John Matthews and Doug Dahl have determined how to allow the Unreal Tournament Linux client to run parts of the single-player game from its predecessor, Unreal. Although save games and some maps (Dug, NaliC, Ruins, Dark, and TheSunSpire) are broken at the moment, Matt and Doug have developed a bash script that will configure UnrealTournament.ini and User.ini to run the working portions of Unreal’s single-player game properly. The Unreal-Install shell script is available from
The Freeciv site updated with news that the source code to the popular open-source Civilization II clone is now browsable. Thanks to Reinier Post you can view, search, and compare the source files for Freeciv versions 1.7.2, 1.8.0, 1.8.1, and the CVS tree. If you haven’t tried Freeciv yet, you can get the current stable source tarball from
The two-man, twelve-year, donation-funded indie project weaves together procedurally generated geography, civilizations and histories to create a rich fantasy world. It simulates its characters – standard fare like dwarves, elves, goblins, etc. – down to the most minute detail, and when all its systems combine, the results are often hilarious, occasionally tragic, and always surprising.
It’s also blissfully easy to play. The game is free to download and easy to install, the UI comes with a detailed and handy help system, and there’s a community wiki full of guides – not that you’ll need them. I started from scratch last night and was having fun immediately. Let me tell you about my experience.
I’ve been meaning to take another pass at it, so this might end up being the impetus I needed.
it’s been a long time since we saw any good Linux news from Epic Megagegegames, which is why this is especially good to hear. Epic’s Mike Fricker updated the world with news of Unreal Engine 4’s support for Linux:
Folks have been asking about our early Linux efforts and support for Valve’s SteamOS and Steam Machines. We have good news for you! The 4.1 source code has initial support for running and packaging games for Linux and SteamOS. We love Linux!
This is the same Unreal Engine that recently became u-u-ultra cheap, you can get the whole thing to develop your own megagame for the low price of $19/month at this link.
At GDC 2014 we got a chance to try Influent, a language learning game, which was recently released on Steam. Here’s the developer’s description:
Inspired by Dreamcast titles of old (namely Shenmue and Toy Commander) Influent immerses players in a fully interactive 3D environment where the names for absolutely every object in the game can be gleaned with a single click! In fact, even more information can be learned with a double-click! Every door, drawer, and cabinet can be opened with a right-click here and a right-click there, revealing more and more things to be learned! Packed to the brim with hundreds of native audio pronunciations (painstakingly recorded specifically for this game), Influent offers players a unique opportunity to enjoy learning both vocabulary and pronunciation in the language of their choice.
With 10 languages currently available for download, Influent combines the joys of playing a video game with the language learning process, resulting in real-life rewards and achievements that will remain with players for the rest of their lives.
Influent supports Spanish, German, Korean, Latin, French, English, Swedish, Bulgarian, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.
Influent is available now on Steam for $10 per language.
Vlambeer’s sweet brand of trausers, Luftrausers, has been released. The game is a 2D arcade dogfighter and started life as a flash game that you can still play at this link. Since the flash game, Vlambeer has gone and added 125 combinations of guns, bodies, and engines for your plane to utilize on 100 different missions. How many of your digital dollars is it? Just 9 while the launch sale is in effect. After which the price jumps a dollar.
The official site also offers an incredible value in the form of the “Air Raid Pack” which nets you a DRM-free copy of the game and 100 Steam keys at the substantially discounted price of $749.99. A 25.03% discount. Wow.
Frankfurt am Main (Germany), March 11, 2014 – Independent videogame developer and publisher Crytek has outlined details of what it will be showing attendees when this year’s GDC conference gets underway in San Francisco. During the expo, which takes from March 19-21, Crytek will give visitors a look at the evolution of its game-changing CRYENGINE software, as well as inviting them to go hands-on with free-to-play shooter Warface and brand new mobile title, The Collectables.
During presentations and hands-on demos at Crytek’s GDC booth, attendees can see for the first time ever full native Linux support in the new CRYENGINE. The CRYENGINE all-in-one game engine is also updated with the innovative features used to recreate the stunning Roman Empire seen in Ryse – including the brand new Physically Based Shading render pipeline, which uses real-world physics simulation to create amazingly realistic lighting and materials in CRYENGINE games.
There will also be games on offer, with the latest version of free online FPS Warface available to play. With intense new Tower Raid and Capture modes just launched, players can see how far Crytek’s self-published shooter has come in the last year as they team up with fellow GDC visitors to take out the enemy. Also playable will be The Collectables, an upcoming military strategy game for iOS and Android that transports Crytek’s trademark action onto the small screen.
Crytek staff will also be sharing their expertise in a series of talks during GDC. From discussing narrative driven games to the rendering technology in Ryse, a total of five presentations from Crytek employees will be taking place as part of GDC’s session series. All the talks will be held in the Center’s West Hall. Read more details at the official Crytek Blog.
To see the latest iteration of CRYENGINE in full flow and try your hand at Warface and The Collectables, visit booth #802 in the Moscone Center’s South Hall when GDC kicks off next week.
All customers of Deadfall Adventures should now have access to the Linux depot. This is not a beta version since we need especially feedback on a wide variety of hardware configurations.
We are actively monitoring feedback and will provide if possible regular updates.
The announcement also delineates current known issues; be sure to send in reports so that the build can be iterated on!
BERLIN. The Flux-State: a stable anarchy enforced by an ever-shifting coalition of megacorps, political factions, and savvy power players. A place where almost anything goes and the right connections can be the difference between success and starvation. Dangerous jobs abound and there’s no better place to earn a quick payday – provided you live long enough to spend it. For you and your team of battle-scarred runners, it’s just another day in the Free City of Berlin.
But a new threat is rising, one that could mean untold chaos and devastation. The only clue: whispers of the DRAGONFALL, a long-forgotten event from the earliest days of the Awakened world. As you find yourself drawn into a maze of veiled dangers and strange machinations, you will come face-to-face with a grim spectre of the past… and alter the course of Berlin’s future.
Shadowrun: Dragonfall will be released January 2014 for Windows, OSX, and Linux and will be free to Backers who will get the same number of Steam keys received for the original game via our Backer website. (Details about getting the DRM-free version will come in a future update.)
Dragonfall will launch at $14.99 and we’ll also release the Shadowrun Campaign Pack on the same day. The campaign pack contains the original game and the Dragonfall expansion in one package for only $24.99. We think it’s a great way to get new players into Shadowrun.
- New Full-Length Campaign
- New Locale (Berlin)
- New Weapons, Cyberware, Enemies
- Save Anywhere
- New Game Editor Features
A typical game of King Arthur’s Gold for you may go like this: Wake up. Chop down a tree. Mine some rocks. Build a tower. Swap class to archer. Fire some arrows. Launch a fire arrow. Burn down a parapet. Smile. Jump off the tower. Grappling hook! Fire a volley of three arrows in quick Legolas-like succession, while still hanging from the walls. Swap class to knight. Get into catapult. Launch yourself from catapult. Weeeee! Hover to the map’s central lake using your shield as a glider. Meet a shark. Ride the shark across the lake. The enemy lines! Slice up an archer. Slice up a knight. Plant a mine outside the enemy’s front door. Escape! Don’t escape. You have been killed by a falling longboat.
Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham is the fifth expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG , focusing on the Abrahamic religions; Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
Get your bishops appointed cardinals and tap the might of the Papacy, borrow money from the Knights Templar and send troublesome relatives off to live out their days in a monastery. Sons of Abraham also introduces the Jewish religion and allows you to recreate the Kingdom of Israel and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.
The expansion for Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by Paradox Development Studio, the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones.
- Control the Papacy through the College of Cardinals
- Ask the Pope for money and favors
- Play as a Jewish lord and restore the kingdom of Israel
- Interact with the Holy Orders and see their influence grow
- Pick sides in Islam as a rationalist Mutazili or an opposing Ashari
- Retire troublesome courtiers to a monastery
- Go on a pilgrimage to one of the holy places
- Experience hundreds of new religious events
It’s available from Steeeeam.
Roguelike-like Bionic Dues has been released from Arcen Games. It’s their first Linux release and it has customizable bots called Exos that you take into turn-based battle against a robot rebellion. This post is up so late because I was busy causing robots pain in a roguelike fashion. If you’d like robots to eat your homework, too, then I mechanically recommend Bionic Dues.
Please submit your robot-based puns in the comments below.
Strategy First and developer Four Flash have released their latest RTS Timelines: Assault on America. A Red Dawn scenario where the United States of America has assassinated Adolf Hitler and Germany and Japan have turned to attack the US. The game also features 4-player co-op in addition to your other cross-platform multiplayer game types.
Surprisingly, the developers website only lists two names as having worked on the game.
Ryan “icculus” Gordon has been bringing a lot of games to Linux, and Kris Graft from Gamasutra interviewed him recently about his work and about Valve’s announcements this week:
For you personally, do you expect to gain more porting business with Steam’s announcements?
Oh yes. Definitely. But really, this ramped up as soon as the Steam Client for Linux was announced, and it never really slowed down.
This week Valve is making three announcements regarding their plans for expanding their plans for the living room. The first of which is SteamOS. A freely available Linux-based Operating System that Valve are advertising as having improved graphics and audio performance, as well as decreased input latency.
Valve specifically mentions that more AAA games are being ported natively to SteamOS and presumably will be available for any Linux install of Steam. For games that aren’t available natively on Linux, Steam will soon be able to stream them from Windows and Mac personal computers.
The new OS will also bring three other new features in addition to game streaming: Music, movie and TV services; Family sharing for sharing your library of games; and Family Options to hide games from your kids.
SteamOS will be released “soon” with the intent that we can put it on our own computers and businesses will be able to release their own SteamOS gaming PCs.
Valve still has two more announcements to make, the countdown site currently has two more days to go so we’ll know more on Wednesday.
Like sand through the hourglass, for two weeks we’ve got another Humble Indie Bundle. It’s the pay-what-you-want, but more than $1 to get Steam keys, with some percentage or all of it going to charity for a bundle of:
- Trine 2: Complete Story
- Mark of the Ninja
- Eets Munchies Beta
- Brutal Legend
If you pay more than the average price you’ll also get:
- FTL: Faster Than Light
This time the Humble Bundle folks are already advertising that more games will be added to the bundle, because they always do that one week into it. You’ll have to pay more than the average price to get access to those as well.
Fez, FTL, and Mark of the Ninja are great games. Don’t look up any hints if play Fez. That game is too awesome to spoil.
Mysterious adventure and mystery game, MirrorMoon EP has just been released on Steam. Here’s what the developer has to say about it:
These space travels begin on a red planet and its unique moon and extend across galaxies.
The single player part of MirrorMoon EP blends adventure and exploration with navigation-based puzzle solving. The multiplayer of MirrorMoon EP lets players share Galaxy Maps with other players: the first explorers to land on a planet will be able to name its Star System and that name will be forever bound to the star for any other fellow traveler who encounters it.
Each Galaxy consists of a thousand Systems: it will be possible to fully discover the mysteries of MirrorMoon EP only while collaborating with other players.
Through the apparently indecipherable cockpit of an unknown spacecraft, players will be able to locate and travel to mysterious planets. Each planet has artifacts, buildings, and puzzles on its surface, hidden in astonishing low-poly sceneries.
Sounds awesome. Watch the launch trailer.
id software lost company president Todd Hollenshead earlier this year, and just after the most recent QuakeCon legendary developer John Carmack has announced his departure. The blog for Oculus, the company behind the popular Oculus Rift VR headset, has this quote from Carmack:
I have fond memories of the development work that led to a lot of great things in modern gaming – the intensity of the first person experience, LAN and internet play, game mods, and so on. Duct taping a strap and hot gluing sensors onto Palmer’s early prototype Rift and writing the code to drive it ranks right up there. Now is a special time. I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message. It’s certainly not there yet. There is a lot more work to do, and there are problems we don’t even know about that will need to be solved, but I am eager to work on them. It’s going to be awesome!
id’s twitter says that Carmack isn’t leaving, but it seems unlikely that a full-time job as Oculus’ CTO will provide Carmack with much time to work on id games.
Happy to say @id_aa_carmack is not leaving id & will continue to provide leadership for our games in development.
— id Software (@idSoftware) August 7, 2013
Carmack is largely responsible for the free software releases of id software’s source code and their push for Linux support. Though the latter has been waning since Linux code slave Timothée Besset’s departure from the company in 2012.
After a seemingly infinite beta test, Valve’s MOBA, DOTA 2 was released for Windows recently and now we’ve got our Linux version. DOTA 2, and MOBAs in general, are a spin-off of the real time strategy genre, in which two teams of five heroes compete to destroy the opposing team’s base.
DOTA 2 is actually super competitive and I’ve found it to be hugely unfriendly to new players so you might want to play some bot matches before going online. There are some really good guides out there as well, one which was recommended to me after getting my ass kicked recently was Purge Gamers’ “Welcome to Dota, you Suck.“