LEADWERKS HAS HOOKED UP with Canonical to offer its games development software under Ubuntu Linux, following a successful Kickstarter campaign last summer.
The firms said they will make the Leadwerks Game Engine software development framework available in the Ubuntu Software Center to provide users of the operating system with a powerful tool for rapid game development under Ubuntu Linux.
Leadwerks said that its Game Engine is a powerful and easy to use development tool for building 3D games, and that it has recently grown in popularity due to its rapid development capabilities, royalty-free license, and strong support for C++ and Lua programming.
It claimed that Leadwerks is able to deliver high-end 3D visuals on Ubuntu, thanks to the quality of modern Linux graphics drivers from ATI and Nvidia. An advanced deferred renderer provides realistic light and shadows on any machine supporting OpenGL 4.
Leadwerks CEO Josh Klint said, "The PC platform plays to the company’s strengths in graphics and development tools. Linux is where the really exciting developments are happening, on the desktop and in the living room.
"Leadwerks for Linux is designed to bring user-friendly game development to desktop Linux, and Ubuntu is the leader in this space, so it makes sense to focus our efforts there. Growing a community of Ubuntu game developers is our primary goal over the next 12 months."
The company said that bringing the Leadwerks Game Engine to Ubuntu Linux means that it will be easier for game developers to offer their wares to Ubuntu users. It claims that it already has a diverse range of games featured on its website, including strategy, action and simulation titles.
Michael Juliano, developer of the space combat simulation game Rogue System, said that he plans to offer his upcoming title on Ubuntu due to Leadwerks' ease of deployment.
Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon said, "Canonical is delighted to be working with Josh at Leadwerks to help further Ubuntu and Linux and in general as a next generation platform not just for consuming games, but building a powerful community of games developers and content creators."
Canonical claims that Ubuntu Linux has 25 million users, including many games developers and even more potential games customers.
Last summer, Leadwerks conducted a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring Leadwerks to the Linux operating system, reaching over 200 percent of its goal in six weeks. A concurrent Greenlight campaign for Steam was also successful, making Leadwerks the first 3D game engine approved for distribution on Steam. µ