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Epic and Loki Partner for Unreal Tournament for Linux

 

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 users.

 



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