Canada Computes has published another review, this time covering Loki’s port of Myth II: Soulblighter. Titled Myth 2: Soulblighter appeals to Linux user’s inner ghoul, the review covers the tutorial, missions, AI, controls, sound, multiplayer, films, and animation.
The second patch for Myth II: Soulblighter has been released.This is mostly a bugfix release, so if you don’t have any problemswith the 1.3a version of the game, you don’t necesarily have toupgrade to 1.3b.
New in this version:
– Bugfixes for setuid-root executable
– Workaround for the SBLive drivers bug. Enable this by setting the SDL_SBLIVE_HACK environment variable to 1.
– Fear bugfixes
You can grab it right now from ftp.lokigames.com or from the Myth II page at http://www.lokigames.com/products/myth2/updates.php3
The Linux Game Tome is reporting that pre-orders of Loki’s port of Myth II: Soulblighter are now shipping. Since the logistical channels are already in place from Civilization: CTP, Myth II should be appearing in retail stores within the next few weeks. If you haven’t ordered your copy already, you can still order online from Loki here.
Loki Entertainment Software has released new glibc 2.0/2.1 x86 binaries for the Myth II: Soulblighter demo. The new release fixes keyboarding, networking, and other “blam” issues with the initial release.
Myth II Demo Binaries 990816
NOTE: The new binaries are all that is required to upgrade a previous demo installation
ftp://www.lokigames.com/pub/demos/myth2-demo-x86-binaries.tar.gz (1.93 MB)
ftp://ftp.linuxgames.com/myth2_demo/myth2-demo-x86-binaries.tar.gz (1.93 MB)
ftp://ftp.linuxberg.com/pub/Loki/myth2/myth2-demo-x86-binaries.tar.gz (1.93 MB)
Myth II Demo (Full) 990816
ftp://ftp.lokigames.com/pub/demos/myth2-demo-x86.tar.gz (62.9 MB)
ftp://ftp.linuxgames.com/myth2_demo/myth2-demo-x86.tar.gz (62.9 MB)
ftp://ftp.linuxberg.com/pub/Loki/myth2/myth2-demo-x86.tar.gz (62.9 MB)
Loki Entertainment Software has launched a brand new site design courtesy ofJohn Grantham. Until the DNS catches up, you can reach it at http://18.104.22.168/. Loki has also announced they are now accepting orders for their second ported title for the Linux OS, Myth II: Soulblighter. You can order your copy of this excellent 3D real-time tactical fantasy game from Loki’s Myth II Product page.
The venerable Natas updated his Loki page with the news that he’s received his beta copy of Loki Entertainment Software’s port of Myth II: Soulblighter. Natas is promising to post screenshots of the beta port, possibly later tonight after Game 3 of the Stanley Cup series (Can the terrible sword of the Sabres be stopped? Can Eddie the Eagle hold off Buffalo?), which will be posted here when available.
Natas wrote in with the news that Loki Entertainment Software will be holding beta testing for their port of Myth II: Soulblighter in the near future. According to Loki’s Kathryn Sorhaindo, 50 beta-testers who didn’t make the Civ: CTP beta test as well as 10 hand-picked testers who sent in exceptional feedback during the Civ: CTP testing period will be chosen. Natas has also added a new message board to his page for LokiSoft, Civ: CTP, Myth 2, and Railroad Tycoon discussion.
Tux Games has released its new Demo CD, made for people who have slow modems or who have to pay by the minute for theirdownloads. We now have 10 demos included on the disc:
Civilization: Call to Power
Erics Ultimate Solitaire
Heroes of Might and Magic III
Myth II: Soulblighter
Quake III Arena
Railroad Tycoon II
Reel Deal Slots
It is available from Tux Games for $3.50, which is a break-evenprice.
In conjunction with their Installing Linux article, Gamespot is running a feature on the Linux operating system. The article gives some historical background on Linux, an overview of Loki’s recent ports of Civilization: Call to Power and Myth II: Soulblighter, statements from Bungie’s Doug Zartman and Loki’s Scott Draeker, and mentions of a few open source game projects for Linux.
Kathryn Sorhaindo sent in the following press release:
Loki Entertainment Software Launches New Website
TUSTIN, CA — July 26, 1999 Loki Entertainment Software, the leader inbringing best-selling PC games to the Linux platform, announced today thelaunch of their new website, www.lokigames.com. The launch is the latestchapter in Loki’s ongoing efforts to bring the best of the PC gamingworld to the Linux operating system.
“Our new site is a visual testament on the world wide web to the validityof Linux gaming,” notes Scott Draeker, president of Loki. “We offerworld-class products and support and now a stunning website to match.”
Loki’s website is a completely new design from the ground up and offersnews, updates, information on Loki products, downloads and all the othercomforts of home. The site is fully operational now, and Loki willcontinue to add new features in the coming months.
About Loki Entertainment Software
Loki works with leading game publishers to port their best-sellingWindows and Macintosh titles to the Linux platform. Loki’s port ofCivilization: Call to Power was released to rave reviews in May, and thehighly-anticipated port of Myth II: Soulblighter will debut at theAugust LinuxWorld in San Jose. This year alone Loki plans an additionalsix titles, including Railroad Tycoon II (Gold Edition), Eric¹s UltimateSolitaire, and Heretic II. Privately held and headquartered in OrangeCounty, California, Loki takes its name from the Norse god of mischief.For more information visit their website www.lokigames.com.
Media Relations Contact:
Loki Entertainment Software
250 El Camino Real, Suite #42
Tustin, CA 92780
Linux Games Coming to the PowerPC
Loveland, CO July 14, 1999 Terra Soft Solutions and LokiEntertainment Software announce a strategic alliance to bringbest-selling PC games to Linux on PowerPC computers — in some casesbefore those same games are available for the MacOS.
Loki Entertainment Software has become a strong force in the gamingindustry, licensing MacOS and Windows games and porting them to the Linuxoperating system. Terra Soft Solutions has quickly established itself asa leader in the Linux for PowerPC arena. Through the partnership, Lokiand Terra Soft will combine their efforts to bring Linux games to PowerPCcomputers.
Linux is compatible with a wide-variety of computer hardware, includingi386-based hardware manufactured by Intel, AMD and Cyrix, andPowerPC-based hardware such as Apple Computer’s iMac. Through this newalliance, Loki will continue to license and port PC games to the LinuxOS. Terra Soft will work with Loki to develop PPC-compatible versionsbased on Loki’s source code.
“We are thrilled to work with Terra Soft to expand the universe ofapplications for Linux on the PowerPC, states Loki President ScottDraeker. “This partnership ensures that PowerPC users who install Linuxwill have access to the best games that the PC world has to offer.”
“This is a challenging opportunity. One that will keep us quite busy,”notes Stephen Edie, Software Engineer for Terra Soft. “My personalbackground and one might say my ‘passion’ is with gaming. Through mywork on porting the CMD 646 IDE driver for the Blue & Whites and ongoingwork on the graphical installer for Gone Home, I have become quitefamiliar with the PowerPC architecture. I believe that Terra Soft’sexperience with the PowerPC coupled with Loki’s background is anincredible combination. It allows each of us to do what we do best andprovide games that may not otherwise be made available on the PowerPC.”
In addition to working with Loki to bring Linux games to the PowerPC, Terra Soft will soon offer game bundles with its Yellow Dog Linux Gone Home distribution. Retail versions of Loki’s games, which will include both the i386 and PPC versions, will be available as stand alone productsfor sale directly from Loki, Terra Soft and other software retailers.
Loki plans to bring a wide variety of games to Linux, including the mostpopular action, adventure, and educational titles. Loki’s current productline includes Civilization: Call to Power, Myth II: Soulblighter,Railroad Tycoon II Gold Edition, and Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire. A totalof 8 titles are planned for release in 1999. Today’s announcement ensuresthat all of Loki’s titles will be available for both i386 and PowerPC.
About Loki Entertainment Software
Based in Tustin, CA, Loki works with leading game publishers to porttheir best-selling PC and Macintosh titles to the Linux platform. Lokimeets a pent-up need in the Linux community by providing fully-supported,shrink-wrapped games for sale through traditional retail channels. Formore information about Loki Entertainment Software, visit their websiteat www.lokigames.com.
Loki Contact: Kathryn Sorhaindo, 714-585-4359, email@example.com.
About Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.
Based in Loveland, CO, Terra Soft is the developer of Yellow Dog Linux for Apple Macintosh G3 and PPC computers. Champion Server, their flagshipproduct, is a highly professional distribution geared toward a wide rangeof network applications such as ISPs, corporate intra/extranets, web and network servers. Terra Soft recently introduced Black Lab Linux, a parallel computing system for research and development facilities. Formore information about Terra Soft Solutions, visit their website atwww.terrasoft solutions.com.
Terra Soft Contact: Kai Staats, 970-278-9243, firstname.lastname@example.org
Just announced on Loki Entertainment Software’s main page is the three new games they will be porting to Linux: Myth II: Soulblighter by Bungie Software, Railroad Tycoon II and the expansion pak: “The Second Century” by PopTop Software and finally, Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire by Delta Tao Software.Check out the full press release for more details.
- Achilles wrote in to theLinux Game Development Center mailinglist requesting help developing a R-Type-style 2D side-scroller. Interestedartists or coders can mail Achilles at email@example.com.
- Tux Games’ Michael Simms sent inthe following:
This months winner of the
Tux Games Competitionwas from Texas, and won a copy of Myth II:Soulblighter
- Cynic Guru sent in links to original musiche’s composed in tribute to Doomand Quake 2.
- Yavsoft sent over a press releaseannouncing the release of a Alive! Jigsaw 2.0 betafor Linux(screenshot). Download