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@kuyondo: Just wanted to add that this is "Enhanced Water Shader for MGE XE" (latest update from 2018/08/04). Looks quite good, except for the last image. On the mod page, there are a few more images, most of them looking not so good IMO (the Vivec, ocean, rain, and swampy river images). We should be able to come up with something even more impressing in the future.
That looks outstanding. I've wanted to see a water cut feature like the last image for years. It's a shame that comparatively OpenMW still doesn't attract many shader developers, but I suppose anything can happen in the next few years.
The current water shader tanks the framerate because of the scene reconfiguration for the reflections, not because of the actual shading math. I have a PR that adds more fine-grained reflection options but it's going to conflict with shadows so it's on hold.
paying attention to #1751 #2473 #3609 #3862/#3929 #3807 #4297 #4623
If anyone is up to the task, the water vertex and fragment shaders are exposed in the base OpenMW file structure, you could theoretically port the other shaders to OpenMW. I don't know if it's 100% possible, but the shader format used by OpenMW should be equivalently capable, if not more, to MGE. Of course, I've not tried so I don't know.
Lots of the water's goodness in the vanilla engine is due to the shaders being fed other data that OpenMW isn't feeding its shader. There are improvements to be made that can be done in the shader itself, but to replicate vanilla or most MGE XE shaders perfectly, you'd need a chunk of extra work on the engine side.
AnyOldName3, Master of Shadows