Neverwinter brings AD&D-style role playing to Linux

Linux users tired of playing second fiddle to their PC and Mac gaming counterparts will be delighted to know that the latest role-playing game, Neverwinter Nights, has been developed with them in mind.

US firm Bioware launched Neverwinter Nights on Friday, and proudly revealed that a Linux version of the game had been developed alongside the standard PC and Mac editions.

Gaming on the Linux platform has long been woefully restricted by a lack of interest on behalf of the games companies, as well as the difficulty of obtaining up-to-date drivers for the latest graphics hardware.

Neverwinter Nights has been developed using an enhanced version of Bioware's powerful Omen 3D engine, bringing new graphics potential to Linux for the first time.

The game is a multi-player role-playing funfest in accordance with AD&D's third edition of Dungeons and Dragons. The preview information on the Bioware Web site promises more fun than previous role-playing games, including as many as 200 unique monsters and improved death-match modules.