Ryzom MMORPG Goes Open-Source
Article by George Norman
On 10 May 2010
Ryzom, the MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) launched back in 2004 (at the time it was called The Saga of Ryzom), has been released as free software to the Free Software Development Community. Winch Gate Property Ltd, developer and publisher of massively-multiplayer online science-fantasy role playing games, recently announced that Ryzom has been open-sourced.

“By freeing Ryzom code, Winch Gate is transforming the MMORPG marketplace and is setting a precedent for how gaming software should evolve--in freedom. The source code released totals over two (2) million lines of source code and over 20,000 high quality textures and thousands of 3D objects,” said Winch Gate in a press release.


The source code of Ryzom has been open sourced and is now under the GNU AGPLv3 Open Source license. The source code of Ryzom includes the end-user client, content creation tools as well as the server that can be used to make modifications, enhancements or to create virtual worlds.

Furthermore, all the artwork featured in Ryzom has been open-sourced as well. The artwork is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike. The Ryzom artwork includes thousands of textures, animation tracks, particle effects, and 3D objects.

“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,” commented Vianney Lecroart, Chief Technology Officer of Winch Gate.

The Ryzom source code is available on the Ryzom Core Development Portal here.
The artwork featured in Ryzom is available on Ryzom’s Asset Repository

Please note that nothing has or will change for the Ryzom player. To help pay for the development of the game, it will continue to be pay-to-play. The money obtained from the player will be used to further enhance the game. The same development team as before will continue to work behind the scenes and provide a great user experience.

Tags: Ryzom, MMORPG, Open-source
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