Recently we have been thinking about making the SCU Engine public and open source.
As an explanation, the SCU Engine is the backend of the Starcraft Universe mod (You can find more info about the mod HERE) and can be used to create maps similar to SCU. It contains all the core game systems, such as:
Custom Mission system, including automatic generation of standard missions (collect, kill, visit, ... and all combinations)
Fully persistant characters and progression through banks, including encryption of data
Custom Achievement System
Custom Spell System
Custom Item & Gear System with Item Database
WASD Movement with jumping
Custom Physics System
Fully custom UI with movable elements
Custom GPS and Minimap
Extensive Game Options
Custom Experience System
A Terrain Generator allowing create terrain on the fly
A Donator Reward System based on player handles
Custom Camera and Cinematic System with object collision
Fully custom NPC interaction: Class Mentory, Talk-NPCs, Vendors, Item-Enhancement and more
Custom Vehicle System
Difficulty System and automatic player scaling
... and a lot more.
The engine allows you to focus sorely on content creation, without having to create all the backend systems in advance. Also it contains some of the most advanced technology in modding so far, so it may be of big value for the community to learn how to do certain things.
It is not yet set in stone that this will happen and would mean some work on our end, so we would be interested if there is a general interest in going open source or not. If we decide to go open source however, we will not be able to provice excessive support, so it would be pretty much on you! :)
Please let us know what you think. Is there an RPG community left?
I don't want to upset or insult anyone but i don't think your fundamental work as a whole can be useful for an individual moder. Most likely people will take some parts in which they are interested most.
Better to have your stuff as a reference than not to have though, but it's up to you to decide is it worth an extra work from your side or not. I doubt it will be a blast, but maybe somehow help to attract more people for your team guys. Or gather ideas for a new content.
I personaly enjoyed your cinematic a lot and i can only imagine the effort you put in it and the actual mod. The gameplay on the other side isn't very enjoyable at least from my perspective because it looks too much like SC copy of WoW. It's just my opinion though which doesn't mean anything. Maybe it will see success in nearest future or you will be future developers of World of Starcraft and earn glory and money :}. Best of luck anyways.
I think if you do let us use your resources make it so we can't just take your stuff and do a republish of the exact thing.
We have thought about that as well, and its certainly an interesting question to think about. Currently we think that we would leave pretty much everything in (all items, spells, classes etc.), so people can immediately start creating content. In addition to that, the existing content is a great way to understand how the core engine systems function and how to use them.
The only thing we will remove are probably bank encryption stuff (so people cant easily figure out SCUs bank protection) as well as donation stuff.