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Strategy First To Publish Vendetta Online

June 10th, 2004 by Crusader

Guild Software issued the following press release last week:

Montreal, Canada. (Friday June 4, 2004) – Publisher Strategy First anddeveloper Guild Software have teamed up to bringVendetta Online[tm] to aretail store near you this summer.

“Guild Software has done an amazing job with Vendetta Online. I thinkgamers are in for a lot of sleepless nights,” says Pro Sotos, BusinessDevelopment Manager at Strategy First.

Vendetta Online[tm] is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game(MMORPG), set in space. Thousands of players will interact as the pilotsof spaceships in a vast universe and users may build their characters inany direction they desire, becoming rich captains of industry, militaryheroes, or outlaws. A fast-paced, real-time “twitch” style combat modeloffers intense action, coupled with the backdrop of RPG gameplay in amassive online galaxy.

“We’re delighted to be working with Strategy First on the launch ofVendetta Online,” says John Bergman, Managing Director of Guild Software.”Their experience is of tremendous benefit to an independent developerlike ourselves; while their distribution and marketing expertise willmake certain our title is made available to those who love themake certain our title is made available to those who love thespace-combat genre.”

Three major player factions form a delicate balance of power, withseveral NPC sub-factions creating situations of economic struggle,political intrigue and conflict. The completely persistent universe anddetailed storyline add to the depth of immersion, resulting in a uniqueonline experience.

Regarding Linux support, here’s a section from their technical FAQ:

Will the final Vendetta MMO be available for Windows, MacOS X and Linux?

Yes, the game will be release at retail release for all three platforms, simultaneously. Although there is some added hassle in supporting multiple platforms, we solved most of the major problems very early in development.

Will the game ever be open-source?

We are a very open-source oriented group of people, several of us having contributed to a variety of projects, including the Linux kernel. However, because our business model includes the possibility of selling our game engine to other developers, we don’t intend to open-source the game in the short term. We may consider opening up portions of the game at some point, allowing more community involvement and the like, but not in the immediate future.

Screenshots can be viewed here; discussion regarding the monthly fees (for those not familiar with MMORPG’s, these cover the bandwidth and server maintenance costs) and future plans can be found in the general FAQ.

mapacman 0.02 released

June 10th, 2004 by Marv

When we started LinuxGames I promised myself to avoid posting news on Tetris and Pac-Man clones. Today mapacman becomes my exception to the rule. It’s a proof-of-concept Pac-Man clone that’s done rather well, supports multiplayer gameplay, and uses python and pygame.You will need to register join in on the fun online.

Download: [ mapacman 0.02 ]

Globulation 2 Alpha 6

June 9th, 2004 by Marv

The real-time strategy game Globulation 2, which minimizes micro-management during gameplay, has been updated to Alpha 6. Changes for this version include:

  • New AI (AICastor), which is much better
  • Forbidden area can now be drawn
  • Building can be put over units and units make room
  • GUI updates in game
  • Tons of bugs fixed


Download: [ Globulation 2 Alpha 6 ]

Emergence 0.5.5

June 9th, 2004 by Marv

Several releases of Emergence have occured since our last posting; major changes include the following:

  • rogue dependancy removed
  • network startup problem fixed
  • more straight forward download page
  • kernel 2.4 PS/2 mouse compatibility
  • Esc now toggles console

Download: [ Emergence 0.5.5 ]

The Deluge (Unreal Tournament Mods)

June 8th, 2004 by Crusader

The deadline for Phase III of Epic’sMake SomethingUnreal contest (“Phase 3… requires your mod works on UT2004″) hasbrought a torrent of mods upon the UT2004 community, all competingfor server space and mindshare.

  • Red Orchestra 2.1was released (patchdownload); changes include the requisite bugfixes and the addition of anoverhead map. As mentionedpreviously,Red Orchestra is a WWII mod focused on the European Eastern Front.
  • Anomaly alpha 0.2 can now bedownloaded, aracing mod that looks inspired by the SNES classic F-Zero (thanksBeyondUnreal).
  • Unreal Annihilation is a real-timestrategy mod that echoes the gameplay of Total Annihilation. There areversions for UT2003 and UT2004; mirrors can be foundhere.
  • As mentioned a few days ago,the AirBuccaneers mod, which has PIRATES fighting one another in BLIMPS (it’simpossible for this concept to suck) and the 1.1 patch forAlien Swarm are out also.

Many more mods than listed above were also released; fortunately, supernewbieof the official UT2004 forums has compiled a modrelease list to help everyone keep track of what’s out there. There’s someI haven’t even had a chance to look at yet, so be sure to peruse the post and subsequentdiscussion for anything that looks interesting.

Dominions II: The Ascension Wars 2.12

June 8th, 2004 by Crusader

Illwinter Game Design and Shrapnel Games have announced therelease of the version 2.12 patch for Dominions II: TheAscension Wars, a fantasy-themed strategy game(demodownloads).Changes:

  • Two new units for Desert Tombs.
  • Carrion Woods gets extra sagittarians in forest temples.
  • On demand texture loading. This results in about one second faster startup and alt-tab times.
  • Squad sizes were sometimes wrong in the army setup screen.
  • Master Password usable for network clients too.

Dominions II: The Ascension Wars 2.12 Patch Download: [ x86| PowerPC ]

Stuff!

June 7th, 2004 by Crusader

Getting some old news out of the way tonight:

Freshmeat pointed out that thefollowing game projects were updated recently:

  • EDGE version1.28 (download),a DOOM engine source port.
  • Yabause version 0.0.4 (download), a SegaSaturn emulator in the early stages of development.
  • Gem Hunters version 20040529 (download),a gem-based puzzle game.
  • tksolversion 1.8.1 (download),a Tcl/Tk-based solitaire game.

Slashdot had a few gaming-related articlesof note:

  • An articlenoting the release of a Linux-based bootable QuakeWorld CD: QWCD
  • A discussionabout developing games with OpenAL, theopen source audio library.
  • For those that play Flash-based games, notice that Flash 7 wasreleased forLinux.
  • Finally, a blurbmentioning that Raven’s Quake IV will not befeatured at this year’s QuakeCon.

The Linux Game Tome pointed out theserecent releases:

Oh yeah, the most recent issue of EB’s GMR print magazine had an interviewwith Chris Vrenna concerning the DOOM III score, which I believe is the firstconfirmation that he worked on the upcoming first-person shooter’s music.

New NVIDIA Linux nForce Drivers: IA32-1.0-0274 and AMD64-1.0-0275

June 6th, 2004 by jvm

Thanks to an unnamed reader for submitting the news that NVIDIA has silently released new IA32 and AMD64 versions of their non-Free nForce chipset driver for Linux.

We have reproduced the changelog entries below, for your convenience:

  • Fixed performance problem in network driver that was causing stuttering in audio playback
  • Added support for nForce3 platforms
  • Added audio control panel application
  • Added 6 channel output, audio input selection, speaker selection, per channel volume control, and analog / digital enable to audio driver.
  • Added GART patch for kernel 2.4.21
  • AMD64 only: Added support for x86-64 architecture
  • AMD64 only: Added binary RPMs for SuSE Enterprise Server 8 x86-64

Downloads: [ IA32 1.0-0274 or AMD64 1.0-0275 ]

Cold War for Linux

June 5th, 2004 by Crusader

Tom’s Hardware has posted a preview of Mindware Studios’ third-person espionage thriller Cold War, which mentions the game will have a Linux port.

A quick check of their forum revealed this thread, in which Mindware’s Patrik Rak posted the following:

Windows and Linux are the currently supported platforms. I would prefer to have the game published on CDs including binaries for both platforms, however it’s possible the publisher might want to change this in some way because of the marketing reasons.

Emergence Test Released

June 5th, 2004 by Marv

The first publically released version of Emergence is now available. Emergence is a network only mulitplayer space combat game with plans to add Internet support with the purchase of a key. There are some screenshots available for parties who are interested in this type of game.

Download: [ Emergence 0.5.3 ]

Unreal Tournament 2004 Miscellany – Part 2

June 5th, 2004 by Marv

A few more random Unreal Tournament 2004 items have come up.

A patch for Alien Swarm has been released; it fixes a crash when attempting to play multiplayer over the internet with “all games” selected.

Download: [ icculus.org ]

A very interesting looking mod called Air Buccaneers has been updated to Beta 4. View some of the screenshots of this rather unique mod idea or download it for the full effect.

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault available at Tux Games

June 3rd, 2004 by Marv

Several readers wrote in to point out that Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is now available for immediate shipping from Tux Games. In MoH:AA, you are Lt. Mike Powell, member of the famed 1st Ranger Battalion. Following your recruitment by the OSS, you’ll battle through over 20 challenging levels, based on historical military campaigns of World War II.

Order it from Tux Games here.

America’s Army 2.1.0

June 2nd, 2004 by Crusader

Ryan “icculus” Gordon announced the release of America’s Army version 2.1.0 yesterday, the first time “a new Army Operations release is available for all three platforms at the same time”. The changelog and new feature list can be found here, which includes two new maps, the Stryker IAV, an anti-tank rocket launcher, and tournament mode. America’s Army is the DoD-sponsored free first-person shooter intended to showcase modern infantry combat to the general public.

America’s Army 2.1.0 Download: [ Full Version | Patches ]

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