Blood source code release sign now

One of the highest points of the first person shooter genre is virtually unusable on any operating systems beyond Windows 98/ME.

This game, Blood, only becomes vaguely usable after significant and complex tinkering and configuration (far beyond the average computer user) and even following this the game is heavily flawed in its playability. As a result this vital contribution to the evolution of first person shooters is lost to the vast majority of nostalgic fans or games enthusiasts curious about the genres previous incarnations.

The technology behind Blood is called the Build engine, and is now 8 years old. The source code for the Build engine has been made freely available by its author, Ken Silverman. Furthermore, the sequel, Blood 2, has had its source code made available to the community for many years now. Basically, no technological secrets would be revealed by Atari if they release the source code. The technology has become so old now that it would be obsolete for developing any new games.

If the source code were released (the game is and has for sometime been unavailable to purchase) Blood could quite simply be made usable accross a wide range of operating systems, both Windows and even Macintosh and Linux, allowing a large group of frustrated fans and potential new converts to experience it. Beyond this new features and enhancements could be made by the enthusiast community to bring it inline with the times, internet play and enhanced visuals being the tip of the iceberg. With the increase of popularity in the Blood games this would obviously bring, the rights to these games would proportionately increase in value, perhaps even making a sequel at some time in the future feasible for Atari, as it is the rights do not, and will not in the future accrue Atari any commercial gain.

Leaving aside commercial matters the release of the Blood source code would hugely increase Atari's credibility and stock amidst games enthusiasts, proving that they are in fact a part of that community, rather than simply making money from it, and are prepared to make the extra gesture to distance themselves from the faceless corporate identity that too many large games companies have become, and honour the well steeped history of the the name they hold.

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Latest Signatures

  • 16 February 20161000. Saguzar Simmons
    I support this petition
  • 10 February 2016999. Michael R
    I support this petition
  • 07 February 2016998. Magnus Snyder
    There's no money in it so please release it or release a best of collection that is compatible with xp/vista
  • 29 January 2016997. Marko H
    I remember blood...it was really good.but,since it doesnt support modern computers like vista or xp.It would great if we get the source code on our hands so we can create ports to play on Modern computers.Ken silverman released as freeware his Build engin
  • 27 January 2016996. Benjamin L
    I support this petition
  • 12 January 2016995. Cmld Silva
    Preиo koneиne nevydбte Blood Source Code?
  • 11 January 2016994. Math Sawyer
    bfddndz
  • 10 January 2016993. Greg D
    I support this petition
  • 10 January 2016992. Jussi Hanna
    a must!
  • 08 January 2016991. Jason S
    I support this petition
  • 07 January 2016990. Dave Bird
    Just make the source code free atari for god sake the game is 9 years old !!!!
  • 03 January 2016989. Michael M
    We PAID for IT so HURRY UP
  • 01 January 2016988. Charles D
    please release
  • 31 December 2015987. Ben R
    yes, all the build games should have modern versions
  • 26 December 2015986. Srgio Alexandregianezinij
    Blood is the best storyline fps ever seen, and a windows version is need! long life to khaleb!
  • 23 December 2015985. Mark Maxwell
    I support this petition
  • 14 December 2015984. Cracko Wolf
    I want to play Blood again on my new comp...
  • 13 December 2015983. Piotr M
    I support this petition
  • 10 December 2015982. Wraith Keller
    I support this petition
  • 08 December 2015981. Nate Chapman
    *chants* do it, do it, do it, do it , do it! *chants*
  • 06 December 2015980. Hbk Joseph
    If i have one dream , is to see blood again please
  • 05 December 2015979. December M
    Release the source code...please... A new, cool port would be created with high-res textures and 3d models! See JDoom and Duke Nukem 3D Jonof's port!!!
  • 04 December 2015978. Txintxe Baldwin
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  • 01 December 2015977. Laserlars Hatfield
    I support this petition
  • 30 November 2015976. Scab Huff
    Release the source code!! MADANAXXFIR-BoCKS
  • 29 November 2015975. Michael Wg
    This is a release longggg overdue.
  • 29 November 2015974. Ralph E
    I support this petition

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