Nexuiz GPL is a fun and free GPL deathmatch shooter released in 2005. It is a free game: source code is free software and data is free content.
A nasty supirse, with heavy changes leads to an unsure future!
Posted by cortez666 on Mar 4th, 2010
As some of you already noticed the nexuiz.com site has changed. Lee Vermeulen, the creator of Nexuiz has sold the domain name and essentially the Nexuiz brand to Colorado video game developers, Illfonic.
This means there is also a console game in development, which will be commercial, but uses many parts of the original game.
These decisions where made without the knowledge of many developers (basicly everyone, who didnt work on the engine) and many contributers. Apparently Vermeulen, LordHavoc and Morfar (project maintainer) signed NDA, which means the only can tell about things when its too late. its not sure who else signed a NDA. Since the Illfonic site was revealed there was a heated discussion, about it.
BennyDacks wrote a nice article about the situation, where he explains some of the basic problem which will for sure occur, like naming issues Nexuizfiles.com
Recently, a member of Illfonic joined and wanted to start 'a conversation' about thier nexuiz project, which turned out to be more a development info, where they try to convince people to play the console version.
They constantly refuse to answer critique questions and to every question regarding the future of nexuiz, they answered ask Vermeulen or Alientrap about. He has been absent for about 4 years and has nothing to do with the development since version 1.1 and Alientrap is basicly a One-Man Company developing capzied Alientrap.org
The fact that nexuiz is build by the community doesnt matter to them. Even kind question about a small name change of the console version, or an integration of the nexuiz community, where answered in a very arrogant way, but read it yourself : Alientrap.org
The full thread can be found here: Alientrap.org
The last post speaks for itself. They are extremly afraid of bad publicity.
Since there are no real statements, just some unclear informations, we have to wait till the GDC in 5 days. According to Vermeulen there will be an offical statement.
See you next time (hopefully, with better news)