Ryzom MMORPG game goes open source
Winch Gate has announced that its massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) Ryzom is being released as open source software. Ryzom, also known as The Saga of Ryzom, is a Windows-based science-fantasy game set on a planet called Atys where players interact with other online users as one of four distinct humanoid races. It won the 2005 Readers Choice for Best Story from MMORPG.com.
Source: ryzom.com The developers note that the change to open source will not affect game players and that Ryzom will continue to be based on a pay-to-play model to cover the costs of development and running the game's servers. The games art, including 20,000+ textures, 3D objects, animations and particle effects, is being made available under the CC-BY-SA Creative Commons License and is available from the game's media asset repsoitory.
Winch Gate CTO Vianney Lecroart said that, "The Free Software community often has a difficult time finding great graphical assets that they can use in their own projects. We are sure that the thousands of textures and 3D objects we are releasing under the CC BY-SA will help a lot of Free Software projects." The entire media archive weighs in at 1.4 GB and can be downloaded from SourceForge. The developers are also currently working on porting Ryzom to Mac OS X and Linux.
More details about the open sourcing of Ryzom can be found in the official announcement. A 21-day free trial of Ryzom is available for users interested in trying out the game and game manuals are provided. Ryzom source code is available to download from the project's developer portal and is released under version 3 of the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPLv3).
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