CCP Games has announced a partnership with TransGaming Inc, developer of software portability products for the electronic entertainment industry, to enable CCP to deliver its sci-fi MMO EVE Online
to Linux and Mac platforms later this year.
TransGaming provides technology and expertise to deploy games across a range of platforms without the need for redevelopment. As a result of this partnership, CCP will be able to expand the reach of EVE Online
to new groups around the world and allow users of different platforms to play in the same perpetual online universe.
As an element of the partnership, EVE Online
and TransGaming will share quality assurance as well as technical support responsibilities, but TransGaming will lead partnership and OEM opportunities for the Linux version of EVE Online. The two companies will work hand-in-hand to create a transparent integration of the original EVE Online code with each platform.
TransGaming first introduced Linux users to EVE Online/i> through Cedega, a software product that allows Windows games to run on the Linux operating system, a solution the companies say indicated strong demand for further integration between them.
Later this year, EVE Online will be released for Linux with Cedega directly integrated into the game, and on Mac through TransGaming's Cider portability engine.
“EVE Online has always ranked highly with our Linux users and there is significant demand for it among other platforms, including the rapidly growing Mac base,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO of TransGaming Technologies. “As EVE takes place within a single-server persistent universe, it’s vital that the game is identical in every way across different platforms. This challenge is what makes the partnership with CCP both important and rewarding.”