Originally Published: Tuesday, 1 August 2000 Author: Terry Warner
Published to: news_enhance_games/Games News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Epic and Loki Partner for Unreal Tournament for Linux

Yes, you heard it right. Loki and Epic have partnered for Unreal Tournament for Linux. Click the above topic to read the full press release.

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Loki Press Contact: Kayt Sorhaindo Telephone: 714.505.8915 x12 press@lokigames.com

Epic Games Press Contact: Lori Mezoff, TSI Communications Telephone: 212.320.2202 lmezoff@tsicomm.com

Tustin, CA. -- August 1, 2000 -- Loki Software, Inc., the leader in bringing best-selling PC games to Linux, today announces an exclusive agreement with Epic Games, Inc. to maintain and support the Linux version of Unreal Tournament.

Unreal Tournament (UT) is the critically-acclaimed and wildly-popular first person shooter that pits player against player over the Internet. From the start, Epic Games has allowed their customers to download from their website the Linux binaries for use with the boxed Windows version of the game. Epic Games will now leverage Loki's expertise in Linux gaming to provide high-quality technical support and software updates for their Linux user base.

"We're very excited to be working with Loki" said Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games, "they're clearly the leading authority where Linux gaming is concerned and we know our Linux users will see great benefit from this relationship".

Under the terms of the agreement, Loki will maintain the Linux version of UT, offering new features, addressing any technical issues and achieving revision parity with the Windows version. The first update from Loki, version 425, is available today from the Loki website at www.lokigames.com/products/ut. The new binaries provide for improved visual quality and new joystick support and include several bug fixes.

Starting with this version, Loki will provide full technical support for UT Linux. Users may contact Loki by email or phone and through Fenris, Loki's online bug-tracking database, located at fenris.lokigames.com.

"Unreal Tournament is a ground-breaking game," commented Daniel Vogel, Loki's lead programmer for UT Linux. "This new relationship between Loki and Epic demonstrates our combined dedication to supporting the Linux user base for UT."

There are no plans at this time to sell a retail box with the Linux version. Customers who want to play UT on Linux will continue to purchase the Windows product and download a free Linux installer from Loki's website. Loki has also secured the bundling rights for UT Linux, and will aggressively pursue OEM opportunities to bring UT Linux to more Linux users.

About Epic Games, Inc.

Epic Games Inc, based in Raleigh, N.C., and established in 1991, is a developer of cutting-edge PC games. The company is best known as the creator of hit PC 3D action games Unreal, an award-winning blockbuster hit having sold more than 1 million copies, and Unreal Tournament which has been recognized as the Game of the Year by leading gaming media outlets including Computer Gaming World, the No. 1 PC games magazine. Epic's Unreal Engine has been licensed to several top PC game developers for games in a variety of genres. In the past Epic was well known for it's shareware games including Jill of the Jungle, Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball. Additional information can be obtained through Epic's Web site at http://www.epicgames.com.

About Loki Software, Inc.

A privately-held company founded in 1998, CA, Loki works with leading game publishers and developers to port their best-selling PC titles to Linux. Titles from Loki include Quake III Arena, SimCity 3000 Unlimited and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri with the Alien Crossfire expansion pack. In addition to this arsenal of games, Loki supports several Open Source development projects and distributes Debian GNU/Linux. For more information visit http://www.lokigames.com.

About Linux

First created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds, Linux is now the fastest growing operating system in the world according to a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) study. Currently, it is estimated that Linux is used by some 8 million people worldwide. With advanced features such as true multi-user and multi-tasking capabilities, Linux has inspired a steadily growing number of individuals and businesses to adopt Linux for a wide range of functions: as servers, for networking, for software development, and more recently as a desktop and gaming platform. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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