DICE Creative Director Believes Linux Needs A Killer App To Succeed

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 11:45 AM
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Battlefield 4 Developer DICE has revealed that it’s very interested in getting into the Linux platform, enforcing the view that it just needs one killer game to take the operating system mainstream.

Valve’s Linux-based SteamOS is leading the charge, but DICE’s creative director Lars Gustavsson believes that exclusive titles are what will make or break the platform…

Speaking in an interview, Gustavsson said; "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."

Valve’s recently announced Steam Machines will come preloaded with its SteamOS, in an effort to make inroads into the living room, and presumably to take a chunk out of the console market in the process.

Gustavsson believes that the recent indie resurgence puts indie game development in a great position to capitalise on a potentially expanding Linux gaming audience;

"With indie, for a long time, it seemed that it was only AAA title that will survive and then the explosion came with mobile and indie games," he said. "So I'm really happy to see that has swung back to where people say 'Well, will AAA titles survive? Are they mammoths that don't know that they are dead yet? I think that the possibilities are many and I think indies can build for Linux even though we don't have enormous audience.”

Of course the killer app that has consumers scrambling for a Linux-based OS is probably not going from the indie scene, so it remains to be seen whether a AAA publisher has the wherewithal to put all its eggs into one basket so-to-speak, and launch a top-tier titles exclusively on Linux. All eyes fall upon Valve of course, but it would certainly cause an uproar if the much-loved development studio were to abandon Windows completely for a AAA game release.

Where do you think Linux’s killer app will come from?

Do you see a significant shift from Windows to Linux any time soon?

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15:36 Oct-15-2013

Well, I have dual OS, Linux for programming and Windows 7 for gaming :D

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15:39 Oct-15-2013

yup me too

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21:50 Oct-14-2013

just put DirectX in SteamOS and I will completely get rid of Windows :Đ

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08:16 Oct-15-2013

That is exactly why it will never happen brother.

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08:18 Oct-15-2013

hah you get the point =Đ

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08:21 Oct-15-2013

DirectX has left a bad taste in my mouth of late, but until CE3 or Frostbite support OpenGL, I doubt I will invest harddrive space in a dual OS.

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20:31 Oct-14-2013

The way I see it, Linux needs to be as user friendly as Windows for people to make the shift as well.

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10:16 Oct-15-2013

Actually some of Linux distros are quite user friendly :)

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12:18 Oct-15-2013

I agree with Tero... I just started using Ubuntu a while ago and it seems a refreshing break from Windows let me tell you...

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14:26 Oct-15-2013

But its so cool to do everything by typing out commands

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20:24 Oct-15-2013

So 80's, right? :D

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08:17 Oct-16-2013

I love 80" !!! now 2013=are a lot of "fake" people!

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18:27 Oct-14-2013

Linux will never succeed because people like being milked. They will spend money on the top-notch hardware every time something new comes out, and will always get the expensive OS before the free one.

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14:55 Oct-14-2013

True, just one killer and more will follow. Linux is the future, but some companies don't want it to be.

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15:38 Oct-14-2013

It's almost like there is a conspiracy to keep Linux down...

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15:44 Oct-14-2013

Its free.No company likes to give out free things

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13:54 Oct-14-2013

I dont think exclusives will really make the platform(Linux) stand out. All the gamers I know will shift to Ubuntu in a heartbeat if any of the new AAA games show up on it. Nobody wants Windows now.

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13:53 Oct-14-2013

HL3....

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12:56 Oct-14-2013

Everyone seems to be making out Linux as a new OS, but im pretty damn sure its older than me. Why it has taken so long for people to be aware it exists baffles me.

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12:22 Oct-14-2013

I would switch to linux in a heartbeat even if only 1 good game was released on it

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12:10 Oct-14-2013

Just go PC and Steam Machine exclusive, flag the other consoles...

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11:58 Oct-14-2013

So should i stay with windows 7 or to go with Steam OS?

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15:32 Oct-14-2013

Why not have both?! Courtesy of dual boot... :D

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18:30 Oct-14-2013

yea why not!
i hope it will be nice....

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11:51 Oct-14-2013

Uhh succeed is missing an 'e' ^^
Wish there were more alternatives to gaming other than using windows! Would change to linux in a heartbeat!

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11:53 Oct-14-2013

Nice spot, chers ;)

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12:07 Oct-14-2013

also says "and time soon" instead of any ;)

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