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Valve's SteamOS "encouraging" for indies, says Thomas Was Alone creator

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Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell has welcomed the announcement of SteamOS, calling it "encouraging" for indie developers.

Valve recently revealed that it will be launching the Linux-based operating system, which will be free and suited to living room machines.

'Volume' screenshot

© Mike Bithell

Bithell is following up 'Thomas Was Alone' with stealth game 'Volume'



Bithell explained to Digital Spy at Eurogamer Expo that porting games to Linux can often be tricky due to the need to support a wide variety of distros.

"What's great about SteamOS is, in theory, it's going to be pretty standardised," he said.

"Unlike Linux, where you could have distros messiness, with SteamOS, that solidifies into one version of the OS that makes testing a lot easier.

"It's encouraging. It's cool. It works for us, and I think a lot of games are going to go for it.

"Steam has proven that they're very, very good at selling indie games, so I have confidence. It's going to be interesting, and I'm probably going to be on it."

gameplay screenshot of Half-Life for PC

© Valve Corporation

The original 'Half-Life'



Bithell also speculated that Valve will provide a strong incentive for people to use SteamOS.

"I suspect they are going to come up with a clever way of making you want to install it," he commented.

"I'm pretty sure Half-Life 3 will be better on SteamOS than on any other platform. Or maybe an exclusive - that would be cheeky! But we'll see."

Valve also announced Steam Machines hardware, which will run SteamOS and be released in 2014, and unveiled the design of the Steam Controller.

Watch a trailer for Mike Bithell's Thomas Was Alone below:

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