The new games in development will probably get the same treatment
Egosoft, the developer of X space trading and combat games, is now looking into porting all of its newer titles to the Linux platform.The release of Steam for Linux has stirred some of the developers into action and the number of ports for this new supported platform has increased in the past months.
To be fair, some of the X titles, such as X2: The Threat and X3: Reunion, were already available for Linux, through an agreement made by Egosoft with Linux Game Publishing.
This agreement is now over because Egosoft has spotted the potential of the new market and wants to release the rest of the games themselves.
“Many of you have noticed that X2 and X3 are no longer available in our store. Unfortunately our licence agreement with Egosoft for these titles has expired and we are no longer able to offer these titles.”
“Those of you that have bought these titles from us in the past will always be able to (re)download using your keys but we are no longer able to sell to new customers. Feel free however to grab these to great titles from our resellers who still have stock available,” stated Linux Game Publishing in a blog post.
On the other hand, Egosoft has posted a new job ad on their official forums called “Calling all Linux Geeks.”
“Although there have been third-party Linux ports of some of the X series games in the past, we have decided that the time has come to bring all that good stuff in-house. There are various reasons for this, but most importantly it will allow us to offer a unified product on Steam, so that you can buy our games once and then play them on different platforms,” says the Egosoft announcement.
If you think you've got what it takes to qualify for the job, head over to the official forums. In the meantime, we'll be waiting quietly and patiently for X3:Terran Conflict and X3:Albion Prelude, preferably on Steam for Linux.