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    Phoronix: Unigine OilRush Needs More Time To Drill

    The official release date for Unigine's OilRush real-time strategy game has been June or July of this year in the midst of summer. Recently though we've been reporting that it's looking like the release date may slip for this visually-intense game with a native Linux client. After talking with Unigine Corp, it looks like a delay will be inevitable...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTYwMg

  • #2
    Held up by Valve?!?
    You surely jest.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by snuwoods View Post
      Held up by Valve?!?
      You surely jest.
      (07:19:59 AM) Denis: we are wating for response from steam
      (07:20:05 AM) Denis: and some publishers
      (07:20:35 AM) Denis: but anyway it seems that in order to deliver a good game we need more time
      Michael Larabel
      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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      • #4
        I'm wondering if that is just in reference to a windows/mac release.

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        • #5
          snuwoods:
          You shouldn't think that everything with Valve on this site is about a Linux release (-;

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          • #6
            It would be nice if the Steam version of OilRush also included linux binaries, similar to how the Steel Storm devs are doing.

            If more devs started including linux binaries along, it might help to give Valve the push it needs, and it's always nice anyway.

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            • #7
              Great idea!
              I suggest you send them an email regarding this.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Moller View Post
                snuwoods:
                You shouldn't think that everything with Valve on this site is about a Linux release (-;
                It is better to assume anything from phoronix with valve in the title has nothing todo with linux

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                • #9
                  Mercy

                  This is the last unigine spam I subject myself to from phoronix. As of today my RSS feed subscription is stopped.

                  Blatantly promoting a game for linux makes for bad journalism.

                  As for the victims of phoronix marketing who went ahead and pre-ordered the game. Enjoy your well spent money.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jubei View Post
                    This is the last unigine spam I subject myself to from phoronix. As of today my RSS feed subscription is stopped.

                    Blatantly promoting a game for linux makes for bad journalism.

                    As for the victims of phoronix marketing who went ahead and pre-ordered the game. Enjoy your well spent money.
                    Victims of Phoronix marketing? Yes, because Michael has figured out mind control with his website

                    I see no problem with giving status updates about OilRush on Phoronix. It's one of the most advanced new games coming to Linux. Perhaps if we had a supply of games coming to Linux like Windows has, this would be "bad journalism", but in the current circumstances, perfectly fine, IMO.

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                    • #11
                      So does Unigine sponser Phoronix or something? Seems a bit strange to keep writing articles about some 3d oil drilling sim..?! Thats my guess about what it is since I don't read the articles.

                      Please disclose any such affiliations, thankyou

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by slojam View Post
                        Thats my guess about what it is since I don't read the articles.
                        Not reading the articles would be your first problem. RTFA.

                        Originally posted by slojam View Post
                        So does Unigine sponser Phoronix or something? Seems a bit strange to keep writing articles about some 3d oil drilling sim..?!
                        No, they don't sponsor Phoronix. They can barely afford to sponsor themselves! They're a small indie house with an unusually good 3d engine. They're extremely ill-equipped to create game content, and are running into production delays making an actually fun campaign, exactly as I anticipated months ago and have continued to say on the forums.

                        Also, it has nothing to do with being an "oil drilling sim". Again, if you read the articles, you would know this. It's a strategy game. It's closer to games like Command & Conquer or Supreme Commander than Railroad Tycoon.

                        As for my take on the delay: as a pre-order customer, I embrace it. I'm glad they are taking the necessary time to add depth to the gameplay and the campaign. The game is visually beautiful, but it still needs many, many months of additional work to have any promise as a strategy game with a respectable campaign.

                        I am very thankful that Denis and his team are spending more money and time on trying to make their debut game more than a 5-minute demo experience.

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                        • #13
                          I'd buy Oilrush directly, but...

                          ... it wouldn't run on my system. I think, they are doing a good job, they are a small company and they target linux. And the price is fair. If video games always cost around 15-20 and ran on Linux/FreeBSD I would seriously buy some every year. It's like I still spend lots of money on CDs....
                          But the game has to work on my system, I since I care about Free Drivers, I most definitely won't. Too bad, and its not really unigene's faullt. I might buy it in a year when the free drivers are there, tough.

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                          • #14
                            I've just bought the pre-order

                            Just in order to support the devs, I've ordered the game (and downloaded it :-).

                            I'm not sure if I'll find time to play with the beta soon, but at least I found time to pay and to encourage them in the good direction (not being windows-only game ..).

                            I'll try to dig and bug report.

                            And as Stallman told me personnally (yep !) games are something "different" than Free Software because "a lot of the game is about content creation and not software development, so this is logical to pay for that...".

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                            • #15
                              No surprise about the delay. While the game looks great, the content (read: campaign) is still far from a finished product. I'm fine with the delay, I'm in the "take all the time you need to make a good product" camp.

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