1. Post #1
    BBgamer720's Avatar
    November 2011
    482 Posts


    The viability of Linux as a gaming platform continues to grow, with today’s news that Unity 3D (no, not that one), one of the most popular games engines used by developers of all calibres, will be supporting Linux.

    The self-described ‘intuitive and flexible development platform’ allows games developers to “author once” but “deploy everywhere”. This move will allow gaming titles created using the development suite for Windows or iOS the option to be exported for use on Linux, too.

    With Unity becoming a popular tool in the creation of “AAA gaming titles”, this introduction could pave the the release of mainstream gaming titles on Linux.

    Linux = 10%

    Interestingly, Unity Technologies say adding support for Linux will open up titles developed on the platform an estimated ’10% of the game-hungry PC market’.

    Even the Linux share breakdowns from the Humble Bundle collections aren’t quite as generous as Unity Tech’s ’10%’ statistic, but as we’re in an unquestioning mood we’ll take it.

    ‘Smart User Base’

    In an interview with GamesIndustry International, Unity co-founder and CEO David Helgason elaborated on the decision to add support for Linux further, saying:

    “Linux is something we’ve had a lot of questions about from the indie community, and the Humble Indie Bundle has showed that there’s a business on Linux. So we’re trying to commercialise on something we’ve been working on for a long time internally – we actually had some of our engineers kind of doing it in their spare time and on weekends.

    We’ll be the first mass market engine to support Linux, and it’s not the biggest user-base, but it’s a very passionate group of people that are willing to pay, they’re smart, and they really love the platform.”

    Continuing:

    “I actually think our move will be a huge boost to Linux on the desktop. The most important ecosystems of our lifetime such as Windows, OS/2, and later Facebook and iOS, have been made, or undone, by having games, or not. It’s too early to say just how big the impact will be, but I’m excited.”

    Other Features

    Unity 4 is set to ship with a wide range of new features, options and support, including:

    Shuriken particle system supports external forces, bent normals and automatic culling
    3D texture support
    Navigation: dynamic obstacles and avoidance priority
    Major optimizations in UnityGUI performance and memory usage
    Remote Unity Web Player debugging
    New Project Window workflows
    Iterative lightmap baking
    Refined component-based workflows
    Extensible inspectors for custom classes
    Improved Cubemap import pipeline
    Geometry data improvements for huge memory and performance savings
    Meshes can be constructed from non-triangle geometry – render points & lines efficiently
    Search, live preview and buy Asset Store assets from the Project Window
    Many of the above features will be demonstrated at the Unite event ion Amsterdam later this year (August 22nd – 25th).
    Source: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/06/u...-support-linux

    So I guess this means even MORE games coming to Linux!
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  2. Post #2
    I will huff and puff and FLIP YOUR FUCKING TABLES
    Lyokanthrope's Avatar
    October 2005
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    “I actually think our move will be a huge boost to Linux on the desktop. The most important ecosystems of our lifetime such as Windows, OS/2, and later Facebook and iOS, have been made, or undone, by having games, or not. It’s too early to say just how big the impact will be, but I’m excited.”
    Huh? How are those relevant?
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  3. Post #3
    Thanks guys, I think I will make the Nokia Lumia 920 with Windows Phone my next smartphone.
    Vault's Avatar
    May 2012
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    Here's Shadowgun running!
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  4. Post #4
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    gparent's Avatar
    January 2005
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    Huh? How are those relevant?
    I don't think you understood what he said. They're key nouns in his sentence if you do. He's talking about the platform/game relationship.
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    Naelstrom's Avatar
    June 2010
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    Normally I wouldn't care, but seeing I just got Receiver for free and want to try it: I'm pretty excited for this.

  6. Post #6
    Dennab
    August 2011
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    Hey Vault, this looks better than the CryEngine3!

  7. Post #7
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    ASmellyOgre's Avatar
    June 2008
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    I can't wait for this. Unity is a really good lightweight engine if it's used right, and there are some good games on it.

    Huh? How are those relevant?
    It's believed that a large part of the reason Facebook became the de facto social network is because of its integration of video games. Like it or not, Farmville is popular. I think the same goes for OS/2, but I don't know very much about early operating systems like that.

  8. Post #8
    bake someone a cake with laxatives and viagra and then they will have poopboners
    n0cturni's Avatar
    August 2007
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    Pretty good year for Linux so far.
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  9. Post #9
    Tinker Toy's Avatar
    February 2012
    148 Posts
    2012, year of the Desktop Linux

    In all seriousness, I think this is super cool, especially if there's web plugins for the major browsers.

  10. Post #10
    darkmakozu's Avatar
    April 2011
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    Awesome news!! Shame it's only the engine, not the editor. But I'll take what I can get, one step at a time.

    Hopefully I'll soon stop needing to boot into windows to get my games design work done.

  11. Post #11
    DuCT's Avatar
    September 2010
    782 Posts
    Awesome news!! Shame it's only the engine, not the editor. But I'll take what I can get, one step at a time.

    Hopefully I'll soon stop needing to boot into windows to get my games design work done.
    I believe it was mentioned somewhere that the editor was in fact coming to Linux too, although it might be for the Unity 4 release.