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System Shock 2 Cult Classic Sci-fi Horror FPS-RPG Looks Like It Is Heading To Linux
Posted , 13 August 2013 at 9:43 am UTC / 15644 views
You awake from the cold chill of your cryo-tube to discover cybernetic implants grafted to your flesh and the crew of the starship Von Braun slaughtered. The infected roam the halls, their screams and moans beckoning you to join them as the rogue artificial intelligence known as SHODAN taunts and ridicules your feeble attempt to unravel the horrifying mystery of the derelict starship Von Braun.

System Shock 2 looks like it is heading to Linux judging by the SteamDB entry for it;
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Looks pretty convincing doesn't it? It is already on Mac so it's not exactly a long shot being ported over to Linux.

Features
  • Choose from 3 specialized branches of the military to utilize unique skills, weaponry, and paranormal psionic powers.
  • Upgrade and enhance your skills to improve hacking, weapon proficiency, and psionic abilities.
  • Discover cryptic audio logs, encounter ghostly apparitions and conduct research to give you the advantage in combat and unlock exotic weapons and items.
System Shock™ 2 is a genre defining experience that established innovative game-play mechanics that are a staple of the FPS and RPG genre today. It has gone on to inspire some of the greatest titles of our generation with games including Deus Ex® and Bioshock®
Discover how a haunting story, innovative game-play and a terrifying atmosphere has made System Shock™ 2 one of the greatest games of all time.

Colour me in excited paint all over. Looks like the good news is flowing for Linux gaming and we are here to get you all excited and hopefully not give you any bad news if it turns out not to be true!

I have contacted the current developer and publisher to request confirmation. Article will be updated if we get anything.

Trailer

Ignore the fact that it's a gog.com trailer, a trailer is a trailer!


UPDATE: The developers got back to me about my questions! Here is the conversation;

LiamHello my name is Liam from GamingOnLinux.com I am enquiring about a recent entry in the Steam Database for System Shock 2. I am here to check to see if this is correct in that the game is coming to Linux? You are listed as the publisher so I am hoping you know.

PublisherHello Liam,
That is correct, we are publishing SS2 to Linux in the very near future.
Is there anything else we can do for you?

LiamThank you.

Is there a reason you are using wine as opposed to porting natively?

PublisherYes, unfortunately we do not have access to the source code.

LiamThanks for replying again.

Is it a case of not having the rights to the source code or does the code itself no longer exist?

PublisherThe code has been lost.

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owen commented on 13 August 2013 at 10:23 am UTC

Hmm bit weird cos the steamDB says the game developer is Irrational Games. However they are porting bioshock infinite to Mac and they said they will not port Bioshock infinite to Linux but they are porting this? hmm they might change their mind anyway

Hmm bit weird cos the steamDB says the game developer is Irrational Games. However they are porting bioshock infinite to Mac and they said they will not port Bioshock infinite to Linux but they are porting this? hmm they might change their mind anyway

liamdawe commented on 13 August 2013 at 10:53 am UTC

Probably a lot easier to port an older title that already has a mac version.

Probably a lot easier to port an older title that already has a mac version.

hansuli commented on 13 August 2013 at 11:04 am UTC

Good news. I did buy this game from steam sale in small hope that there was linux port someday.

Good news. I did buy this game from steam sale in small hope that there was linux port someday.

spacepope commented on 13 August 2013 at 11:10 am UTC

It seems Night Dive Studios (the guys who handle the digital distribution of SS2) don't have access to the game's source code, they got it working on modern versions of Windows with the help of various community made patches. Their Mac OSX version is using a Wine wrapper, so chances are they'll release the Linux version the same way...

It seems Night Dive Studios (the guys who handle the digital distribution of SS2) don't have access to the game's source code, they got it working on modern versions of Windows with the help of various community made patches. Their Mac OSX version is using a Wine wrapper, so chances are they'll release the Linux version the same way...

km3k commented on 13 August 2013 at 12:06 pm UTC

spacepopeIt seems Night Dive Studios (the guys who handle the digital distribution of SS2) don't have access to the game's source code, they got it working on modern versions of Windows with the help of various community made patches. Their Mac OSX version is using a Wine wrapper, so chances are they'll release the Linux version the same way...
That's what I'm thinking too. The Mac version on GOG is a Wine wrapper.

[quote=spacepope]It seems Night Dive Studios (the guys who handle the digital distribution of SS2) don't have access to the game's source code, they got it working on modern versions of Windows with the help of various community made patches. Their Mac OSX version is using a Wine wrapper, so chances are they'll release the Linux version the same way... [/quote] That's what I'm thinking too. The Mac version on GOG is a Wine wrapper.

Linas commented on 13 August 2013 at 12:34 pm UTC

km3k
spacepopeIt seems Night Dive Studios (the guys who handle the digital distribution of SS2) don't have access to the game's source code, they got it working on modern versions of Windows with the help of various community made patches. Their Mac OSX version is using a Wine wrapper, so chances are they'll release the Linux version the same way...
That's what I'm thinking too. The Mac version on GOG is a Wine wrapper.

That is unfortunate. In that case it is better to get the Windows version and run it in a normal Wine. At least then you are not stuck with whatever version of Wine they packaged it with, and all the hacks they made. At least that is my sour experience.

[quote=km3k][quote=spacepope]It seems Night Dive Studios (the guys who handle the digital distribution of SS2) don't have access to the game's source code, they got it working on modern versions of Windows with the help of various community made patches. Their Mac OSX version is using a Wine wrapper, so chances are they'll release the Linux version the same way...[/quote] That's what I'm thinking too. The Mac version on GOG is a Wine wrapper.[/quote] That is unfortunate. In that case it is better to get the Windows version and run it in a normal Wine. At least then you are not stuck with whatever version of Wine they packaged it with, and all the hacks they made. At least that is my sour experience.

liamdawe commented on 13 August 2013 at 2:26 pm UTC

Going by a reddit discussion the source code was leaked from someone buying a second hand PC so who knows maybe they are using that code, only time will tell.

Going by a reddit discussion the source code was leaked from someone buying a second hand PC so who knows maybe they are using that code, only time will tell.

Bumadar commented on 13 August 2013 at 3:55 pm UTC

"Look at you hacker, a pathetic pack of meat and bones..."  If there is 1 classic I would need to pick from that decade, it will be this one, is a MUST BUY

"Look at you hacker, a pathetic pack of meat and bones..."  If there is 1 classic I would need to pick from that decade, it will be this one, is a MUST BUY :)

lewis commented on 13 August 2013 at 5:12 pm UTC

just got mine via gog.com's summer sale and YEP, there's absolutely NO SIGN of linux support there
crap

just got mine via gog.com's summer sale and YEP, there's absolutely NO SIGN of linux support there crap :(

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