Tomsk, Russia - August 29, 2011 - Unigine Corp. announces that Oil Rush, a naval strategy game, is now available for pre-order on Ubuntu Software Center, a built-in application store in Ubuntu Linux. The multi-platform game features native Linux support and stunning visuals.
Pre-order users get instant access to beta versions (with regular updates each 2 weeks as development moves on) and exclusive materials on the game.
"Personally, I've been using Linux starting from 1998 and I'm thrilled to see it's making amazing progress on desktops since then. However, there is still a whole class of applications that isn't so wide spread on Linux – I'm talking about games. We strongly believe that this platform deserves A-class titles and see great potential of this market. Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu Linux) made a lot of the right steps to develop one of the most user-friendly systems and now it counts millions of active users all over the world. Still, it desperately lacks high-quality 3D games. That is the reason we are glad to cooperate with them", commented Denis Shergin, CEO of Unigine Corp.
"Oil Rush is a great example that Linux gaming era is dawning. This game has such great visuals that it can be compared with AAA-class titles and leave them in the dust", added John Pugh, Business Development Manager of Canonical Ltd.
Developers are working on bringing Oil Rush to other digital distribution channels; for now, it is already available in the Unigine online store only for $19.95.
Oil Rush is a real-time naval strategy game based on group control. It combines the strategic challenge of a classical RTS with the sheer fun of Tower Defence. The player upgrades production platforms as well as their defence forces, researches special abilities and sends battle groups of naval and air units to capture enemy platforms and oil rigs.
In a post-apocalyptic flooded world there are two things running short: oil and time. The last survivors in a desperate desire to seize control and dominate the enemy have started the naval warfare that turned the whole world into one large battlefield. In these harsh and cruel times, oil is thicker than blood.
"If you've ever wanted to play a video game based on Kevin Costner's Waterworld, only without Kevin Costner being anywhere near it, you should check out upcoming strategy title Oil Rush" - Kotaku
"The game appears to be equal parts Waterworld and Command & Conquer, with a nice helping of Battleship and tower defense thrown into the mix for good measure" - Digital Trends
The digital release of PC version is planned for autumn 2011.
Oil Rush is powered by Unigine engine, a multi-platform (Windows / Linux / Mac OS X / PlayStation 3 / Android / iOS) real-time 3D engine which unleashes the ultimate power for creating interactive virtual worlds.
The same engine also powers a highly acclaimed Heaven DX11 Benchmark, which made a big name by showcasing the hottest DirectX 11 (as well as OpenGL 4) technologies with the breathtaking art content.
"When it comes to OpenGL engines on the Linux OS, we haven't been able to find one that fully utilizes the graphics card as well as Unigine. Even using the most modern hardware, Unigine still takes full advantage of all available computing power and delivers jaw-dropping results. This is the most advanced real-time 3D engine we have seen on Linux" - Michael Larabel, Executive Editor of Phoronix Media.
Unigine Corp. is an international company focused on top-notch real-time 3D technologies with its development studio located in Tomsk, Russia. For more than 6 years, the company delivers Unigine engine, a real-time 3D solution, that allows software developers to create not only games, but also interactive visualization, simulation and virtual reality systems.
The company has been Linux-friendly from the very start. Besides developing native Linux version of Oil Rush, it released advanced GPU benchmarks (Heaven, Tropics, Sanctuary) for Linux and has granted 3 free licenses for its engine to Linux indie game developers.