Project Athena is one of the three known forks of the High Fidelity open-source software code that hope to carry on where HiFi left off, since High Fidelity is essentially shutting down operations as of January 15th, 2020.
The platform will feature:
- Open-source code (Apache 2.0)
- Decentralized servers: you host your own world the same way you do a website
- Desktop and VR support: you do not need a VR headset to participate
- 3D spatial audio
According to Kalila, the Project Lead:
We are a group of exclusively volunteers looking to continue the goal of the metaverse. There are about 5 actively working, 5 around and about and advising, and then 10 more that are around for help or advice where needed. In the team and group, yes, there are ex-HiFi employees and contractors who are passionate and want to continue working on this shared dream.