Nuclear Dawn : Nicholas Hastings Interview.

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Introduction

I met Nicholas Hastings on steam right after he posted the famous screen shots of Nuclear Dawn running on Linux. Ever since then we have been talking and building a friendship. When he is not programming he like to kick back on Steam like the rest of us. Nicholas is has a very down to earth personality and has been working super hard to bring Nuclear Dawn to Linux so I asked him to stop working on the Beta (I know, you can hate me later) and do an “Official” interview with me. I hope you learn a lot about what Nicholas’s job and when you see him in Nuclear Dawn give him a proper death of respect(Headshot).

UltimooreHey Nicholas, For those who do not know you what is your name and what is your involvement with Nuclear Dawn?

Nicholas

My name is Nicholas Hastings. I joined the InterWave Studios team early last year and worked on the majority of the post-release updates for Nuclear Dawn, as well as the game Dark Matter (which also runs on Linux).

UltimooreWhen were you brought in to bring Nuclear Dawn to Linux?

Nicholas

InterWave Studios and I parted ways a few months ago, but I had a standing opportunity to port Nuclear Dawn to linux once the required resources were available. With Nuclear Dawn being on a variant of Valve Software’s Source Engine, we were waiting for the base engine to be ported. We received everything that we needed from them sometime last month, which is when I started the port.

Main Menu

Main Menu

Loading screen

Loading screen

UltimooreHas there been any challenges to bringing Nuclear Dawn to Linux?

Nicholas

Not particularly. Much of our game code was already running on Linux dedicated servers. There were some platform-specific bits in our client code, but most not taken care of by the updated engine code where just a matter of flipping on Mac-specific pieces for Linux as well. If anything, most trouble encountered was due to existing issues that just by luck happened to not affect the other platforms.

UltimooreWhat is your experience with Linux?

Nicholas

I’ve primarily only dealt with Linux on servers (for which it’s great). Like many others, I have toyed with it as a desktop OS on occasion, but it was inconvenient to use as a primary system. Things are definitely getting better on that front.

UltimooreHow big is the team for bringing Nuclear Dawn to Linux?

Nicholas

It’s just me, and only part time. I have moved on to other things, but wanted to make sure that this happened to possibly expand the player base, and InterWave wanted to make good on their promise of it.

UltimooreFrom a programmer standpoint do you see a future in game development on Linux? Was it easy or difficult to work with overall?

Nicholas

As more game engines support Linux natively, such as Source and Unity, I think that developers will have to worry less and less about platform-specific issues and can put more focus on the game itself. Even for development on custom engines, libraries like OpenGL and SDL cause many things to Just Work everywhere.

Let get it on!!

Let get it on!!

UltimooreIn the Steam forums some players wanted to know if Interwave Studios would make Co-op maps (your team vs A.I) and if they would be considered in the near future, Has this been talked about by the team?

Nicholas

There isn’t any official support for this planned right now, but I believe that there is a map-maker in the community that is attempting to tackle something similar.

UltimooreWhen the beta is over, will the game servers be cross-platform or will Linux gamers only play with Linux gamers?

Nicholas

Everything is cross-platform. Windows, Mac, and Linux users will all be together on the Windows and Linux servers.

UltimooreWhat class do you play the most in Nuclear Dawn?

Nicholas

It varies quite a bit. I make situational picks depending on what the team is currently lacking. If we’re already well-balanced, I typically go Assault to run-and-gun while capturing or defending resource points.

UltimooreIs there anything else you want Linux gamers to know before you go?

Nicholas

Enjoy the game, and others that are coming in your future. With the upcoming SteamOS and more game studios seeing Linux as a serious platform, more native ports are sure to come, as well as games having Linux support at launch.

UltimooreThanks so much Nicholas for taking time out of programming to talk to me. And wish you nothing but the best in the future.

I would be very surprised if you have not already bought Nuclear Dawn on Steam. But if you have not already got the game I have provided a link below. Game On.

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