post on the Pinkerton Road forums
from Jane Jensen clarifies that
the report that
Activision is blocking a Linux edition of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
20th Anniversary Edition
is not accurate, because there never was a plan
to create one. Here's word:
1. First, we never said MGX would be released
on Linux only that Moebius would be. If you look down at the bottom of the
kickstarter page it just says MGX is new and still TBD. So there were no
promises broken or blocked by either Pinkerton Road or Activision. Keep in mind
that from the start we realized that MGX was a game we were working with a
publisher on, and we would have less control over. I don't see that as a bad
thing. It's FANTASTIC that we are doing the GK1 remake. And that means working
with the GK license holder. Also, to reiterate, MGX/GK1 is *not* being funded by
kickstarter. That money all went into Moebius (and then some).
2. Secondly, we are thrilled to have gotten the license to release GK1 on PC,
Mac, Apple mobile and Android. There is no anti-Linux conspiracy. We are also
not releasing on console either, for example. It was simply a matter of "these
platforms make the most sense in the market right now, let's release there and
see how it goes". We may be granted permission to do more platforms later, but
that depends on how well the game turns out and how it sells.
I know those of you who are passionate about Linux are disappointed, but there
is nothing to be upset at Activision about (or, I hope, me!).
more about this in a follow-up post from Weldon Hathaway of Phoenix Online
Also, a note of clarification, as it seems my original post gave
some folks the impression that this was something that happened along the way.
That's not correct. Linux was never one of the platforms we would be developing
for, I had just assumed that we would be doing all the same platforms that we
were doing with Moebius. I wasn't aware that was not actually accurate until a
couple of weeks ago so the misinformation from the announcement thread is 100%
my fault for making a bad assumption and I am sorry for that.