At the Ubuntu Developer Summit, Valve employee Drew Bliss said that Linux is a more viable platform for gaming than Windows 8. Gabe Newell, Valve director, has officially solidified Valve’s stance on Windows 8 by announcing that Half-Life 3 is exclusive to Linux.
Half-Life 3 is the long awaited sequel which has been in development for more than five years. It takes place right after the events of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 and has been promised to conclude the Gordon Freeman storyline.
Newell has made his stance on Windows 8 clear at Casual Connect, a video game conference, and said that “Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space.” Not only has he condemned Windows 8, Valve is currently also searching for users who are willing to try out a Steam Linux beta.
At LinuxCon Europe, Newell officially announced the details during an on-stage question and answer session. The following excerpt announces the exclusive release of Half-Life 3 on Linux:
Audience member: Okay, um. What about Half-Life 3?
Newell: Funny you should mention that. I would like to state right now that the next Half-Life game will officially be exclusive on Linux platforms.
Newell: Many might say, Gabe, there isn’t a strong enough gamer base on Linux, you will lose money! I do not care about the money. I care about the players. They deserve an unparalleled experience and I intend to give it to them. This release will spark a Linux gaming revolution and will provide a dynamic shift in the developer space that is desperately needed to save everyone from the nightmare that is Windows 8.
Audience member: What if there isn’t a revolution?
Newell: There will be. There has to be. If I didn’t have faith that Linux would take off as a gaming platform, I would not be up here. In fact, we had to restart development when I made the decision to move to Linux. Half-Life 3 for Windows would be finished right now if I did not make that choice.
Audience member: What about iOS?
Newell: Exclusive means exclusive.
Audience member: So, how about a release date?
Newell: Don’t push it.
In a recent survey taken by Wikipedia on operating system statistics, approximately 1.58% of all users use Linux, just losing out to next popular operating system, Other, at 5.41%.