Our first announcement of this project is came sometime after Illfonic first unveils their Nexuiz game at GDC http://www.gdconf.com
which is held March 9th - 13th.
This announcement will be pushed out through the following channels:
Through the “HELP” system on popular Nexuiz servers, like Simba in Europe and HOCTF/HODM in US
Slashdot, digg, reddit and other social news sites
Nexuiz IRC channels and private messaging
Email or PM to key individuals who left Nexuiz long ago (Perhaps using AT or NN forum private messaging)
While our official project announcement was to be very neutral, the Slashdot/digg/reddit posts will reflect more of the community’s overall impression of the Illfonic issue.
The main goal for this introductory announcement is to state 1) our reasons and 2) our plans, but we will focus more on our plans. This announcement should not focus on finger-pointing. Rather, it should focus on our own values and the goals that we plan to accomplish with this new game. We will have to touch upon the broken trust that stemmed from decisions made behind closed doors. But our main goal for this announcement is to make our intentions clear, and, of course, to unveil the new name. We want to begin filling up our IRC channels and our website.
Words we will try to not use, or use limitedly:
What is going on?
A new game formed from the major contributors of Nexuiz GPL
The name of the game is Xonotic
The website is xonotic.org
IRC channel is #xonotic on quakenet
Development IRC channel is #xonotic @ freenode
A fresh start
Focus on our values
Restructure project leadership for more balance
Improved project organization
More focus on the community
Better management of marketing and public relations
A more defined artistic direction
More emphasis on recruiting and communicating with new contributors to the project
What will change in the game?
New set of player models
New player animations
New set of sounds
Default maps will get a makeover and new ones will be introduced
New names for some weapons and game modes
Improved bot AI system
Increased quality and detail of textures
Most voted by the team
Other reasons about why we chose the name
We appreciate everyone’s support
We will try to be open and supportive with new potential contributors (as opposed to an “I’m too 1337 for you” attitude)
We want to keep an active flow of information among the team members
We look forward to creating a game that everyone will enjoy
Details or topics we will not mention in our announcement
(better to spread them out for future announcements)