geezer wrote:They don't get the unigine source code for 30k though. Only the SDK. If they have to make changes they can't. We don't know how much the source code would cost them.
I didn't mean "get around" in the sense you are thinking of, skuphundaku. I mean if they could reach some agreement with id for using it without violating the GPL. Not sure if that's possible, but if they could it is obviously a nice engine from the guys who I think basically invented the whole idea of a game 'engine' and who have been multiplatform and OGL longer than most.
My question was along the lines: "Why do you see GPL as a problem to be solved instead of a feature/opportunity to be embraced/taken advantage of?" Of course they could go to id and license idTech 4 and, thus, circumvent GPL, but that has at least two problems:
1) they would have to deal with Zenimax, because Zenimax owns id now, and Zenimax is, frankly, the devil. Zenimax represent the publishers that wouldn't give the time of day to BF, so why would he want to go back under their thumb?
2) they would have to pay for it. And that may be more expensive than inXile can afford.
If they embrace GPL, their community would explode (in a good way). The modding scene would be off the charts. Being GPL, all the community improvements could be merged back into the main engine and used for later games. And it wouldn't mean that they would be giving away the game for free because GPL concerns just the engine code. Nobody would force them to publish the assets under a free license, so it wouldn't mean that everybody could just package a working version of the game and sell it for profit. Finally, don't forget that by getting funding from us, the community, via Kickstarter, it can't be claimed that giving their engine modifications back to the community that supported them would be some kind of ripoff on the part of the community. They get funding for making the game, which pays for all their trouble. Everything they earn after finishing the game and selling it to others is pure profit. All the while they gain massive support from everybody involved in the process.