Yesterday when mentioning that Doom 3 BFG Edition is already cleared for a GPL open-source release
, I mentioned it was unlikely id Software would be providing a native Linux client for this brand new game. Those fears have now been confirmed with id Software saying they have no plans for a Linux version.
Doom 3 BFG Edition is a major overhaul of the original eight-year-old Doom 3 first person shooter. Doom 3 BFG is still based upon the id Tech 4 engine that is well supported under Linux and there was a great native Linux client for the original Doom 3, but now times are different at id Software.
Timothee Bessett left id Software
, who was their former Linux expert for many years, and John Carmack has said Linux didn't produce positive results
at the Texas game company.
Brian Harris, a developer at id Software, tweeted
me yesterday to confirm they are not planning to make a Linux version of Doom 3 BFG, which was released for Windows a few days ago. "@michaellarabel @id_aa_carmack we have no plans to create a Linux version but I bet someone will port it once the code is released."
Fortunately, with the Doom 3 BFG Edition source-code already being cleared for release under the GPL and the original Doom 3 source-code that was supported by Linux already being out there, some community-based support is likely to come. Some open-source Linux developers will hopefully port the Doom 3 BFG code-base atop the original Doom 3 (id Tech 4) code-base and we'll see (unofficial) Linux support that way.
Oliver McFadden, the open-source graphics driver developer who lately has been playing around with his own fork of id Tech 4 fork known as Dante
, wrote me
: "Should be fairly trivial to support #Doom3 BFG Edition natively on GNU/Linux with the existing platform code from #Doom3."
Hopefully this will happen soon after the Doom 3 BFG code-drop with this updated version of Doom 3 offering superior graphics, improved audio, and other enhancements to drive new energy into the popular eight-year-old game.
Sadly, it still looks like there will not be any Linux support for Doom 4, which is to be based upon the id Tech 5 engine. Open-sourcing of id Tech 5 is still many years away (assuming they continue in their tradition of open-sourcing their old engines after reaching the end of their useful commercial life) so any unofficial support there is also many years out.