Huh, id Tech 5 Engine To Be Open-Source?
Phoronix: Huh, id Tech 5 Engine To Be Open-Source?
id Software has a long history of being friendly towards the Linux and open-source communities. id Software was an early game company to support the Linux platform and they have ported many titles to Linux, including their popular Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Quake 4, and Doom 3 titles. Their in-house id Tech game engines have been compatible with Linux and provide an OpenGL renderer. After the game engines have reached the end of their market life, id Software has also open-sourced these engines for use by the free software community. But with id Tech 5 could id Software possibly be open-source to begin with? The web-site for the Rage game seems to imply that id Tech 5 is in fact open-source...
Probably a marketing error.
Bet someone mixed up "open source" and "cross-platform".
Microsoft and Sony tags on the page, that doesn't scream open source to me.
On the bright side, there no half-eaten, silvery fruit either.
If it's no blunder though, that would be like... The biggest gaming news since Pong
It would indeed be nice if it actually were open source. I was quite amazed when I found this.
That simply MUST be a mistake. Firstly because bethesda has stated that only games it publishes will be able to use the engine and secondly: it's just waaaay too good to be true! But that thing would be a dream come true for indie devs.
Open-Source does not mean free! It probably means that there is a private closed group where all licensees ($$$) have access to source and can contribute fixes and features back to id.
Don't be so quick to dismiss those news. Id Tech-5 could be open-sourced and free to indie and small developers and have tiered licensing requirements for bigger developers. (e.g. more than $100000 in revenue or so).
This is going to be huge, should it come to pass. It would single-handedly destroy Unity3d (probably the best low-cost engine available today) and it would forever change the 3d engine marketplace.
The real question is, "what would Id gain from such a move?" The answer is simple: it would be able to enter a market that's pretty well-saturated right now. If you've followed the gaming scene these past few years, Id Tech has been totally eclipsed by the Unreal Engine (and a few smaller ones - recall that the UnrealSDK is free). What was the last third-party game that licensed Tech-4?
This move would help them re-enter the market with a bang. Great publicity, good-will and the ability to gain market share faster than it would be possible otherwise.
And let me tell you, if Id Tech-5 was open-source and approachable cost-wise, we'd be using it right now for some pretty big "serious game" projects. We have opted for Unity3d instead, due to its simplicity, support and low licensing requirements but if Id Tech-5 was an option, I don't think we would think twice before going there.
Well since EPIC(one of IDs biggest competitors) is also giving their engine for free to indy devs i wouldn't be all that surprised if this was true.
In terms of the engine itself, it's not as ridiculous as it seems at first glance. However, it does seem quite unlikely to be true in light of the announcement in August that it would only be used for Bethesda-published games. I guess it's possible to reconcile those positions by having proprietary licensing exclusive to Bethesda, but that still seems like a stretch.
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