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Earlier today Unigine Corp shipped their Heaven tech demo with their latest game engine code that contains many new features since their Tropics demo last year, including a DirectX 11.0 renderer for Microsoft Windows 7 users. Right now Unigine Heaven is just available to Windows users, but as we mentioned earlier today, a Linux build will be coming.
22 October 2009 - Unigine Corp Tells Us - 54 Comments
Our friends at Unigine Corp have today unveiled their "Heaven" benchmark, and the graphics capabilities in this tech demo are heavenly to say the least. Last year Unigine Corp had unveiled the Unigine Tropics benchmark / tech demo in the Phoronix Test Suite and it certainly set a new OpenGL precedent on Linux.
22 October 2009 - Heavenly Graphics
Alien Arena 7.31 was released just earlier this month and it brought improved shadow volumes, vertex buffer object management, sound improvements, new weather effects, and other improvements to this open-source first-person shooter. While this update was significant to Alien Arena gamers, today it has been outdone by Alien Arena 7.32.
21 October 2009 - Game Update - 4 Comments
Next month will mark the two-year anniversary of the Unreal Tournament 3 release, but to this day the UT3 Linux client still has not been released. Up to this point we have been told by Ryan Gordon (the one porting over the game and engine to Linux) that it is still being worked on and Epic Games has similarly told us -- just two months ago -- that it is slowly being worked on. We've been told similar statements now going back many months that the Unreal Tournament 3 Linux client was still being worked on, but there was no ETA for when it might be released -- even though Ryan has been porting the game for over two years and originally he was hoping to ship the Linux client on the same-day as the game's release.
16 October 2009 - Not Sure If It Will Come - 80 Comments
It's been a while since last hearing anything from Icculus, a.k.a. Ryan Gordon, about any games or other software that he has been porting to Linux. The main project that we still have yet to see from him is the Unreal Tournament 3 client that is now going on two years late. Early this morning Ryan provided an update on his "finger" (blog), but Unreal Tournament 3 nor any other game projects were mentioned.
13 October 2009 - Hmmm - 11 Comments
Just days after the release of Nexuiz 2.5.2 that brought many new features to this popular open-source game, Alien Arena is out with a new version. Alien Arena 7.31 is the new version of this multi-platform first-person shooter and it too boasts a modest change-log.
8 October 2009 - New Features - 3 Comments
The Unigine Engine is arguably the best gaming engine that supports Linux with its very impressive graphics and growing set of features, albeit there's a lack of games that actually use this engine on Linux besides a few tech demos (found in the Phoronix Test Suite). Earlier this year we found out that Unigine Corp was working on their own game and it looked to be a very exciting project. However, this game of theirs we found out had been delayed due to their developers being busy with working on a Microsoft DirectX 11 renderer for this engine.
8 October 2009 - After Messing With DirectX 11 - 3 Comments
There's a new point release available for Nexuiz that brings a fair number of changes. This newest release, Nexuiz 2.5.2, adds support for a "CTS" game mode where the players much work their way from one point to another on a map, a new heads-up display, changes to video settings, and motion and damage blurs have been added. There have also been a few other changes with Nexuiz 2.5.2, which can be read about on the game's news page.
3 October 2009 - Plus More - 6 Comments
For the better part of a year, LGP was porting Shadowgrounds: Survivor to Linux after in early 2008 we learned that Shadowgrounds and Shadowgrounds: Survivor were coming to Linux (back when they were being ported outside of LGP). However, in late August, Shadowgrounds: Survivor went gold. Never did Linux Game Publishing comment on the original Shadowgrounds title. This morning though there is a surprise: they have ported this original action game.
18 September 2009 - Secret To Successor - 18 Comments
Last week we confirmed that Unigine's Linux compatible game has been delayed by a few months since Unigine Corp had diverted their resources to finishing out their DirectX 11.0 renderer. This week Unigine has now publicly confirmed their DirectX 11.0 renderer and have said that it is almost ready, but the tessellation support is yet to be implemented. Shader Model 5.0 is also supported by the Unigine Engine.
16 September 2009 - DirectX 11 Though... - 9 Comments
Contrary to earlier reports stating that the forthcoming id Tech 5 engine from id Software would likely not be ported to Linux due to the involved work, cost, and lackluster Linux graphics drivers (according to John Carmack), it looks like we will end up seeing this next-generation game engine running with Linux.
14 September 2009 - Contrary To Earlier Reports - 172 Comments
Koonsolo Games, an independent game studio that developed Mystic Mine, is amazed at the rate which Linux users are purchasing their game. We know that Linux gamers are excited for new games, but Koonsolo has released figures showing the proportion of Linux gamers to those on Windows and Mac OS X. Surprisingly, the Linux market-share is not in third, but second!
14 September 2009 - More Copies Than Windows Users - 18 Comments
Earlier this year we shared that Unigine was working on a new game that was being developed internally and would run on Linux with their continually improving game engine that already sets an OpenGL precedent on Linux. Following that we did a Linux interview with the Unigine developers to talk about their proprietary engine, gaming on Linux, etc. But months later, what is the status of this game project? Well, rather bleak right at the moment.
10 September 2009 - Not Good - 45 Comments
While most open-source games still lack the graphics quality and features that the latest proprietary game engines support within retail games that are backed by the large studios, their quality has been improving as with their artwork and other characteristics. As an example of this, Warsow 0.5 made it out this week with a horde of new features and improvements.
29 August 2009 - Warsow 0.5.0 Released - 15 Comments
Shadowgrounds: Survivor is a game from an independent Finnish-based game studio that was supposed to come to Linux last year around the second quarter, but then it was stuck in limbo for several months until this January we found out that LGP is now porting Shadowgrounds: Survivor. A month after that we showed this game running on Linux thanks to their closed beta program, but finally this game is getting ready to ship to Linux customers. Linux Game Publishing has ended their closed beta program for this game and has announced that this game has gone gold.
25 August 2009 - LGP Will Soon Ship - 2 Comments
Quake Live, the project by id Software that effectively puts the classic but popular Quake III: Arena game and puts it in the web browser, is now available for Linux. Linux gamers interested in running this first person shooter just need to go to QuakeLive.com and install a plug-in for their web-browser. At the same time, id Software also announced this update is now compatible with Mac OS X too. Playing Quake Live is free, as it's backed by in-game advertisements.
19 August 2009 - Quake In Your Browser - 93 Comments
There's a new game coming to Linux and it's called Aquaria. This is an underwater fantasy game developed by Bit Blot. This independent game allows for underwater exploration, combating, creating your own worlds, and more. Aquaria is currently available for Windows and Mac OS X, but a Linux port is now being worked on. In this forum thread at Bit Blot, the administrator confirms the port and shows this underwater game running on Linux.
13 August 2009 - An Underwater World - 12 Comments
The Unigine Engine, which is likely the most advanced 3D game engine that natively supports Linux, has stepped further ahead today. Unigine Corp has provided word of several new features and updates to this advanced game engine. With the latest code, the Unigine engine now is able to process physics much faster, adds continuous collision detection, multi-threaded simulations of physics, an updated Ogg Theora loader, new physics samples, support for Maya 10.0, and quite a bit more.
10 August 2009 - New Features For Unigine - 12 Comments
Unreal Tournament 3 was released for the PC nearly two years ago, and there was the promise of a Linux client and it was being worked on by Ryan Gordon, but to this day there is still no such client. Back in March it was said that it was still undergoing work, but there was no ETA for its completion. The work that it was supposedly undergoing was just optimizing the code, bug fixes, etc.
5 August 2009 - Epic Games Talks To Phoronix - 93 Comments
A week ago when S2 Games let us start handing out beta keys for Heroes of Newerth, their forthcoming title that is currently undergoing closed beta testing. In about 24 hours we had already given out around 450 beta keys and Linux gamers were very excited. Well, as of this afternoon, we have given away more than 1,000 keys to allow Linux gamers access to this closed beta program.
28 July 2009 - 1,000+ Keys Gone - 323 Comments
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