BUTCHER loses native support due to Unity 3D

bitcher loses linux support due to Unity 3D update

BUTCHER loses Linux support anymore due to Unity 3D update. So for those of you who play this fast-paced 2D shooter. And appreciate the blood-soaked love letter to the cult classics of the genre. This is a very sad announcement via Steam.

BUTCHER loses Linux support (Unity 3D):

“Sadly, BUTCHER spontaneously stopped working on Linux. The most likely cause seems to be some incompatibility between the old Unity 5.6 Linux builds and new GPU drivers.

Since moving the codebase to a newer Unity version is potentially a titanic task. Including testing, debugging, and hair-pulling. And the sole programmer of the game is working in another project to keep him afloat. We request the game to be whitelisted as fully compatible with the new Steam Play feature.

Before it’s officially accepted, you can try it now yourself and hopefully enjoy your game working on Linux again!”

Since this is indeed sad news for BUTCHER and players. It’s interesting to note the “incompatibility” problem with Unity 3D. And how the “titanic task” of using the new Unity 3D version becomes an issue. Since this is the game engine that typically makes porting games to Linux easier. Aside from games like Subnautica where developers modify the engine to the point of not being able to port. Developer Transhuman Design also goes on to explain releasing source code.

Legally, releasing the source code is still out of question (at least for now). Since the game sells well enough on other platforms (consoles) and maintained by third-party companies there. Most people playing the game on PC seem to have problems on Linux and we have to provide a quick way to make them be able to play the game. Sorry for your inconvenience, but I suggest you give Proton a chance since it’s just using a different piece of software. Alternatively, if Proton just doesn’t work for you, use a DRM-free version of the game instead.

BUTCHER Official Trailer (Linux, Mac, Windows)


  • Ultra-violent uncompromising carnage in the spirit of Doom and Quake (chainsaw included)
  • Release your inner artist, paint the walls with (permanent) blood. With up to 4 million pixels available to paint each level
  • Use the environment (saws, hooks, lava pits, animals and other) to brutally dispose of your enemies
  • Put your reflex and patience to the ultimate test
  • Choose from an array of weapons (featuring classics like chainsaw, railgun and the deadly grenade launcher)
  • Adorn more than 20 levels with the insides of your enemies

There are also other developers doing something similar. Since Proton support is a thing and it means not having to issue a full port. And I’m also guilty of posting games that have Gold or Platinum support via Steam play. So here’s hoping for the best and that Linux support improves. While it’s still a disappointment to see that BUTCHER now loses it’s Linux build.

BUTCHER is available for $9.99 USD on Steam, Humble Store and GOG. Which still includes support for Linux, as well as Mac and Windows. Also, “the GOG linux build will remain untouched.”

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