Winch Gate has announced that their sci-fi MMORPG, Ryzom, has officially gone open source. What does this mean? It means that the development community can use the assets and source code to don their own MMO out of the Ryzom content. That was pretty nice of those Winch Gate guys, eh?

According to the press release…
Developers can now access the source code of the end-user client, content creation tools and server in order to make modifications, enhancements or to create their own virtual worlds. This move marks a milestone in Ryzom's long history and dedication to the free software movement. In order to ensure that Ryzom continues to grow and foster as a free software project, Winch Gate is now releasing Ryzom under the terms of the Free Software Foundation's GNU Affero General Public License (GNU AGPLv3).

That’s a real good move on their part, as the future of gaming obviously lies in social network-based games and MMOs. And getting more indie developers involved with open-source MMO development should reap some very, very interesting results.

Vianney Lecroart, Chief Technology Officer of Winch Gate commented in the press release, stating…
"The Free Software community often has a difficult time finding great graphical assets that they can use in their own projects. We are sure that the thousands of textures and 3D objects we are releasing under the CC BY-SA will help a lot of Free Software projects."

Developers interested in getting their hands on the invaluable, free-to-use assets and code, can do so by visiting the Official Website.

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