The latest mission for NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is not to put man on Mars or revisit the Moon, but to develop a video game. NASA is working with three game studios now to develop their very own massively multi-player online game. This game is being called Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond and will be available on a subscription basis to the general public. Hence the title and it coming from NASA, it will be an MMO game about outer-space where one has to deal with a variety of extraordinary tasks. More information on NASA's MMO game can be found at NASA.gov or there is a bit more information at BigDownload.com.
It's not too frequently that Ryan Gordon updates his blog (finger), but when he does it's usually to announce a new Linux game port or an update to one of the titles he has ported. In this morning's update by Ryan Gordon, he mentions that an update is now available for Prey.
Albeit an "Indie game", Caster is being ported to Linux. This announcement was made on our very own forums. This game will be available at the same price as the Windows and Mac OS X ports: $9.99 USD. More details will be made available soon.
The team behind the development of the ioquake3 engine, a spin-off of the open-source Quake 3 engine, is preparing for the release of a new update. The second release candidate for ioquake3 1.36 is now available and it features a number of new improvements. This new release of ioquake3 brings off-server data downloading support, OpenAL sound support for surround-sound configurations, Ogg Vorbis audio decoding, full x86_64 architecture support, improved Quake Virtual Machine tools, and there are many other features. There is also an SDL back-end for the OpenGL context, window management, and input.
Nearly a year ago we reported on two new games coming to Linux: Shadowgrounds and Shadowgrounds: Survivor. These games were developed by Frozenbyte, a relatively unheard of Finnish game studio, and both are third person shooters with a sci-fi setting.
Back in September we talked about the possibility of America's Army returning to Linux with the 3.0 release. One of the America's Army developers mentioned that it's a possibility and there may be a way to get the client restored and updated on Linux. It looks like America's Army 3.0 for Linux is still a possibility and Ryan Gordon, the one that was contracted to originally port the America's Army client and servers to Linux (along with hordes of other games over the past decade), has confirmed this real possibility himself.
Yo Frankie, the game designed using Blender and the Blender Game Engine, is now available for download online. Yo Frankie is an Apricot Open Game Project and is fully open-source -- even the character art. The source-code, design files, and binaries can be downloaded here. Additional information on this new Linux game is available on the Yo Frankie web-site.
Back in October Ryan Gordon surprised the Linux community by releasing a Linux game demo of Prey two-years after the game began shipping on Windows. He was contracted to port the Prey server to Linux but this was the first time we were seeing any client. A month later an updated Prey demo for Linux was released. This afternoon Ryan has now released the binaries that allow the retail game to be used on Linux.
Towards the middle of last month X3: Reunion had finally gone gold after being in the porting process by Linux Game Publishing for almost two years. This game is finally shipping to customers by the end of this week. Additionally, Linux Game Publishing had hinted they had a "major announcement" to share, but it just turns out they have also gone gold with Jets 'n' Guns on Linux. LGP got its hands on Linux publishing rights for this unique game just in October.
More than a month ago, Ryan Gordon had released a Prey Linux demo for this first person shooter that was released for Windows back in 2006 and is developed around a heavily-modified version of the id Tech 4 engine. At that time he said the full Linux client for Prey would be out in a few days, but it still has yet to be released. However, in time for Thanksgiving, Ryan has now put out an updated Prey demo for Linux.
It was one year ago to the day that Unreal Tournament 3 had shipped in North America. This title created by Epic Games was originally supposed to come with the Linux binaries on the game's DVD but that didn't happen and the UT3 Linux server arrived a month late. It's now one year down the road and there still is no UT3 Linux client binary or any sign of when one may come. It was last August when Epic's Mark Rein confirmed Unreal Tournament 3 on Linux.
X3: Reunion is a game developed by Egosoft, and is the sequel to X2: The Threat, which is being ported to Linux by Linux Game Publishing. LGP has been working on porting this Microsoft Windows title to Linux since January of 2007.
Ryan Gordon (a.k.a. Icculus) has announced the release of a Crysis Wars (the multi-player version of EA's Crysis Warhead) server for Linux. Crysis Warhead is an expansion to the original Crysis game and was released for Microsoft Windows in September.
With the Prey for Linux release coming about earlier today, we figure it's a good time to update you on the status of a few other titles in the process of being ported to Linux. In particular, right now we know the status of Shadowgrounds / Shadowgrounds: Survivor and the Linux Game Publishing titles.
The Linux client for Unreal Tournament 3 has yet to be released, and almost one year later we still have no idea when this game will arrive for Linux. Ryan Gordon (a.k.a. Icculus) that ported the UT3 server to Linux and is working on the client does have some news today but it's not about this game. Ryan Gordon has just released the Prey client for Linux.
Tomorrow will mark eleven months since Unreal Tournament 3 was released in the United States. Originally this Epic Games title was supposed to be available for Linux shortly after its release and then it became a matter of it will ship when it's ready. The UT3 Linux server binary was also promised in time for release but that didn't arrive for an additional month.
X3: Reunion that was announced in January of 2007 as coming to Linux is still being ported (since the last update there have been about another eight beta releases) and Bandits: Phoenix Rising is another game that's being worked on for Linux. Sacred: Gold is also another title in development by LGP and finally their fourth title under development has been Disciples 2: Dark Prophecy, but there hasn't been much progress made on that front in quite some time. While it seems their development resources are stretched, Linux Game Publishing has announced another project. LGP will be porting Jets 'n' Guns to Linux.
Back in February we shared that Cedega 6.1 would be entering beta soon and in June the Cedega 6.1 beta was released. Three months after the public beta, the final release of Cedega 6.1 is now available to Transgaming's customers.
Back in July we shared that X3: Reunion, one of the latest PC game titles being ported to Linux by Linux Game Publishing, was still in development. This game continues on where X2: The Threat had left off (a game ported to Linux earlier by LGP) and was developed by Egosoft and released for Microsoft Windows in 2005.
For those Linux gamers that have been waiting almost a year to play Unreal Tournament 3, it looks like that day is finally getting close. Earlier this week Jeff Morris from Epic Games had confirmed on our forums that the UT3 Linux release will include their in-game UnrealEd Editor program. For the first-time ever, Ryan "Icculus" Gordon (the one porting the Unreal Tournament 3 engine to Linux) has shown Unreal Tournament 3 running on Ubuntu Linux and Mac OS X.
It's been almost ten months since Unreal Tournament 3 was released and there is still no Linux client available. There is not even any time-frame either for when the Linux support will be released. Ryan Gordon has been working with the Unreal Engine 3 under Linux since late 2004 and the UT3 Linux server has been out (albeit a month late). The Linux client port should be ready to go, but it's likely being held up by Epic's middle-ware legal issues.
Do you remember the days when we had America's Army for Linux? The first-person shooter game sponsored by the US government and uses Epic's Unreal Engine while being distributed freely? Well, it could come back to Linux!
Since the end of last week we've been running a thread in the forums asking what Linux games are most important to you? So far we've received a nice response, but we're still looking for additional details as to whether you mostly do your Linux gaming with WINE or an id Software title or what. Drop by the thread and share your thoughts. Why are we doing this? It's to be disclosed at a later time.
Following yesterday's reminder that it's been 9 months with no UT3 Linux client, we decided to follow up with some of the other game studios that over the summer have promised Linux-native game ports. The first company we heard back from was IGIOS.
It's been exactly nine months (or 274 days) since Unreal Tournament 3 for the PC was released. It was also exactly one year when we confirmed that UT3 would be released for Linux via a posting by Epic's VP, Mark Rein.
Since January of 2007, Linux Game Publishing (LGP) has been working on porting X3: Reunion over to Linux. This game is the sequel to X2: The Threat, which was ported by this Linux game company already. X3: Reunion was scheduled to be released a year ago on the 1st of August. That release date wasn't met and the game didn't even enter LGP's closed testing program until October. This game is still in beta but is finally nearing release.
It's been 234 days (or just shy of eight months) since Unreal Tournament 3 had shipped for the PC. Most would have thought the Linux client for this title from Epic Games would have arrived by now, but sadly it hasn't and there is no sign of when it will arrive.
It was up in the air whether or not RuneSoft's Jack Keane adventure game would be released for Linux, but today it's been confirmed by this game development firm that it is indeed being ported to Linux. Jack Keane was recently ported to Apple Mac OS X, and now RuneSoft is focusing on getting the Linux client out the door, according to the press release issued this morning. No date, however, has been set for the availability of this Linux client. For more information on this game, visit the Jack Keane website.
S2 Games had released Savage 2 for Linux back in March and now they've updated this first-person shooter / real-time strategy mix in quite significant ways. Version 1.5.0 for Savage 2 is the new release and it brings improved memory performance, graphics rendering optimizations, new anti-hack functionality, new enduring items, new units, and three new maps. The three new maps include Ancient Cities, Desolation, and Hidden Village. The complete change-log for this multi-platform game can be viewed here.
Back when we told you that LGP is porting Sacred Gold to Linux, we had also mentioned that the port of Egosoft's X3: Reunion would be completed shortly. Beta 9 was expected to be the release master, and this afternoon the private beta testers for Linux Game Publishing were greeted by this release. However, X3: Reunion Beta 9 is not going gold.
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