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Jagged Alliance 2 Source via Wildfire

March 16th, 2004 by jvm

According to this press release about the publishing of Jagged Alliance 2: Wildfire, the full source to Jagged Alliance 2 will be included with the game itself. For those of you joining us late, Jagged Alliance 2 is a turn-based tactical stragey game ported to Linux by the ill-fated TribSoft back in March 2001. It has been a top seller at TuxGames since that time. This new game, Wildfire, builds on the JA2 experience.

In this forum thread at Bear’s Pit Forums (a JA fan site), the license on the source is available for your perusal. A quick skim over the provisions makes it clear that you can create and distribute derivative works, provided that you do so for non-commercial purposes and provide Strategy First with unfettered rights to the modifications to include in their own products. However, my reading of this document should not be considered sound legal advice, and I recommend you read it and understand it for yourself.

That’s yet another good source release that can benefit the Linux community. Hooray for enlightened game companies!

Source: Slashdot Games

4 Responses to “Jagged Alliance 2 Source via Wildfire”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Ill have to get a copy of this when it comes out if the source code is included. I was thinking about getting a copy a while ago but decided agianst it. Now that we get the source code ill have to look into it :).

  2. Anonymous Says:

    …get it at Bear’s Pit. should even be legal, judging from the license.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    [b]It’s a great news!!![/b]

    I always hoped something could happen in regard of releasing a Linux version of Unfinished Business, JA2 Gold and more recently Wildfire. Sadly no one really dared to make a new deal to have further Jagged Alliance games ported over Linux (even on a royalty only deal). I have no clue who would legally own JA2 Linux source code. I’m willing to release the existing Jagged Alliance 2 for Linux source code, but I would need approval from the current owner of JA2, which is now Strategy First.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think my current employment contract allow me to work on any other game projects. However, if anyone have any question on how to port this game, feel free to ask me. It will be a real pleasure for me to answer. I still know a bit about the code base and I remember well the troubles we had. My email address is still mpinard at tribsoft dot com, even if there’s no longer any website at http://www.tribsoft.com.

    Mathieu Pinard
    Ex Tribsoft lead programmer

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I mean it. I will REBUY JA2 if someone ports this to Linux.

    Mathieu: thanks for your offer. I really hope someone takes you up on it! :-D

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