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Cancelled Rising Thunder gets open-source release

Developer Radiant Entertainment gives game back to the community

Cancelled indie fighting game Rising Thunder has been resurrected as an open-source release, the developer has announced.

In a post on Reddit, the Rising Thunder team said their intent is "to give the game back to you guys, the community, and let you run with it."

The game was cancelled in 2016 during its alpha phase but developer Radiant Entertainment will be releasing the game in January under its new name Rising Thunder: Community.

"All of this is free, and will stay that way forever," said the Rising Thunder team. "In the meantime, our team has moved on to develop something new and we'll share that with you when the time is right."

Rising Thunder was announced in 2015 but cancelled in March the following year after Radiant was acquired by Riot Games which promptly shut down the project.

However, "inspired" by efforts from the community to bring back the game, Radiant has released the code. The open-source release will allow fans to engage in local and online play with the developer actively encouraging fans to tinker with the build.

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Latest comments (1)

James Butterworth IT Hardware & Software 21 days ago
Title is seriously misleading, "Cancelled Rising Thunder gets open-source release"

The game itself is NOT being open sourced, only the multiplayer server part so people can host servers. From the source article:

"Hey folks. Super inspired by your efforts to bring back the game. We'd like to pitch in with a little help. ;)

So here's what we're doing, all coming this January. We're calling it "Rising Thunder: Community Edition." Our intent here is to give the game back to you guys, the community, and let you run with it.

Final game build: We've tinkered with the old final build of the game, adding offline, local play (!!!) along with some quality of life improvements. Local play will support keyboard vs. controller only, but it should be straightforward to hack in 1p controller support through external scripting. Just to be clear, this release is basically the same one you had in your hands when we turned off the servers in 2016. Please don't expect new characters, systems, etc.

Source code for an open-source version of the Rising Thunder server, so you can play matchmade games online. The original RT server is somewhat of a beast, segmented into a bunch of different services that aren't particularly easy to deploy or maintain. So instead we've whipped up a first pass at a bare-bones server that will allow you to play online with rudimentary matchmaking and limited features. And we're making it open source so that if you're inclined you can tinker and improve it.

All of this is free, and will stay that way forever. In the meantime, our team has moved on to develop something new and we'll share that with you when the time is right. Until then, Happy Holidays from the Rising Thunder team!"

The game itself is simply being cleaned up and released, NOT open-sourced.
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