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.
While Ryan Gordon has yet to release Unreal Tournament 3 for Linux (likely due to Steam / Valve's Source Engine Coming To Linux), he has today released new versions of Postal 2 for Linux and Mac OS X. In celebration of the Postal movie being released, Running With Scissors (the company behind Postal) has permitted the release of a free multi-player edition of this popular game. This is the full retail version of Postal 2 but with the single-player mode stripped away. The release announcement for Linux and download links can be found at Icculus.org.
Earlier this month we shared that LGP was starting work on another game port, which was subsequently revealed that this game they were porting to Linux was Sacred Gold. Sacred is an action role-playing game originally released on the Windows platform in 2004 with Sacred Gold, which is made up of Sacred, the Sacred Plus expansion, and the Sacred Underworld expansion, in 2005.
If you're after some Linux gaming but upset over Unreal Tournament 3 still missing for Linux, you may want to try out the version 1.5 update for Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. Among the changes in this update to this title developed by id Software and Splash Damage are user-interface improvements, new customization cvars, ranks and statistics enhancements, and quite a few other alterations. The complete change-log for Enemy Territory: Quake Wars 1.5 can be read here with download links here. The Linux update for this first person shooter is being released on the same-day as the Mac and Windows updates.
For those interested in some weekend gaming, Nexuiz 2.4.2 has been released. This open-source first person shooter now has an "onslaught" game-mode (with an ons-reborn map being added), brand new announcement sounds/voices, fixes for several bugs, new crylink primary attack mode, new server tools, and uint16 element array support. Te uint16 element array support should yield better Nexuiz performance for older GPUs -- such as the Radeon R300 series and NVIDIA GeForce 1/2 graphics cards. The release announcement for Nexuiz 2.4.2 can be read on the Nexuiz Forums with download links.
In addition to the good news we broke this morning that Valve is porting the Source engine to Linux, id Software has announced today that they have begun work on Doom 4! In addition, id Software has announced they'll be expanding their development team for this Doom 3 successor. They are currently looking for new creative developers and if you think you'd be a good fit for this Texas game company, head on over to the id Software careers page. Not much information on Doom 4 is known at this time aside from a small mention on the id Software home-page. We'd expect that Doom 4 will be using id Tech 5, which will be premiering with their forthcoming Rage title.
Linux Game Publishing is still in the middle of porting X3: Reunion and Bandits: Phoenix Rising to Linux, but they soon will be starting work on another title. This game coming to Linux, however, still isn't known. At the LGP website they will be showing one pixel of an image every second until the entire image has loaded. Once all pixels (or most of them) have been loaded, the forthcoming title will be know. Similar to some earlier ports, Linux Game Publishing has turned this into a competition by offering the first Linux copy of this game to the first person to guess the name of this game. When the name of the game is known, we'll be sure to pass it along.
While not exactly a game, Laminar Research has announced the release of X-Plane 9.0. X-Plane is a multi-platform (Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows) flight simulator, but unlike FlightGear and other open-source simulators, this is meant to be a life-like training exercise. X-Plane is so realistic that it has been certified by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) here in the United States for use as a training utility. X-Plane 9 has been in beta for some time, but X-Plane 9.00 has now officially been released.
Last week we shared the sad reality about Unreal Tournament 3 that it's been 5 months and there's still no Linux client. There's not even any sign that the game client will still be made available for Linux once their "legal" problems are resolved. It was mentioned in the news posting that forum moderators for Epic Games, the company behind the Unreal franchise, had been deleting posts of users who had inquired about the status of this game for Linux. There is now confirmation that they are taking such actions to suppress the UT3 Linux talk.
Five months ago from today, Unreal Tournament 3 for the PC was released in North America. Linux gamers around the world, however, were let down with the lack of an available Linux client and all UT3 gamers were impacted by the lack of any Linux server for this game. The UT3 Linux server had finally shipped a month later, but now 152 days since the release a Linux client for this first person shooter is still missing with no sign of it even coming.
It's with much disesteem that today marks 100 days since the release of Unreal Tournament 3 and there still is no UT3 Linux client available or any word when it may be released. A port is being worked on and there has been a UT3 Linux server build, but any Linux (or Mac) demo/client has yet to be released. The UT3 v1.0 server was released to the public almost a month late.
id Software has released the Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.4 update this week for its Windows customers, and this is accompanied by Linux updates too. There are new server and client builds available for Linux and the game demo has also been updated against the ET:QW v1.4 code-base. These Linux downloads are available from the id FTP server. This game update has a host of fixes as well as some new features (more information), such as a threaded renderer for improved multi-core performance, but we'll be exploring that feature in a separate article.
Earlier this month we shared that as a Christmas present to gamers there would be an Enemy Territory: Quake Wars update that would put this first-person shooter at version 1.4. Due to a development delay, however, ET:QW v1.4 wasn't released in time for the holidays. We can now confirm though that this PC update is targeted for release this week and will include an updated Linux client/server in tandem.
Coincidently, on the same day that the Unreal Tournament 3 Linux server was released, AGEIA had finally responded to our inquiry whether PhysX is delaying UT3 for Linux. AGEIA has also clarified their stance regarding Linux support.
It's over a month late, but today Ryan Gordon has released the Unreal Tournament 3 Linux server. This server doesn't require the retail DVD, but is 1.6GB in size. The release announcement and download links are available from Icculus.org. The Unreal Tournament 3 Linux client, however, still hasn't been released (nor any signs when it will be). You can see our current articles and news posts on Unreal Tournament 3 for Linux at this link.
Ryan Gordon has announced on the Unreal Tournament 3 Linux mailing list that the Linux server for Unreal Tournament 3 will be out "very very soon". Ryan had went on to mention that they are working out some last minute bugs and that this server update should be out with the next Windows patch. Ryan had, however, not commented on when we may see a Linux (or Mac) client for Unreal Tournament 3.
Earlier this month we shared with you that Egosoft's X3: Reunion for Linux finally entered its closed beta process after being ported by Linux Game Publishing. Not that it means too much to a Linux gamer without closed beta access, but LGP has pushed out a second beta release of X3: Reunion. For a comparison, when Linux Game Publishing was porting X2 - The Threat, there were nine closed beta releases before this game went gold. On the other hand, when porting Cold War, there were just five beta releases. This second X3 beta adds game fixes and speed optimizations.
Yesterday, Epic Games shipped the much-anticipated Unreal Tournament 3 title here in the United States, which is the first release in the Unreal series since 2004. While Epic Games has been a patron to the Linux gaming community, there was no Linux client or server on the launch day here in the US (nor has there been a UT3 Linux demo, yet). Ryan Gordon (also known as Icculus) has been working on the Unreal Tournament 3 port to Linux and Mac OS X, and has previously released a UT3 Linux server beta. Ryan had previously confirmed on the UT3 Linux mailing list that there would a Linux dedicated server ready and seeded for the German release last week, however, that hasn't yet been pushed out to the public. We (along with many gamers) would hope that the Unreal Tournament 3 dedicated server for Linux is pushed out this week, but right now there is no ETA for the UT3 Linux client. We have the Unreal Tournament 3 media in hand, and once the Linux client is available you can be sure we will be testing it here at Phoronix and running a plethora of benchmarks across different graphics hardware.
Ryan Gordon has today confirmed on the UT3 Linux mailing list that the full Unreal Tournament 3 server build for Linux will arrive in time for the game's release. Epic Games will also be distributing the Linux server to hosting companies in time for the game's German release. Unreal Tournament 3 is planned for release in the United States on November 19. Ryan hadn't commented on any release schedule for the Unreal Tournament 3 Linux client.
The demo for Unreal Tournament 3 has been available to Windows users for nearly a month, but it's still missing in action for Linux users. The release of Unreal Tournament 3 is planned for later this month and it's unknown when the Linux client will arrive. Ryan Gordon, the one responsible for porting UT3 to Linux, has a UT3 Linux mailing list but he has refrained from commenting on whether there will be a Linux client binary close to the November 19 launch date or when a demo may be available for download. Last month though we did share new UT3 Linux details. Once we hear any Unreal Tournament 3 news on the Linux front we will report it, but at this point there's no sign it will be ready for download on the November 19 launch or when the UT3 Linux demo may surface.
In the first half of 2006, Linux Game Publishing had released X2 - The Threat (our beta screenshots), which is a space simulation game developed by Egosoft and later ported to Linux by LGP. It was then announced at the start of this year that Linux Game Publishing would be porting X3: Reunion to Linux, which is the game's sequel. The Linux release date for this game was scheduled for August 1, 2007 but that has since passed. We can now confirm that the native Linux client of X3: Reunion being ported by LGP is finally entering its closed beta. Those with the closed beta access (including us at Phoronix) haven't yet seen the first beta test release, but it's mailing list is now open and should be out within a few days. The game, however, won't ship for another couple of months. With the turn around time after going gold and considering that the first closed beta isn't even out the door yet, we would expect this Linux game to be released in the first half of 2008.
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