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[font=georgia,serif][size=5][b]Blizzard Entertainment Planning A Linux Game For 2013[/b][/size]

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 [url="http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTI2Mzk"]looking fantastic for Linux-based gaming[/url] 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 with[url="http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTI2NTk"]the Linux-based Steam console[/url] coming in the future.

Besides Valve, among the publishers expressing Linux gaming interest have been [url="http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTIzMTY"]Egosoft[/url],[url="http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTI1NDM"]THQ[/url], [url="http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTI1MDg"]Overhaul Games[/url], 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 [url="http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OTA0NQ"]Blizzard has a native Linux client of World of Warcraft[/url]. 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 [url="http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTI2NDc"]some fundamental problems with gaming on Linux[/url]. 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 [url="http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTA5Njk"]a Diablo III Linux port[/url], 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

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Doesn't sound like a good idea to me.

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

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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.

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

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[quote name='firey' timestamp='1357781442' post='595443904']
If it turns out to be true, I'd buy it if it were a game that looked appealing.
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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.

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damn Linux's lack of standards. Not cool.

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

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[quote name='Mephistopheles' timestamp='1357501896' post='595436706']
Take the rumour [i]cum grano salis[/i] until confirmed by Blizzard.
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Any particular reason you used Latin, other than just be pretentious?

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[quote name='Pupik' timestamp='1357990951' post='595449372']
Any particular reason you used Latin, other than just be pretentious?
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No. Variatio delectat, you see. :p

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