About three months ago, I found out about the cute physics platformer Nikki and the Robots via the Linux Game Tome, noticed that the team behind it is located in Berlin, Germany (that’s where I live) and contacted them.
I met Florian and Sönke for malzbier and we talked about stuff and open development marketing. I mentioned John Graham a lot.
About two months ago I joined them and now I take care of marketing and PR.
What else can I tell…
The game is open source code, part-freely-licensed-art. However, the story mode and story mode graphics will be proprietary and for-pay on release. This seems like a conflict with my licensing ethics to me..
My excuse is:
- We are likely to open up the game gradually (rather than instantly, as Jason Rohrer does)
- The guys have been working for years on the project (the stakes are high)
- I know of no 100%-free-as-in-freedom business model that I do not consider ‘extremely risky’
… what else to say? Another time perhaps. Or ask me?