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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 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

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

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 :

The full thread can be found here:

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.

Nexuiz now can be found under: and

See you next time (hopefully, with better news)

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archkyrie Mar 4 2010 says:

Crap... but let me see if I got this straight: there will still be a free to play PC version?

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cortez666 Mar 4 2010 replied:

yes, there will be one. even if illfonic wants the totally

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MachineShop Mar 4 2010 says:

I'm not going to play the commercial one. Nexuiz is gpl, and more importantly is it's engine. Sure they can replace all the gpl textures and models made by the community, but don't they have to pay Id software to make the Darkplaces engine proprietary?

IMO Nexuiz 2.5.2 is the last version. Nexuiz is dead.

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cortez666 Mar 4 2010 replied:

I cant tell you if they have to pay id, because i dont know.
Nexuiz wont die, several Nexuiz supporter (modeller, mapper, coder and admins of popular server) dont like the way things developed and will start to get rid of stuff, which will be connected with the console version. Just to ensure a free version of Nexuiz. a petition for an statement of the future of nexuiz. feel free to sign

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leilei Mar 5 2010 says:

The commercial one looks awesome. The smear drama is just pointless Free zealotry propoganda toward nowhere.

Best luck to illfonic and AlienTrap!

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Samuk Mar 11 2010 replied:

I agree, good luck guys!

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