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Post by Dan @ 11:45am 08/01/13 | 16 Comments
Linux enthusiast Michael Larabel of Phoronix.com (who some may remember from his recent involvement with Valve's Steam on Linux venture), has served up another big rumour, indicating that PC gaming stalwart Blizzard Entertainment plans to release a Linux port for one of their existing titles (thanks VG247).
With the progress of Linux gaming in recent months, Blizzard now wants to tap Tux. I was out in the Los Angeles area the past few days and for those that didn't understand the hint, there's new Blizzard Linux activities taking place.

From a reliable source at the company, I have been told at least one of their very popular titles will see a release for Ubuntu Linux this calendar year. I was told this in person and was a statement backed up by additional proof. With their first Linux port they will use it to judge the waters of Linux gaming themselves to decide their future course. This port is being done internally by their own developers, which isn't a huge surprise given their past public statements and already existing internal Linux client work.
Larabel speculates of an announcement "by this summer" which is mid 2013 in North America.

In an interview last year with AusGamers, Diablo 3 Lead Designer Jay Wilson, indicated that the developer had no current plans to bring the action RPG to Linux, but that any decision to port one of their games would hinge on perceived commercial-viability. So it looks like they may now be taking a real step to gauging that market.

There has been no indication as to which game it might be, however as Phoronix explains, Blizzard has long been known to have a functional Linux client for World of Warcraft working for internal testing, so given that game's global popularity it seems the likely option. However, it may well also be StarCraft 2 or Diablo 3.












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trog
Posted 11:55am 08/1/13
Valve's hardware survey has Ubuntu as less than 1% of PC operating systems at the moment. It's a fairly new stat so it will no doubt increase as time goes on.

Combined with the rumours of a Valve Linux-based gaming console... this is an interesting rumour. The idea of Valve and Blizzard cooperating on software for a Linux-based gaming platform is sort of neat.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 11:58am 08/1/13
I wonder if Microsoft is concerned about these linux games tests by high profile companies? Or if they just don't care anymore?
Eorl
Posted 11:59am 08/1/13
I wonder if Microsoft is concerned about these linux games tests by high profile companies? Or if they just don't care anymore?
Maybe, who knows really. Currently it is purely testing the waters so it may go both ways, but it is nice to see studios branching out to other potential operating systems and users.
parabol
Posted 12:05pm 08/1/13
Or if they just don't care anymore?

Given Windows 8, I doubt they care what anyone thinks.
TufNuT
Posted 02:00pm 08/1/13
I doubt Blizzard will go down the Linux path, if it isn't economically viable to have Australian servers for their games, in what universe is there enough demand and enough to make re coding all their titles economically viable?

only reason valve is so pissed about windows 8 is because they don't want competition in the form of the windows store. I mean all you have to do is look at how crummy this years sales on Steam have been compared to the last few years and you can see Valve is getting comfortable.

introduce a new convenient way for people to buy games and software and all of a sudden valve has to be competitive again..

Given Windows 8, I doubt they care what anyone thinks.


as someone who hasn't really used windows 8 yet (really have no reason to upgrade currently), I am curious what is it that you can do on windows 7 that you can't do on windows 8? or are simply one of those people who hates everything new?
Hogfather
Posted 02:03pm 08/1/13
parabol is seriously mad at windows 8, I wouldn't go there if I was you.

I f*****g hate linux as a desktop OS. I really hope it doesn't gain traction (or it improves exponentially along the way ...)
Khel
Posted 02:42pm 08/1/13
I doubt Blizzard will go down the Linux path, if it isn't economically viable to have Australian servers for their games, in what universe is there enough demand and enough to make re coding all their titles economically viable?


If they already have it running internally on linux as was rumoured, I don't imagine it'd really cost them anything at all.
carson
Posted 02:50pm 08/1/13
Valve's hardware survey has Ubuntu as less than 1% of PC operating systems at the moment. It's a fairly new stat so it will no doubt increase as time goes on.

Yeah, but remember that most people would run steam through windows.

I really hope it doesn't gain traction (or it improves exponentially along the way ...)

Really? I'm hoping for the opposite. Support for more operating systems is good.
Dazhel
Posted 03:34pm 08/1/13
Really? I'm hoping for the opposite. Support for more operating systems is good.


Good for consumer choice, yes - the other side of the coin is that developing and testing against multiple platforms increases costs that have to be passed on. Though those costs are likely to be unavoidable in the coming years with the recent explosion of platforms and devices.
Hogfather
Posted 04:30pm 08/1/13
Shouldn't you be out there reading a book on basic parenting or something, rather than spending so much time on these forums.

lol told you he was mad
Really? I'm hoping for the opposite. Support for more operating systems is good.

I'm not looking forward to having to run 2 operating systems because half life 3 only comes out on Linux because Gaben has his panties in a twist over the Windows Store.
Dazhel
Posted 05:33pm 08/1/13
...because half life 3 only comes out on Linux...


HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!
kos
Posted 07:42pm 08/1/13
Windows 8 is indeed terrible, but Gaben's concerns with the Windows Store make no sense from a desktop PC point of view. When they completely remove x86 applications (or at least the ability to run x86 applications from any source) then maybe he'll have a point, but as much as they already made some terrible decisions with Windows 8 I don't see them making that one in the near future.

Also, the obvious solution would just be to not play Half Life 3, problem solved!!
simul
Posted 09:19pm 08/1/13
Well all of their games already come out of the box with OS-X versions, so having another binary in there shouldn't be a huge deal.
koopz
Posted 11:29pm 09/1/13
if this stuff passed you by then you've missed a large chapter in the recent history of videogames.

still, it's only large because so many American consumers bought into it

I'm hoping to see a gamer-based *buntu disty pop up in the future.

Something tells me it's not too far away.

redhat
Posted 09:41am 10/1/13
If WoW was ported to ubuntu I would run ubuntu exclusively at home.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 10:21am 10/1/13
I'm using Win8 and I whilst it does screw over a few desktop UI things in favour of tablets it does perform significantly better. I also get higher frames in games and everything feels more responsive.

If only they could keep the performance and drop the tablet stuff, however I'm betting the tablet stuff is directly related to the performance boost. Making sure that Win8 runs smoothly on low powered tablets (which a desktop PC smashes).
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