Having seen quite a few posts relating to the future of the BGE, it’s somewhat surprising that I find myself writing a similar post.
Yet, it is not that similar. Unlike previous topics on the subject, this thread is directed at (what I believe to be) the serious issue regarding the fate of the BGE under the Blender Foundation.
I’m writing in relation to this roadmap post; http://code.blender.org/index.php/2013/06/blender-roadmap-2-7-2-8-and-beyond/
Now, I can only draw some vaguely informed conclusions, but as I see it, the Blender Game Engine is heading to the rather apathetic realm of “interactive engine”, which in my opinion is synonymous with Physics environment. Considering that it intends on merging the BGE with Blender, it can only infer that the source will have heavy modifications undergo (as the BGE itself is rather archaic in its writing than the newer 2.5/6 developments).
I don’t wish to sound frightened of change, but I fear that my heavily invested time in this engine (and community) will eventually have been for nought. I sympathise with the GSOC students.