A Linux Game That's Still Not Selling Well
While the new Humble Bundle is already pulling in hundreds of thousands of dollars, there's a new Source Engine game coming to Linux, and Wasteland 2 is likely coming to Linux, as just some of the recent Linux gaming achievements, there's still not a surplus of Linux-native games. Even without there being excessive amounts of Linux-native games, not all of the titles that do come are destined to sell well.
Last month I wrote about the Tomes of Mephistopheles reaching an alpha state, which is a game being developed by Kot In Action -- the same studio behind the popular Steel Storm series. Tomes of Mephistopheles is powered by the DarkPlaces engine, which is a great game engine for being free and open-source, and that alpha access to this Kot In Action title is available for a $10 USD pre-order.
Kot In Action was betting big on pre-orders in order to continue full-speed with Tomes of Mephistopheles development as well as Steel Storm 2. The company was even deciding whether to base Steel Storm 2 off the mighty-impressive Unigine Engine rather than DarkPlaces, if pre-orders were a success. As I then ended up following up on, not all Linux games sell well as based upon the Mephistopheles orders. That article was greeted by more than 70 comments why it's not popular with all Linux gamers.
Last week I followed up with Kot In Action to see where their sales were pacing, but there wasn't much change. From Alexander Zubov, the founder of Kot In Action, "No, unfortunately not even close to the goal :/ We already have multiplayer working, so once polished enough, we will release another alpha and maybe that will get players interested more."
Now to further address the comments and questions by Phoronix readers that have been brought up recently in the forums wondering how Linux games get covered on Phoronix... With Tomes of Mephistopheles, it's an interesting story.
Alexander Zubov, the founder of Kot In Action, contacted me via email in mid-February. He quickly alleged that Unigine Corp was paying me to promote OilRush on Phoronix, since OilRush "was on the front page of the phoronix.com and Steel Storm was never there." (In reality, however, I did mention Steel Storm several times on the front page such as when Burning Retribution was released, it was available via Desura, it was part of Humble Indie Bundle #3, when Steel Storm 2 was announced for Linux, etc.) After making these bullshit allegations, Zubov proceeded to ask, "If so, how much does it cost for our games to be always featured on Phoronix, with benchmarks and previews / reviews ?"
As explained to Zubov, Phoronix doesn't accept payments or other compensation to be featured on Phoronix.
First of all, I have in fact written about Steel Storm several times on Phoronix in the past, e.g. when it was released, when part of HIB #3, when it was announced Steel Storm 2 is coming to Linux, etc.
So there you have it, for those wondering. And, of course, no payment or other compensation was accepted by Kot In Action.
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