Command and conquer is, perhaps, one of the largest active classic franchises of RTS (real time strategy).
And EA recently announced that they will make the source code of two very popular gaming franchise (Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert) open.
Yes, this is the EA, which in the beginning of the year was banning players in Linux for cheat use Batlefield V, which has no official release for Linux. Here is a twist!
I was still in the plans were not there when these games made their breakthrough in the RTS genre, so I guess many will feel something like nostalgia by playing them.
The solution to EA about releasing source code for Tiberian Dawn & Red Alert
Announcement of open access to popular games was a surprise, and perhaps intended to distract attention from the support mods for a 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 opensorce was an impressive step.
It should be noted that Tiberian Dawn, and Red Alert was available as a free software, but open source is still good progress.
In addition, open source games involves full compatibility with community projects such as CnCNet and OpenRA.
Electronic Arts also mentioned this:
After discussion with Council members, we have decided to use the GPL for compatibility with such projects as CnCNet and Open RA. Our goal was to deliver the source code so that would be really useful for the community, and we hope it will allow to create amazing community projects.
However, this event is significant not only for openstarlogo community whose members want to indulge with a classic project, but also for the gaming industry.
Here is what says the official announcement:
Electronic Arts will be releasing TiberianDawn.dll and RedAlert.dll and their corresponding source code licensed under the GPL version 3.0. This is key for Electronic Arts, community, C & C and gaming industry, as we believe that it will be one of the first major RTS franchises, which opened its source code under the GPL.
And since we already know that Command & Conquer (C & C) set a vector of development of many modern RTS games for mobile platforms – therefore, it is the decision of the EA, it is doubly important, as it can cause changes in the entire industry.
Now that part of C & C Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert is open source, I guess, ahead of the impressive fashion of the kind referred to in the announcement:
The community Council is already having fun with the source code, and the results of their fun experiments publish on our channel Discord. But to demonstrate a real example of what you can do with the software, Petroglyph actually created a new kodirovanie unit for the game. At some point we asked a funny question: “What would have happened if the Brotherhood of nod captured Mammoth Tank?” Well, we can assume that they would replace the tower by a gigantic artillery cannon and fired from it a tactical nuclear weapon! Thus was born the Nuclear Tank.
Now that EA released the source code for two popular games, what do you think about this? Going enough to play with him, to revive old and create your own best possible crazy mod, discuss it in the comments below? Don’t be shy.