Epic and Loki Partner for Unreal Tournament for Linux
New Software Update Available Today from Loki
Tustin, CA. -- August 1, 2000 -- Loki Software, Inc., the leader in
bringing best-selling PC games to Linux, today announces an exclusive
agreement with Epic Games, Inc. to maintain and support the Linux version
of Unreal Tournament.
Unreal Tournament (UT) is the critically-acclaimed and wildly-popular
first person shooter that pits player against player over the Internet.
From the start, Epic Games has allowed their customers to download from
their website the Linux binaries for use with the boxed Windows version
of the game. Epic Games will now leverage Loki's expertise in Linux
gaming to provide high-quality technical support and software updates for
their Linux user base.
"We're very excited to be working with Loki" said Mark Rein, Vice
President of Epic Games, "they're clearly the leading authority where
Linux gaming is concerned and we know our Linux users will see great
benefit from this relationship."
Under the terms of the agreement, Loki will maintain the Linux version of
UT, offering new features, addressing any technical issues and achieving
revision parity with the Windows version. The first update from Loki,
version 425, is available today from the Loki website at
www.lokigames.com/products/ut. The new binaries provide for improved
visual quality and new joystick support and include several bug fixes.
Starting with this version, Loki will provide full technical support for
UT Linux. Users may contact Loki by email or phone and through Fenris,
Loki's online bug-tracking database, located at fenris.lokigames.com.
"Unreal Tournament is a ground-breaking game," commented Daniel Vogel,
Loki's lead programmer for UT Linux. "This new relationship between Loki
and Epic demonstrates our combined dedication to supporting the Linux
user base for UT."
There are no plans at this time to sell a retail box with the Linux
version. Customers who want to play UT on Linux will continue to purchase
the Windows product and download a free Linux installer from Loki's
website. Loki has also secured the bundling rights for UT Linux, and will
aggressively pursue OEM opportunities to bring UT Linux to more Linux