Struggling publisher THQ is contemplating branching out into adding Linux support for its games.
Following on from the success of its Humble Bundle promotion which saw 885,000 pay-what-you-want deals shifting, THQ president Jason Rubin stated in a tweet that he 'got the message loud and clear' with regards to Linux and that the company is doing a cost-benefit analysis on the idea.
The THQ Humble Bundle promotion received a fair amount of flak due to the fact that the titles available were only redeemable through Steam and not available on Mac or Linux operating systems in the same way that previous indie Humble Bundles have been.
'There are vibrant communities of gamers using other operating systems besides the dominant one, and a company like THQ should not overlook them,' Rubin told Polygon.
The THQ Humble Bundle included Company of Heroes and its expand-alone Opposing Fronts, Red Faction: Armageddon, Darksiders, Metro 2033 and for buyers paying over the average price of $5.76, Saints Row: The Third, Titan Quest and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War. In a subsequent promotion, the company also decided to give away Metro 2033 for free to anyone who liked THQ's Facebook page.
THQ is not the only company turning its gaze toward Linux as a gaming platform. Valve has been working on a Linux version for its digital distribution service Steam and has also been developing a port of Left 4 Dead 2 that apparently runs faster under the alternative operating system than its Windows counterpart.
There has been speculation that following on from concerns about the closed nature of Windows 8, Valve might be considering investing a lot more time and money in Linux support.