Savage: The Battle for Newerth
Savage: The Battle for Newerth
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Savage: The Battle for Newerth0.8

26 March 2005

1st person, real time strategy game.

Overview

Savage: The Battle for Newerth was originally released by S2 Games in September 2003 and eventually became freeware 3 years later in September 2006, when the game has been officially abandoned and made open source. The last official patch (2.0e) came out in January 2004. Since then Savage: The Battle for Newerth has been continuously improved by the Savage community: from 2004 to 2005 by the EX2 team, from 2005 to 2007 by the SEP/SFE team and since 2008 by the XR team.

Although the game has been criticized for being released in an unpolished state, lacking basic features and any kind of tutorials, Savage: The Battle for Newerth with its innovative RTS/FPS gameplay was far ahead of its time, winning awards such as the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Technical Excellence and the Audience Award at the Independent Games Festival 2004 or the Editor's Choice Award "8.7 - Great" by IGN.com.

Why is there no official Website for Savage: The Battle for Newerth by S2 Games?

S2 Games shut their official game servers down in 2004 and the stats server in 2007. In 2014 the Savage Master Server was frozen/shut down as well (so new game servers wouldn't show up) and they completely removed all information about Savage on their website. In 2018 S2 Games was quietly closed. Everything that's shut down (and much more) is taken over/provided by the Savage Community! Savagexr.com is the new official home of Savage, where you will find the most in-depth information about the game.

Where can I download Savage: The Battle for Newerth?
Savage: The Battle for Newerth with the latest SFE (Savage Full Enhancement) patch is available here: Client (Windows, Linux) | Client (Mac) | Server (Windows, Linux)
Does Savage: The Battle for Newerth still work?

The server version linked above does still work, the client does not, unless you're using a very old PC with outdated graphic card drivers. In 2010 an OpenGL update caused a bug making Savage unable to run for everyone. This critical crash bug is fixed in Savage XR.

Are there still populated servers for Savage: The Battle for Newerth?

Yes, Savage is still alive and rocking, but the entire community is using Savage XR. You won't be able to play Savage: The Battle for Newerth online using the old 2.0e, SEP or SFE client, unless you're hosting your own server.

Is Savage: The Battle for Newerth compatible with Savage XR?

No, but Savage XR is downwards compatible with Savage: The Battle for Newerth. The gameplay in Savage XR remained mostly unchanged, so it makes little sense using an outdated version of Savage anyway.

What's new in Savage: The Battle for Newerth

Who should download this:

Intel-Based Mac (ie: MacBook (tested), MacBook Pro(tested), Intel iMac (tested), Mac Pro(not tested)

Q: How do I install?

A: Download using one of the links above. Drag the "Savage" application wherever you want it to live. It's installed! Drag the Installer disk to the trash to dismount. Do Not run Savage from the Disk Image.

Q: What Version of Savage will I be running?

A: SFE* No further patching will be required. Once you install, you are ready to roll!

Q: Will this work on a PPC-based Mac?

A: No. Don't even try it. (Yes, I tried it, read the first part again.)

Q: Are there any known bugs?

A: More like "quirks". But there are also fixes!

  • Quirk: Your settings are retained in the program; this means if you want to have multiple people on the same machine to play Savage for Mac, they will have to change their settings -OR- you will need a copy of Mac Savage for each person. Status: I'm working on this
  • Quirk: You must quit Savage from within the application. Do NOT use CMD-Q or File -> Quit. Won't work. Status: It's a feature.
  • Bug: Very rarely, Savage for Mac stalls on quit. You will have to "Force Quit" (CMD-Option-ESC), which will quit the Savage without a problem. Status: If I get a lot of reports of it, I'll look into it.
  • Fixed: Aiming crosshair for Ballista and Catapult fixed (If you've been playing Savage on PPC Mac, prepare to suddenly understand how people hit you with Ballista and Catapult. )
  • Fixed: Getting "Info" on players stats in game now works.
  • Fixed: Add-ons, like Stack-o-Meter can now be added.
  • Feature: You can now Switch applications while playing Savage or play in "windowed" mode. CMD-Tab (Switch Application) and CMD-Return (Toggle Window/Full Screen)
Q: Does this/Will this work with XR?

A: Beats me. I'll try and get it working when I get my hands on a copy of XR. I've contacted Django for a copy & am just waiting to hear back. I hope & suspect it will work, but no promises.

Q: Was the PPC port that Virtual Programming released really that Bad?

A: IMO, no. but the siege aiming crosshair for humans really did suck.

AA: And you didn't ask, but comparative FPS on this rocks.

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7 Reviews of Savage: The Battle for Newerth

Anonymous
26 March 2005
Version: 1.0

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What! This game really come to mac! Man this is awesome, this was the only game that would make me put a PC on my desk next to my Mac. And now it is on mac! Unfortunetly, I don't think I would be able to run it fine on my g3 ibook :(. But I'll try :-)
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Anonymous
17 October 2005
Version: 1.0.1
I can't join any games becasue no game will come up on the screen.
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4.5
Anonymous
30 March 2005
Version: 1.0.1
ITS THE BEST GAME I'VE EVER PLAYED, the full version is SO much better then the demo, trust me, there are hundreds maps, new mods coming out, and people willing to teach you how to play. I've had savage for over a year and half now, and its never let me down :D you should all buy it!! lol
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3.25
Anonymous
28 March 2005
Version: 1.0.1
The graphics are good, there are definitely some stradegy elements, and non-stop action. Its fun for a while, but it gets repeatative pretty quick. Re- spawn times vs life-span is pretty meager, which can get frustrating. No adventure element or single player mode, just kill kill kill. And hey, sometimes thats exactly what I am looking for. But seriously, VP gave me enough in the demo not to warrent paying for the full version, considering the shallowness of the game play and how little time it takes me to get bored with it. So if you are into perpetual fragging, this game is for you! As for myself, I prefer a little more substance and depth. For what it is... an on-line multi-player non-stop frag-fest, VP did a great job and its worth a download to scope it out! But it's no WoW.
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Anonymous
26 March 2005
Version: 1.0
I am having the same issue as 'Anonymous'. Downloads, installs, launches (screen goes black like its beginning to launch & change screen resolution) and then just quits. No error message, no nothing. I am on a duel 867 G4 running OSX 10.3.8 with a Gforce4 and 768mb of RAM. I too would really like to try this demo! Can anyone out there offer us some help?
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Anonymous
26 March 2005
Version: 1.0
Installed, launches, then just quits! Any ideas? As I would like to try this
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5
Anonymous
26 March 2005
Version: 1.0
This game is awesome!!!
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Anonymous
26 March 2005
Version: 1.0
What! This game really come to mac! Man this is awesome, this was the only game that would make me put a PC on my desk next to my Mac. And now it is on mac! Unfortunetly, I don't think I would be able to run it fine on my g3 ibook :(. But I'll try :-)
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