It has been nearly four months since Unreal Tournament 3 first shipped for the PC, while the Linux client is still missing in action due to software legal issues. At the same time, Linux Game Publishing is running late on delivering their Linux ports of both Bandits: Phoenix Rising and X3: Reunion. Over the past couple of quarters it's definitely been an unpleasant time for the Linux commercial gaming scene, but this week there is good news coming out of Finland and that is two games -- both relatively new to the marketplace -- being ported to Linux.
Shadowgrounds and Shadowgrounds Survivor are the two commercial games that are being ported to Linux and will be released this year. The Finnish-based Frozenbyte studio, which was founded seven years ago, develops both games and Shadowgrounds was their first-ever title. Shadowgrounds was released in May of 2006 and Shadowgrounds Survivor was released for Microsoft Windows in 2007. Frozenbyte isn't doing the Linux client porting in-house, but have contracted the work to IGIOS Ltd. This company, IGIOS, has been around for just one year and specializes in 3D visualizations and Linux game porting, but this will be their first major port.