Ubuntu will finally experience a true gaming central platform with Valve's recent annoucement to bring their digital games distribution client 'Steam' and 'Left 4 Dead 2' to Linux.
This is no rumour, everything has been planned and officially announced by Valve.
'Fully-Featured Steam Client'
Writing on the Valve blog – in their first post on Steam for Linux – the gaming titans shared their plans:
“The goal of the Steam client project is a fully-featured Steam client running on Ubuntu 12.04. We’ve made good progress this year and now have the Steam client running on Ubuntu with all major features available.”
But what’s a game store without a game?
“…we’re also porting L4D2 to Ubuntu. This tests the game-related features of the Steam client, in addition to L4D2 gameplay on Ubuntu.”
The company have stated three main focuses for their Linux endeavour:
- Porting Steam client to Linux with full functionality
- Optimising a version of L4D2 running at a high frame rate with OpenGL
- Bringing more Valve titles to Linux
Right now, there has no been date set for release. Valve say that an internal beta will be launched 'in the near future' to help hone features and mechanisms of the game.
Valve, in their announcement, cite Ubuntu’s popularity and ‘recognition with the general gaming and developer communities’ as being their reason for gracing it with their presence first. They do state plans to support other distributions in the future.
[via OMG! Ubuntu!]