The Freecraft project, formerly an open source RTS engine capable of playing Warcraft 2, received a cease and desist letter from Blizzard earlier this week. Apparantly, both the name of the project and the engine were deemed to be too similar to names and concepts owned by Blizzard. As a result, the project has been shut down, and all source releases have been removed from their now nonexistent SourceForge site.
The Freecraft project has been around for a long time. Formerly titled ALE Clone, it was one of the first few open-source efforts to clone commerical games that I can remember. It’s a shame to see the project end this way after all the time and work put into it.
A new Freecraft-based project has been started, called Project Inferno. This project aims to continue the development of Freecraft, after removing the options for Warcraft 2 compatibility. Project Inferno has no website as of yet, however the developers can be contacted in #projectinferno on irc.freenode.net.