Crytek Adding Native Linux Support to CryEngine

Score one for Valve in its effort to bring Linux-based gaming to the masses. Crytek has announced full native Linux support in the new CryEngine.

Crytek will be on hand at GDC 2014 to host a number of presentations. Most notably, Crytek announced that GDC will serve as the stage for its Linux-CryEngine reveal.

That’s good news for Valve and the 14 PC manufacturers who have already announced they will be releasing Steam Machines featuring Valve’s Linux-based operating system later this year.

Valve launched its first version of Steam for Linux in early 2013. One year later, there are more than 300 games for Linux on Steam, an impressive surge that indicates Valve’s Linux plans are being embraced by developers.

At least the smaller ones. There are scant few AAA Linux games on Steam as major publishers have yet to get behind Valve’s Linux effort. However, with a major engine like CryEngine adding native Linux support, it will likely be easier for the likes of Electronic Arts, Activision, and Ubisoft to greenlight Linux versions of their projects.

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