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GOG.com Launches Linux Support, Ahead Of Schedule

By Andrew Powell, published 24/07/2014


That's right, GOG.com has just announced they are supporting Linux, way ahead of their scheduled dates of around October or November. The launch brings 50 Linux-compatible games right away.

GOG.com announced it on their website today, no doubt to the surprise of many. GOG.com says that 100 Linux games is still the number they are aiming to hit in the coming months but "decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press", opting to launch now with the fully supported and working 50 titles.

Of course, being GOG.com, all titles are "DRM-free". The 50 titles currently offered for Linux are as follows:

Anomaly Warzone Earth
Ascendant
Bionic Dues
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold - first time on Linux!
Blake Stone: Planet Strike - first time on Linux!
Bloodnet - first time on Linux!
Braveland
CLARC - first time on Linux!
Darklands - first time on Linux!
Darwinia
Defcon
Don't Starve + DLC
Dragonsphere - first time on Linux!
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
FlatOut - first time on Linux!
Flatout 2 - first time on Linux!
Fragile Allegiance - first time on Linux!
Gemini Rue
Gods Will Be Watching
Hammerwatch
Hocus Pocus - first time on Linux!
Kentucky Route Zero
The Last Federation
Legend of Grimrock
Litil Divil - first time on Linux!
Long Live the Queen
MouseCraft
Multiwinia
Normality - first time on Linux!
Pinball Gold Pack - first time on Linux!
Pinball World - first time on Linux!
Pirates! Gold Plus - first time on Linux!
Realms of the Haunting - first time on Linux!
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender - first time on Linux!
Rise of the Triad: Dark War - first time on Linux!
Shattered Haven
The Shivah HD
Sid Meier's Colonization - first time on Linux!
Sid Meier's Covert Action - first time on Linux!
Sir, You Are Being Hunted
Slipstream 5000 - first time on Linux!
Space Pirates and Zombies
Spacechem
Stargunner - first time on Linux!
SteamWorld Dig
Super Hexagon
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Sword of the Samurai - first time on Linux!
Teslagrad
Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build on the way!)
Uplink
VVVVVV

In pleasing news for non-Ubuntu based distribution users, "distro-independent" tar.gz archives will be provided as well as DEB installers for those who do use Ubuntu and/or Mint. Currently official support is only offered for users playing GOG.com provided games on Ubuntu and Mint, although for anyone already using services like Valve's Steam this isn't anything new or unusual.

Even better, GOG.com is currently got a special promo going in celebration of the Linux launch, offering up to 75% off on many of the aforementioned titles.

GOG.com supporting Linux is a big step in the Linux gaming world, especially considering how they initially seemed like they would never offer Linux support due to, in their views, the increased difficulty of providing support with the fragmentation and number of Linux distributions.

Has the news of GOG.com supporting Linux got you excited? Let us know in the comments!


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Andrew Powell is the editor and owner of The Linux Rain who loves all things Linux, gaming and everything in between.

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