And EA recently announced that they will make the source code of two very popular games in the franchise (Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert) public.
Yes, this is the same EAthat at the beginning of the year banned players with Linux for cheating using Batlefield V, which does not have an official release under Linux. What a turnaround!
I still had no plans when these games made their revolutionary breakthrough in the RTS genre, so I guess that many people feel something like nostalgia playing them.
EA’s decision to Open source Tiberian Dawn & Red Alert
The announcement of open access to popular games came as a surprise and may be intended to distract attention from the support for mods for the Remastered Collection, which should appear soon enough.
Despite the fact that this is certainly not native Linux support, the decision to make some popular versions open source was an impressive step.
It’s worth noting that both Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert were available as free software, but open source, it’s still good progress.
Electronic Arts also mentioned this:
After discussion with the board members, we decided to use the GPL license to ensure compatibility with projects such as CnCNet and Open RA. Our goal was to deliver the source code in a way that would be really useful to the community, and we hope that this will enable amazing community projects to be implemented.
However, this event is significant not only for the open source community, whose members want to indulge in a classic project, but also for the gaming industry.
Here’s what the official announcement says:
Electronic Arts will produce TiberianDawn.dll and RedAlert.dll This is a key moment for Electronic Arts, the C & C community, and the gaming industry, as we believe this will be one of the first major RTS franchises to open their source code under the GPL.
And since we already know that Command & Conquer (C & C) has set the development vector for many modern RTS games for mobile platforms-therefore, this decision by EA is doubly important, as it can cause changes in the entire industry.
Now that the C & C part of Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert is open source, I guess there are some impressive mods like the ones mentioned in the ad ahead.:
The community council is already having fun with the source code, and the results of its fun experiments are published on our Discord channel. But to demonstrate a real-world example of what you can do with the software, Petroglyph actually created a new modded unit for the game. At one point, we asked ourselves a funny question: “What would have happened if the Nod Brotherhood had captured a Mammoth Tank?» Well, we can assume that they would have replaced the tower with a giant artillery cannon and fired tactical nuclear weapons from it! Thus, a Nuclear Tank was born.
Now that EA has opened the source code of two such popular games, what do you think about it? Are you going to play enough with it, shake up the old days and create your own most insane mod, we will discuss in the comments below? Don’t be shy.