What Sorcery Wizardry is this?
Last year, a few weeks before the beta release of Steam on Linux, we reported on the state of GOG making its debut on Linux. At the time, all signs pointed towards GOG releasing DOS and Windows classics as packages for Linux. But we’re Linux users, and by extension narcissists. So, who could fault us for believing GOG to be Linux bound?
No-one. But in this quote from GOG employee TheEnigmaticT indicated that while GOG recognizes the need for their service on the Linux platform, at this point it is just too cumbersome. Here is the quote:
We’ve seen a lot more of you guys voting on this wish recently and I thought it was only fair for me to update you. Linux is a great platform, and we love how much passion you guys are showing for it here on our wishlist. We definitely know that it’s one of the top things our community wants from us, but it’s also really difficult to bring the GOG.com level of support and ease-of-use to the wide variety of distros that are commonly used by Linux users. If we’re able to bring GOG.com games to Linux–and we’re constantly evaluating ways that we can do this–we want to make sure that we’re doing it the GOG.com way: simple, easy, and it “just works.” I’m not telling you guys to give up hope–we know how much you want this–but what I am saying is that this is harder to support than it might seem initially, and we’re not ready to move to support Linux officially just yet.
Now, one year later, developer Night Dive Studios has brought 2 DOS classics to Linux by packaging DOSBox and the respective game content together into one spiffy little steam installer! While it’s not certain why GOG is not able to make this sort of effort, one thing should definitely be expected; more classic games making a legitimate and monetized appearance in Linux.
These two games are from the classic RPG franchise Wizardry.