An open letter to Lucius:
Lucius, I don't know what difficulties are forcing your silence right now but it is my personal fear that it may have something to do with Blood's EULA. Within that agreement the end user is forbidden to decompile, hex edit, or read the output of Blood's exe. in any way. I hope I'm wrong, if not, then here's something else you should consider:
Monolith/Atari never owned and never will own it's own private copy of the build engine. They licensed it (as did several other companies) and any modifications they made are the strict property of whoever the build engine belongs to- 3drealms if I'm not mistaken. The build engine itself is now open source, it would be illegal for them to enforce any prior licensing stipulations.
I know I've been on and on about the end user's agreement at other forums you frequent, I hope you can bring yourself to ignore those posts, as they were based on an inacurate understanding of EULA practices.
This definitely has nothing to do whatsoever with Lucius' silence. Even if somehow legalities became an issue, they wouldn't affect the entire project, only the particular game in question. And if any legal issue were to cause any problems with the project, there would most definitely be an announcement.
The reality is no more sinister than Lucius waiting until he has something more substantial to say than, "Still plugging away at the XL Engine as (limited) time permits."
Could we get an update?
Lucius, if you're reading this could we just get a screenshot or something? Just throw me a bone dude. Not trying to be impatient but I visit the XLengine page maybe twice a day hoping for an update.
I'll see if I can get the ball rolling on that. The work currently being done doesn't lend itself well to screenshots, but maybe a blog post would be a possibility.