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Forts physics-based RTS possible Linux release

forts physics-based rts could see a linux release in gaming news

In gaming news, the latest #physicsbased #RTS by developer EarthWork Games released Forts. Where players construct custom bases. While arming them with a cutting-edge arsenal to blast their enemies headquarters. Currently #available now on Windows via Steam and the Humble Store.

So naturally, we are keen to know if a Linux build is coming. Gameplay of the new Forts release looks like a blend of Poly Bridge and the classic Tanks game. Here’s what EarthWork Games had to say about Linux:

“Hi Todd,

Thanks for your email. Forts uses a custom game engine written for the purpose in C++ and Lua.
A Linux port is not out of the question, but due to our limited resources we are already stretched thin supporting Windows.”

Since this is not a formal No, we are likely to see a native Linux port at some point. And as a small studio, there is a challenge supporting multiple platforms at launch. Yet EarthWork Games are using their own custom game engine. Which is somewhat rare these days. But Forts actually started off as a hobby project, which evolved into it’s current full release.

So gaming in Forts is about base building and real-time combat. Hence using the classic cartoon artillery strategy formula of the 90’s. While the player has to manage resources to develop tech-trees. Unlocking bigger and better weapons for their essential to construct a dominant base. Selecting one of nine commanders, each bringing special abilities that best fit particular strategies. Hence turning the tide of a battle.

Gameplay holds up to 8 players to enter a battle together. This works in either LAN or online multiplayer. Since this works by teaming up and sharing resources in co-op multiplayer or going solo in Team Deathmatch. While latecomers can drop in and take over from the A.I. Then observe the destruction raining down on friends.

Forts Features

  • Build forts of any size and shape, as you fight.
  • Up to 8 players in online multiplayer with co-op and team death match.
  • 28 mission single-player campaign.
  • Challenging skirmish mode.
  • Unlockable tech-tree.
  • Ten unique weapons.
  • Three factions.
  • Powerful replay system.
  • Built-in level editor.
  • Designed from the ground up to support mods.
  • English, French, German, Spanish and Russian
  • Alternative keyboard and custom key bindings

So the singleplayer comes with a 28-mission campaign. All following Earth’s three remaining factions in their final battle for the world’s resources. Skirmish mode pits players against AI opponents. Hence classic and pre-built battles, with custom maps and mods made by the community.

“We’ve packed Forts full of features. Providing countless hours of entertainment that can be enjoyed alone or with friends,” says Tim Auld, founder of EarthWork Games. “This is our love letter to the games we grew up playing. Combining all of their different elements to deliver a truly one-of-a-kind experience.”

So there you have it, Forts gaming is available now on Steam and the Humble Store. Since we don’t know when physics-based RTS will release for Linux. Stay tuned for more news.

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