GOG.com announced this week that they now offer Linux game titles!
A while ago, we’ve announced our plans to add Linux support as one of the features of our digital platform, with 100 games on the launch day sometime this fall. We’ve put much time and effort into this project and now we’ve found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by, and absolutely no reason to wait until October or November. We’re still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we’ve decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. It’s not about them, after all, it’s about you. So, one of the most popular site feature requests on our community wishlist is granted today: Linux support has officially arrived on GOG.com!
The first 50+ titles we’ve have in store for you come from all the corners of our DRM-Free catalog. Note that we’ve got many classic titles coming officially to Linux for the very first time, thanks to the custom builds prepared by our dedicated team of penguin tamers. That’s over twenty fan-favorite GOG.com classics, like FlatOut&Flatout 2, , Darklands, or Realms of the Haunting we’ve personally ushered one by one into the welcoming embrace of Linux gamers. That’s already quite a nice chunk of our back-catalog, and you can expect more from our dedicated Linux team soon!
Now, for the recent titles. We’ve got some indie games with native Linux versions that finally find their well-deserved spot in our store. Among them, debuting on Linux, CLARC – a well received original comedic Sci-Fi puzzler. On top of that, be on the lookout for two new additions to the GOG.com catalog: Gods Will Be Watching (coming in a couple of hours) and Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build coming right up!), both of them very fresh and intriguing. This is the very first time we can provide you with all the PC versions of a premiere game, and we will continue to do so in the future. If there’s a Linux version of a title we’re releasing, our aim is to deliver it to you Day-1. But enough about us, let’s talk about the games.
My beloved Kerbal Space Program has been updated to version 0.24, dubbed “First Contract” because of an enhanced Career mode:
Players will now have the opportunity to take on Contracts, manage Funds, a new in-game currency that allows players to buy rocket and plane parts, and earn Reputation for their efforts. Reputation is raised for completed contracts and bringing Kerbals back in one piece. Failing missions, or gasp, blowing them up lowers Reputation.
Squad has also posted a FAQ to address the most common questions.
At the outset, you control a single explorer, moving one square at a time through a series of rooms. The turn-based structure means that speed isn’t important, but every time you make a move your enemies will do the same, forcing you to plan ahead accordingly. Where things get especially tricky is that your party will grow as you meet other explorers along the way — and you’ll control the entire group at the same time.
This is the first I’ve heard of it, and it looks neat:
The Linux Version of Battlepaths is now available on the store! Hundreds of thousands of Linux users will finally be able to save the world from the evil Chaos Overlord, fighting their way through the realms and testing their might in the Halls of Challenge.
Previously you’ve been able to escape as a goat, but did you know that you can’t escape being a goat? That’s right, in Goat Simulator by Coffee Stain Studios you are the goat as you thrash about a town looking for things to lick and bleat and kick at.
Even though the game’s official website doesn’t reflect the newly available port you can download it through Steam. I’m not kidding.
Since its inception, the XCOM Project has scoured the globe in search of the best and brightest military and scientific personnel to defend Earth from the alien invasion.
Today marks the availability of a new technology that will enable even more world-class recruits to join the fight, as XCOM: Enemy Unknown is released for Linux.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a SteamPlay title that runs on Ubuntu 14.04 and Valve’s SteamOS. The base game and all the add-on content, including the explosive expansion pack XCOM: Enemy Within, are available now from Steam.
All of the DLC expansions are also available through Steam, and XCOM is on sale for the next 48 hours.
Aspyr, “The Greatest Mac Publisher on Earth, ever” has shipped their first game for Linux. Civilization V and the various DLC expando-packs are now available on Steam. The system requirements for the game’s Steam listing and the announcement post both mention that this release is specifically targeting Steam OS rather than Steam for Linux on Ubuntu.
Citing developmental delays with the Steam Controller, which has now gone wireless, Valve has moved their estimates of when the first Steam Machines will launch to 2015:
We’re now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. It’s generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we’ll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it’s also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we’re now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014.
If you’d like to live underground and use bullets for currency in a post-apocalyptic FPS, you’re going to get that chance this summer when Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light are re-released with upgrades. Though it seems like 2033 will see the largest upgrade by getting upgraded to the engine that 4A Games used in Last Light, there is a significant amount (10 hours) of additional DLC included in the Redux version of Last Light that you might have missed. This will also be the first time we get to play Metro 2033 under Linux. If you already own Last Light you can get a 50% discount on a pre-purchase of the new edition.
Do you like beating peasants in the town square? If that screenshot is accurate it looks like you might have the opportunity in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Long Game Titles. The RPG about this dude named Geralt is currently on sale for $3.99 on Steam, and finally available for Linux three years after it was released.