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Tuesday, December 12, 2000

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AvsP Source Code Release?
10:29 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

While we patiently wait for the Mac OS version of Aliens vs Predator to clear the Quality Assurance department of Fox Interactive, Fastest Game News Online has posted some shocking news: a Fox employee has hinted that the PC source code for this game may be released to the public in the near future.

Occasionally, when a game is aging and there are no plans to re-use the engine for a commercial product, the source code is released to allow beginning programmers to see how a pro-level product works and alter it to fit their own vision of how the game should be played; this has happened with Quake, Hexen 2, Descent 1&2 and Marathon, producing spectacular results in some cases once programmers began to compile their own versions.

Here is the report from FGN:

During an interview on All Game Radio last night, Fox's Kyle Peschel made the announcement that the source code for Aliens Vs. Predator: Gold Edition and the game's engine would be released publicly. He also stated that the official editing tools for AvP would also be released.

The code and tools that Peschel mentioned are the ones used by Rebellion to create AvP: Gold Edition. As always, the code and tools will be released unsupported.

The impact of the possible release upon the Mac OS version of this game is unknown at this time; we've contacted Bill Heineman, who ported this game to the Mac OS, for his comments. One positive aspect of this release would be an explosion of new "mods" and maps for this title, which Mac OS players would most likely be able to use if they were made with the official editing tools. In any case, the saga of Mac AvP is not yet over.

Alien Source Code Soon at FGN Online
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