Last weekend we've selected the team (Heya Qareeb, Darius, Chris, Frank, Pablo and Campbell!). Darius now is working on making this blog possible, and on our mailing list we're already discussing game play, technology targets, production planning. animation issues, and so on. Great, an enthusiastic team!
The Europeans among us (shorter travel time...) will meet 2nd week of January for a long weekend to prepare for productional issues. But the real start will be the first week of February. Only then real decisions will be made on game concept, game design and other targets, although we do know it'll be derived from Project Peach, furry & crazy characters in a forest.
As for the previous open movies, a pre-sale campaign to purchase the DVD set in advance will be organized to allow the Blender and Crystal Space communities to support this project. Again there's the ambitious target of reaching a 1000 DVDs sold in advance, before February 1st. Expect on the DVD the complete game, all content in Creative Commons Attribute, video blog material, and clear examples and/or tutorials for how to extend the game, add levels, change characters, and so on. Early purchasers of the Apricot game will get their names credited on the game intro and final credit roll.
And don't forget; although we aim at a creating compelling gaming content, the real Apricot target is to improve the open source pipeline for professional game creation. This focused around Blender as a modeling and animation tool, Crystal Space as 3D engine and delivery platform, and some Python scripting magic to tie it all together.
You can get more information about Apricot at http://apricot.blender.org/ and you can preorder the DVD at http://www.blender3d.org/e-shop/product_info.php?products_id=102
Thanks for the support!"