After being finally released for the Android platform, XCOM: Enemy Unknown finally conquered all distribution platforms. Now it seems Firaxis has turned their attention to colonizing the sub-platforms available for PC users, which is Linux, the last frontier till universal presence. According to a recent edit a few days in the Steam Database, it seems XCOM: Enemy Unknown is all set to move in to Linux, through Steam for Linux.
The lines that raised the bells to this happy incident goes as follows:
- rootoverrides/2/os: linux
- rootoverrides/2/oscompare: =
- rootoverrides/2/pathtransforms/1/find: My Games/XCOM – Enemy Unknown/XComGame
- rootoverrides/2/pathtransforms/1/replace: feral-interactive/XCOM/SaveData
- rootoverrides/2/pathtransforms/2/find: My Games/XCOM – Enemy Within/XComGame
- rootoverrides/2/pathtransforms/2/replace: feral-interactive/XCOM/XEW/SaveData
- rootoverrides/2/root: WinMyDocuments
- rootoverrides/2/useinstead: LinuxXdgDataHome
In addition there is also an entry that specifically mentions the Mac & Linux version as up for Beta testing, here. The line goes something like this:
35236: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Mac and Linux for Beta Testing
This line in itself kind of confirms that the previously mentioned entry might not be in error and could be the actual thing. Although Firaxis and 2K are yet to confirm anything, they did the same for the Android version too; they remained completely mum over the existence of such a version till it was ready for release. For all we know, if this comes to fruition, Linux gamers will have another great gaming title that has won multiple accolades on all other platforms, now including hand held too. Plus, since it will be released for Steam for Linux, SteamOS/Steam Machines will be getting another stellar addition to its promise of 500+ games when it launches at the end of this year.