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Devolver Digital offers support for developers blocked from GDC

devolver digital submissions open for developers blocked from gdc

So #publisher Devolver Digital of Titan Souls, Broforce and the Hotline Miami series. While all of these titles are #available on Linux, Mac and Windows PC, #GDC has be a huge opportunity showcase their #games.
Since this support is being setup for this year’s Game Developers Conference. Some creators have been unable to attend due to the Trump administrations’ Muslim ban.

In a recent press release, Devolver outlines that they are accepting demo submissions.

Devolver Digital is now accepting submissions from creators and developers unable to attend this month’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco due to the recent ban on travel to the United States from certain foreign countries.

Devolver Digital will set up gaming PC’s and HTC Vive sets (if necessary) to demo games from developers affected by the ban in the nearby offsite location used by Devolver Digital during the conference.

So until February 20, applicable developers can submit their demo’s for GDC. Hence the San Francisco event set for February 27 – March 3 can submit via the publisher’s offsite ‘Devolver Underground’. Which is open February 27 through to March 1st, and likely to affect coming releases for Linux, Mac and Windows PC.

So this move by Devolver comes among a flood of support for refugees. While those affected by the U.S.’s sudden movement to block or limit immigration from certain countries. Many, including indie developer Rami Ismail, have spoken publicly against the ban. While others, like the creative team behind Kentucky Route Zero and Fez, have offered to convert game sales into donations. All going to the American Civil Liberties Union. The organization which has seen impressive support in the months following the November election.

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Typoman developers calling for native and SteamOS testers

typoman developers calling for beta testers on linux and steamos

So, as the the title indications, the #developers of Typoman are calling for Linux Beta Testers.

Since it took them quite a while this is the one final step in the process. If everything goes well, Typoman will #release for SteamOS and Linux on February 10th.

Brainseed Factory tested the game thoroughly on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS and the latest SteamOS. So the developers are not expecting any major bugs. But would appreciate your help in polishing the game before the release in February!

Beta testers inspired trailer:

Would you like to play the game for free on your system? Hence it should work on any Linux distribution newer than Ubuntu 12.xx.xx or compatible.

Please apply for beta testing via [email protected] asap!

About Typoman

Inspired by the life of devoted writers Typoman takes you on a journey to explore the power of words in the everlasting battle between good and evil. You slip into the role of a character made of letters, struggling to make your way through a dark and hostile world. Despite your small stature you have a powerful gift: You can craft words which will have an effect on the environment. But choose your words wisely – they can either be a blessing …or a curse

Typoman Features:

  • Wield the power of altering the world by by creating, changing or destroying words
  • Solve ingenious and challenging puzzles with a unique aesthetic mix of typography and pen & ink graphics
  • Captivating, carefully drafted, on-the-fly told story using witty word puzzles and puns
  • Surreal, atmospheric game world
  • Featuring Steam Trading Cards, Badges, Leaderboards and Achievements
  • Distinct soundtrack specifically composed for the game

So Brainseed Factory is an independent game studio based in Germany’s former capital city Bonn. The studio is founded by Bilal Chbib and is made up of 7 creative minds and gaming enthusiasts. Hence all of whom love playing but also creating unique memorable games. With Brainseed Factory’s debut title Typoman the studio managed to secure awards and nominations at industry events worldwide.

So again, feel free to contact the studio via [email protected] to jump into Typoman.

A couple of other posts worth checking out, Semispheres and getting votes in for BATTLECREW.

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Steam VR Vive showing signs of Linux support

Steam VR Vive showing signs of Linux support at dev days

Looking at that hefty stack of #Steam Controller‘s, it makes a person wonder just how much native support is going to be available at #DevDays?

Apparently further details of Linux and VR support have been cropping up on Twitter. Steam Dev Days has been kind to native support this week. As part of its annual effort to educate developers about PC gaming and Steam VR platforms.

Valve outlined that developers have published more than 10,000 titles on Steam for Windows, PC, Linux, and Mac over the past 10 years. A milestone, seeing only a little over 2,600 of those titles are available on Linux.

Steam VR support was brought to the gaming community just six months ago with the launch of the HTC Vive. And now Valve points out that developers have already published over 600 VR experiences via Steam. This also includes those using OpenVR.

However it seems there have been dev’s keen to make the VR transition to Linux, according to a couple of recent tweets:

It looks like Steam VR is being shown off for Linux via AltspaceVR:

A new Vive Controller is in the mix as well:

Valve’s two-day event features speakers from third parties and Valve, discussing local and long-term expansions for Steam. The new VR peripheral prototypes will available for demonstration and design collaboration for attendees.

Some of the featured content includes “VR content”, “Vulkan graphics”, “steam controler”, “building Unity games for Linux/SteamOS” and “the future of VR and PC games”.

The adoption of SteamVR Tracking does continue, there are over 300 licensees planning to incorporate the technology for entertainment VR, automotive, televisions, and toys. Many of these products will ship in 2017.

To learn more about what is happening in Steam Dev Days, check out the official website. Details right now seem viable, but we will keep on top of the Dev Days progress as more content is revealed.


CryEngine shows plans for Vulkan support

CryEngine show definite plans for vulkan api support

CryEngine release version shows hope for Linux users

According to recent #updates, the middle of October, #Crytek should be rolling Vulkan API support.

The roadmap has been released, including specific #details about the upcoming CryEngine 5.2 and 5.3.

Version 5.2 is set with DirectX 12 multi-GPU support, the complete DX12 renderer, then full C++11 support for engine code, possibly PhysX support and even more.

Now, with version 5.3 due out in mid-October, the developers have planned full support for the Vulkan API. Along with other graphics and rendering updates, audio improvements, sandbox enhancements and still more.

Hopefully by then we will see the release of Homefront: The Revolution on Linux, with Vulkan support.


Phantaruk survival-horror adventure hits Steam

phantaruk fps survival horror comingto linux and mac

Developed by #Polyslash and published by Playway, Phantaruk tells the chilling story of the vanished crew aboard a deserted research vessel somewhere in space…

Phantaruk combines survivalhorror with #adventure and #stealth mechanics. Expect true shivers down your spine as you fight for your life. You are the victim of experiments and suffer from the infection of a parasite attacking your body from the inside with deadly toxins. Your chances of survival glows slim as you investigate the mysterious ship with every passing minute. Only by finding and using medical syringes can you heal before it is too late. To make matters worse, a beast known from long-forgotten fables and ancient myths is roaming the ship spreading terror and death to anyone blocking its path.

Your task is to learn what happened on the ship and to find means of escape before deadly toxins drain your strength. Explore and survive dark corridors full of danger and recover notes left behind by the crew offering tips and insights to an exit. Progress with caution as evil moves in the shadows. Peek around corners, crawl through ventilation shafts, fight or flee when danger approaches, and be on a constant lookout for flashlight batteries…

What about a Linux release?

“Unity been chosen as the Phantaruk‘s engine. At the moment we are considering other versions. It all depends on how well the Windows version will be received by players and media. We will stay in touch and update you when decision will be finally taken.”

Typically, when we see releases such as Phantaruk, thist outlines the developers initial concerns, “how well received with the release be?”. This is not an uncommon practice, actually developers are more and sceptical about cross-platform releases when the development team is small.
But we know what you are thinking, it’s Unity, this should be a button press away from a Linux port, right?
It’s not that easy, the developers still has to test and support their release. Again, this goes back to that small development/support team.

We would suggest that you VOTE in the Steam Discussion.

Phantaruk is available now on STEAM for Windows PC with a 25% discount.