Any change GT1 will be Freeware one day?

Discussion in 'Gran Turismo 1' started by PSN:And-War, May 15, 2019.

  1. PSN:And-War

    PSN:And-War

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    GT One is a old Classic title, do you think we will ever see the code relesed like Doom and some of the other classics?
     
  2. pez2k

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    Sadly it's very unlikely to see a source release - Doom is the exception rather than the rule as John Carmack pushed for open-source releases of all of the engines that he developed at id Software.

    Going freeware is even less likely as not even Doom is freeware, GTA1 and 2 are the only examples I can think of, and they're no longer available anyway.

    The problem with a source release too is that there would be no legitimate way to make any use of it - the compilers used are part of confidential Sony SDKs, it would be impossible to boot a recompiled disc on an unmodified console, and private sale of development hardware that could run it is not allowed either.
     
  3. gtfrick

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    And unlike Doom, there is no PC or DOS version of Gran Turismo, so a freeware release wouldn't make sense, because emulation would be needed in order to play it. Not to mention that GT1 is available on the Playstation Store.

    A source code release would also not make much sense either, since the game is written for the Playstation. What if it was written in assembly language? RISC and IA-32/x86-64 are wildly different, and almost nobody writes in assembly language anymore

    The only hope we could have is if someone somehow reverse engineers the game and makes a freeware version that requires most of the original VOL files, since that would be the only way to make a freeware version that doesn't infringe copyright law, since it is just an engine, not a game. I wish that would come true some day. Maybe somebody will make an open-source version of GT1. I certainly can't because the most mundane knowledge of Javascript wouldn't be enough to reverse engineer a Playstation game without any available source code.