Those of you following the E3 cavalcade this year might have noticed the announcement by Aspyr and TransGaming that they’ve jointly ported SpyHunter, an update of the arcade classic from Midway. The key bit is that this game has been ported from the Sony PlayStation 2 version to “Mac and PC”. The requirements, stated on Aspyr’s pages, indicate that the game will require MacOS X or Windows 2000 or Windows XP to be played, and no mention is made of a Linux version.
SpyHunter won’t work out of the box on Linux, but we are working on the details of how to get it running in conjunction with future versions of WineX. The underlying game engine runs fine in Linux under WineX (some of the initial development work was actually done in Linux).
There are a few complications that we still have to work through – for example, the installer technology that SpyHunter uses is Java based, and won’t run directly in WineX. SpyHunter also makes direct use of several Apple specific OpenGL extensions for some speed critical areas.
We have no ETA yet for a Linux version, but rest assured that it is definitely on our radar.
So a Linux version is still possible, but not promised.
Commentary: My questions, if I were a loyal TransGaming customer, would be as follows: Is this is the best use of TransGaming subscription money? Where is the benefit to Linux gamers if TransGaming is so busy working on Mac and Windows games that they can’t even get a native version of the game ready for their main customers? After all, the press release points out specifically how easy the port was with the TransGaming technology; shouldn’t a Linux port be just as easy? And, while there could well be other issues, the problem with the installer seems questionable because we already have loki_setup which has handled installing commercial games just fine for years now.