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Linux is getting an awful lot of love of late. Largely this has been from Valve, they created a Linux version of the Steam clientannounced they’re working on an operating system, and that their Steam Box will run the open source platform.

Now Battlefield developer DICE is getting in on the act. Though they’re doing it because of Halo.

 "We strongly want to get into Linux for a reason," creative director Lars Gustavsson 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."

DICE want to be the company that has their name forever attached to Linux’s success. Not because they built the infrastructure but because their game becomes synonymous with the platform.

Gustavsson didn’t tell Polygon whether they were already working on something for the OS but, if they were, it would make sense that it would be an exclusive. You can’t convince people to adopt a new platform if you release it across all the big hitters. If that’s the case then it wouldn’t be Battlefield. EA would have to be happy with DICE devoting resources to a whole new platform, developing a game that wasn’t going to hit the Xbox One and Playstation 4.

That’s a lot of speculation on my part but simply the news that DICE are swayed by the possibilities of Linux shows that Valve may be onto a winner with their Steam Box.

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"That’s a lot of speculation on my part but simply the news that DICE are swayed by the possibilities of Linux shows that Valve may be onto a winner with their Steam Box."

That and the trust that valve gets from everyone:) this is gonne get huge! Hype:)

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What an odd statement. Most obviously, Battlefield 3 (and presumably Battlefield 4) isn't on Steam, which is the most likely catalyst for this. But also, Halo was published by Microsoft, who are pretty much the whole reason the Steam OS is being developed.

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"DICE want to be the company that has their name forever attached to Linux’s success."

Lol that's Valve not Dice...I love Dice games, but this just makes them sound like they are realizing what impact SteamOS will have on Linux gaming - and trying to take a piece of that glory pie.

Several AAA developers have already stated they will port to Linux because of Steam, and Valve have said from day one that the entire (how many games is that?) Steam library will be ported to Linux...So the light in which this article is written does more damage to DICE then good ;p

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Even with Valve setting the stage, if DICE come along and release the game which brings people over to Linux they may well become the company the platform is known by.

Also, Valve's back catalog, while awesome, will just be a bunch of old games to people who don't know them. "Oh, Portal 2, I played that on the 360." It's all down to the new games.

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SteamOS Linux is being developed with future of gaming in mind, hense the new console SteamMachines - not just as a Linux platform for older games... Steam already has 50 million users and AAA developers have stated they will make games for SteamOS; which makes perfect sense since piracy on Linux vs Windows is incoparable...so there will be plenty of new games on SteamOS...

Gaming on Linux has the potential to be the next big thing, without DICE. I would LOVE to see Dice and EA games be available on Linux, but if Valves plans pan out everyone else (whos not a part of Steam) will release for Linux because thats where gamers and money will be...

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Steambox + AMD's Mantle + DICE... hell, could it be true that we will soon be able to ditch Microsoft when it comes to gaming? That'd be sweet!

But if i am not mistaken, the xboxo and ps4 are both using the directx api. That could slow things down considerably when it comes to triple A titles.

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PS4 doesn't use Direct X it uses open gl

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Wow, really? If that is the case, porting ps4 games to Linux should be a breeze.

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