Letter to ZeniMax¶
Dear Sir or Madam,
Thank you for taking the time to review this request. My name is Cedric (aka kemon) and I am writing to you today on behalf of the Enemy Territory: Legacy development team. Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory was developed by Splash Damage, supervised by id software and ZeniMax and published by Activision in 2003. After contact with official representatives from Splash Damage we were pointed in your direction for help regarding publishing and licensing rights of the original game assets.
ET: Legacy is an open source project based on the code of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory which was released in 2010 under the terms of the GNU General Public License v3. The main goal of this project is to fix bugs, remove old dependencies, add useful features and modernize the graphics of the game while still remaining compatible with the ET 2.60b version and as many of its mods as possible.
Under the wing of ET: Legacy the Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory community came together to continuously update a now 16 years old game, which despite its considerable age is still home to hundreds of concurrent players a day. Thanks to the official release of the source code under GPLv3 and with the help of the still active ET community, our open source project has come a long way. Although the source code of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is released under a public license, the assets are still protected by the original EULA. This fact is proving to be an immense bottleneck for a game that is continuously kept alive by its still dedicated and for its age surprisingly thriving community.
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, a game whose development you supervised well over a decade ago, is still active and has a highly dedicated community, which when set in perspective with other comparable titles, is a quite unique achievement. To properly honor the success of this wonderful game, we would kindly ask whether it would be possible for you to release the original assets of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory under a license that would permit use, redistribution and modification in an open-source community project.
For example CC BY 4.0 or CC BY-NC 4.0
On behalf of the Enemy Territory: Legacy development team and the entire ET community, I would like to thank you for taking your time to review this matter.
If we can be of any further help regarding additional information to either our project or the current state of the game, please feel free to reach out to me.
Cedric Easton (aka kemon)
ET: Legacy development team
dev.etlegacy (at) gmail (dot) com
Below is a screenshot of a response by Bethesda customer support to a similar inquiry of another member of the ET community, it is not a response to us directly.