Real-time strategy game 0 A.D. goes open source
Source: Wildfire Games Wildfire Games has announced that it has moved its free cross-platform, real-time strategy game 0 A.D. to open source. Previously, the software was available as freeware under a closed-source model. The game's code is now being released under the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2) and the art, music and sound content in the game is being made available under the CC-BY-SA Creative Commons License.
The developers' goal is to attract new developers to participate in the project by lowering "the barriers to entry". The historically-based game is similar to Microsoft's Age of Empires, in that users create and build civilisations and must defend them against their enemies. The game focuses on the years 500 B.C. to 500 A.D., includes six unique civilisations and several multi-player modes.
The game itself has already been in production for 8 years and is still considered to be at a pre-alpha stage. The source code for the game is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and build instructions are provided. A short video preview of the game is available on YouTube. The developers welcome feedback in the Wildfire Games Forums and on their IRC channel (#wfg on QuakeNet IRC - irc://irc.quakenet.org/wfg).