December 23rd, 2010
Puppy Games just told us that they will release the source code for Revenge of the Titans if the Humble Indie Bundle reaches $1.75 million! We're already well past $1.5 million with two days to go, so this should be within reach.
This announcement is special because Revenge of the Titans is a brand-new game, released mere days ago after years of development. This may seem like a reckless leap of faith to some. What if people stop buying it once it's open-source? What if piracy runs rampant? What if people start selling reskinned clones?
Well, we did the experiment with the games of the first bundle, and none of these things happened; sales of those games are as strong as ever. Players seem to understand that open-source software is not always freeware (as discussed here). The games don't have any DRM to begin with, so there's no reason that source code access should increase piracy, and so far, reskinned clones have not been a problem.