Valve’s push to promote gaming on Linux systems has scored another victory after 2k Games announced that the upcoming Borderlands the Pre-Sequel will be launching on Linux and SteamOS from day one. This new comes as Borderlands 2 also arrives on SteamOS, making the prospect of owning a Steam Machine slightly more attractive.
Linux gaming is often forgotten, and those running the operating system often have to use other methods to run games on their preferred systems. This was supposed to change after Valve CEO Gabe Newell openly opposed Windows 8 and planned to make a move to Linux. SteamOS was one part of that plan, as is the Steam Machine (which appears to have been delayed again). However, many game studios have been unwilling to port their titles to yet another platform; especially with the recent release of next generation consoles which are running architecture so similar to the PC.
Getting a triple A title like Borderlands to launch on Linux from the very first day is a massive feat, one that could possibly only be achieved by a company like Valve that has massive influence on the gaming industry. It could also be a very important move for the impending launch of the the Steam Machine, which currently lacks big name games to attract early adopters. Either way, it is a good sign for the gaming community when developers remember to include everyone in the fun.