The Left 4 Dead Blog has updated with the terrifying image of a zombie Tux you see above and word of an upcoming beta for Left 4 Dead 2:
The L4D2 Beta is mutating. Not content to just be the testing ground for the new Extended Mutation System, we will be adding Linux to the Beta. And not content with the number of testers in the Beta, we will also be opening up the Beta to all L4D2 owners.
The L4D2 Beta build is a separate download from the main game. This is where we are testing new features to the game – currently we are testing EMS. Starting next week, we will be testing Linux there as well.
For players, not only is the Linux build new, but the Window and Mac versions are also updated, so we need plenty of non-Linux testing as well.
When the Beta expands next week, we will post on how you can help give feedback and participate in the Beta.
Surgeon Simulator 2013, the Bossa Studios developed “darkly humorous” sim has released the full version of what was once a prototype developed for a 48 hour game jam. Video of yours truly playing that prototype with poor audio mixing up above.
The originally limited to a heart transplant in a standard surgery. At-home doctors can now do kidney and brain transplants in the extra-difficult Ambulance mode. Dr. Nick would be proud.
The platformer Shovel Knight is now Linux-bound after a successful Kickstarter round.
Cubemen 2, a 3D strategy game, has been released on Steam:
The Shadowrun Returns project has updated to note that the Linux version will be made available post-launch, and that all versions will only be released on Steam, which RPS has some thoughts about.
This is kind of bananas in that it illustrates how much circumstances have changed over the past 12 months or so: Ubuntu is now an option for the Alienware X51 gaming PC.
I have a few thoughts about some of the trends in the items above (less emphasis on being DRM-free in favor of Steam, the rise of Kickstarter) that I still need to gather into something coherent, but feel free to add your own comments below!
Torque 2D is an extremely powerful, flexible, and fast open source engine dedicated to 2D game development. The MIT licensed version of Torque 2D is now available on GitHub.
Since the MIT licensing in february 2013, he community has been tirelessly adding new stuff and bugfixes. With Windows, MacOS and iOS versions available, this engine clearly needed some penguin and robot support :-)
If you want to see this extremely capable and polished game engine on Linux, please consider joining the kickstarter campaign and make it happen.
Hi folks, The Linux Game Tome will shut down on April 13. Those of us who have maintained happypenguin.org over the years now lack both the time and the ambition to do what is necessary to keep the site afloat. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed the spam clogging the forums, the lack of updates and the increasing brokenness of the site. The code driving this site, written by a novice web developer in 1999, is sorely out of date. It’s time to put it out of its misery.
If the community misses this resource, I urge it to build The Linux Game Tome v3.0. If such an effort ever came to fruition and publicly pledged to remain free and not for profit, I would be delighted to transfer ownership of the happypenguin.org domain. Sometime soon, I’ll make available a dump of the Game Tome games database (minus user information) that anyone may use for any purpose they’d like, including building a successor site. Before you ask: no, you may not have a copy of the site code. It is not fit for human consumption. Even as a reference, it can only corrupt.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the site over the years, either as moderators, contributors or benefactors.
Reader Mikael wrote in and directed us to the Age of Wonders 3 Facebook page where developer Triumph Studios have asked to hear from Linux users so that they can gauge support for a port. The game is described as:
Age of Wonders 3 marks a modern remaining of the series, where players join a clash of kings, queens and dark lords for the spoils of an ancient paradise. By introducing unique RPG-inspired classes and specializations, players are able to craft empires of their own design, developing unique strategies and play styles. The world-changing conflict plays out on sweeping landscapes, loaded with mythical locations waiting to be uncovered, conquered and exploited.
Age of Wonders 3 is still in development and scheduled to be released this fall. Here’s some gameplay footage released during GDC: