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GOG launches Linux support with 50 games, celebrates with sale

updated 06:58 pm EDT, Thu July 24, 2014

Support added for Mint, Ubuntu with distro-independent archives, remains DRM-free

GOG, the gaming website and merchant previously known as Good Old Games, announced today that it has added support for Linux, delivering on an earlier promise to expand to the operating system. The DRM-free game distributor said earlier in the year that one of the next steps for the company would be to add support Linux distros.

Back in March, GOG stated that the platform would be expanding to Linux operating systems in the future. While not pointing to a specific date, the site stated that it had been in the process of bringing Linux games to service for a few months. The number of Linux configurations supported would be small at first, with only Ubuntu and Mint making the cut.

The original time frame suggested that Linux support would arrive in the fall, but GOG seems to beat their estimate. The company decided against having a specific number of titles banked before launching Linux support. Instead, GOG wanted to fulfill one of the "most popular site feature requests" from its customers.

"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," said GOG.

Along with games already supporting Linux, GOG is bringing a number of games to the operating system for the first time. Flatout, Sid Meier's Colonization, Pirates! Gold Plus and Rise of the Triad make their Linux debuts with today's announcement. In total, GOG added 23 games to operating system, bringing the total to more than 50 games currently supported. The converted games join Linux-ready titles like Long Live the Queen, Anomaly Warzone Earth, Duke Nukem 3D and Gods Will Be Watching.

In the next few months, GOG aims to have 100 games ready for Linux. As part of keeping the DRM-free tradition, the service will provided distro-independent archives and support DEB installers for previously mentioned Linux versions. GOG adds that this will be in current and future long-term support versions.

To celebrate the launch, a select number of the Linux-enabled titles are on sale until July 29. The sale offers up to 75 percent off on more than 30 of the games.

by MacNN Staff



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