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  • Originally posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: Blizzard Entertainment Planning A Linux Game For 2013

    Blizzard Entertainment, the game studio behind wildly-popular games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft, is planning for a Linux game announcement in 2013...
    any update on this? it doesn't look hopeful. I'd love some native Linux blizzard content.

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    • Most likely it will be Blizzard All-Stars which is still kept in closed beta, Blizzard internally. Quoting the English Wikipedia "..." In August 2013, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime said that the game had reached a significant internal testing milestone, and was going into wider internal testing "..." I am not sure it was wise for Michael to advance also a date for the delivery but then again i am just a game dev, not a journalist

      I have little hope one of their bigger franchises will reach Linux soon anyway (*Craft, WoW, Diablo) but BAS should be a good start. With their big games, long live WINE. The Blizz devs are taking Wine into consideration when they are developing the Windoze build and the outcome is visible even for the latest titles (that lack OpenGL support). Ofc there are problems every now and then with Blizz + Wine games but they are getting solved in due time and nobody denies that. I am playing currently some Blizz titles (WoW, W3 and Diablo II + III ) trough Wine and i can't complain. I would love native binaries but well, it's hard to persuade stock holders to pull money into projects designed to lead trough unproven business environment.
      I suppose for now i would be just glad i can have Blizz games working through Wine, i can have Valve who are actually leading the Linux gaming wave and i can have indie developers considering Linux for their target platforms.

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      • Originally posted by bug77 View Post
        +1
        I've been a huge Blizzard fan up until D2. Nothing worthy came out after that. Well, maybe SC2 if you're into that (I'm not), but even so people complained it's just more SC to begin with.
        SC2 was good about 6 months to a year after it was released. The shear amount of patches to the game makes me believe it was released unbalanced and buggy. But in saying that. I've not played it for a long time. I might start playing it again just for mods, but so far no mods have pulled me in. I might consider playing through it again on Linux just because. D3 was a blasted waste of money. I'm pissed off that I bought it.

        I never ever will play WoW. So don't care if it is ported. Also I thought WoW was on it's way out?

        Blizzard have been a pretty big disappointment in the last 5 years. SC2 being the only good game, that felt very short for what it was. The old Blizzard was better. I sure hope valve learn from this mistake. Too much control kills the gamers. KISS principle valve... Learn it well!

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        • I can understand your point on Blizz's creative choices. Right now they are owned by Activision (even considering their creative independence and the current pending issues after breaking from Vivendi) and i can hardly see Bobby Kotick pulling money on *nix. And i am afraid that S2+ and D3 are just examples of Activision's influence in the whole Blizz thing. I've stopped labeling them as pioneers at some point in the past and i can hardly see them redeeming in this industry. Right now my eye are on CD Projekt RED team. They seem to be hell bent on keeping their creative autonomy from the big publisher houses they are working with. It might take some time to see CDP guys adding *nix on their list of platforms given the limited resources they can pull but well... They moved on MAC (along with consoles) from they traditional WIN PC tradition and if we are to believe Ryan Gordon, and i have little reasons not to, the port from MAC -> Linux shouldnt be a big issue (aka costs) . Ref on Gamasutra

          My eyes are focused on on valve as i said and indie devs (those greenlighted on Kickstarter for instance) who are actually doing something on *Nix.

          Best,
          n.

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          • Blizzard can suck a bag of dicks. It will be funny seeing all those other companies twisting and turning to get their software on Linux after Valve already conqured the Linux Gaming Market with SteamOS/Steam Machines. Give it 3 years.

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            • I suspect their Linux "game" will be Hearthstone, their lame Free 2 Play card game.

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              • Originally posted by blackout23 View Post
                Blizzard can suck a bag of dicks. It will be funny seeing all those other companies twisting and turning to get their software on Linux after Valve already conqured the Linux Gaming Market with SteamOS/Steam Machines. Give it 3 years.
                Valve conquered the Linux gaming market? What is wrong with you?

                I can't stand Valve and Steam. I would love better options from EA or Blizzard or other companies.

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                • Originally posted by araxth View Post
                  I would love native binaries but well, it's hard to persuade stock holders to pull money into projects designed to lead trough unproven business environment.
                  Why don't devs just use platform agnostic tools stacks so their binaries run on multiple platforms and they don't need these giant porting projects?

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                  • Originally posted by DanLamb View Post
                    Valve conquered the Linux gaming market? What is wrong with you?

                    I can't stand Valve and Steam. I would love better options from EA or Blizzard or other companies.
                    While I have my own reasons for not liking Steam or Valve, I am baffled as to why anything from EA or Blizzard would seem better in comparison?

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                    • Originally posted by DanLamb View Post
                      Valve conquered the Linux gaming market? What is wrong with you?

                      I can't stand Valve and Steam. I would love better options from EA or Blizzard or other companies.
                      You are probably the only person I've ever seen say that :-O

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                      • So summer came and went with nothing from Blizzard for Linux and no news from Michael until I raised the question if he had lied about Blizzard releasing something during the summer. His reply was that they hit a snag. Fine, anything can happen but then we had the report of Amazon USA adding Linux to the supported OS list for the latest WoW battlechest raising speculations that we might get some news at Blizzcon. There did not appear to be any mentions of Linux support at Blizzcon so Michael, since it has been several weeks from when you mentioned they hit a snag, is Blizzard still having issues or will we finally see this thing this year?

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                        • Originally posted by Goodolandy View Post
                          So summer came and went with nothing from Blizzard for Linux and no news from Michael until I raised the question if he had lied about Blizzard releasing something during the summer. His reply was that they hit a snag. Fine, anything can happen but then we had the report of Amazon USA adding Linux to the supported OS list for the latest WoW battlechest raising speculations that we might get some news at Blizzcon. There did not appear to be any mentions of Linux support at Blizzcon so Michael, since it has been several weeks from when you mentioned they hit a snag, is Blizzard still having issues or will we finally see this thing this year?
                          It's safe to assume that it's WoW.
                          A. WoW had a linux client at one point.
                          B. At Blizzcon when asked what the release date for the new expac is, either next Spring or Summer they replied "We want it much sooner than that.", which means possibly this year.

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                          • I personally reckon it's high-time Micheal saved himself the hassle and just flagged articles as 'articles' for the meat'n'bones stuff, 'rumours' for the sensationalist stuff, 'benchmark' for obvious, et al. Might help alleviate all the anger he generates from posting the frivolous (and we can all reply in kind to 'Angry Poster' if someone forgets to read that part!).

                            And hey, he's human. He probably got excited Blizzard FINALLY admitted to going linux despite it being an industry secret. He's still riding the Steam thing, too =P.

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                            • Originally posted by peppercats View Post
                              It's safe to assume that it's WoW.
                              A. WoW had a linux client at one point.
                              B. At Blizzcon when asked what the release date for the new expac is, either next Spring or Summer they replied "We want it much sooner than that.", which means possibly this year.
                              It would be cool if it is a WoW Linux client Micheal was referring to. Even better if it came before the next expansion was released but if Linux client debute with the next expansion then I will continue to wait to rejoin WoW.

                              I just wish Micheal wouldn't make these announcements unless he actually provides updates every once in a while. To make an announcement then not say anything more for months and months on end is quite irritating. If I didn't question him just before summer ended, everyone who was waiting for this Blizzard Linux surprise would be looking at Micheal as a complete liar.

                              Now during my weekly "Blizzard Linux" web search, I came across http://news.softpedia.com/news/Blizz...s-398782.shtml claiming that Warcraft I, II, III are coming back. No mention if they will make them available on Linux but I for one hope so since I never got to play I and III.

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                              • Originally posted by stiiixy View Post
                                I personally reckon it's high-time Micheal saved himself the hassle and just flagged articles as 'articles' for the meat'n'bones stuff, 'rumours' for the sensationalist stuff, 'benchmark' for obvious, et al. Might help alleviate all the anger he generates from posting the frivolous (and we can all reply in kind to 'Angry Poster' if someone forgets to read that part!).

                                And hey, he's human. He probably got excited Blizzard FINALLY admitted to going linux despite it being an industry secret. He's still riding the Steam thing, too =P.
                                They know Linux very good thanks of the help from LGP who helped them to port their client.

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