Workforce Fortress: Source 2, an formidable fan challenge aiming to rebuild the venerable Workforce Fortress 2 within the Source 2 engine, has reached the tip of the highway. Amper Software program, the workforce behind the challenge, stated on Twitter right now that it has been pressured to drag the plug after receiving a DMCA takedown discover from Valve.

The rebuild was in an early state after we first checked out it in 2021, however even then it appeared promising. The workforce of greater than 20 volunteers had proven off quite a few character classes in motion, together with the Pyro, Scout, Sniper, Demoman, and Soldier, and accomplished work on a full map, Enviornment Effectively. Work had continued since then and primarily based on this temporary clip from June 2023, it was coming alongside very properly.

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However the challenge bumped into hassle when Facepunch introduced plans for vital modifications to s&field (learn it as “sandbox”), the Garry’s Mod religious successor that Workforce Fortress: Source 2 is constructed on. Facepunch stated in its announcement that the overhaul “signifies that many of the video games folks have created in s&field so far are unplayable,” and that’s the truth is what occurred with TF:S2.

“These modifications are for the higher way forward for s&field as a complete and we help them, it will make issues simpler to work with in the long run, however that comes at a extreme price: all video games at present made inside s&field will not work each time stated modifications come into place,” the builders tweeted. “Which ends up in the present state of our challenge and the motivation of the workforce as a complete. The workforce determined we might be holding off our efforts till s&field’s future will get clearer and extra steady. 

“This does not imply the challenge is over, we’re merely placing it on hold, anybody within the workforce and locally continues to be free to contribute to the challenge in the event that they wish to and we’ll nonetheless be round.”

Amper Software program concluded the message by saying “it might be time to discover new concepts,” which isn’t signal for the way forward for a present challenge, however not less than the potential of a comeback remained. However now that appears to be off the desk completely.

(Picture credit score: Amper Software program (Twitter))

“At present, we obtained a DMCA takedown from Valve on all our public GitHub repositories and all its forks made by the group,” Amper tweeted. “Whereas we have been discussing the challenge’s future internally just lately, we already got here to the conclusion to cease the event of the challenge because of the present state of the code being unusable anymore with s&field’s current main engine modifications, and that we general moved on from it.

“Sadly, this implies this DMCA takedown is the nail within the coffin. We can’t deliver it again and we have hit Valve’s consideration, it looks like they undoubtedly don’t need us to make use of their IP (which is completely honest and authorized from them).”

That, then, is the tip of it—besides that there is some small quantity of doubt as as to if the takedown discover is legit. In response to Amper’s message, a handful of individuals together with Gloomwood developer Dillon Rogers stated the Open Xray mod for Stalker was hit with a DMCA takedown request a couple of days in the past, and it turned out to be faux.

I do not suppose that is more likely to be the case right here and even whether it is, it does not assure new life for Workforce Fortress: Source 2: There’s each chance the mod workforce was prepared to maneuver on to different issues anyway, and this takedown simply simplified the choice. However it will not less than open the door to a comeback for a challenge that, up till final summer time, was trying fairly nice—and since Facepunch nonetheless hasn’t revealed how precisely it plans to strategy the s&field overhaul, something’s attainable. I’ve reached out to Valve to inquire concerning the takedown and can update if I obtain a reply.