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Hacker Evolution: Untold Soon

December 18th, 2008 by vadi4

vadi4 pointed out that exosyphen studios posted on the Ubuntu forums to announce an upcoming Linux client for Hacker Evolution: Untold:

The game is for Windows, but it installs and runs perfectly using WINE under Ubuntu. A native linux build will also be available shortly.

The game seems similar to Introversion’s Uplink, so I look forward to checking it out.

Multiwinia Videos

August 20th, 2008 by Crusader

Introversion Software, the developers of Uplink and Defcon, have been posting tutorials for Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest, the upcoming multiplayer sequel to their real-time strategy game Darwinia, in their weekly Multiwinia Mondays feature. The first installment describes Domination mode, where the player must battle for spawn points, while the second gives an overview of King of the Hill, which adds additional point-laden zones.

Multiwinia Release Date

August 7th, 2008 by Crusader

Introversion Software, the developers of Uplink and Defcon, have announced a release date for Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest, the multiplayer sequel to their real-time strategy game Darwinia:

That is correct we can now confirm the release date for ‘Multiwinia’ to be 19 September 2008.

Pre orders will be kicking in shortly so watch this space.

We will also be celebrating the release of ‘Multiwinia’ by producing a small batch of Multiwinian Limited Edition Tins exclusively for our online store.

Details of the Limited Edition Tins will be Coming Soon.

Multiwinia Site

July 17th, 2008 by Crusader

Introversion Software, the developers of Uplink and Defcon, have launched the official website for Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest, the multiplayer sequel to their real-time strategy game Darwinia. There’s no demo yet, but you can read the game’s backstory and view media for now.

Upcoming Indie Games: Chronometer and Lux Tenebras

July 9th, 2008 by micks

Two of Linux gamers’ favourite indie developers, Introversion Software and Frictional Games, have recently published first snippets of information on their future game projects.

Chris Delay, the creative force behind past Introversion titles Uplink, Darwinia and Defcon, as well as Darwinia’s upcoming multiplayer sequel, Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest, shared some details about Chronometer over at Introversion’s blog. The game has been in early phases of development for three months now and is co-funded by the UK broadcaster, Channel 4:

It’s one of our more recent ideas, and was first written down during Defcon’s beta phase. I specifically remember the moment I explained it to Mark – in a KFC in London of all places, and he just stopped and stared at me while I was speaking. He genuinely couldn’t continue eating. By the time I’d finished I went back to my food and Mark just sat there silent for a few minutes before uttering “fuck me”, slowly shaking his head in disbelief. [...] Ultimately we don’t know for certain if Chronometer will be going into full production – the conditions would have to be right for Introversion and for Channel 4, although they’ve been fantastic to work with during pre-production.

Introversion hired a new writer, Chris Hastings, to work on the game. With Multiwinia (coming mid 2008) and Subversion (coming 2009) still in the works, the UK-based company is now apparently working on three titles simultaneously.

In the meantime, Frictional Games, an independent game company based in Sweden, while still at work on Penumbra: Requiem (an expansion pack to their horror adventure game Penumbra: Black Plague, coming August 2008), had this to say about their next project, given the working title of Lux Tenebras:

It is for sure a typical Frictional Game – creative, moody and filled with new and bright ideas. It runs on a new inhouse developed game engine, it has been granted a 300,000 DKK from the Nordic Game Program and it is slated for maybe a 2009 release.

Those with fondness for substitution ciphers are recommended to head over to the Lux Tenebras website.

Also released was Unbirth, an early project by one of Frictional Games’ co-founders, Thomas Grip. The project never got past alpha stage, as it was deemed too unstable to run even on its native Windows platform, and was abandoned back in 2003. Daring young men and women with Windows compatibility layers might nevertheless want to give it a shot.

Introversion Interview

March 8th, 2008 by Crusader

Speaking of indie games, Rock, Paper, Shotgun just interviewed Mark Morris and Chris Delay of Introversion Software about their upcoming titles Multiwinia and Subversion:

Chris: One of the problems we’ve always had is with remaking what we’ve already done. Lots of people, including Mark, asked us to remake Uplink, and people wanted more Darwinia, which we’re kind of doing, but not doing. Multiwinia is quite different. We’re not too keen on this because you can’t make that many games. The loophole for us is that we can take our games and release them on every platform under the sun.

Besides the games mentioned above, Introversion also released DEFCON for Linux.

Introversion Anthology

January 13th, 2008 by Crusader

Indie developer Introversion created an Anthology Pack containing their three existing titles: Uplink (future hacking), Darwinia (Tron-esque real-time strategy), and Defcon (WarGames-esque real-time strategy) as a limited-time offer that is now being extended:

Well it seemed a shame to take this offer down as we’ve realised its clearly something that you, the customers, have been wanting. To that end we’ve decided to keep the Introversion Anthology up and running on our Store for the foreseeable future and you can get it from here.

If you haven’t yet seen this offer, we think its quite a steal. All three of our games can be downloaded for just £20 (editor’s note: $39.95 US), or if you’d like boxed copies along with that, its all yours for £30. We can’t say fairer than that!

You may want the Uplink version 1.55 patch that’s linked from the official forums; there’s also a few mod sites:

Finally, Rock, Paper, Shotgun posted a Darwinia-related comic today.

Introversion Christmas Anthology

December 20th, 2007 by Crusader

Indie developer Introversion has announced a Christmas Anthology pack:

The Introversion Christmas Anthology is the ultimate box-set for lovers of indie gaming and now available to buy from the Introversion Store. Representing stunning value for money, and for a limited period only, you can download a copy of all three of our award-winning titles, Uplink, Darwinia and DEFCON for just £20! Or why not make this the perfect Christmas gaming gift, with a download and boxed version of each game for just £30 (includes postage and packaging)?

The offer ends on 02 Jan 2008; Introversion’s next title is Multiwinia, a multiplayer sequel to Darwinia.

Indie Games

August 19th, 2007 by Crusader

bit-tech.nethas taken a look at the “World of Indie Games”, which includes several Linuxtitles:

DEFCON Linux Beta

March 1st, 2007 by Crusader

Introversion has announced the release of a DEFCON beta for Linux on their forums:

We’ve made a beta version of Defcon for Linux available and we’d really appreciate your help testing it.

In order to cut down on downloading time (for future Linux betas or those with an install of Windows Defcon), we’re distributing the sounds.dat (60MB) separately. So you need:
  • sounds.dat – Extract it from an installation of Defcon for Windows (or download it here).
  • The Defcon files – Download it here

Then extract the defcon files with tar xzf defcon-v1.4-beta2.tar.gz and put the sounds.dat file in the defcon-v1.4-beta2/lib directory.

If you come across any bugs, please can you post them in this forum, using [defcon 1.4 beta 2 linux] to prefix the subject line.

DEFCON is a global thermonuclear war sim with multiplayer support; you can order the retail version online from the Introversion Store (as well as Introversion’s previous Linux titles, Uplink and Darwinia).

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ introversion.co.uk ]

DEFCON Release Date Announced

August 25th, 2006 by micks

Introversion Software wrote to let us know about the upcoming release of their WarGames-inspired online multiplayer simulation of global thermonuclear war, DEFCON:

“Introversion Software, ‘the last of the bedroom programmers’ and creators ofthe award-winning hit PC game – Darwinia – will be releasing their thirdtitle, DEFCON, at the end of September 2006. DEFCON will be retailed onIntroversion’s online store at £10 for download, and £12.50 for a downloadwith a boxed copy (sent by post). A fantastic pre-order offer will go livemid-September, running for two weeks, where customers will have theopportunity to buy DEFCON for £10 and receive a complimentary boxed copy ofthe game. DEFCON will also be offered in a bundle pack with Introversion’stwo previous games Uplink and Darwinia for £30.”

According to the game’s site, the Linux version should be out in November and even though the team’s confidence in this date is listed as “low”, we rely on Introversion’s resident Linux guru, John Knottenbelt, to bring us this game as soon as possible. Stay tuned for more news about Defcon on LinuxGames.com.

Defcon

March 16th, 2006 by Crusader

Eurogamer conducted an interviewwith Chris Delay of IntroversionSoftware (the developers of Uplinkand Darwinia,both available for Linux) abouttheir next game, Defcon. Defcon is areal-time strategy game inspired by Cold War strategic nuclear warfarescenarios, such as the simulation depicted by the movie WarGames:

Chris Delay: Points are scored by successfully nuking the enemy civilianpopulation into oblivion. This is an extremely difficult task becauselaunching an attack on the enemy makes you very vulnerable – Ground Silos andSubs and Bombers all give away their positions the moment they launch nuclearweapons.

We’re playing this game every day and people keep coming up with newstrategies – but the bottom line is it’s very difficult to win convincingly.Games often end with both sides obliterated. It’s a fascinating and nervousgame to play.

It’s anticipated that the game will be completed this April.

Darwinia 1.3.0

November 13th, 2005 by Crusader

Version 1.3.0 of IntroversionSoftware’s (who also developed the Linux game Uplink) real-time strategy game Darwinia (screenshots) has been released. Theretail version of Darwinia can be ordered here; there’s also a newdemo available:

The new demo is designed to be two things at once- on the one hand its a blazing introduction to Darwinia for new players who’ve never seen it before, complete with scene-setting introduction andtutorial, but on the other hand it’s also the next chapter in the story of theDarwinians. The action takes place AFTER the full game has concluded, meaningthe new demo serves as both an introduction (to new players) and an epilogue(to old players). So even if you’re a Darwinian veteren we’d still like toencourage you to play the new demo through to completion – there’s stuff inthere for you, and we’re sure you’ll have a good time.

Darwinia 1.3.0 Downloads: [ Demo 2 | Retail Patch ]

Cold War Demo

November 3rd, 2005 by Crusader

Mindware Studios has released a Linux demo of their stealth-action game Cold War (thanks linuX-gamers.net). Here’s the announcement from Mindware’s Patrik Rak:

After some discussions with Dreamcatcher we have decided to release the Cold War Linux Demo ourselves. So I can finally provide you all with the BitTorrent link: http://www.mindwarestudios.com/download/coldwar_demo.torrent. Please note that our uplink is quite slow so I would appreciate if you would consider to help us and seed it.

In case you encounter any problems with this demo, please check this forum first and only if you don’t find any solution for your problem, feel free to post your report here. Alternatively send it to cwlinuxdemo@mindwarestudios.com. Please do not bother Dreamcatcher help support regarding this demo as they won’t be able to help you – this was a condition for being able to release the demo ourselves.

Sorry for having to wait for so long, hope you’ll enjoy it.

The demo features two levels (“Thanks, Mr. Geiger” and “The Halls of Hell”) and is 327MB. Cold War shipped to retailers last month; there is no update yet on if there’ll be a Linux client for the retail game (copy protection software is complicating an executable release).

Cold War Demo Download: [ 3D Downloads | BitTorrent ]

Darwinia Price Drop

April 5th, 2005 by Crusader

A reader pointed out that Introversion has dropped the price of Darwinia (demo) for European and US residents; the price is now £19.99 in the United Kingdom (+ £1.50 shipping/handling), 29.99 euros in the rest of Europe (+ 2 euros shipping/handling), and $29.99 (+ $3 shipping/handling) in the US:

We are in the process of building a new online Introversion store, which will be coming online soon. We’ve relied on Worldpay for long enough and we all feel its about time we had a proper shopping system with cart, checkout, order tracking etc etc. We actually have a number of different products for sale over the Introversion site now (Uplink, UplinkMac, UplinkDevCD, Darwinia, DarwiniaPoster), and more to come, so it really was a requirement. We’ve seperated the delivery costs out for the first time (normally we include them directly in the price), because the new store will be dealing with seperate delivery costs allowing people to order multiple products and save a little money.

Additional info about ordering the Linux version can be found here. Moreover, IGN recently posted a review of the retro-inspired RTS.

Darwinia available for Linux

March 18th, 2005 by TimeDoctor

Introversion Software has released the Linux demo, and binaries to go with the retail Windows cd of their second indie game, Darwinia. I’ve tried the demo and it is fun, though it takes a bit of getting used to after wondering where the hacking is.

Darwinia Demo Download: [ 3D Downloads | 3D Gamers | Darwinia.co.uk ]

Darwinia in PC Zone

December 29th, 2004 by Crusader

A reader sent in word that PC Zone, a UK PC gaming magazine, has devoted two pages of their January issue to Introversion Software’s Darwinia, which is about a tribe of video game sprites trapped in a modern 3D game world (screenshots). Darwinia is currently in beta testing for Linux and other platforms; Introversion’s last title was the cyberpunk game Uplink, which was also released for Linux.

Darwinia Linux Beta Soon

November 13th, 2004 by Crusader

Introversion Software, the developers of Uplink, sent in the following announcement:

Darwinia, Introversion’s second title, is now being ported to Linux and we would appreciate some help testing it. We would like to encourage interested LinuxGames readers to come on over to http://www.darwinia.co.uk/betatest and sign up for the beta test phase 1. The goal will be to test the demo level of Darwinia and to check hardware- and Linux distribution compatibility. More information about Darwinia can be found at http://www.darwinia.co.uk.

Darwinia is about a tribe of video game sprites trapped in a modern 3d game world; screenshots can be found here.

Strategy First Bankrupt

September 27th, 2004 by Crusader

One of our forum posters pointed out that Strategy First, publisher of Guild Software’s Vendetta Online and Introversion’s Uplink, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection:

Strategy First, the company which publishes “Uplink:Hacker Elite” in America and Canada, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as of late August, reporting a debt of over $5 million. The company suspended all royalty payments to Introversion Software during Spring 2003, and we have not received anything since.

At this date Strategy First owe us tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. We have decided to announce this now that their financial situation has been made public. Although this has placed considerable financial strain on Introversion it will not affect the release of Darwinia as we have known about this information for over a year and have planned accordingly.

Introversion will survive to put Darwinia on the shelves, but your support along the way is greatly appreciated.

Darwinia, Introversion’s next title, has a Linux port planned, as evidenced by their Linux forum and this FAQ:

> Will Darwinia be Linux compatible, from-the-box?

We don’t know the answer to this yet. Mac and Linux versions will be coming, but we’re not sure when. Again it’s all down to time.

Uplink is a neat game; I recommend trying out the demo if you haven’t already.

I wrote Guild Software to determine how this will affect the release of Vendetta Online, which went gold recently. John Bergman sent the following reply:

We’ve been aware of Strategy First’s difficulties for some time.We don’t anticipate it negatively impacting our game. SFI is exclusively aretail-distribution and marketing partner, and only in North America. Wedirectly handle all recurring billing income, so in the worst-casescenario, we simply are left in an online-only distribution model. Thegame will still go on, as long as we have subscribers.

Also, for what it’s worth, Strategy First has been very supportiveof us, thus far. They’ve bent over backwards to help us out and get thingsdone for us, despite their difficult situation. They also have quite anumber of games launching this fall, so I think there’s a good chance thatthey’ll pull themselves out of their economic state.

Strategy First also released the Jagged Alliance 2 source code earlier this year, as noted last week.

April Fools!

April 1st, 2004 by Crusader

I made a news post! That’s the joke.

I’m lazy this year. To make up for it, this will be a “What are you playing right now?” post. Feel free to list open source or commercial titles, or even projects you’re developing that haven’t been mentioned here in a while (or ever).

My list:

Wow that’s lengthy. I still have to get around to beating Uplink and Kohan someday also.

Finally, here’s a LG flashback to 1998 courtesy of the Internet Archive.