Phoronix: id Software Has No Plans For Doom 3 BFG On Linux
Yesterday when mentioning that Doom 3 BFG Edition is already cleared for a GPL open-source release, I mentioned it was unlikely id Software would be providing a native Linux client for this brand new game. Those fears have now been confirmed with id Software saying they have no plans for a Linux version...
ID were ahead of the time in providing linux support. It's shocking timing that just as Valve and others are taking the platform more seriously, ID have decided to publicly deride and ignore it.
Sadly for ID, their sudden change in stance may backlash - I've bought their (sometimes weak) Windows-only titles before in support of their linux attitude generally... now I'm not touching a thing they do for pretty much the same reason. Maybe I'm not alone.
Wait... you've been buying Windows-only titles in support of Linux?
What kind of message would that be giving to them? How would this affect their attitude towards investing in Linux ports of their games?
Very true. I'm talking about 4 years ago right enough, around 2006/2007 when I became more fully invested in Ubuntu (it's on everything I run - XBMC media box, 2 laptops, one server and a PC that dual boots for the odd steam game which I'm hoping to retire early next year), so hopefully not too much damage. But yeah - my last ID purchase was Wolfenstein I think.
But then, I still buy the odd Windows only game on Steam too. I've just bought Borderlands 2 and Dishonoured, for example. And I play a lot of Killing Floor.
I think possibly more damaging has been the attitudes towards studios who do make inroads in linux - ID's support obviously cost them time and money without definable returns, EA was positively ostracised for having the nerve to port two browser games into the USC, and now I see comments around Valve's effort deriding them for having the audacity to choose the most popular linux distribution to launch on. I mean, haven't they head of <obscure linux distro which is somehow meaningfully different from Ubuntu>???