CRYENGINE Update adds Vulkan API Support

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Since #CRYENGINE 5.4 Preview includes powerful and simple-to-use features. These include assets for artists, designers, and coders. Yet that’s not all CRYENGINE update 5.4 now includes Vulkan API support. So hopefully this will be a step toward #games with Linux ports and #Windows. Right off the top, Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Prey come to mind. Let alone Homefront The Revolution.

So CRYENGINE update 5.4 opened up preview access. Therefore the suite of major new features that will help developers achieve their vision. Makomg the ever-evolving engine even more accessible. The update is available right now on Github. Where users can also find the full update notes. While also accessing the development roadmap. Which is shaped in conjunction with the CRYENGINE community.
So keep in mind, the Github build does not show Linux native, yet more Windows support. Despite a few key features in the SDK.

Highlights in update 5.4:

Vulkan API Support: In 5.4 the engine includes a beta version of the Vulkan renderer to accompany the DX12 implementation from last year. Vulkan is a cross-platform 3D graphics and compute API. Which enables developers to take advantage of high-performance real-time 3D graphics. With balanced CPU / GPU usage. For the preview release, Vulkan support in CRYENGINE will be compatible for projects on PC. And the aim is to deploy additional Android support in future.

Substance Materials: Users can now use Substance Archive files (*.sbsar) to create Substance Graph instances for texture generation. This is a workflow which was used by Crytek’s development team during the production of the award-winning Robinson: The Journey as well as the current production Hunt: Showdown, and is now available to all users within the Sandbox Editor.

Entity Components: CRYENGINE’s new component entity system provides a modular and intuitive way to create games. It allows level designers to place standard prefabs into the game. which can be used via Schematyc for event updating. This expands the ways in which non-coders can simply and rapidly create entire games with CRYENGINE.

Templates:

C# Templates: Expanding the Launcher improvements, the engine now includes a selection of templates. Getting users up and running quickly. Several templates have been brought over and updated from the C++ template section. Including the Blank Plugin and a C# Third Person Template.

Terrain Upgrades: 5.4 expands the terrain system with upgrades to further raise the fidelity for landscapes. Objects may now be marked to become part of a terrain mesh. Allowing a much higher level of detail and dramatically extending the capabilities. And flexibility of CRYENGINE’s terrain editing tools. Developers can also take advantage of an improved terrain shader. This will support terrain object blending for blends between objects and the terrain with material falloff.

5.4 Feature – Terrain Blending

For full details on everything included in this expansive update, please visit www.cryengine.com and the full release notes contained in the documentation.

So we have reached out to Crytek for further details. Yet this CRYENGINE 5.4 Preview is a step in the right direction. For both Linux and even Windows. While involving more developers and community members to move Vulkan API forward over DX12. Stay tuned for more details.

Humble Saint’s Row Bundle launches (Linux)

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Since Deep Silver are back, the #HumbleSaintsRowBundle launches. While this mix of #games does includes Linux, #Windows and some Mac. This bundle of games offers a ridiculous amount of DLC. So for Linux, grab Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition, Homefront: The Revolution (coming soon) and the rest of the Saints Row series.
So to be completely fair, this is the better chance to pick up Homefront: The Revolution. Since the $15 tier offers a healthy selection of native gaming.

Pay what you want for games that normally cost $266 in total. Yet the Humble Bundle team let you choose the price. Although, I’m a bit partial to that $15 tier.

Plus, more games will be added to your bundle in the second week!

What’s in the Humble Saint’s Row Bundle?

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  • TIER 1: Pay $1 or more to get Risen 3: Titan Lords Complete Edition, Deadlight: Director’s Cut, Homefront and Saints Row 2 (Linux, Windows)
  • TIER 2 (almost all Linux): Beat the average price and also get Saints Row: The Third, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, Mighty No. 9, Killer is Dead – Nightmare Edition plus more games to be unlocked next week
  • TIER 3 (mostly all Linux): Top tier will cost you $15 but you get all the games from the previous tiers, plus Homefront®: The Revolution Standard Edition, Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package and Saint’s Row: Gat Out of Hell – Devil’s Workshop Pack

So all game keys are available to redeem on Steam. Since all of the games in this bundle are available for Windows. With some Linux too, including seven out of the thirteen titles. While Saints Row 2 and Saints Row: The Third are included DRM-free for Windows. Which might be a big deal if you like playing games in Wine. Or just beat the average and get into some Might No. 9 gameplay, if you do not own it.

As per usually Humble Saint’s Row Bundle launches with charity support. So you choose where the money goes. Whether between the publisher/developers and the Lions Club Reutte Ausserfern Tirol via the Tides Foundation. Therefore , if you like the bundle or like what they do, leave a Humble Tip too.

So go on and get Humble Saint’s Row Bundle available now for Linux, Mac and Windows.

Albion Online releases a Character Builder

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So just in time for the launch of #AlbionOnline last week. The #games developer Sandbox Interactive release the Character Builder on the official website. Bringing about a new level of customization across Linux, Mac and #Windows.

What’s this useful tool all about?

Since Albion Online features a class-free character system. The actual equipment combination defines which tasks the player is best setup for. So consequently, choosing the right equipment is decisive for success. Or the games failure.
So with the Character Builder, players can share their favorite combinations. Things includes weapons, armor, food and potions with the community. And players who are looking for the perfect equipment combination (the build) for upcoming tasks can find inspiration here. Additionally, players can also vote for the builds of other adventurers, so that popular and promising combinations can easily be detected. The Character Builder is divided into Solo and Group Builds as well as an Articles section.

  • Solo Builds are the core of the Character Builder. This is where the players showcase their favorite combinations for various tasks. Hence PvE or PvP combat, Gatherer, Ganker and other roles.
  • Group Builds put the focus on the setup of the group. Who is going to carry what equipment for the next Guild vs. Guild battle? Or whos is the next raid as roaming highwaymen? ­ The composition of the team and the synergies between the individual members play an important role.
  • Articles section holds all available guides and descriptions for all sorts of contingencies in the world of Albion Online. This is also where players can share their personal experience. While providing valuable input for other adventurers. Be it the best advice on building an efficient farm, the best spots for gathering resources. Or a complete overview of the most important features of the game for beginners.

The Character Builder is available on the website. To create builds and articles, players need an account and must own a Founder or Starter Pack. Since the launcher is available on Linux, Mac and Windows.

Tacoma release confirmed day-one support

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#Tacoma is a narrative adventure aboard a high-tech space station in 2088. Since the #games listing on Steam shows #Windows, Linux is also supported. Yet there is a reason for this. Steam apparently has a technical issue regarding the SteamOS icon and Linux. Even after the games launch on August 2nd, which will only show Windows.

Hey Todd,

We actually wanted to shoot you a note about Tacoma on Linux specifically that we would appreciate you communicating to your readers.

As stated and planned, Tacoma will be available for Linux on day one on Steam.

Unfortunately due to some last-minute technical issues with launching on SteamOS. The Steam store page for Tacoma will not show Linux with official support. But once purchased from Steam, you will in fact be able to download and play on Linux. And when we’re able to address these lingering technical issues, we’ll look forward to checking the official Linux support box on Steam!

So gameplay takes players about the space station in your mission. Tacoma is the facility’s digital surveillance system. Hence the captured 3D recordings of pivotal moments in the crew’s life on the station. There as you explore, echoes of these captured moments surround you. Players will have the ability to rewind, fast-forward, and move through these scenes. While examining events from every angle. Reconstructing the multi-layered narrative as you explore.

Tacoma is the next game from the creators of Gone Home. Carrying the tradition of detailed, immersive, and powerful storytelling. While pulling players deeper into the games narrative, than ever before.

Tacoma Features:

  • A Richly Layered Story Experience:
    Six crewmembers lived and worked on space station Tacoma. While forming relationships, experiencing love and loss, and facing crisis together. So discover not just what happened to these people. Yet what makes them who they are, through your role as an interactive investigator. The story is told through a series of fully voiced with animation. With interactive AR scenes, immersing you in the events.
  • Groundbreaking Multi-Path Story System:
    In each section of the station, player are surround themselves with digital representations of crewmembers. While following their own parallel story threads that diverge, recombine, and split off again. Rewind, fast-forward, and move through these scenes’ chronologies as they swirl around you. Your interactive tools allow you to discover the tightly-knotted narrative from every angle, and in every detail.
  • Deeply Interactive Gameworld:
    Explore Tacoma Station both physically and digitally. Unlock doors and drawers to find meaningful objects, notes, and physical artifacts, while simultaneously exploring extensive records of the crew’s digital communications and personal thoughts. Every facet of the crew’s experience on Tacoma is part of your investigation.
  • Vision of the Future:
    Experience life in the year 2088. Discover a rich fictional universe that depicts humanity’s expansion into low-Earth orbit and beyond. A deeply-imagined speculative vision of the near future from the award-winning story team behind Gone Home and BioShock 2: Minerva’s Den.

Fullbright studio visit – The Making of Tacoma:

  • Compact Narrative Game:
    Tacoma is set to take around 2 to 5 hours to complete. How deep you dig and how much detail you find is up to you. Tacoma is a non-combat, non-puzzle-focused game. The details of the story and game-world are there for you to discover at your own pace.

So if you’re eager to get into Tacoma gameplay. The games available now on Steam and GOG for Linux and Windows. Even though the listing does not show Linux support.

Sudden Strike 4 gets Day One Edition release

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Since the legendary World War II Real-Time-Strategy series, #SuddenStrike4 returns to #Windows PC. So now Kalypso Media are excited to show you the awesome bonuses that the physical “Day One Edition”. Showing off the retail features of Sudden Strike 4.

Acclaimed for his work on the Emmy award winning TV show Game of Thrones. While also including #games such as Killzone: Shadow Fall and Ryse: Son of Rome. The extremely talented artist, Robert Simon, has collaborated with Kalypso. All to further define Sudden Strike 4’s distinctive art style.

So the Day One Edition of Sudden Strike 4 will feature Mr. Simon’s work. Since this will be available in three World War II propaganda poster inspired oil paintings. All part of the in-box as reversible bonus covers. While each is themed after each of the three factions featured in Sudden Strike 4. These are the Western Allies, German and Soviet.

The Sudden Strike 4 Day One Edition for PC includes the ‘Battle of Kursk’ Skirmish map. Along with a digital artbook and a digital soundtrack. These bonuses are also available digitally via Steam for Linux, Mac and Windows. Additionally, there is currently a 15% pre-order discount available on Steam. Since this includes immediate access to both the beta test version of Sudden Strike 4. Along with the original Sudden Strike Trilogy. Steam customers can also download the free Sudden Strike Quiz app on Android and iOS devices to unlock further stackable pre-order discounts for a potential total of up to 25% off.

New Sudden Strike 4 Day One Edition Teaser Trailer:

Developed as a fully-fledged series entry and not a remake or reboot. Sudden Strike 4 takes players into three of the games extensive campaigns set amongst the battlefields of World War II. Commanding the British and American, German or Soviet armies. Players will lead over 100 different units into battle. This includes the German Heinkel He111 bomber and the Russian T-34 tank. Along with the British Hawker Typhoon fighter plane and notorious German Panzerkampfwagen VI “Tiger”.

Sudden Strike 4 is available via Steam with a 15% discount until August 11th. While the release will be available for Linux, Mac and Windows. Along with a bonus of the original Sudden Strike Trilogy.