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Tripwire the developers behind Killing Floor had an email chat with me recently about the possibilities of Red Orchestra 2 and Rising Storm coming to Linux and why it currently won't. It gives us a small bit of info on Unreal Engine 2+3.

I decided to ask them if their new game Rising Storm will come to Linux and this is what they had to say on it:

QuoteIt is something we are investigating but have no firm plans to do at this time. Our build of the Unreal Engine does not work on Linux.
The Unreal Engine 2 build we use for Killing Floor has a linux build.  The Unreal Engine 3 build we use for RO 2/RS does not.  Newer builds of UE 3 have Linux/Mac support however they are greatly different from our build.  We are looking into what it would take to bring what we need from the newer builds into our engine without breaking everything.  It may turn out to not be worth the cost/effort.


I see so you are using an older build for RO2/RS and then Unreal did a whammy in later builds and put in Linux support?

QuoteCorrect, but in-between there have been many engine changes, so it is not a easy process to just upgrade to a newer build of the engine.


So we may not see Red Orchestra 2 or Rising Storm come to Linux at all after all sadly. Never say never though as the saying goes, we have a lot of games we never thought we would get already!

I actually spoke to Ryan "Icculus" Gordon back in April on this and he had this to say about it:

QuoteIt's on everyone's wishlist (including Tripwire's), so we're still figuring out how to make it happen.


Just thought I would share what a developer had to say about it, hopefully this will help clear up some reports about Unreal Engine not supporting Linux, it seems Unreal Engine when going from version 2 to 3 decided to drop Linux support and then add it back in.

This is probably why more Unreal Engine 3 titles have/may come to Linux in the future (and Unreal Engine 4 as that supports us too apparently according to the developers behind Heavy Gear Assault).

They like most other developers are being secret about future games coming to Linux. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Cheeseness 24 May, 2013
Yeah, icculus didn't make any promises. Is it really fair to get cranky because he said he'd like to be able to do something?

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Quoting: redstar427I am curious is you bumped your Planetary Annihilation up to Alpha, as it will start in 2 weeks.  Of course, probably Alpha will only be multiplayer because I think the AI won't be done to play against the computer until Beta.
Afraid not, I really wish I could but I'm totally broke so I am afraid GOL won't do much covering until it hits Beta unless some rich patron chucks us $30 to upgrade to the Alpha :P
I backed at an alpha tier. I can probably write some words about it when it's up and about ^_^

Back on topic, I had some brief correspondence with Simon yesterday morning about the Linux beta (which isn't up yet), asking whether they were planning to do 32 bit builds in addition to 64 bit (the earlier engine tests were 64 bit only). Sounds like that's not likely to happen, but we'll see how it goes.

I have no idea how many 32 bit users there are amongst GOL readership, but with Steam supporting 32 bit, I imagine there are still plenty around the broader Linux gaming community.
Liam Dawe 24 May, 2013
Quoting: Cheeseness
Quoting: liamdawe
Quoting: redstar427I am curious is you bumped your Planetary Annihilation up to Alpha, as it will start in 2 weeks.  Of course, probably Alpha will only be multiplayer because I think the AI won't be done to play against the computer until Beta.
Afraid not, I really wish I could but I'm totally broke so I am afraid GOL won't do much covering until it hits Beta unless some rich patron chucks us $30 to upgrade to the Alpha :P
I backed at an alpha tier. I can probably write some words about it when it's up and about ^_^
Already have someone donating $30 to bump me up, gave them a shout out on the twitter feed :)
Alex V.Sharp 25 May, 2013
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Well this was kind of a kick in the teeth...
On the bright side, at least now I have a RO2 code to trade. :P
Kristian 26 May, 2013
Wow, this bit could potentially be huge: "Newer builds of UE 3 have Linux/Mac support however they are greatly different from our build."


Linux officialy supported by Epic (again)? How come we haven't heard about this until now? Can anyone get any other dev team to verify this?


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What I mean is couldn't they just be talking about the OpenGL support that comes with the official Mac OSX version? That is not quite Linux support.
Cheeseness 26 May, 2013
Quoting: KristianLinux officialy supported by Epic (again)? How come we haven't heard about this until now? Can anyone get any other dev team to verify this?

I'm trying to touch base with a couple of devs that I know who use it. If I had time, I'd probably contact Epic for comment as well.
Kamilko 2 Aug, 2013
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