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Total War Saga – Creative Assembly’s new game

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Creative Assembly have shared initial plans for a new class of historical Total War game. While games launch will be under the badge of “A #TotalWarSaga”. Since there is no mention of Linux, Mac or #Windows support. The #games details are still limited, so be patient.

Therefore, this new spin-off series will arrive with gamers. Before the next major historical release in the franchise. While Creative Assembly are promising a busy time for historical strategy fans.

In a blog post on totalwar.com , Jack Lusted, Game Director of the first forthcoming Total War Saga title, explains what fans can expect from this new class of Total War game. Building on previous titles, Total War Saga will centre on pivotal flashpoints in those eras, such as civil wars, renowned conquests and political upheavals.

When we talk about games based around these moments in history that lasted months or years. we don’t mean short Total War games. They’ll have a narrower focus. But they will still be the epic sandboxes players are familiar with. Again, Fall of the Samurai is a perfect example of this. The period covered in that game was compressed down to a few months. But a lot happened within those months. Future Total War Saga games may also cover time periods that short where a lot happens. While others may cover conflicts spanning a couple of decades but still focused on a single geographic area.

To help show the kind of scale we’re talking about. The game that I’m currently working on has a map that is comparable in gameplay size to Total War: ATTILA (Linux, Mac, Windows). But focused on a smaller geographic area. And the campaign will take as long to complete as any other Total War title does. Focusing on a single geographic location in this way. Allows us to go into greater detail with the period and setting.

We’ll announce it properly in the next few months. But I can say that it’s another spiritual follow-up to Total War: ROME II. Like Total War: ATTILA, and moves the time period forward in much the same way. It’s great being able to build on and optimise the tech and the content from those games. Like the work we did on ATTILA with Age of Charlemagne. Especially for a moment in history we’ve not spent enough time with yet as a studio.

Similar in scope and focus to Fall of The Samurai, the best-selling standalone follow-up to SHOGUN II, the first Total War Saga will continue on from ROME II and ATTILA, presenting a thrilling new challenge in a focussed geographical area.

For more details on the first Total War Saga, read Jack’s blog-post. Since Creative Assembly are not giving away any details for Linux, Mac or Windows. At least not just yet.

Thimbleweed Park big content update hits Steam

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So in a town like #ThimbleweedPark, a dead body is the least of your problems. Especially since the #games received a big content update. While the new version is available now on Steam, along with a Summer Sale discount. While also including support for Linux, Mac and #Windows.

Check out below and the tell-all blog post from designer Ron Gilbert for more details.

New In-Game Hint Line

Before there were walkthroughs and Let’s Plays, there were telephone hint lines: 1-900 numbers you could call when you were desperately stuck in an adventure game. They cost $2 per minute. Mom and Dad were not thrilled when the phone bill showed up. Ahh, the good old days.

Today Thimbleweed Park brings back this classic feature with the HintTron 3000. Dial 4468 (HINT) from any in-game phone to get context-sensitive hints for the part where you’re stuck. No more quitting out of the game to find a walkthrough! No more banging your head against the wall! Best of all, the HintTron 3000 is absolutely free — no outrageous phone bills from MMucasFlem!

More Chatter

With 16,000 lines of dialogue and 47 speaking roles, Thimbleweed Park was never skimpy in the voice department. But why stop there? As of today’s update, the four living main characters have even more to say!

Thimbleweed Park‘s lead actors recently returned to the studio to record a bunch of new conversations amongst themselves. Now when two playable characters are sharing the screen, they can talk to each other instead of awkwardly standing around. Why? Because enough players asked for it and the team thought it was a good idea. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

So normally the games priced at $19.99 USD. Thimbleweed Park is discounted for $15.99 as part of the Summer Sale on Steam. And since the games available for Linux, Mac and Windows too.
Therefore through to July 5, save 20% on the game called “deep and memorable,” by IGN,. While it’s “a joy to play,” by Game Informer and “one of the best games of 2017” by Ron Gilbert’s mom.

Hellion releasing new content update 0.2

Hellion releases new content update 0.2 in 2017 gaming

Since independent developer #ZeroGravity are back in #gaming news. Since announcing their first-person space survival multiplayer title Hellion. Which is getting its biggest update yet on June 22nd (Linux coming later in #2017). The update 0.2 will include many new features and content. Since the community has been requesting changes for Hellion.
So ever since the Steam Early Access launch earlier this year. We can now see the first comprehensive tutorial, female character option, new weapons and more.

Watch Hellion gameplay trailer showcasing main update 0.2

“We have addressed the issues raised by the players and critics. So we are proud to announce the upcoming Hellion update 0.2”, said Marko Smiljanic, Creative Director at Zero Gravity. “Along with improved navigation, enhanced flight systems and overall optimization. The new update will bring additional content such as a loot distribution system. While dividing the solar system into civilian, industrial and military zones. As well as an elaborate security system including authorization. Plus a locking and unlocking system with defense turrets”.

Therefore, to prepare for Hellion update 0.2. Developer Zero Gravity are working on game optimization and stability. Including enhanced survival gameplay mechanics and better navigation and flight systems. So the updated build will include a lot of new items and inventory changes. Due to more weapons, doomed outposts as world events, improved ship and station customization. The new content should add multiple hours of gameplay. Both for existing and new players alike.

Since I haven’t played Hellion for a while, but these new changes are a fine tease. Ideally gameplay improvements, new content and features, yes indeed. Which is only available on Windows for the time being. And while we wait for a Linux release, it’s coming later in 2017. We’ll have more details as they become available.

So if you’re interested in diving into some Hellion gaming. Check out Steam and Humble Store, priced at $24.99 USD.

Wartile tabletop RTS gets Major Update

Wartile tabletop inspired RTS gets major update for windows and the games linux build comes later

Since indie development team Playwood Project Wartile, it has captured our attention. While the game is a visually stunning medieval real time strategy game. Now having a major update release for this #UnrealEngine4 title. Currently on Early Access for #Windows PC’s. Hence allowing players to take on the digital diorama-themed Battle boards. Which now sees its first major content update in the form of Adventure Pack 0.5.

The Linux release:

According to the #games developer Playwood Project, their ultimate goal is to release a Linux and Mac version. It won’t be for the Early Access stage of the product because they don’t know what effect that will have on the current pipeline. But it’s very much on their agenda.

“This latest update and content package is considerably bigger than Which represents the core of the feedback and work we’ve been doing on Wartile since Early Access,” said Michael Rud Jakobsen, Founder and Creative Director of Playwood Project. “Since this Adventure Pack also introduces a new skirmish mode. We’re very excited to reveal a whole new Battleboard. While in addition to a new mission titled ‘Thors Wrath’. An updated UI and reworked art for the card system. As we strive to continually enhance the overall player experience.”

Wartile – Early Access Launch Trailer (Windows):

So this major update also includes the new ‘Trail of Tyr’ skirmish game mode. Which will test players’ combat prowess against waves of attackers. The Adventure Pack 0.5 adds a female Viking archer to the games ranks. While providing a whole new tactical edge to combat and a much sought after community request. ‘Thor’s Wrath’ is an exciting new mission variant due to the games new challenges. Where players embark on the search for ancient relics. All connected to Viking Mythology in a revisit to the Heidrun Clan. Trail of Tyr now takes the available number of playable Battleboards in Wartile to 8. With more coming in forthcoming updates.

Other updates and tweaks include brand new art for Ability and Godly cards. which have been revamped with new art and coloured markings so players can distinguish them more clearly. Poisonous toad dust bombs have also been added to the player’s arsenal of deadly assets and, for those keen to get up close and personal, the Viking headbutt will allow players to stun opponents during an attack. Oil Bombs now provide a short based range attack to engage in full on Viking arson, and no Viking rampage would be complete without the healing benefits of alcohol – flasks of medieval Mead can now be consumed by your Viking to provide a small recovery to health.

While we see a major update. Hence there will be a 10% discount on Steam for Windows PC’s. Which will also coincide with this latest June update. And expect to see the native Linux release closer to full release. Yet we have yet to test Wartile in Wine.

Hollow Knight 2D platformer in testing for a Linux release

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The epic 2D #action #adventure Hollow Knight made gaming news upon the release late last month. Hence the #launch and debut on Windows PC, with a promise of a Linux build.

Mandate of Heaven expansion announced for Europa Universalis 4

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While dynasties come and dynasties go, but China is eternal. An unbroken chain stretches through the millennia, and now this mantle lies on your shoulders. Rest secure in the Forbidden City, husbanding your power for the storms you know are #coming. Your neighbours will kowtow and bring tribute to your palace. Does anyone dare #challenge you, the heir to the Mandate of Heaven via Linux, Mac and Windows PC?

Mandate of Heaven is the newest #expansion to Europa Universalis IV gaming since Rights of Man and the previous free DLC. Hence the renowned historical grand-strategy game from Paradox Development Studio. Mandate of Heaven enhances the gaming experience for playing the major nations of East Asia. Especially Ming China, Japan, and the Manchu tribes.

So one of the centrepieces of Mandate of Heaven is managing the Celestial Empire. Since the Holy Roman Empire has been handled in Europa Universalis IV. While you increase the power of your mandate by commanding tribute, then use your mandate to reform the imperial system. Hence strengthening your grip on the Middle Kingdom and the continent as a whole. Therefore, embrace the meritocracy of China’s civil service to pass decrees that meet your empire’s immediate needs. Can you hold off challengers to your claim?

Mandate of Heaven’s features include:

  • Ages and Golden Eras: Earn perks in four historical ages for meeting specific goals, building up to declaring your nation’s single Golden Era – 50 years of prosperity and power.
  • Meritocracy: The Chinese emperor can hire good advisors more cheaply, keeping the empire functional no matter who rules.
  • Tributaries: Some Asian nations can demand that weaker powers pay an annual tribute, whether in gold, manpower or monarch points.
  • Manchu Banners: Manchu provinces can provide cheap and effective Banner armies drawn from the traditional tribe system.
  • Japanese Shogunate: Compel the loyalty of your daimyos with new interactions that require them to submit to your authority, contribute to your power or even commit seppuku
  • Diplomatic Macrobuilder: Common diplomatic actions are now easily available from the macrobuilder interface.
  • New Events and Decisions: Most of these new systems are connected to new event series or decisions, enhancing your historical immersion.

Mandate of Heaven will also ship alongside new Content Packs fitting the theme of the expansion, with new unit designs for many of the East Asian powers and other updated army models.

Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven will available soon on Steam and at the Paradox Store. Since the expansion will be available for Linux, Mac and Windows PC.

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Galaxy of Pen and Paper RPG announced from Behold Studios

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#BeholdStudios, the creators of Knights of Pen and Paper and Chroma Squad. So now the studio #announced an all #newgame, Galaxy of Pen and Paper. While the game will release in – and take place in – the future. Still built completely from scratch using handmade pixels and original artisanal code. Galaxy of Pen and Paper is a role-playing game (RPG) inspired by classic tabletop games. Hence this will include all of the character customization, die-rolling, and bickering with the GM that players love. Galaxy of Pen & Paper, which is both developed and published by Behold Studios. So the game will release in 2017 for Linux, Mac and Windows PC.

Galaxy of Pen and Paper teaser trailer:

In Galaxy of Pen and Paper, players will assemble a customized party of sci-fi characters. While then controlling them alongside the in-game Game Master on a quest for adventure, loot, and plenty of laughs. This all-new game will include spaceship battles, a new combat system, planetary exploration, stories with multiple decisions, and more new features than can fit in the known universe. Galaxy of Pen & Paper is developed and published by Behold Studios, the original creators of the critically acclaimed Knights of Pen & Paper.

    Assemble the party of your choice, picking your players, races and classes! Unlock new content with the blood, sweat, and luck of your party’s ingenuity and dice rolls!
    Will your party include a Slayer Simian Savage or a Thinker Green Medtech? Customize everything from your battle encounters to your Game Master’s table!
    Gather your adventurers and travel trough a galaxy of pen and paper, and discover the newest threat as they leave Earth. All the fun of a pen and paper RPG with none of the lost dice!
    Prepare to be amazed with so much new things! Spaceship battles, stories with multiple decisions, sci-fi classes and races, side-way battles, planet navigation and exploration, and of course, traveling through space and time!

For more information about Galaxy of Pen and Paper, visit the official webiste.


Star Citizen succeeds $141 Million in funding and 2017 plans

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So the highest #crowdfunded #spacegame Star Citizen is back in the news. While the developer have announced their change to the Lumberyard game engine. Since the New Year kicks off with a big number $141 million. Hence this is how much funding the ambitious title has brought in from its backers.

While developer Cloud Imperium Games boss Chris Roberts released a “Happy New Year” statement. Where he talks about some of the plans for Star Citizen in 2017.

So Roberts started off outlining efforts to refine and enhance the game’s engine, Lumberyard. Which we are keen to see these changes, namely that Linux support. Since moving on from Crytek’s CryEngine and using Amazon’s engine.

Roberts goes on say that it’s great to see the positive reaction to Star Citizen’s Alpha 2.6 release. While adding that there are plans in place for another update to this update. Update 2.6.1. will contain some features that “slipped out of 2.6,” as well as bug fixes and more. Big news since the alpha 2.0 release back in 2015.

So read Roberts’ complete statement below (at DualShockers):

There are many exciting things in store for Star Citizen this year. We’ll continue to modify and improve our game engine to better suit Star Citizen’s unique needs. Gameplay will get deeper as new systems come online to provide players the chance to do more than pew-pew. I also expect exciting advancements as we integrate our revolutionary tech, like subsumption and procedural planets, into the game. On the Community front, we’ll be releasing Spectrum, our new and improved community platform, and revamping our current shows and adding new ones in an effort to best communicate with all of you.

This week Star Citizen devs got back to work after some much deserved time off. Presently the Production Team is huddled with the different team leads updating and detailing out the tasks we have for this year. You’ll begin to see some of these details once we’ve had the opportunity to refine the Star Citizen and Squadron 42 schedules.

We were happy to see positive feedback from the Alpha 2.6 release. Impressed by the number of stunning videos and images being created with the new camera controls. Digesting both our own and your thoughts on Alpha 2.6 now that it has been live for two weeks. We are planning releasing an incremental patch, 2.6.1 with some of the features that slipped out of 2.6, bug fixes for increased stability (although 2.6 was possibly our most stable patch to date) as well as continued balance and gameplay tweaks. Expect to hear more details on timing in the next couple of weeks.

2016 was a noteworthy year in Star Citizen’s development. 2017 with Squadron 42 and Alpha 3.0 is looking to be even better.


LiquidSky introduces free Ultra Performance PC gaming on Linux

liquidsky introduces free ultra Performance pc gaming on linux

LiquidSky — a first of its kind Gaming-as-a-Service (GaaS) #platform. While unique this solves the biggest hurdles previous #cloudgaming platforms faced in 2013. Such as high latency, high cost, limited scalability and a finite catalogue of supported games.

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Since holding its inaugural CES keynote on January 6th, 2017 in Las Vegas. LiquidSky announced a number of new services, new products and significant enhancements. Since their already industry-leading platform makes it possible to play any PC title. While this can be an indie game to AAA blockbuster — on Android, Mac, Linux and even low-spec Windows devices. LiquidSky will gain significant new functionality and features. Including an all-new free-to-play model. Since this effectively introduces high-end PC gaming at no cost to gamers worldwide beginning March 2017.

Game suggestions from the Steam Winter Sale

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So here are the new laptop, desktop game suggestions #available the Steam Winter Sale. Now that you have Linux installed, what are you going to play? While you now have a gaming powerhouse beast there’s a lot to choose from. Here are a few of our favourite picks.

Best desktop applications for Linux gaming available today

best desktop applications for Linux gaming available today

So maybe you have a new desktop or #gaming laptop for Christmas? Probably coming with a new installation of Windows, but you want to #install your favourite Linux distro. Hence the new lightning fast hardware is lacking some must-have #applications upon install. So we have included the best desktop applications for linux gaming. Some of these are obvious, things like like Steam and Google Chrome.

Since there are plenty of other everyday programs that deserve to be on your system. We are going to give a brief overview of the programs we suggest as the best desktop applications for linux gaming. Then we will throw in a couple more of our go-to apps.

Here are the best desktop applications for linux gaming

Web browsers

Google Chrome – The obvious choice, but Firefox already comes with most every distro.

Slimjet – Hence, if you are looking for something more secure. Maybe not the ultimate but better security to browse the internet with some very apt features. You can check out for yourself here. And we suggest running the browser in Private Browsing mode.

Vivaldi – Now, if you are someone who likes watching livestreams and gameplay videos. Vivaldi is where it’s at. The hardware acceleration and overall performance is definitely ideal. Which you can download here.


Skype – As much as we hate to admit it, Skype improves the user experience. We should probably have it to chat with your parents, significant other or fellow gamers. The Skype of Linux Alpha is still the better choice. Unless you want to go old school, then the old classic version is still there.


7-Zip – Zip or unzip anything you throw at it. Free and lightweight and it’ll never bug you to pay for it. Just install the “p7zip” or “p7zip-full” in your package manager.


VLC – VLC can play anything and is a reliable all-around media player. We have another media player recommendation below, too.

Spotify – (Optional) If you’re a subscriber, might as well grab the desktop app for Linux (Debian package).

Online storage

Dropbox – You most likely have a Dropbox account for quickly moving files between systems. Grab it here.

Image Editing

GIMP – Since this the runner-up to Photoshop. GIMP is still a great free tool for editing and image modification. Which should already be available in your package manager.


Steam – Get your game on. We already know what it is and how it works. So needless to say, this will be one of the first few apps to install on Linux.

Itch – So if you are a deep into the Indie scene or just keen to creative new titles. Then it will be a good ideal to install the Itch.io installer for Linux.


Discord has become a go-to chat client over this past year, with a very solid Linux test build. Making it easy to join channels with a quick invite link and chat, via desktop application or a web client. Plus it is completely free, hosted on remote servers instead of your own PC. Since it keeps getting better social integrations and other features every month. The Linux Game Consortium channel is another cool place to hang out.


So the applet makes your screen look orange and weird. But stick with f.lux for a few days. Then you will wonder how you stare at the eye-searing LCD without it. The application does help prevent headaches and improves your quality of sleep. Which really is true. f.lux automatically color tints your monitor as the sun sets to mimic natural lighting. Hence this kicks in towards the end of the work day. Therefore warming the typical LCD white-blue to be much easier on the eyes.


Star Citizen switches game engines and moves to Lumberyard

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So Star Citizen the upcoming space sim for Linux and Windows PC is getting a change. Hence the developers, #CloudImperiumGames are switching to a new #engine after four years of #development.

While this is the spiritual successor to the Wing Commander Series. Star Citizen is switching from CryEngine by Crytek to Lumberyard by Amazon. Therefore singleplayer mode, Squadron 42 will also be s.itching to the new game engine.

Star Citizen created to combine multiple video game genres.  This includes space trading and combat simulator. Together with first-person shooter elements all set in a massively multiplayer online game. According to a Polygon post, “Lumberyard provides groundbreaking technology features for online games. Because we share a common technical vision, it has been a very smooth and easy transition to Lumberyard.” According to Chris Roberts, the studio head and creative lead for Star Citizen.

Star Citizen Alpha 2.6

The success of the crowdfunding pushed developer Cloud Imperium Games to make Star Citizen. The Alpha 2.6 is now available. Since Star Citizen Alpha 2.6 is the first release to feature “Star Marine”. This is the first-person shooter component of the game. Plus this adds several new additions to the game, a Pirate Swarm mode in Arena Commander and the updated menu system.

There are also two competitive multiplayer modes: everyone-for-themselves and a Battlefield-style capture-and-hold. The first person animations and third person cameras have also seen an upgrade. Yet the game has not been tuned as Cloud Imperium has promised for the new features over the years.

So Lumberyard provides ground-breaking technology for online games. A solid backend integration with Amazon Web Services. Plus a social component using the streaming platform Twitch.
It should be interesting to see how it runs on Linux. Seeing that Lumberyard does not support the platform yet.


SteamWorld new game and massive Steam discounts – Linux, Mac, PC

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So Image and Form wanted to send a shout out to everyone in thanks. Hence another a great year for Linux, Mac and PC gaming. Of course this also comes with the introduction of a brand new game. Yes another title is being added to the SteamWorld series.

We just wanted to thank you for this year and wish you a great 2017. We’ve lots of amazing surprises in store for fans next year, with the biggest being a brand new entry in the SteamWorld series!

We talk more about our plans for 2017 (including new games, PAX East and more) in this video. Consider it your Holiday greeting card:

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from all of us at Image & Form Games!

While the Ambassador program is clearly making a return. Hence allowing players to get into gameplay early with some exclusive content.
But we were seriously hoping to see a sneak peak of the new game. Yet there seems to be possible slip in the video, a mention of “SteamWorld Tower Defense” (at 5:20). Could it be??

SteamWorld Heist (Linux, Mac, Windows PC), you command a steam-driven pirate crew in a series of epic tactical shootouts. It’s turn-based strategy with a twist: You manually aim the guns of your robots, allowing for insane skill shots and bullet-bouncing action!

SteamWorld Dig (Linux, Mac, Windows PC) is a platform mining adventure with strong Metroidvanian influences. Take the role of Rusty, a lone mining steambot, as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Dig your way through the old earth, gaining riches while uncovering the ancient threat that lurks below…

Also, Image and Form have also discounted both Steamworld Heist and Dig in the Steam Winter Sale.


Night in the Woods developer releases a new trailer

night in the woods developer releases new trailer

Since Night in the Woods is getting closer to #release for Linux, Mac and Windows PC. Developer Infinite Fall consequently released a new trailer for the upcoming #adventure #platformer.

Night in the Woods Story

While college dropout Mae Borowski returns home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. Seeking to resume her aimless former life and therefore reconnect with the friends she left behind. But things aren’t the same. Home seems different now and her friends have grown and changed. Leaves are falling and the wind is growing colder. Strange things are happening as the light fades.

And there’s something in the woods:

Night in the Woods is an adventure game focused on exploration, story and character. While featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world. Since the successful Kickstarter the game being made by Infinite Fall. A rather dedicated team of Alec Holowka (Aquaria), Scott Benson (Late Night Work Club) and Bethany Hockenberr.

Therefore, from the trailer above. The gameplay looks intriguing, while mixing in different genre’s. Yet involving a great deal of exploration, meeting other characters and working your way through the main story.
So if you want to explore the Night in the Woods universe, check out Lost Constellation on Itch. This should give some insight into the environement. While remaining, spoiler free.

In 2017 join Mae on a trip through her hometown and into the dark on the other side. Coming to Steam for Linux, Mac and Windows PC on January 10th.

System Requirements:

  • Processor: Intel Dual-Core
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
  • Storage: 8 GB available space


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