Not long after Valve revealed their interest in bringing Left 4 Dead 2 and Steam to Linux, Croteam and Devolver Digital have also come out of the woodworks to announce that Serious Sam 3: BFE is currently in development and will be heading to Linux later this year.
The Linux version is said to launch with all content up to date with the PC and Mac versions. Serious Sam 3: BFE will also include full Steam integration, according to Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker:
“We’re in the process of integrating Steamworks and achievements and the whole shebang, but we can’t get the little fucker of a penguin to stand still. The last time I had anything ‘Open Sourced’ I was in Thailand, if you catch my drift.”
Analysis: First comes the Humble Indie Bundle, then Valve announces Steam and Left 4 Dead 2 (amongst other Valve titles), and now Devolver Digital reveals Serious Sam 3: BFE will be coming to Linux? Surely, Linux users have many reasons to celebrate lately as the good news continues to roll in.
My one concern when the news broke that Linux was getting Steam was whether other developers would start supporting the platform or if Valve would be alone in this endeavor. I’m glad to see that Devolver Digital has eased my worries slightly. Hopefully, this is an indication that other studios are willing to support the new platform once Steam has been launched.
The industry could really use more companies like Valve and Devolver Digital nowadays, especially if that means we’ll get more quotes as great as Fork Parker’s.
Update: Article edited to correct the spelling of Fork Parker’s name.