Neverwinter Nights Gold; Linux Version Coming

June 11th, 2002 by Crusader

BioWare’s Dungeons and Dragons epic Neverwinter Nights has gone gold. The full press release can be found here (thanks Matt); here are the sections relevant to us:

The PC version of Neverwinter Nights will ship to retailers before the end of June. Linux gamers can anticipate the online release of the Neverwinter Nights server at launch and the client program shortly afterward. Linux gamers will still need the Windows version of the game to register at the Neverwinter Nights community site ( and to import essential game resources into their Linux server and game.

When the Linux client/server becomes available we’ll let you know ASAP.

19 Responses to “Neverwinter Nights Gold; Linux Version Coming”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Does that mean the linux client is completely useless if you can’t run the windows client before?
    They could have wasted their time with more interesting things than a linux port if that is really the case …

  2. Anonymous Says:

    probably means a couple of months.

  3. Hohlraum Says:

    I can’t believe that they lied.

  4. Hrothgar Says:

    Don’t buy the game until the linux binaries are released. Hopefully they will notice *some* spike in their sales upon releasing the linux binaries, which will make it easy for them to connect the spike to us linux gamers.

  5. Zerath Says:

    Well regardless of how one feels about winex what really is important is getting these gaming companies to realize that there is a market, there is interest, and that there are people who dont think the sun sets in Bill Gates shorts. On the plus side, if they make the linux version a download they can determine how many people really want to use their software under Linux. So maybe future games will have more attention paid to releasing Linux verions.

  6. Thoreau Says:

    Just in reading between the lines here.. I don’t think the Gold is very golden. I don’t think the thing is tested. The betacycle was rediculously short, and then the promise of shipping binaries besides winblowz vanished. I think this a typical, “Oh crap, we’re out of money.” move by the publisher. Product be damned, ship it.

    I’m going to wait a bit. And lets not forget where this leaves our friendly forumer’s. They’re left out to dry until this thing is actually made. Waters wet, the sky’s blue, and publishers lie. Not new, but I expected them to hold their wad for this game. Too many 3-minute Johnny’s over their.. Times like this, I’m glad I don’t program.

  7. PJ_Hooker Says:

    I won’t buy this until TuxGames is shipping it. It’s a bit disappointing that the GNU/Linux client and server won’t be included in the box, but I’m still happy they’re supporting GNU/Linux. They certainly don’t have to and I believe we should be appreciative of that.

    With that said, I’m going to ensure my purchase is recorded as a GNU/Linux sale and support a GNU/Linux merchant by waiting for TuxGames to begin shipping this game. I strongly encourage you to do the same.

  8. jonabbey Says:

    I’m sick of being told that we linux gamers don’t exist, or that we refuse to pay for anything. I’m also sick of people acting like they deserve anything they want just the way they want it.

    I’ll be buying Neverwinter Nights because it runs on Linux, simple as that. I’ll do so gladly no matter what’s involved, just as I did with Unreal Tournament. If I can find some way to run the module building tools on Linux, I’ll put up a server and support the Neverwinter Nights community that way.

    I’m very thankful for BioWare’s support, and by bringing another AAA title to Linux despite Loki’s blowout, they deserve our support. Let’s knock off the whingeing a bit, eh?

  9. bobcat Says:

    I ordered mine from Tux Games ages ago. I wonder if they’ll ship me the disc, or wait for the Linux binaries?

  10. Anonymous Says:

    … we’re blessed that they’re releasing a native Linux version at all.

    So please stop with the whining. I’m going to show my support for native Linux gaming with cold hard cash (once the Linux client is released, of course).

    Kudos to Bioware. It’s not like game developers are so idle that they are twiddling their thumbs looking for obscure marginal platforms to spend TIME AND MONEY porting to just to piss off people who want the moon on a stick. Covered in chocolate.

  11. byte_bandit Says:

    is there any kind of singel player in this game what so ever? I cant play online .. so should I bother buying this game?

  12. Anonymous Says:

    pff, I think it sucks that the linux binaries will not be included in the box, but I still think that bioware rocks because they will put out those linux binaries…as soon as those come out i will thank bioware with cold hard cash

    I only buy linux-native games so money enough to support developers with vision

  13. RayNET11 Says:

    I am very pleased that BioWare is releasing this game for Linux. I have nothing to complain about. I have a ton of Linux games at home as it is and never really get the 8hrs a day I would like to play Alpha Cent. and Unreal Tour. If you put things in perspective most Linux gamers have more to play with then they have time. Though I still reboot my PC into windoz once in a while for my must have titles such as MOHAA the reboots are getting fewer and fewer with each passing new Linux game .. Give it time, do the right thing, we will be the winners in the end.. => Way to go !!!!!!

  14. Anonymous Says:

    . . .this is a linux website…
    so stop bitching about mac!
    Macs will never be a viable gaming
    platform…even though i treat them
    more like consoles than real computers ;)

  15. Anonymous Says:

    I’m not sure if this falls into linux binaries or what exactly as this would be the first linux game I’d be buying but what if Bio developed the data files multiplatform and only needs a linux installer. I’m thinking along the lines of Q3/UT.

    As I’m new to this, is that what all of you mean by binaries or a true linux version similar to what Loki did for Tribes 2?

  16. Anonymous Says:

    One thing not mentioned here is that the CG guys making the movies come from the same universities and sometimes are the same people developing these games. I personally know of several very high powered graphics artists/CG people who have been using Linux exclusively for years for television commercial development and other areas. What this means is that more and more games ARE being developed by people who have linux expertise who DON’T want to work on a crappy, crashy, unstable development platform. As more games are being developed cross platform, I would be VERY upset if the the industry trend ends up being development on linux and release ONLY on windows.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for this thread! I’d preordered this from Amazon quite a while ago when they were still showing the Tux icon under the supported OS sections. Low and behold the Tux icon has mysteriously vanished. I would have been very disappointed to get the game and realize I was screwed. Fortunately I was still able to cancel the preorder. I’ll re-order from Tux Games like I should have in the first place… Mea culpa Tux Games!

  18. Virtua Says:

    The short beta test period does concern me. Does anyone remember the horrible early release of Ultima Ascension? It was suppose to be one of the most incredible RPGs available and it became the most incredible flop! It suffered from rush-to-ship syndrome and no matter the patches it was just never right. I have to say that despite my disapointment in the decision not to release all version in one box, it is encouraging that if there are bugs they may be resolved by the time of the Linux release.

  19. Shark Says:

    Btw, it looks like Bioware producer Trent T. Oster has given both Mac and Linux communities an apology. Read through here to find it:

    It would of course be preferrable if it wasn’t just stuck in a thread, slipping down the NWN board :)
    But it’s an apology nevertheless.. Good enough to satisfy the majority of Linux users on that forum (and me too).

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