Is it a start of new era for linux gamers? The organizers of Ubuntu Developer Summit 2012 announced the participation of representatives of Electronic Arts (EA). The first press leaks about EA's interest in Linux platform began last year, but they were rather treated as a rumors.
After the announcement of release a native digital distribution client Steam games for Linux and the preparation of the Source engine port for that system, many people did not believe that it can be real. Well, this scenario turns out to be true, since Steam for Linux is being created, but also Valve is making its own console, which will be working on Linux OS - so you play with the console's possible that you run on a normal Linux desktop.
EA Group after starting a distribution of their games for Mac OS X, is apparently looking for a new markets. This fact may confirm recent information on the Canonical signed an agreement with one of the largest game publishers in the world, and this is a publisher and producer of Electronic Arts.
The first productions for Linux will be released this year. Their distribution system is to use the Ubuntu Software Center - a popular and one of the best of Linux systems software-library.
The possibility of seeing cash and famous games seem to be high, because few native game engines such as CryEngine 3 for Linux are already created. Maybe in a near future we will be playing Crysis, Sims, SimCity, Battlefield, Need For Speed on a Linux. Time will show.
The first two titles have already appeared in the Ubuntu Software Center. The games that were included in the Ubuntu application repository are: Lord of Ultima (online strategy game in the world of one of the longest published series of RPG - Ultima), and Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances (the latest game of the famous series of strategy games). Both games were written using HTML5 and they run in a browser.
Both games are available for free.