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.
While Unreal Tournament 3 will ship on November 19 for Windows gamers, and we previously confirmed that the Linux binary will not ship on the DVD, it doesn't sound like the Linux client will be available on this date either. It took a few weeks for id Software to release the Linux client for Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and it looks like Unreal Tournament 3 will fall into a similar path. A Windows demo of Unreal Tournament 3 has been available since earlier this month, but the Linux demo has too been missing in action. Ryan Gordon, the one porting UT3 to Linux, hasn't yet provided any target date(s) for the Linux client availability. Along with some ranting, this afternoon Ryan Gordon provided a statement on the Linux mailing list that "it's being worked on, and it will ship when it's ready." His rants in this message were about Epic's support of Linux gamers and encouraging anyone complaining to instead focus their attacks at Valve software for not supporting Mac / Linux.
We told you earlier this week that the ET:QW Linux client would be out in a few days, and we were right. Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.1 for Linux is now available! The ET:QW client is available from id Software and can be found on mirrors shortly. We will be publishing benchmarks soon. The Quake Wars Linux demo is also available.
Earlier this week the Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Linux demo was released and it looks like by the end of this week the full Linux client will be available. If all goes well, the ET: Quake Wars Linux client will be available for download tomorrow or Friday. Once it's available, we'll let you know. If you want to try out the Linux demo, it can be found at id's ZeroWing.
We told you over the weekend that the demo for Enemy Territory: Quake Wars would be released soon and then this morning passed along word that it would indeed be released today. Well, now it's available from id Software Zerowing.
We told you three days ago that the Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Linux demo was coming very soon. Well, we've just received confirmation that the Linux demo client will be available today! A new ET:QW Windows demo update is coming out about noon (CST) and the Linux demo will be out within a few hours after that. We'll have more information then.
Contrary to early reports that there would be a Linux client binary that would ship on the Unreal Tournament 3 DVD inside the game's box, this will not be the case. Ryan Gordon (a.k.a. "Icculus"), the one responsible for the UT3 client and server ports for Linux and Mac, has stated this morning that the Linux client will not be in the game's box. The Unreal Tournament 3 Linux client will be available for download after the game's release and will be compatible with the UT3 Windows DVD media. Like Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Unreal Tournament 3 is optimized for multi-core machines on Linux.
We told you earlier this week that Ryan Gordon would be working on the Linux UT3 port. Well, early this morning he released the Unreal Tournament 3 Linux server in its beta form. This is the dedicated server and not the client. Ryan said in the server announcement that the Linux or Mac OS X clients aren't ready yet. We imagine though the UT3 Linux client beta will be available soon. With the release of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars for Linux also imminent, it's going to be one exciting fall for Linux gaming enthusiasts.
Id Software's Linux guy, Timothee Besset, previously shared that the Linux client of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars would be out in a few weeks. In that community announcement he had not directly talked about a Linux client demo for ET: Quake Wars, however, that too is on the way. As there have been Linux demos for both Doom 3 and Quake 4, it should be no surprise that there will be on for Enemy Territory: Quake Wars as well. From an announcement on id Software's closed beta list, it sounds like the ET:QW v1.1 demo may even be out before the retail Linux client.
The Windows demo of Unreal Tournament 3 is due out soon, but whether there will be an accompanying Linux demo client at that time is not known. However, Icculus has updated his finger/blog. Icculus (Ryan C Gordon) has been responsible for past Unreal Tournament ports to Linux and with this latest update regarding Unreal Tournament 3 he states: "It's still being worked on. I'm not commenting about this at the moment, but will soon." So that's a sign he is indeed working on UT3 for Linux, but there's no sign if the Linux demo will accompany the Windows release. We do know that a Linux version of the client will ship on the Unreal Tournament 3 DVD.
Based upon id Software's Quake 4 Linux release, we thought the Enemy Territory: Quake Wars release was just days away. However, Timothee Besset (id's Linux guy) has posted in an a ET:QW community update that the Linux client is coming in "a few weeks." This time now is spent on optimizing the client code. Specifically, one of the areas that he'll be working on (since he talked about it in the private beta) is with the MegaTextures. Timothee had also added the "performance has been good on both the NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards." When it comes to the Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Linux server, which has been available for a few days now, is more popular than the Windows server build with more than 1,300 servers. It's unfortunate the Linux client isn't coming out sooner, but this will allow AMD time to push out the ATI fglrx 8.42 driver release that is focused on improving pre-R600 hardware.
The folks over at Tux Games have opened up a repository containing a collection of old software titles ported by Loki Games. This repository contains game updates as well as demos for some of their games ported during their short lifespan. At present there are 15 Linux game demos available and 22 folders of updates for software written by Loki. Keep in mind, of course, that the available software is years old. The software ranges from the Loki Installer to Unreal Tournament and Soldier of Fortune. This new repository can be found at Loki Files and you can find other Loki relics over at Icculus.org.
After Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, the next title id Software is working on is called "Rage", which will use id's next generation game engine called id Tech 5. While id Software has been loyal in porting native clients of their past games such as the Doom and Quake series over to Linux, questions have arose whether Rage (id Tech 5) will be ported to Linux. id Software has stated that it will be available for Windows, Mac OS X, and the consoles. We have attempted to reach id Software's Linux guy, Timothee Besset, but he has not answered our questions pertaining to id Tech 5 on Linux.
This week the Linux client for Enemy Territory: Quake Wars has entered beta. Unlike the Windows client, the Linux client is not available as a public beta. If you're not on id Software's small beta list right now, you'll need to wait until the end of September or early October for the ET: Quake Wars release followed by the availability of the Linux installer. Phoronix is on this ET:QW Linux beta list but we will not be publishing any benchmarks or providing much information until the game's official release. You can discuss Enemy Territory: Quake Wars for Linux here and here.
Sauerbraten, the game known as "Cube 2" and being based upon the open-source Cube engine, has its 2007 summer edition out. Sauerbraten 2007-08-19 features a number of improvements to the Sauerbraten editor as well as to the Cube 2 engine. The complete list of all of the changes can be found on the Cube Engine Forums. The latest Sauerbraten release can be downloaded from SourceForge.
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