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Wednesday, December 26, 2001
Quake 2 Source Released; Mac Soon
8:55 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

John Carmack of id Software recently announced in his .plan file that they have released the source code to Quake 2. This means that any aspiring programmers are now able to look inside the popular game's codebase and see exactly how it was made. Anyone looking to use the code in a project will need to abide by the GNU General Public License or pay a much-reduced licensing fee of $10,000. Carmack notes in his .plan that this will likely increase cheating in Quake 2 games, so be sure you know who you're playing against in online games now.

In a related post at Slashdot, Carmack also gives information on the Mac portions of the code as well. It seems "Burger" Bill Heineman is already overseeing the Mac code, which was originally ported by the now-defunct Logicware. Here's a clip:

Bill Heineman is preparing the Mac source code for Q2 for a release....

I am also happy to say that another old game's code will be released under the GPL soon. We can always hope that it becomes a trend...

The hint at other open-sourced games is certainly a good trend as well. You can bet we'll keep on this and let you know if either the Mac code or any other titles are released.

If you're looking for more information on id's new licensing, read through Todd Hollenshead's .plan or the GPL itself.

John Carmack's .plan Update
John Carmack's Slashdot Post
Todd Hollenshead's .plan Update
Contraband Entertainment
id Software
GNU General Public License
Download Quake 2 Source Code

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