Official: Tribes2 For Linux Not Free

April 15th, 2004 by jvm

As I noted a few days ago, I contacted Vivendi Universal Games about the Starsiege: Tribes and Tribes 2 giveaway. I have received an official response: VU will not be giving away Tribes2 for Linux. I have asked for more details so that we might understand the basis for this decision, and I will post such information as I receive it.

While this sequence of events is unfortunate, I would like to urge the Linux community from expressing anger at VU for its decision. We do not know the full details at this time, and may never know the full details. It is quite possible that they have legitimate legal reasons, stemming from Loki and its collapse, for withholding the Linux client, even if they have the full, final codebase available to them.

14 Responses to “Official: Tribes2 For Linux Not Free”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    We want everything for free, we don’t want to pay. We want the source code…
    That’s why every company laught at Linux community…

  2. Anonymous Says:

    These are the same jack-booted thugs who sue various OSS projects such as bnetd.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    If Sierra don’t “own” the retail Linux version, then why they just don’t made
    point release with binaries only, or let it do, to someone like Icculus.
    I remember that there was free Loki-setup based instaler with linux dedicated server
    binaries, so making another one with client binaries shall be just formality.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    they don’t give away the linux version since they are not confident they own it (and that there is not a litigatious bastard on the other side of the line … and they know that litigatious bastards are unpredictable and can try to have a perfectly nice open source project closed for example), but as someone said it here, if there isnt any check done at the registration entrance anymore, anybody can use tribes2 for free.
    On the other hand, i saw a tribes3 video and it looks like a very good game. In fact it looks a lot like ut2004 which I’m very happy to play on my rightfully ATARI supported version.
    It is a joy to name ATARI in a “another company whose name I’ve forgotten” thread about a pr move where they once again shit on our toes.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Maybe they aren’t giving the Linux version away because they just don’t care?

  6. blacknat Says:

    The reason for not releasing the Linux version is probably due to the way Loki licensed the games. In order to give the game publishers a no-risk situation, Loki would license the game from the publisher and do all of the porting and support themselves. (I was one of the support guys.) The Linux versions of the games were then separate products sold independently by Loki.

    This arrangement made it easier for Loki to get publishers to agree to allow a port, but it meant that the original publisher did not have distribution rights for the Linux version. Back then, that meant no Linux version in the same box with the Windows/Mac versions. Now, it means no free giveaway of the Linux version either.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    for the loki guys, do you know where all the files associated with the loki updater can be downloaded? i’ve been trying to setup a t2 server on my linux box but keep getting hung up on missing files for the updater.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    If we ask Vivendi Universal Games if the have any legal problems with distribution of the linux version. And if Vivendi Universal Games answer is that they have none. Who is going to sue us then?
    Loki ?

  9. Anonymous Says:

    I really want T:V have windows/linux client both in one box like UT2004……

  10. rafaMEX Says:


  11. Anonymous Says:

    The Torque engine happens to have MOST of the modifications that Loki might have made to Tribes2.

    The Torque engine happens to be licensed for use with Windows, MacOS, [b][i]and[/i][/b] Linux.

    So, how can Garage Games do that if there’s “legal” issues?

    Furthermore, if it’s legit for GG to release the engine, how hard would it be for VU to allow someone to produce a “new” iteration of T2 for Linux using the engine and the game code they have?

    I smell a run-around here.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    This is great even if it’s not released freely for linux users (because ppl like me already has the linux version), because the servers are currently not many and my favorite servers have closed down so hopefully there will be more servers when it’s freely released.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    It seems everyone knows everyone in the Linux community. In an earlier thread, it was noted that the Loki guy’s name was Sam Lantinga. Why not contact him and ask if he will make sure the game companies know they will not be sued if they give away or sell loki versions of their games?

  14. Anonymous Says:

    I will pay. In fact I’ve payed.
    Sure stuff Vivendi.
    But I rather pay and have this game native to Linux.
    Then not having it at all or going Cedega.

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