Great news for Linux gamers! Now GOG.com (Good Old Games) started to support Linux and already made 50 games available for the open source operating system. Here’s the official announcement taken from GOG.com.
A while ago,Â we’ve announced our plansÂ to add Linux support as one of the features of our digital platform, with 100 games on the launch day sometime this fall. We’ve put much time and effort into this project and now we’ve found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by, and absolutely no reason to wait until October or November. We’re still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we’ve decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. It’s not about them, after all, it’s about you. So, one of the most popular site feature requests on ourÂ community wishlistÂ is granted today: Linux support has officially arrived on GOG.com!
The first 50+ titles we’ve have in store for you come from all the corners of our DRM-Free catalog. Note that we’ve got many classic titles coming officially to Linux for the very first time, thanks to the custom builds prepared by our dedicated team of penguin tamers. That’s over twenty fan-favorite GOG.com classics, likeFlatOut&Flatout 2,Â ,Â Darklands, orÂ Realms of the HauntingÂ we’ve personally ushered one by one into the welcoming embrace of Linux gamers. That’s already quite a nice chunk of our back-catalog, and you can expect more from our dedicated Linux team soon!
Now, for the recent titles. We’ve got some indie games with native Linux versions that finally find their well-deserved spot in our store. Among them, debuting on Linux,Â CLARCÂ – a well received original comedic Sci-Fi puzzler. On top of that, be on the lookout for two new additions to the GOG.com catalog:Â Gods Will Be WatchingÂ (coming in a couple of hours) andÂ Unrest:Special EditionÂ (Linux build coming right up!), both of them very fresh and intriguing. This is the very first time we can provide you with all the PC versions of a premiere game, and we will continue to do so in the future. If there’s a Linux version of a title we’re releasing, our aim is to deliver it to you Day-1. But enough about us, let’s talk about the games. Here’s what you can be playing on Linux today:Â
Anomaly Warzone EarthÂ
Blake Stone: Aliens of GoldÂ – first time on Linux!
Blake Stone: Planet StrikeÂ – first time on Linux!
BloodnetÂ – first time on Linux!
CLARCÂ – first time on Linux!
DarklandsÂ – first time on Linux!
Don’t Starve + DLC
DragonsphereÂ – first time on Linux!
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
FlatOutÂ – first time on Linux!
Flatout 2Â – first time on Linux!
Fragile AllegianceÂ – first time on Linux!
Gods Will Be Watching
Hocus PocusÂ – first time on Linux!
Kentucky Route Zero
The Last Federation
Legend of Grimrock
Litil DivilÂ – first time on Linux!
Long Live the Queen
NormalityÂ – first time on Linux!
Pinball Gold PackÂ – first time on Linux!
Pinball WorldÂ – first time on Linux!
Pirates! Gold PlusÂ – first time on Linux!
Realms of the HauntingÂ – first time on Linux!
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender BenderÂ – first time on Linux!
Rise of the Triad: Dark WarÂ – first time on Linux!
The Shivah HD
Sid Meier’s ColonizationÂ – first time on Linux!
Sid Meier’s Covert ActionÂ – first time on Linux!
Sir, You Are Being Hunted
Slipstream 5000Â – first time on Linux!
Space Pirates and Zombies
StargunnerÂ – first time on Linux!
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Sword of the SamuraiÂ – first time on Linux!
Unrest:Special EditionÂ (Linux build on the way!)
As if this wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve put more than half of these titles on aÂ special promo! Head out to thepromo pageÂ and find out which of them you can get up to 75% off until Tuesday, 9:59AM GMT. Of course, all of the games from the list above that you already own will be updated with Linux versions with no additional cost for you, just as you might have expected from GOG.com.Â
“OK, but how will Linux support actually work on GOG.com” – you might ask. For both native Linux versions, as well as special builds prepared by our team, GOG.com will provide distro-independent tar.gz archives and support convenient DEB installers for the two most popular Linux distributions: Ubuntu and Mint, in their current and future LTS editions. Helpful and responsive customer support has always been an important part of the GOG.com gaming experience. We wouldn’t have it any other way when it comes to Linux, and starting today our helpdesk offers support for our official Linux releases on Ubuntu and Mint systems.
Diversity and freedom of choice have always been an important part of the GOG.com way. We’re very glad that we could improve our service with the addition of the free (and DRM-Free) alternative to the commercial operating systems. Talking with gamers is just as important, so we’re counting on your feedback! If you’ve got any questions, suggestions, or run into any trouble, just tell us in the forum thread below this post. Just please be gentle, this isÂ our very first timeÂ with Linux. Happy launch day, everyone!