Descent returns in Descent: Underground! With a big goal to hit, and tons of time left this could easily be funded.
It will use Unreal Engine 4, and specifically mentions Linux/SteamOS in the platforms part of the FAQ:
QuoteTECHNOLOGY: What platforms will you support?
From the Unreal support page:
Unreal Engine 4 enables all developers to deploy projects to Windows PC, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, VR (supporting Oculus Rift and Gear VR now, as well as others coming soon), Linux, SteamOS, and HTML5.
Now we won't be supporting tablets or other mobile devices, at least not initially with the full game, but we do plan to support the rest of the platforms that Unreal Engine 4 supports.
I just hope they actually test it on Linux and don't just assume it will work perfectly. Far too many developers in recent months have been promising Linux, and not actually doing their research, so let's hope for the best.
About the Kickstarter (Official)
Descent’s fast-paced, six-degrees-of-freedom combat made addicts of us all! Descent’s frenetic and pulse-pounding action were light-years ahead of its 1995 release date. Like us, many of you still share war stories of your epic network battles. You remember your heroic shots, your death-defying maneuvers, and matches ending with a narrow escape as the tunnel collapsed behind you.
Sadly, as consoles took over and PC games were pushed aside by publishers, great games like Descent were left to languish in obscurity. A whole generation of gamers grew up without Descent’s heart-pounding, non-stop action, robbed of the true 6DoF space adventure that is their birthright!
The Drought Ends TODAY!
We’re bringing back 6DoF by blasting Descent into the 21st Century with current-generation gaming technology. Descent: Underground is more than a graphics upgrade. Get ready for multiple types of customizable ships! Prepare for upgradable weapons and sensors with richly-detailed tech trees. Brace yourself for destructible voxel maps with new power-ups and mod tools to make your own maps and more!
You can find the Kickstarter here.