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Project Bossanova will deliver the very first 3D game to run exclusively on Linux.

Posted by INtense! on Mar 13th, 2011

Project Bossanova, established to launch the first ever 3D game exclusively for Linux, today announced a new competition aimed at finding that game. Here's how it works:

  • Are you making an indie game?
  • Do you want to have your entire game development team sponsored?
  • If yes, submit your idea via the button below:
  • After two weeks, the project will select three of the top submissions
  • The audience will then vote on which team wins sponsorship

To help promote the game, we have joined forces with OMG Ubuntu who will be promoting Project Bossanova along with ModDB, IndieDB and Desura. For us this partnership makes a lot of sense, as the interest in a game digital distribution on linux is significant and we want to bring Desura to Linux. After all the Humble Indie Bundle has twice proven how passionate Linux gamers are.

"We are excited to work with Desura in this joint venture as they have established themselves as the name in independent gaming," said Project Bossanova lead Benjamin Humphrey. "As we have stated before, this is an ambitious project, but with the Desura partnership in place, we feel that we are one step closer to achieving our goal."

So GAME DEVELOPERS, submit your game as an entry to the contest directly to Remember, you must commit to making the game available for Linux only, profit sharing with the project, and will also be encouraged to publish the game's code under an OSI-approved license. Questions? Ask away, this is a massive opportunity for a game developer so remember you only have 2 weeks to apply!

COUNTDOWN TO 28 Mar 2011 15:00:00 +1100

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Jok3r098 Mar 30 2011 says:

this is a rather disapointing comp. for a start the game "Breath" is not a linux game, "Avaneya" has no screenshots or videos to judge it one leaving only two choices. (I voted other in hope there might be more to choose from if enough people do so)

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Tech|Rogue Apr 2 2011 replied:

I agree...Breath is using UDK and the screenshot they provide is straight from Unreal Tournament 3. I'm personally hoping for Avaneya (even though I waited too long to vote) since they're going to be Linux-only anyway.

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Swanson420 Mar 30 2011 says:

I dig your general idea but yeah, simultaneous Cross Platform seems better. My gut instinct on this is that it's still too much a "Give a gamer a fish" than a "Let him teach US how to fish" scenario. That perhaps the emphasis should be on encouraging the development of Better Open Source Tools & resource-pools with which the Linux community can make gameS easier - rather than.. some one-off game. Which will probably not be that good and totally forgettable.. unless it's REALLY awesome.. yet which the PC community will always see as 'meh' in comparision.. etc. Hmm. Why not with the pre-existing strengths of Linux as a community-driven, Crowd-Sourced, open (distributed & libre) platform with its inherently cool, multiple developmental approaches- rather than focus too narrowly (imo) on a one-time project? Actually.. having just said all that, I think your right. K.I.S.S. Make a cool game ;-)

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myromance123 Jun 10 2011 says:

So....what happened to this? Sounds like it died. They're idea of getting the community to pay for its development, then purchase it to play it is odd. What did the game win if Bossanova is not going to sponsor it? Btw, Linux exclusivity is not real...despite what the website says.... :-/

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gmh_michael Aug 14 2011 says:

nice to see the Linux community getting some exclusives.

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