linuX-gamers.net pointed out this interview that StarWars-BATTLEFRONT.de conducted with Pandemic Studios concerning their upcoming multiplayer-oriented multi-platform shooter Star Wars: Battlefront. The question of Linux support came up, and surprisingly (as LucasArts has never shown any inclination towards wanting to support Linux clients for their products, despite ILM using it as a workstation platform) Pandemic responded with this:
Will you be able to play SWBF on ‘exotic’ platforms like the Linux-kernel or Mac OS? Will you release a dedicated-server-software? We have been delving into the realm of “exotic” platforms, actually. Right now, we are definitely supporting all major and current releases of MS Windows (i.e. ’98, Me, 2000, and XP). We have also spent some time tinkering with Linux support, as well. We definitely do not want to do anything half-hearted, though, so if we run out of time, we will look into patches, but I can guarantee that if we do ship with it, it will run equally well on any OS we support. Battlefront will actually have a good amount of server options for everybody to use. Specifically for the PC, every retail version will have the ability to handle Hosting and Dedicated Hosting. For the Dedicated Server crowd, you may want to know that we are planning to have multiple server per CPU support, as well. That means that, depending on your system’s power, you may be able to run two or three separate servers without any of them taking major performance hits. Also, for those who like to support their console-playing brethren, we are planning to release a standalone Dedicated Server for PS2 games only that will be a free download.