I’ve recieved an email from Kareem Dana, who is working on persuading Westwood Studios to release the source code to the original Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn in the hopes of making a Linux port available to the general public. Kareem is also looking for people to assist in the porting of the source code, if it is released. Below is the letter that Kareem sent to Westwood Studios on Dec 24th; feel free to contact him with any questions or concerns you may have.
I would like to first applaud your company on creating the best seriesof strategy games ever, Command & Conquer. Then I would like to bring yourattention to an open source strategy for them, of which many gaming companiesare starting to use including id Software, Interplay and Parrallex (Descent &Descent II), and Loki Games (www.lokigames.com).
By opening the source code to their software, these companies have increasedrevenue by appealing to an ever growing market of users who run open sourceoperating systems and others that just like to make editors and addons to theirfavorite game. There is a void for solid, fun, and exciting games in the opensource world that is waiting to be filled.
Also, opening the source of Command & Conquer can bring the Command & Conquercommunity closer together and increase your reputation as a company, becauseyou know put the community and consumer first, above all else. This hashappened with id Software, Parrallex and Interplay whom have released varioussource codes. This will revive and rekindle spirit in the Command & Conquercommunity.
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, being an old classic game has lost much ofits retail value due to age and holds little profit in the future. Opening thesource to that game, will bring in a market of millions of users who could notuse Command & Conquer before because they did not run windows or a macintosh..I can speak for a large number of your die hard fans that if the source code isreleased, we will finally purchase C&C to install it and then download thesource and compile it to start playing.
In conclusion, I would like you to consider opening the source code of thefirst game in your classic Command & Conquer series – Command & Conquer:Tiberian Dawn. Its retail value is weak at this point, due to age and openingthe source will revive the game and increase your company’s superior reputationas one that puts its customers and community first. Thank you very much fortaking the time to read this letter and I wish your company continued successin the future.