Torque 3D engine going open-source and free

Long before Unity or the Unreal Development Kit, the Torque engine brought hope to the hearts of indie developers who dreamt of making their own shiny 3D games, charging only $100 to license the tech behind Tribes 2. Now, eleven years later, maker GarageGames is preparing to set Torque 3D free and open-source it.

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Long before Unity or the Unreal Development Kit, Torque was the engine of choice for indie developers with big dreams of making their own shiny 3D games, costing only $100 to license the tech behind Tribes 2. Now, 11 years later, maker GarageGames is preparing to set Torque 3D free and open-source it.

The source code will be released through GitHub under the MIT License, CEO Eric Preisz said in a blog post. Senior developer Dave Wyand noted that he hopes GG will work on improving performance and bringing the engine to Mac and Linux after the switch, though no plans are set.

Though T3D has fallen out of favour since the rise of Unity and the UDK, it's been used in recent years for games like GG's own Fallen Empire: Legions and Penny Arcade Adventures.

GarageGames is only planning to open-source Torque 3D first, keeping its other engines closed "for now," but says it'll be "learning from this experience." It'd be nice to see more of Torque 2D, which is the foundation of games including Frozen Synapse and Space Pirates and Zombies.

Opening Torque 3D up is part of GarageGames' grand vision to "focus on innovative uses of game technology." Employees can work on anything they fancy on Fridays, a bit like at Google, and GG is working on 3 Step Studio, a game maker that doesn't require any programming.

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    September 11, 2012 6:45 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Torque 3D engine going open-source and free.

    Long before Unity or the Unreal Development Kit, the Torque engine brought hope to the hearts of indie developers who dreamt of making their own shiny 3D games, charging only $100 to license the tech behind Tribes 2. Now, eleven years later, maker GarageGames is preparing to set Torque 3D free and open-source it.

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      September 11, 2012 6:57 AM

      this is really good news.. I'd love to dig into that code and learn a thing or two!

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      September 11, 2012 9:24 AM

      Wow, this was my engine of choice a few years ago. Only if it had happened a little bit earlier, I can't see going back now.

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      September 11, 2012 9:31 AM

      Wow... I wonder how they'll make money now?

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      September 11, 2012 9:38 AM

      I worked with Torque for a few years on my graduate work, and it was only okay. Other than Torque script their own scripting language which is an abomination. I really wish companies would just use existing scripting languages rather than making their own.