don't forget to read the INSTRUCTIONS.

Thanks for the support and have fun!

- May 31 ,2014 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
GameSpy Master Servers Shutdown - Workarounds for Daikatana - update by DI-MeisterMEffective May 31, 2014, GameSpy will cease providing all hosted services for all games still using GameSpy.
That means, without GameSpy's master server it won't be possible to find any Daikatana multiplayer servers in the ingame browser (or any other browser).

Thanks to Ron Mercer's Qtracker GameSpy Server Emulation there's a workaround available for you! I wrote down a detailed article which describes how to fix this issue.

Click here:
GameSpy Master Servers Shutdown - Workarounds for Daikatana

- May 26 ,2014 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
DaikatanaNews.net Gameserver Address after GameSpy Shutdown - update by DI-MeisterMThe DaikatanaNews.net Deathmatch Gameserver (Version 1.2/1.3) is and will be available, even after the shutdown of GameSpy's Masterserver, at following address:


You can simply join it by opening the ingame console with this command:

connect dkserver.daikatananews.net:27992If you want a permant availability in your Daikatana ingame server-browser you can add it also to your own config or autoexec.cfg file in the ..\Daikatana\Data folder:

set adr0 "dkserver.daikatananews.net:27992"

Happy fraggin'! :)

- October 2 ,2013 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Daikatana is now available on Steam - update by DI-MeisterM

It looks like the big bosses of Square Enix decided to release Daikatana for $6.99 on Valve's Steam Store. There are no details available if this is a modified version of the game for modern hardware or not. The only information I know is that they don't have a single code line of the Daikatana 1.3 source code.

- July 20 ,2013 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
OpenKatana is looking for Level Designers - update by DI-MeisterM

eukos posted via Quake.de forums that he's currently looking for level designers for the OpenKatana project. If you're interested you can email eukos or hogsy.

- July 20 ,2013 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
OpenKatana News Update June 2013 - update by DI-MeisterM

Mark "hogsy" Sowden has posted a new update regarding the OpenKatana project. You can get on indieDB news about the current progress, screenshots and music of the project. Enjoy!

- July 20 ,2013 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Technical issues - update by DI-MeisterM

There have been technical issues which prevent me to update this webpage. These issues have been fixed now! Sadly but true that means lot of "news" are a little outdated now, sorry for that!

- May 13 ,2013 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Daikatana 1.3 shadows - update by DI-MeisterM

Jan "Knightmare" Schmidt sent some visual updates regarding Daikatana 1.3, he's currently enhancing the shadows. Enjoy these screenshots:

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- February 18 ,2013 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
OpenKatana updates - update by DI-MeisterM

Mark "hogsy" Sowden has posted news about his OpenKatana project. Peter Horvath joined the development for creating ingame music. You can listen to some previews HERE and HERE. In other news, the official developer blog has been moved. The project is running better than ever and should be finished this year. Fingers crossed!
- December 22,2012 -redline.gif (43 bytes)

Merry christmas and happy new year - update by DI-MeisterM

I wish you all merry christmas and a good start into 2013! Furthermore I want to take the opportunity to thank following persons for their great Daikatana community help and work during the year 2012:

  • Frank Holden Sapone (for his work on DK 1.3)Knightmare (for his work on DK 1.3)Mark "hogsy" Sowden (for his work on OpenKatana)
  • eukos (for his work on OpenKatana)

The next year will hopefully make it possible to release all the cool stuff the community been preparing and working on all these months...stay tuned!

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- September 8 ,2012 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Interceptor Entertainment likes Daikatana Multiplayer - update by DI-MeisterM

It looks like that the producers of the Rise of Triad Remake are big fans of Daikatana's multiplayer component. Well at least project leader Frederik Schreiber enjoys it:

Thanks for playing on the DaikatanaNews.net Daikatana Server guys!

- July 3 ,2012 -redline.gif (43 bytes)

OpenKatana is now on moddb - update by DI-MeisterM

Mark "hogsy" Sowden, project leader of OpenKatana, brought me the first news item for the new month: OpenKatana is now available on ModDB/IndieDB! The launch brings you a couple of screenshots and a small teaser video about the weapon models. Enjoy!

- June 26 ,2012 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Daikatana 1.3 teasing: Widescreen - update by DI-MeisterM

Daikatana 1.3, a not so secret project anymore, got now the first teaser trailer on Youtube. There you can see how the game looks, how the main menu aspect ratio got fixed and many more, new additions. It's coming... :)

On a side note: I've updated the Daikatana Linux Server for DaikatanaNews with the lastest binaries aswell. Don't worry: it's still compatible with version 1.2!

- May 12 ,2012 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Daikatana Linux Server Modding: Part 1: First Draft - update by DI-MeisterM

I'm currently working on a case modification for my Daikatana Linux Server. Actually, it's currently the front panel I'm working on. Here's a quicksnap of the very first draft:

(Click to enlarge!)

If you're also interested in more detailed stuff, especially about some Daikatana 1.3 (yup, it's coming!) teasing you can contact me also on Facebook. Peace!

- May 1 ,2012 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
OpenKatana Update - update by DI-MeisterM

Mark "hogsy" Sowden just emailed me the latest news regarding his project OpenKatana:

"[...]I've recently been working on quite a major overhaul of the engine which has led to a lot of the game-logic and menu system to be almost completely rewritten (and on top of that I have some other bits I'm working on such as an in-engine "editor environment"), however it's also put a lot of strain on both of us as rewriting a lot of the game-logic has taken longer than anticipated, we had originally started the rewrite at the end of last year and we're still working on it. [...] It's rather bothersome as there's a lot of fantastic things that have recently happened surrounding OpenKatana and I'd love to go into them but I'll probably save that for another time. All I can really say right now is that I hope this'll be the equivalent of Daikatana 2 ;)

Many "in-progress" development screenshots can be found on Google Docs OpenKatana page. Enjoy!

- March 3 ,2012 -redline.gif (43 bytes)
Daikatana Multiplayer Event on upcoming Monday! - update by DI-MeisterM

Kyle Gagliardo, who's responsible for a classic gaming Facebook page called Vinticuffs! is currently organizing a multiplayer event for Daikatana. Currently it's scheduled 6 PM (US TIME) on Monday, March 5. Pre-organisation will start on Facebook & Steam around 5 PM. I got this information from John Romero, it looks like he's participating aswell!

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