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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.
20 June 2008 - Linux Game Update For The Weekend - 3 Comments
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.
13 June 2008 - At An Internal RC1 Stage - 3 Comments
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.
31 May 2008 - Postal 2 Linux Multiplayer Now Free - 7 Comments
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.
30 May 2008 - Another Linux-Native Game In The Pipe
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.
21 May 2008 - Splash Damage Issues Linux Update - 4 Comments
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.
11 May 2008 - Onslaught Now In Nexuiz - 13 Comments
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.
7 May 2008 - More Great Gaming News Today - 14 Comments
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.
3 May 2008 - The Game Though Isn't Known - 98 Comments
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.
22 April 2008 - Do Your Flight Training On Linux - 3 Comments
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.
22 April 2008 - Where Is UT3 For Linux? - 55 Comments
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.
19 April 2008 - UT3 Linux Client Still Missing...
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.
27 February 2008 - Where Oh Where Is UT3 For Linux - 11 Comments
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.
20 January 2008 - Now Available For Download - 3 Comments
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.
31 December 2007 - A New Year Present From id Software - 14 Comments
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.
18 December 2007 - They Aren't Delaying UT3 On Linux - 5 Comments
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.
18 December 2007 - Still No UT3 Linux Client... - 16 Comments
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.
8 December 2007 - No Word Yet On UT3 Linux Client...
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.
24 November 2007 - Q2'2008 We Believe...
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.
20 November 2007 - No UT3 Linux Client Or Server, Yet
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.
10 November 2007 - At Least The Server Will Be There... - 1 Comment
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