- Release date: TBD
- Version: 1.0
- License: GNU GPL v3.0 or later
What is Chimera?
Chimera is an open source mod for Halo Custom Edition that provides a variety of features such as:
- Interpolation - Fixes animation issues when playing above 30 FPS.
- Unlocked cutscene frame rate - Allowing cutscenes to play back above 30 FPS.
- Widescreen support - Fixes stretched screen elements when playing at wider than 4:3.
- Custom FOV - Set your FOV or lock to a vertical FOV.
- Controller fixes and enhancements - Fixes aim assist and improves controllers on multiplayer servers.
- Speed improvements - Make Halo start up faster, list servers faster, and other improvements.
- Graphical fixes - Fix numerous graphical issues such as incorrect model LODs and sun size.
- FPS throttler - Lock your frame rate, reducing CPU and GPU usage and power consumption.
- ...and more!
Chimera is designed to run with very little impact to performance. The following should grant 60 FPS at 720p
with an installation of Halo Custom Edition with Chimera:
- CPU (Intel): Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.0 GHz) or better
- CPU (AMD): AMD Athlon II X2 250 (3.0 GHz) or better
- GPU (Nvidia): NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT or better
- GPU (AMD): ATi Radeon HD 5450 or better
- RAM: 4 GB
The following operating systems have been tested to work with Chimera:
- Windows 7 or newer
- Arch Linux, Ubuntu 18.04 (through Wine 4.0 or newer)
I've been asked numerous questions, repeatedly, throughout Chimera's development. Here are some common
questions that people have asked me:
Q: How do I install Chimera?
A: Back up your strings.dll file. Extract the contents of the .7z file to the Halo Custom Edition folder.
For opening .7z files, 7-Zip is a good program for this.
Q: Is the retail version of Halo supported?
A: No. Only Halo Custom Edition is supported.
Q: Is 1.09 (or older) supported?
A: No. Only 1.10 is supported.
Q: Is HAC2 or Open Sauce supported?
A: As of Chimera version 1.0, no.
Q: Is HaloMD supported?
Q: Does interpolation support frame rates other than 60 FPS?
A: Yes. Although the interpolation feature has been (incorrectly) called "60 FPS" such as with SPV3, this
feature does not inherently require the game to be running at 60 FPS. In fact, it can work at frame rates
lower than 30 FPS, too, though playing at such a low frame rate is not recommended. It can also work at
frame rates not divisible by 30 or 60, too, such as 144. Chimera has an frame rate throttler if you want
to take advantage of adaptive refresh rate monitors such as FreeSync or G-Sync displays.
Q: Does Chimera automatically update?
A: No. Due to how poorly this is implemented in mods as well as security concerns, I have elected to not do
automatic updates. See this website for the latest version of the mod.
Q: Why am I getting an error about signatures?
A: You may be trying to use Chimera on an unsupported version of the game or with an unsupported mod. Note
that Chimera does NOT support HAC2. If this does not apply, please report the issue.