Thoughts on the Acquisition & Future of Sk


#1

Hey folks, I took some time to reminisce and organize my thoughts on the acquisition. Just so it’s clear, I started out as an :sk: fan, did some brief :sk: support contract work leading up to the acquisition but didn’t go over to Epic with the acquisition. So I’m back to #1 fan now, just for context.


Longevity of SkookumScript
#2

This is a stupendous and heartfelt article Zach.

You are awesome beyond words. :madsci:

SkookumScript is my brain baby so this means a lot to me. It gets me “right in the feels”. :blush:

You are an amazing team member and SkookumScript ambassador.

Thanks for all that you’ve done and for the impact you’re sure to have in the future.


#3

Hey error454, good stuff. You should hop in discord sometime so we can have another random chant about random things :wink:


#4

Definitely appreciate the article.
The whole thing about continuing with SK is that it premises on getting that permission to continue.

I would like to point out 1 thing in your article that was very important:

“Back in 2014, we decided to switch game engines to Unreal Engine 4. Due to various happenings with the previous engine we were using, I made the decision that going forward I would never use another engine for which I did not have the full source code.”

YES! Exactly… and that is why I kept trying to get the full source for SK.
I too also had an issue with a prior engine deprecating their full source, essentially ending support on licenses.

In all honesty I am really proud of the AGOG guys for the accomplishment.
Unfortunately, I have to reconcile with what has happened and deal.

I really don’t know what Epic will say about letting SK continue.

Questions like: Do you have to have a license to be the recipient of code updates?
Do you have to have a license to receive ALL of the the source.
IF you do, then without a doubt, SK will fade in the distance because there’s no way to obtain new licenses as far as I am hearing.

Also, it is a tremendous burden to take on the updating of the SK code base. There’s also the question of what Epic will come out with now that they purchased SK.

A lot of these questions are up in the air until Epic provides some answers.

Additionally, typically, forums and website stuff etc… go BYE BYE once a company decides to “deprecate” their entire product line.

What will happen to the SK docs?

So many unknowns.
Again, I do want to congratulate the AGOG guys on the acquisition.
I hope something amazing comes out of this.


#5

error454, great photo at the end of the article. The milky way disc, the composition, the scales. And of course, great initiative. :+1: