Ankh for Linux?

December 2nd, 2006 by Crusader

A reader let us know that RuneSoft has announced that they would be willing to release a native Linux version of the adventure game Ankh.

Ankh is an award winning adventure game in the spirit of Simon The Sorcerer or the classic LucasArts adventure games. Due to the disappointing sale numbers of past native Linux ports, they require at least 200 pre-orders to make it happen. This announcentment was made on the website of the German Linux software shop ixsoft (the site is in German, but they accept international orders).

21 Responses to “Ankh for Linux?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    i’ve ordered already :)

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Bernd Hentig, the owner of ixsoft will publish on monday the number of pre-orders.

    I bet we won’t need many pre-orders anymore.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Think they might need pre-orders. People on some sites are complaining that they do not understand German..
    (Its 2006 – who DON’T understand German these days?!?)


  4. Anonymous Says:

    Just to tell that this is not “if we had enough preorders we’ll PORT the game”.

    The game is already ported and fully working, Runesoft already has the final iso with a friendly loki installer script in their offices. :)

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Of course I ordered it too! Let’s show them that commercial content and games CAN be a success on Linux, no?

  6. Svartalf_ Says:

    I’d contacted them and got no replies… Guess the team they picked was Runesoft. Well, I can’t see why they needed 200 pre-orders, LGP goes without that sort of thing- and I suspect they’d have published this one…

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Hmmm, no paypal

  8. Anonymous Says:

    …games for linux should really follow the same rules for games under windows.. if the sales are lackluster, maybe it’s because the game sucks..

    if it didn’t sell well under linux… My money’s on the game. not the gamers..

  9. Anonymous Says:

    windows got a monopoly, so the normal market laws just dont fit anymore for this situation.
    why do you think monopolys are forbidden?

  10. Anonymous Says:

    there were 138 pre-orders, i ordered ankh today, on 12/06/2006 at 13.00h CET, but still 138 pre-orders.

    i hope this isnt just for fun and address-collecting

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Yes, but if you look at the site it still says:
    04.12.2006, 09:00h: 138

    It’s manually updated, since it is dated Monday. I’m sure once he updates it again, it will be a different number.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    05.12.2006, 17:00h: 165

  13. SpoonMeiser Says:

    I can’t help but feel we’re being blackmailed into buying this game.

    I’m not usually one to make such negative comments, maybe I just don’t understand the situation properly. Is the cost of developing a Linux port really that great? I mean, assuming they release both on the same media, or offer Linux binaries for download, there’s no extra costs in terms of distribution.

    For them to even be considering a Linux port, they must be fairly confident they can do it. This suggests that it’s written in a very portable way, or that it’s already ported. Both of which suggests that the 200 pre-orders isn’t going to be covering extra cost that will occur as choosing to release the Linux version.

    Is there even a demo we can play? Or are we expected to purchase a game simply on the strength of screenshots?

  14. zborgerd Says:

    I hate to say this, but there is a big reason why Runesoft has seen lackluster (by Linux standards) sales…

    The ports are sluggish and important features (like multiplayer) are intentionally left out of some of their games. What sort of promise can Runesoft give me that would give me the confidence to buy any of their products again? Why should we pre-order if they insist on denying us of quality efforts?

    Don’t get me wrong. I’d love to have Ankh on Linux. I’m just not certain that Runesoft is the right company for the job. Until they prove otherwise, I think that they are going a bit too far in asking for 200 pre-orders.

  15. Svartalf_ Says:

    Well, there’s several things going on here…

    Runesoft’s prior Linux port sales were lackluster not because of weak demand as indicated…

    The game engine uses OGRE (That was how I’d known about it and tried to contact them over it…) and a batch of other cross-platform pieces and they just needed a little clean up work to make it portable. I’d believe the comment that Runesoft HAS a Linux version ready to rock and roll sitting in their offices. Deck13 had indicated that they’d handed it off to a Linux team for evaluation back in the beginning of this year but weren’t sure that their publisher would publish it for them.

    Publishing a run of 1000 units would probably require them to pre-sell 200 or so to see the production costs covered so they don’t see a loss on the whole thing.

    In all honesty, I’d be a little leery myself- I’d love to see a demo version (Deck13 HAS one for Windows- it shouldn’t be hard for Runesoft to hand out a Linux Demo to spur interest. The game looks to be fun and would be worth what they’re asking for it- but only if the performance were there.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Is the game in english or in german ?

  17. spdmnd Says:

    According to ixsoft, both versions will be on the disc, English and German.
    183 pre-orders so far…

  18. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t see a counter anymore…

  19. Anonymous Says:

    I can’t figure out how the payment section works. How do you use a credit card for pre-order?

  20. Slacker Says:

    The counter is still there. To answer the question… yes, we did:

    10.12.2006, 17:00h: 210

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