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Friday, September 29, 2000

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Tribes 2 for Linux Confirmed
4:30 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Of all the titles Mac users were anticipating this year, Tribes 2 from Dynamix and Sierra has been one of the most frustrating. Although the game was initially announced for the Mac as well as the PC, Dynamix has slowly backed away from that position, now claiming that they will look into a Mac version after the PC version is complete.

A recent Tribes 2 newsletter has confirmed that a Linux version of this teamplay-based shooter will be ported by Loki Entertainment, a company which has done Linux ports of such titles as Myth II: Soulblighter and Quake 3 Arena. There is no word on whether this port will be for Linux x86 only, or for Linux PPC as well -- many of Loki's ports support LinuxPPC, a version that can run on many Mac systems.

The implications of the Linux port for Mac users are many. Linux is certainly not the same thing as Unix, but many Unix applications can be made to run under Mac OS X with minor difficulty, if they use standard APIs. A well-designed Linux port could possibly be migrated to OS X via Unix, as they share the BSD kernel.

What is more interesting is the implication that Dynamix is open-minded to the idea of outsourcing ports to third-party developers. Previously the Mac version of Tribes 2 was expected to be developed in-house, but this opens the door to a possible port by another company. While this would mean a delay between the PC and Mac releases of Tribes 2, this was an expected occurrence under even the best of circumstances. While this is total speculation at this point, it is more food for thought as Mac users attempt to buoy their hopes of ever seeing this shooter on our platform. The Linux gaming market is extremely small, even in comparison to the Mac market, so arguments against a Mac port based on numbers of sales are weakened by this development.

In related news, Dynamix has also posted nine new screen shots of this game in action. Tribes 2 for PC was recently delayed, but by how much has yet to be announced.

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