In a move I’m sure a lot of Linux gamers are going to consider long overdue, GOG.com has announced its plans to begin supporting the OS this coming fall. The reason many feel this move is overdue is thanks to the fact that a lot of older titles sold on the site run through software that’s cross-platform, such as ScummVM or DOSBox. Still, it could be that the company wasn’t exactly familiar with Linux to the point of being able to support it, which I guess is fair enough.
All of that aside, GOG.com’s vowed support is yet another landmark event for gaming on Linux, and 2014 is quickly shaping up to be the year (yes, for real) that the world will take the platform a little more seriously for gaming. Yesterday, it was announced that the upcoming Gauntlet would support Linux and SteamOS – things are clearly becoming more exciting as time goes on.
We’re initially going to be launching our Linux support on GOG.com with the full GOG.com treatment for Ubuntu and Mint. That means that right now, we’re hammering away at testing games on a variety of configurations, training up our teams on Linux-speak, and generally getting geared up for a big kick-off in the fall with at least 100 Linux games ready for you to play.
Perhaps in time, GOG.com will go the Steam route and allow gamers to use an overarching client to keep track of all of their games. If there’s just one downside of the service to me, the lack of that might be it. I guess Steam has spoiled me, but I kind of feel like I’m done with stand-alone installers.