Battlefield Director Wants Studio to Get Into Linux, Needs One ‘Killer’ Game to ‘Kick Off’

Battlefield Creative Director Lars Gustavsson would “strongly” like his studio to get into Linux and thinks it would really only take one “killer” game for the platform to “kick off”.

“We strongly want to get into Linux for a reason,” Gustavsson recently told Polygon. “It took Halo for the first Xbox to kick off and go crazy — usually, it takes one killer app or game and then people are more than willing [to adopt it] — it is not hard to get your hands on Linux, for example, it only takes one game that motivates you to go there.”

“I think, even then, customers are getting more and more convenient, so you really need to convince them how can they marry it into their daily lives and make an integral part of their lives,” he continued, explaining that DICE has used Linux servers for production because it was a ”superior operating system to do so.”

Also based on Linux is Valve’s recently announce and upcoming SteamOS. Which the company hopes will introduce to gamers to a new way to play traditional PC games in the comfort of their own living room with the help of hardware like the Steam Machine and new Steam Controller.

Polygon asked for Gustavsson’s thoughts on Valve’s move.

“Basically for different ways of accessing customers and giving them possibilities of play, I think it is super exciting,” he ansered. “The only thing I know is that from five or ten years from now gaming and especially how you consume it won’t look like it does today. I do think with streaming services and new input devices and so on, it wouldn’t surprise me if there is less need of hardware and more on demand gaming experience.”

“I think, hopefully, competition usually means a better experience for the customer. Sometimes. You know, was the VHS tape better than BetaMax? VHS won,” he continued. “So it does not always go in the right direction but overall I think it is healthy with competition. It is truly welcomed, so that we can have better games in the future.”

  • Ryupyroa

    Linux could be so awesome with enough support. :D

    • FriezaReturns00001

      ^^

  • yourdaddy

    How about for macs, the game needs a few fixes and he still looks on with his long neck in the air. Fuck you

    • mechcell
    • Vidalzinho

      Macs suck! play your shitty ass mac games

      • Just saying

        Lots of hate for Mac! I own a MacBook Pro and HP Win 8 laptop. I love using my Mac for everything but when it comes to games I must switch to Win. I think with the 22 inch sharp tablet running MacOS, M$ will have very hard competition if MacOS went out of Apple products.

    • WarBroh

      The problem with most Macs is their iGPU’s are too weak to play games. So developers don’t bother supporting them. Only Mac Pro towers take a discrete GPU and those seem to be on their way out at Apple anyway.

    • Cycovision

      Or dual boot Linux for free?

  • Ameer Akashe

    do i smell future support for steamOS?

    • WarBroh

      God I hope so.

  • swipe_06

    the new Win 8 and dx must be terrible if everyone (DICE, Valve, AMD and many following soon) is circumventing them.

    • Niosus

      The software isn’t terrible itself, but Microsoft is trying to close the platform. They saw how much money there is in a walled garden platform like iOS or Android so they are slowly trying to get their share from sales of PC software. They are pushing people towards the Modern (Metro) UI in which you can only install software through their store and by their rules.

      Game devs can live with Valve’s cut if they sell it on Steam because Valve offers some great tools and services. Microsoft’s support on the other hand has been lackluster and unpredictable (to put it mildly, *COUGH* GFWL).

      You don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket, especially when it looks like Windows as an open platform might become not as obvious as it once was…

      • WarBroh

        ^ ding ding ding. Winner. Niosus gets it and I have slightly more faith in collective internet conscience than I did five minutes ago.

      • Vidalzinho

        I hate GFWL >.<

  • Vidalzinho

    Linus SWEDISH DICE SWEDISH of course they are going to support it

    • WarBroh

      eh I think he’s Finnish :)

      close enough?

      • Vidalzinho

        Yeah he was born in Finland but His family belongs to theSwedish-speaking minority (5.5% of Finland’s population). so you’re right on..

  • Kyle Jackson

    I can’t wait for SteamOS, means I can finally get rid on Windows for gaming, but am loving my Linux Mint, so one 1 OS would be great. I have faith in Valve.

  • Collision

    Battlefield: Bad Company 3 to go !

  • jokeAtroll

    Wow. People and their delusions!

    This is the future I see for gamers.

    Want Zelda HD buy Wii U
    Want TLOU buy a PS3
    Want a Halo buy Xbox

    Want HL3 buy steambox

    Want “An awesome game only of Mac” buy an iMac

    Want “An awesome game only on Windows” buy a windows OS.
    Don’t get me started with Android and iOS tablets.

    Using an existing platform to make and sell a game is ok.
    Creating a killer game to sell a platform not ok.

    Let me state this, I started my carrier with Linux. It has it’s use (in server market).
    But trying to sell it as a PC is a bad idea. Basically, it doesn’t solve anything.

    Windows 8 like its predecessors is A CLOSED platform and nothing wrong with that. It’s just a Jabe paranoia.

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