Free and commercial game engines

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The Epic Games company has been developing the Unreal Engine. Version 3 has been announced for Linux but as yet not appeared. Some popular games running on this engine are Unreal Tournament 3, Gears of War, Mirror's Edge, and Mass Effect [8]. Michael Larabel [9] has also claimed that CryEngine 3, which is the basis for Crysis 2 and 3, already has a Linux port, although he admits that no official project is connected with it. In the same breath, however, the Phoronix author mentions a Linux port for World of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment.

Free Engines

That still leaves the free engines, which can be used to produce some qualitatively fine games. Among them are Ogre 3D, which produces Goodfolks, and the Crystal Space Engine responsible for Yo Frankie!, PlaneShift, and some other free games. Panda was originally launched by Disney and is now being developed by a larger community. The engine is the basis for titles such as Pirates of the Caribbean Online, Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island, and Vampyre Story. A detailed list of free and open source engines can be found online [10].

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