Star Ruler 2 goes open source25 Jul 2018 0
The developers of Star Ruler 2 have decided to make the game open source and free for all to tinker with. The 4X/RTS hybrid was released in March 2015, but due to apparently poor performance the studio was in danger of closing merely a month later.
We’re not 100% sure of the timeline – Blind Mind Studios DID close down eventually – although Star Ruler 2 received a bunch of free updates. Its sole piece of premium DLC was released in April 2016. The game wasn’t widely reviewed, although it did get a 7.4 Metacritic rating, and even now has a 79% user score on Steam.
This past Sunday, a member of the now-defunct developer posted up on the steam forums stating that they would be releasing the source code for Star Ruler 2’s engine for free:
It's been a few years now since Blind Mind Studios went inactive, so we figured if we're not doing anything with the code to SR2 we should just release it under an open source license.
The repository includes build instructions for windows and linux, but no prebuilt binaries, this does mean everyone can play the game for free, but you will have to put in some extra effort to build it first.
If you want to have a play around with it yourself, you can go to this github repository to grab what you need.
I can’t recall the last time a developer did this, even if this is an indie title, so it’ll be interesting to see if anyone from the community or else where decides to do anything with it.