The release of the Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Source Code by Jazz’s developers/publishers has been a hot topic in the community for a while.
The topic of making Jazz Jackrabbit 2 open source became nontrivial after Michiel Ouwehand, one of the developers of Jazz Jackrabbit 2 at Orange Games, told FQuist in an IM conversation that he would look into the possibility of releasing the Jazz Jackrabbit source. He promised to check with Epic on how to handle this.
Following this news, several people in the community put together a 1.25 taskforce to manage and help create the “1.25 patch“. People who were deemed important/knowledgable or were known to be able to write programs were invited into this exclusive group, which still has its own – albeit quite inactive now – forum at the JCF.
The source code has not been given out so far, for reasons beyond (most of) the community’s knowledge, which are mostly only speculated about, Orange Games did not hold true to its promise, and has yet to establish contact with the community as a whole about what the situation is.
These are a few (sometimes contradicting) claims that have been made by people about the situation with the source code.
As the source code has a status somewhat akin to the holy grail to the community, there have of course been hoaxes dealing with the source code. The most notable one being an april fools joke with this theme. See this thread. There have also been people claiming they would decompile Jazz and thus ‘get the source’ (decompiling does not deliver the original source code for a program) or who have claimed to have contact with the developers about its release. They usually are not hard from anymore after a while.
Eat your lima beans, Johnny.