Breaking New Ground
Ahhh… Nothing gives me more pleasure than the opportunity to mention my two favorite things together in one article; Sega & Linux. While there have been many Windows games ported to Linux in the past year, the vast majority of titles have been Independent. Sure, there have been AAA titles, such as Serious Sam and many titles from Valve. But aside from Valve, there haven’t been many top-tier developers supporting the platform. Several months ago we felt the winds of change upon our faces when Sega announced Football Manager 2014 to be their first title to support Linux. The announcement was bittersweet to those of us in the west where what we call Soccer is not celebrated even %1 as much as our own idea of Football.
Sega Europe’s strategy brainchild The Creative Assembly, looks to change all that. The Creative Assembly‘s brand director Rob Bartholomew visited Valve’s offices recently to show off Total War: Rome II and how well they’ve gotten it to play along with the Steam Controller. While we still have trouble imagining ourselves hitting action buttons with our left and right thumbs, Steam controller support is a clear indication of a Steam OS port and should excite us all.
In an interview with PCGamesN, Rob Bartholomew of The Creative Assembly said “It’s not something (porting to other platforms) that’s ever particularly worried us.” “We’ve certainly got no worries about Linux as a platform, and as you know, we’ve appeared on the SteamOS page, and our intention is absolutely to support the OS.” What’s readily apparent from these statements is that they mention ‘porting’ directly. No beating around the bush… We’re all well aware of the game streaming feature SteamOS is bringing to the table. This is a feature that simply offers the complete Steam catalog to a new platform and porting hasn’t anything to do with it.
Will Total War be a Total Series Port?
While the incentive to port old games to a new platform is directly relative to a publisher’s bottom line, PCGamesN thinks there might be an incentive for Sega and The Creative Assembly to bring the whole series. PCGames N had this to say:
There are questions that remain, however – for instance, how much time the studio can afford to spend porting the Total War back catalogue for SteamOS. Barthomolew imagines that CA will examine the success of Rome II on SteamOS before tackling other games in the series, but they’re certainly not lacking in incentive: previous Total Wars shifted two million units in 2012, and the number rises year on year.
Speculation and Fear
While a SteamOS port of Total War: Rome II is an exciting prospect, is it what we all expect it to be? For instance, can we expect this Linux port to run on Steam for Linux? It seems like a silly question to ask, but not really. With the Linux desktop in the middle of a tumultuous switch as far as display servers are concerned, and without knowing whether or not SteamOS is set to support Mir or Wayland — or whether or not either will support an Xorg compatibility layer; we can imagine the title potentially being MIA on the Linux desktop. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below.
Source | PCGamesN
Via | Gaming On Linux