As much I'm hoping this to happen, I still remain a bit sceptical about the native Steam client for linux. (hopefully, not for long anyway)
But here's to hope we won't find the disappointing "Steam client for Linux postponed indefinitely" article next week.
This means at least the following games are likely to see their native Linux versions:
- Half-life 2
- Counter-Strike: Source
- Team Fortress 2
- Portal, Portal 2
and probably many more.
I have been playing TF2 using Wine for quite some time and would be very excited to hear a native port being on the way.
Of course, there will also be other games than those made by Valve. Many games have already existing Linux ports that could be published through Steam as well. Not to mention Linux will gain visibility as a gaming platform and could attract even more gaming studios to release games for Linux.
Do we know this is actually a desktop version of Steam, or is Valve perhaps looking to get into the mobile gaming market?
If Hats: the MMO can't save Linux nothing can!Steam/Source on Linux is really a last shot for Linux on the desktop and for gamers to prove to studios that AAA titles on Linux can be viable and a worthwhile effort.
Yeah, I can totally see every company under the sun lining up to port their games to Linux. Hell, they'll be so happy, they'll probably give away their ported games for free.
If this whole Linux thing is not about a mythical, Linux-based "Steam Box", then one can say beforehand that it'll be a failure. Steam without, well, most of its games will not persuade anyone to switch to Linux. And even a "Steam Box" running Linux is, in my mind, wishful thinking in an era when console manufacturers are hard at work to lock down their consoles as best as they can. Which publisher would like to see his games being released on an "open" Linux platform? None, I guess.
I know that these games can create a Humble Bundle, or go through another small store, but Steam is the gold standard on Windows, and it's what they are used to dealing with. It takes out a huge barrier for Linux support.
I don't imagine this will do much one way or the other in terms of AAA titles coming to linux. That might come eventually if Steam sales show the money is there, but I suspect it will probably just confirm that a linux client isn't worth their time.
However, just getting the Source engine would be nice, so that indie games which license it can easily get going on linux. And i'd love to get Portal and the Half Life series on linux - just that by itself would be a pretty major news item.
If your only standard for success is "how many people will this convince to switch to linux", then i'd humbly submit that you are grading on the wrong standard. I don't care about that, I'd just like to see a few great games and open up the floodgates for a lot more smaller ones. Do that, and switching 0 people would still be considered a success by me.
Last edited by smitty3268; 04-21-2012 at 03:32 AM.