Valve has surely created some Steam (see what I did there?) this week with their threefold announcement of SteamOS, Steam Machines and the Steam Controller (How to we even call this? Steamtroller? Steamroller? Gabepad?). I have been a Linux user for quiet some years and only dual boot into Windows for gaming. So the SteamOS announcement was a huge thing for me and I already have a set of articles regarding gaming on Linux planned. Stay tuned for more on that soon.
But today I actually want to put peoples attention on something else. In the past Valve has been very careful in what images and information they release, especially when teasing hints at Half-Life Episode 3. Besides there being plenty of threes in the three (see?) announcements there is something else I found interesting. Just look at the following pictures:
So what do we see? Europa Universalis 4, which has a Linux version. Trine 2, which has a Linux version. Football Manager 2014, which will have a Linux version. Metro: Last Light, which is going to have a Linux version. So there seems to be a pattern. The two odd ones are Rome II and Civilization V. And not only that five minus two equals three! (See? They did it again… damn you Valve!)
The later one might be an outlier because it is only shown in the Steam Controller picture and might relate to the SteamOS streaming feature. But I would argue that as Firaxis and 2KGames already work with Aspyr to maintain a Mac version (although it’s not a native port) and are very open to adapting it to things like touch devices it doesn’t seem to be out of the question. Rome II on the other hand is up there will all those games which we already know are coming to Linux. So it looks like a hint at Rome II being available for Linux/SteamOS. One might of course argue that it only relates to the Steam streaming feature but the announcement tells us that we should:
“Watch for announcements in the coming weeks about all the AAA titles coming natively to SteamOS in 2014.”
I usually don’t dabble into rumors all too much, but this time it looks like this might be hint given to us by Valve. It wouldn’t be the first, but it also wouldn’t be the first time Valve trolling people. What do you think? Is Valve deliberately putting hints in there? Or is just another case of Valve making us over-interpreting their announcements?