Jump to content



Photo

Blizzard Entertainment Planning A Linux Game For 2013

rumour blizzard linux

  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 +Frank B.

Frank B.

    Member N° 1,302

  • Tech Issues Solved: 11
  • Joined: 18-September 01
  • Location: Frankfurt, DE
  • OS: OS X 10.10
  • Phone: Sony Xperia Z2

Posted 06 January 2013 - 19:51

Blizzard Entertainment Planning A Linux Game For 2013

Blizzard Entertainment, the game studio behind wildly-popular games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft, is planning for a Linux game announcement in 2013.

This year is already looking fantastic for Linux-based gaming thanks to so many recent announcements and more being just around the cog in the future.rner. Since Valve's major Linux push with their native Steam Linux client and their continued porting of Source Engine games to Linux, many other game studios have stepped up with Linux interest, especially withthe Linux-based Steam console coming in the future.

Besides Valve, among the publishers expressing Linux gaming interest have been Egosoft,THQ, Overhaul Games, and many other developers large and small have talked about their Linux plans. To add to the ever-growing list of Linux game milestones is now Blizzard Entertainment.

Blizzard has already been controversial with Linux gamers due to (reportedly accidental) banning of players from their games using Wine to run the Windows titles on Linux, always-online/DRM practices on Windows, and other matters, but it seems the California-based company is finally taking Linux seriously.

It's been a poorly-kept secret that Blizzard has a native Linux client of World of Warcraft. As recently as 2011, the World of Warcraft Linux client was still being maintained internally. The client has been around for years and done by their own developers as a form of testing for the popular MMORPG currently offered on Windows and Mac OS X. As for why they haven't released the client, it's come down to "targeting a specific version of the platform" with Linux being "unstandardized" due to the many different distributions. There's still some fundamental problems with gaming on Linux. With World of Warcraft working generally fine under Wine as well, the company is further unmotivated to officially support a Linux build of the game.

In May of last year when a Blizzard representative was asked about a Diablo III Linux port, it came down to a matter of ensuring there is a commercially-viable Linux gaming market and that the resources can be justified. "I know we actually have a lot of stuff that we... like a lot of our server stuff actually uses Linux, so I don’t think that it would be outrageous, but I think that we’d have to see that there’d be a demand for it. And then we’d have to see that that demand would be worth the time we take away from the other things that we could do."

An Executive Vice President at Blizzard said later in 2012 that they agree with Valve's Gabe Newell that Microsoft Windows 8 is a catastrophe, as I exclusively reported on earlier in the year. Windows 8 isn't great for Blizzard.

With the progress of Linux gaming in recent months, Blizzard now wants to tap Tux. I was outin 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.

A public announcement should come out of Blizzard by this summer. So for the usual skeptics and those not fond of my unconventional approaches in writing thousands of articles annually, if you don't want to believe it now, you should see action in the next few months -- just as the far majority of the Phoronix exclusives over the past eight years have been from continued early information about Steam on Linux to reporting in advance that EA's initial Linux play would be garbage to all of the Linux driver/hardware exclusives and other content.


Source: Phoronix

Take the rumour ###### grano salis until confirmed by Blizzard.


#2 madd-hatter

madd-hatter

    Crazy Hat Salesman

  • Joined: 17-January 07
  • Location: World Citizen

Posted 09 January 2013 - 19:56

Doesn't sound like a good idea to me.

Thus, I'd say it's unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future.

#3 Arceles

Arceles

    Time Craymel

  • Tech Issues Solved: 1
  • Joined: 28-November 09
  • Location: 4th dimmension.
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate / Win 8.1 Pro (With Start Menu Start8, otherwise is UNUSABLE) / Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Phone: XT890 Motorola RAZRi (x86 processor)

Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:28

It's good to see finally that media functions and entertaining functions are moving to a better platform for that, windows is becoming an os for the masses, not an os for true gaming.

#4 firey

firey

    F͎̗͉͎͈͑͡ȉ͎̣̐́ṙ͖̺͕͙̓̌è̤̞͉̟̲͇̍̍̾̓ͥͅy͓̍̎̌̏̒

  • Tech Issues Solved: 6
  • Joined: 30-October 05
  • Location: Alberta, Canada
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Phone: Android (4.4.2)

Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:30

If it turns out to be true, I'd buy it if it were a game that looked appealing.

#5 Buio

Buio

    Neowinian

  • Joined: 30-June 09
  • Location: Sweden

Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:11

If it turns out to be true, I'd buy it if it were a game that looked appealing.


It's a port of an existing game, and if you own it already I'd guess you can just download the client and play on Linux. That's how they done it for Mac at least.

#6 seta-san

seta-san

    Neowinian Senior

  • Joined: 17-February 05

Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:32

damn Linux's lack of standards. Not cool.

#7 torrentthief

torrentthief

    Neowinian Senior

  • Joined: 18-November 06

Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:36

WoW on linux would be a great thing, i'm sure there are a fair number of gamers who only play that game.

#8 Pupik

Pupik

    Neowinian Senior

  • Joined: 09-December 05

Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:42

Take the rumour ###### grano salis until confirmed by Blizzard.

Any particular reason you used Latin, other than just be pretentious?

#9 OP +Frank B.

Frank B.

    Member N° 1,302

  • Tech Issues Solved: 11
  • Joined: 18-September 01
  • Location: Frankfurt, DE
  • OS: OS X 10.10
  • Phone: Sony Xperia Z2

Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:49

Any particular reason you used Latin, other than just be pretentious?

No. Variatio delectat, you see. :p