Tuesday, September 18

3D RPG 'Blackreef Pirates' Running Natively on Linux

Few days back we reported that many game developers who are using Unity game engine are working to port their games to Linux.

Blackreef Pirates is one of the games we listed and the good news is that developers have successfully ported the game to Linux using Unity 4.0 exporter.

Blackreef Pirates is a single player, third-person pirate themed role playing game by Subvert Games. The game focuses on tactical combat and exploration.

They posted a screenshot of the game running natively on Linux:


Alessandro Cominu, lead developer at Subvert Games is pleased with the port. 

I used to work as a software engineer on Linux platforms for a decade and over the years I almost exclusively used it at home too...except for gaming. Sure, there were some native games available but I always felt the lack of quality games: a common solution was to try using WINE or some hackish way to get Windows games work on Linux but, even if sometimes successful, that was not a very reliable solution. Most of the times in order to play a WINE game you had to change some configuration in your system, type some arcane words on the command line and keep your finger crossed. How am I supposed to play this game with my fingers crossed?!

Something is changing for the good and there are already stores selling native games for Linux or planning to do it in a near future (Steam, Desura, Ubuntu Software Centre and many others) and lots of independent developers are already selling games on their own.

Thanks to the new Linux exporter in Unity 4 (still in beta) now we can officially announce that Blackreef Pirates it's finally running as a first class citizen on Linux platform! Everything is working as expected, it's fast, stable and even the XBox 360 controller is working out of the box.

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