Urban Terror HD: Going Away From Open-Source

It’s been two years since the release of Urban Terror 4.1, an open-source first person shooter powered by the ioquake3 engine that started out originally as a Quake 3 mod. Extensive work has been made towards the next release, Urban Terror 4.2, with significant improvements being made from new maps and visuals to a new graphics renderer. However, this past week the Urban Terror developers announced some rather surprising changes, which includes Urban Terror no longer being distributed as an open-source, GPL game.

Urban Terror 4.2 is so radically different from Urban Terror 4.1 that it’s not going to even be called “4.2″, but rather is being renamed to “Urban Terror HD.” While renaming the title to Urban Terror HD isn’t a big deal, the big news is the departure from the open-source Quake 3 code-base to now being an official Quake 3 licensee with an official copy of the Quake 3 engine code-base.

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