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INSURGENCY Team-based Realistic FPS Coming To Linux
Posted , 25 April 2013 at 6:56 pm UTC / 12163 views
INSURGENCY a team-based realistic FPS has popped up on Steam's Early Access with a promise of Linux support in the future! Hell yeah!

About the Game

INSURGENCY is a first-person team-based shooter for up to 32 players designed for Windows® PC and Mac OS X (and in the future, Linux), using Valve’s Source Engine. INSURGENCY is based on the popular total conversion for Half-Life 2 – Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat – that saw more than a million free downloads and was awarded the ModDB “Player’s Choice Mod of the Year” in 2007. It is a highly intense, realistic experience. This means no cross-hairs, realistic weapon damage, and careful maneuvering.

Key Features
  • Experience intense 32 player online action with a focus on teamwork
  • Rack up supply for your team and customize the game’s arsenal to your unique play style
  • Several multiplayer game types and game modes including the intense online co-op experience “Insurgent Hunt” and a “Realism” mode crafted by the community
  • Multiple environments that span several unique settings and play styles
  • Three unique player classes that affect movement and gameplay on the battlefield
  • Highly immersive audio with 3D VOIP to coordinate with and track other players
  • Help the development team prototype new maps and game modes
  • Create custom maps and content using the Insurgency SDK
  • Playable on both PC and Mac OSX and supports multiplayer cross-compatibility
  • Dedicated Server Support for PC and Linux

Teaser Trailer:

This is the type of FPS I have been saying Linux needed and it's on it's way, I have added it to my wish-list that's for sure!

Although one thing bugs me, please developers PLEASE stop saying "PC", you mean Windows. PC = Personal Computer which covers nearly everything nowadays. My phone is a PC for example.

I have reached out to the developers for comments on when the Linux release will happen, details when I have it folks.

UPDATE from the developers:
QuoteWe are waiting for Valve to release CSGO on Linux before we will get the code we need to get started on this.
So folks after CS:GO is out on Linux they can work on this title, so let's keep waiting and hoping for that to be released. Source is my topic on their forum.

Thanks to Yulike from the Linux_Gaming reddit for pointing it out and exciting me.

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FutureSuture commented on 25 April 2013 at 10:23 pm UTC
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And this is really coming to Linux? Looks pretty good! Graphics look nice and the gameplay intriguing. I hope it's not much like Counter-Strike: Source for I just cannot wrap my head around that game.

And this is really coming to Linux? Looks pretty good! Graphics look nice and the gameplay intriguing. I hope it's not much like Counter-Strike: Source for I just cannot wrap my head around that game.

Mike Frett commented on 25 April 2013 at 11:45 pm UTC

If Valve was serious about Linux, they should tell Devs that in order to use their Engine, all platforms should be supported from day one since the Engine is native now. And I agree, PC covers pretty much everything and Platforms should be mentioned by name.

Sometimes I wish I had the money for a small Game making company. AAA Linux titles would be our top priority, we wouldn't leave any platform out, but Linux would be tops. Oh well, I can dream. =p

If Valve was serious about Linux, they should tell Devs that in order to use their Engine, all platforms should be supported from day one since the Engine is native now. And I agree, PC covers pretty much everything and Platforms should be mentioned by name. Sometimes I wish I had the money for a small Game making company. AAA Linux titles would be our top priority, we wouldn't leave any platform out, but Linux would be tops. Oh well, I can dream. =p

Superuser commented on 26 April 2013 at 7:43 am UTC

Mike FrettIf Valve was serious about Linux, they should tell Devs that in order to use their Engine, all platforms should be supported from day one since the Engine is native now. And I agree, PC covers pretty much everything and Platforms should be mentioned by name.

Sometimes I wish I had the money for a small Game making company. AAA Linux titles would be our top priority, we wouldn't leave any platform out, but Linux would be tops. Oh well, I can dream. =p
Beyond id Software in the 90s, I think Valve's investment in Linux is beyond proportion. The problem is that they do not release newer versions of their engine to third-party developers.

Also, the reason people say 'PC' instead of 'Windows' is historical; the term comes from PC-compatible though the GNU project naturally, and very hypocritically, has it on its enormous list of words to avoid - while at the same time calling keyboard shortcuts in their software by things like 'Meta' only because LISP Machines had them (they were never a standard or anything).

[quote=Mike Frett]If Valve was serious about Linux, they should tell Devs that in order to use their Engine, all platforms should be supported from day one since the Engine is native now. And I agree, PC covers pretty much everything and Platforms should be mentioned by name. Sometimes I wish I had the money for a small Game making company. AAA Linux titles would be our top priority, we wouldn't leave any platform out, but Linux would be tops. Oh well, I can dream. =p[/quote] Beyond id Software in the 90s, I think Valve's investment in Linux is beyond proportion. The problem is that they do not release newer versions of their engine to third-party developers. Also, the reason people say 'PC' instead of 'Windows' is historical; the term comes from [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_PC_compatible]PC-compatible[/url] though the GNU project naturally, and very hypocritically, has it on its enormous list of [url=https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html]words to avoid[/url] - while at the same time calling keyboard shortcuts in their software by things like 'Meta' only because LISP Machines had them (they were never a standard or anything).

Holger commented on 26 April 2013 at 10:47 am UTC

Looks cool...Linux needs different shooters beside old stuff (Castle Wolfenstein) and the third variation of  a "futuristic shooter" (Xonotic, Q3A, OpenArena, Red Eclipse, etc).

QuoteAlthough one thing bugs me, please developers PLEASE stop saying "PC", you mean Windows. PC = Personal Computer which covers nearly everything nowadays. My phone is a PC for example.
Well, a PC is a common term. No matter what you consider a PC. In most western countries a PC simply means a standard computer based on x86 / x64 CPUs with the usual hardware (PCIe hardware, SATA HDD, etc). This makes a PC different from all those other computers available such as low-power Android systems, Tablets, etc.

For most peoples PC is not bound to the OS used but to the technology beneath.

I could also say please avoid the term "Linux" because this is just the kernel. GNU Linux would be the correct term. But since for most people "Linux" means the OS, we mostly use Linux as word.

I guess you get the picture !

Regards,
Holger

Looks cool...Linux needs different shooters beside old stuff (Castle Wolfenstein) and the third variation of  a "futuristic shooter" (Xonotic, Q3A, OpenArena, Red Eclipse, etc). [quote]Although one thing bugs me, please developers PLEASE stop saying "PC", you mean Windows. PC = Personal Computer which covers nearly everything nowadays. My phone is a PC for example.[/quote] Well, a PC is a common term. No matter what you consider a PC. In most western countries a PC simply means a standard computer based on x86 / x64 CPUs with the usual hardware (PCIe hardware, SATA HDD, etc). This makes a PC different from all those other computers available such as low-power Android systems, Tablets, etc. For most peoples PC is not bound to the OS used but to the technology beneath. I could also say please avoid the term "Linux" because this is just the kernel. GNU Linux would be the correct term. But since for most people "Linux" means the OS, we mostly use Linux as word. I guess you get the picture ! Regards, Holger

liamdawe commented on 26 April 2013 at 10:55 am UTC

Holger I'm not sure what you are getting at. You are saying PC is a common term...so am I.

The developers (and a lot of others) are saying PC = Windows which it does not.

Holger I'm not sure what you are getting at. You are saying PC is a common term...so am I. The developers (and a lot of others) are saying PC = Windows which it does not.

TC commented on 26 April 2013 at 11:17 am UTC

True, it's not just Linux.  It's not just GNU and Linux either.  Why stop at calling it "GNU/Linux"?  Why not call it "KDE/Qt/GTK/GNOME/X11/GNU/Linux"?  I think that I understand why Ubuntu dropped "Linux" entirely from their name and advertising materials.

Of course, I'm looking forward to more exciting games for my Linux-based PC, including Insurgency.

True, it's not just Linux.  It's not just GNU and Linux either.  Why stop at calling it "GNU/Linux"?  Why not call it "KDE/Qt/GTK/GNOME/X11/GNU/Linux"?  I think that I understand why Ubuntu dropped "Linux" entirely from their name and advertising materials. Of course, I'm looking forward to more exciting games for my Linux-based PC, including Insurgency.

Superuser commented on 26 April 2013 at 12:59 pm UTC

The reason I say 'Linux' instead of GNU/Linux is precisely due to what TC said. Also, Holger, the GNU project specifically says you should not call it 'GNU Linux' because the Linux kernel is not a GNU project - the equivalent is GNU HURD. That's why the put a forward slash or plus sign between them.

Anyway, I pointed out why PC is used in this way. It indeed doesn't necessarily mean Windows, but at the same time, Microsoft Windows is the only modern consumer-oriented operating system that is (IBM) PC-compatible. I still think they should say 'Windows' instead of 'PC', but to say that Windows is not 'PC' (just a shorthand for PC-compatible) is just wrong, in the same way that Linux as a 'PC' is right (it isn't, as Linux is POSIX-, not PC-compatible).

The reason I say 'Linux' instead of GNU/Linux is precisely due to what TC said. Also, Holger, the GNU project specifically says you should not call it 'GNU Linux' because the Linux kernel is not a GNU project - the equivalent is GNU HURD. That's why the put a forward slash or plus sign between them. Anyway, I pointed out why PC is used in this way. It indeed doesn't necessarily mean Windows, but at the same time, Microsoft Windows is the only modern consumer-oriented operating system that is (IBM) PC-compatible. I still think they should say 'Windows' instead of 'PC', but to say that Windows is not 'PC' (just a shorthand for PC-compatible) is just wrong, in the same way that Linux as a 'PC' is right (it isn't, as Linux is POSIX-, not PC-compatible).

Superuser commented on 26 April 2013 at 1:00 pm UTC

Beyond all that, I think we should all stop being pedants and speak about the damn game.  I for one am very happy this is coming to Linux as I love FPS games, especially the quasi-realistic type (sims never did it for me).

Beyond all that, I think we should all stop being pedants and speak about the damn game. :) I for one am very happy this is coming to Linux as I love FPS games, especially the quasi-realistic type (sims never did it for me). :D

Holger commented on 26 April 2013 at 1:10 pm UTC

Hm, seems I really have misunderstood you. I guess this is mainly because you made an example that your phone is also a PC which is to some extent correct but does not match the common term.
I guess many developer have the problem that they usually target a specific platform and for gaming console the platform implies the operating system (e.g. XBox360, PS3). For the PC this is different but honestly I understand their implication: The majority of PCs today (still) runs Microsoft operating systems. Funny enough Macs today are technically PCs but are mentioned as "Mac"

Hm, seems I really have misunderstood you. I guess this is mainly because you made an example that your phone is also a PC which is to some extent correct but does not match the common term. I guess many developer have the problem that they usually target a specific platform and for gaming console the platform implies the operating system (e.g. XBox360, PS3). For the PC this is different but honestly I understand their implication: The majority of PCs today (still) runs Microsoft operating systems. Funny enough Macs today are technically PCs but are mentioned as "Mac" :)

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