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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
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.
4 November 2007 - Unreal Tournament 3
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.
29 October 2007 - One Step Closer To Release... - 2 Comments
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.
26 October 2007 - No Release Date For UT3 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.
19 October 2007 - It's Here!!!
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.
17 October 2007 - It's Coming Very Soon - 11 Comments
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.
15 October 2007 - It's Here!! - 1 Comment
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.
15 October 2007 - It's A Few Hours Out! - 41 Comments
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.
14 October 2007 - But There's A Linux UT3 Game Editor - 4 Comments
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.
14 October 2007 - The Server Done, Client Still M.I.A.
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.
12 October 2007 - A Demo Of ET: Quake Wars Is Coming - 6 Comments
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.
9 October 2007 - Unreal Tournament 3 Linux - 13 Comments
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.
6 October 2007 - Not As Soon As We Hoped... - 3 Comments
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.
26 September 2007 - The Dead Have A Repository - 22 Comments
In a job posting at Valve Software for a Senior Software Engineer, one of the responsibilities is to "port Windows-based games to the Linux platform." Perhaps this means Valve Software is beginning to realize the Linux gaming market and they could be bringing Steam to Linux in order to deliver such games as Half Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source? The job description isn't much more specific than that. Is this the turn for Linux gaming? Tell us in the Phoronix Forums.
13 September 2007
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