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Activision Is Preventing A Game From Coming To Linux

Gaming

Published on 11 December 2013 12:43 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
88 Comments

A game studio has shared publicly that Activison is preventing a new game from actively being made for "that platform", a.k.a. Linux.

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers was a 1993 adventure game out of Sierra On-Line that was popular back in the day and is now being remade as "Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition." The title was announced back in October with plans to release the game for Windows, Apple OS X, iPad, Android, and Linux. The game re-make is being developed by Pinkerton Road and Phoenix Online Studios.

So all is now dandy right with another cross-platform game also targeting Linux? Wrong. Weldon L Hathaway, the technical director of Phoenix Online Studios, shared recently in a forum thread that the Linux port is no longer happening.

The Linux port of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition is being cancelled not for technical reasons, but that Activison -- the game's publisher -- won't allow for the title to be released on Linux.

Here's what Weldon Hathaway wrote:
Figured this deserved its own thread. I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but my previous statement that GK would be available on Linux turns out to be incorrect. I can't even begin to imagine why, but Activision isn't allowing the game to be made for that platform. Just PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.
Thanks to Phoronix reader Arstyl for pointing this out and we're currently trying to find out more information on the Activision Linux Situation.

Update: The situation has been cleared up by Pinkerton Road.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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