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Ryan “Icculus” Gordon next new games to port

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Since Ryan “Icculus” Gordon is back in the news. While the latest Twitter post highlights the demand to port more games to Linux. So yes, this is not new news. But the more impressive feature, Icculus is getting some solid support via Patreon. Well he is the man maintaining development tools like SDL 2. And yet eager to get more action given all the financial backing. So it’s time to parooze that Steam Wishlist.

I can’t believe how many people have shown up in the last 24 hours! There’s a ton of really good suggestions in the Patreon thread, in my Twitter mentions, my inbox, on Reddit…

I’m starting to build my _own_ wishlist from all these wishes I’m reading, and even made an initial pitch to a developer last night. We’ll see where it goes. There’s still so many responses from all of you to sort through, developers to contact, and work to be done!

I’m really overwhelmed by all this. Not just the money–which I genuinely appreciate!–but all the stories of games that are so loved and are _this close_ to coming to Linux. We’re all going to move this forward a little. We’re all gonna make a few dreams come true.

While having some solid work with Crytek, Valve, even Epic games and Activision. And quiet honestly, I’ve always found Icculus to be the go-to when it comes to porting games to Linux. Since he is not keeping to just one game engine, such as Unity 3D. And I’ll admit, I’ve referred a few developers to him in the past.

So what games would you suggest Icculus to port?

So the initiative is real. Yet what games would I like to see on Linux. Let’s start with Dishonored 2, Skyrim, Prey, wishful thinking but GTA V.

Therefore, if you are a developer or know developers eager to port their game. Now is the time to get Ryan “Icculus” Gordon into the mix. All of the contact information is available via the Icculus official website.
Find the game on Steam, hit the link for “Visit the website”. Look for hit up the developers Twitter and get @icculus in the tweet.

Enclave Linux Public Beta now live on Steam

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Enclave, the third-person #classic #action #RPG recently issued news of a coming Linux port. So much so that the Public Beta is now live on Steam, according to the recent update.

The people of Light and Darkness are divided by a bottomless rift that split the earth many millennia ago. The lands of light are an Enclave of truth and order surrounded by the twisted and barren lands of the dark, known as the Outlands. Over the centuries the rift has started to close…

And now it is only a matter of time before the forces of Light and Darkness will clash in an unprecedented, merciless struggle for survival!
Remember… When a storm comes up, for some it’s better to keep out of its way… while for others it’s time to block its path!

Go ahead and enter a new world, the award-winning world of Enclave.

How to access the Enclave Linux Beta on Steam:

  1. Right Mouse Buttom (RMB) on Enclave in your game library.
  2. At the bottom – Properties.
  3. At the top of the new window – BETAS
  4. Enter this code – “enclavelinuxbetatest” and click “Check Code”
  5. Select the beta “Linux Beta Test”.
  6. Close window and it should update your game.
  7. Experience incredibly atmospheric and intense medieval combat action!

Why not a native port of Enclave?

“We have the source code of the game, but it is very old and the code was done by Starbreeze and we do not know, if the programmers which developed the game are still working there. In fact, our programmers would need to review the whole code and set up the old development environment. This would be very much work and maybe hundreds of bugs will occur. With Wine a port is a few weeks work – mainly testing – and the result is somehow acceptable. Enclave is a good, but old game and is sold for $4.99 USD or often less in sales or bundles or even sometimes for free. It is impossible to generate the revenue to cover the cost of a native port. With newer games and games developed by our own team (means that the programmers still work for us and know their own code) – like Two Worlds II – we will develop native ports. We know that Wine is a quick and dirty solution, but better than nothing and a possibility to make older Windows games available to the Linux community.”

There are still more games being ported to Linux according to a recent email from Topware. Initially we were looking to just confirm Enclave, but more classic titles are coming to Steam for Linux very soon.

Here are the ports currently in the works according to Topware:

“We are currently porting all our game titles to Linux. Mostly we do this with Wine, beside Two Worlds II, which will be a native port.

Currently on Beta on Steam are:

Battle vs Chess (US title: Check vs Mate) –  Wine Port

Next will be:

From the details above, a lot of WINE is in the mix, which we are not a fan of. But do note that these are mostly older titles looking to make a Linux debut. This is somewhat typical practice for classic titles, as early game engines may or may not require more development time to issue a native build. Which is not financially practical, so using WINE is the next best thing.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Linux on SteamDB

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Today is the #release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Windows PC, yet there are signs it might be making a native #Linuxport. As Square Enix is quietly having games ported to more than just PC.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a singleplayer stealth roguelike type game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. Having received a variety reviews on Steam and an 83 score on metacritic.

Just released this morning on Steam for $59.99 USD. The SteamDB activity show there might be a possible Linux and Mac port in the works.

There is no official announcement yet, but the signs that a native port via SteamDB for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided this close to launch tend to be fairly accurate. Hopefully we will see an announcement soon and a Linux release in the near future.

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Tomb Raider looks like it will be making a Linux debut according to the SteamDB

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We have seen quite a few titles receiving Linux #ports, but it seems that Tomb Raider #released in 2013 is now headed for a native port. Being a rather significant but somewhat late release for a AAA title, this does mark another milestone in native gaming. And the studio responsible for making the Tomb Raider available for Mac is of course #FeralInteractive. Meaning, we are bound to see some very smooth and responsible port.

Tomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold. Download the Turning Point trailer to see the beginning of Lara’s epic adventure.”

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If a Linux port is in the works, which things appear to be, chances are we can expect the GOTY Edition released with all DLC’s at a significantly discounted price. Which also happens to have Overwhelmingly Positive reviews on Steam.

The information about the Linux version came to light on the Steam database, even though not a definitive “yes” it is a good sign.

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Bohemia Interactive releases Arma 3 for Linux

Bohemia Interactive releases Arma 3 for Linux

Arma 3 is now #available for #download on Linux and Mac, but be warned, the port may not graduate to official status.

We will have to get into some gameplay to check out the performance, but one user on reddit has posted the following, “solid 60fps with i7-4790K, Nvidia 970 GTX. Using “Very High” video preset, 8X FSAA and 1440p resolution.”

Features in Arma 3

  • Altis & Stratis
    Defeat your enemy on a richly detailed, open-world battlefield – stretching over 290 km² of Mediterranean island terrain. From expansive cities to rolling hills, whether steamrolling your tank across the dusty plains, flying a transport helicopter over the dense forests, or waging asymmetric warfare from the rocky hills, the islands of Altis and Stratis are dynamic worlds, which lend themselves to the most varied engagements in gaming.
  • Weapons & Vehicles
    Head into combat on foot, drive armored vehicles, or take to the skies in helicopters and jets. Conduct a combined arms attack over air, land, and sea, with over 20 vehicles to drive and pilot, 40+ weapons to pick from, customizable loadouts with short- and long-distance attachments, and various types of gear to suit your needs on the battlefield. With a massive arsenal at your disposal, Arma 3 moves you into a world of tactical opportunities.
  • Singleplayer
    Follow the story of Ben Kerry, a soldier who gets caught up in a Mediterranean flashpoint, across three gameplay-driven campaign episodes: Survive, Adapt, Win. Immerse yourself in Arma 3’s diverse gameplay by completing the focused showcase scenarios. Run through the competitive firing drills to hone your shooting and movement skills, and complete your training by signing up to Arma 3 Bootcamp, which features SP and MP tutorials, and a dedicated Virtual Reality practice environment.
  • Multiplayer
    Fight online in the massive military sandbox that is Arma 3. Form a squad and team up against your enemy in the official Defend and Seize multiplayer scenarios. Or jump into one of the many popular unofficial game modes developed by the Arma 3 community. Experience a new form of multiplayer in Arma 3 Zeus, where Game Masters have the ability to influence the battlefield of other players in real-time.
  • Content Creation
    Start creating your own experiences with Arma 3’s intuitive scenario editor and powerful modding tools. Enjoy a platform filled with player-created content, ranging from custom weapons and vehicles, to intense singleplayer scenarios and entirely new multiplayer game modes. Share and discover content on the Arma 3 Steam Workshop, which lets you install player-created content with a click of a button.
  • Revamped Engine
    Navigate the battlefield with fluid new animations; feel the devastating power of combat with the upgraded sound engine, new ragdoll simulation and PhysX™-supported vehicles. Pushed forward by game-changing innovations, the highly moddable Real Virtuality™ 4 engine powers a new generation of Arma with even more stunning graphics, broad simulation gameplay, and massive sandbox terrains.

Arma 3 is on Steam, but do note that there is a solid chance the port will not graduate to a stable launch in the future. We are hoping Bohemia Interactive are able to take the leap with Arma 3, marking another great game to have official support on Linux and SteamOS.

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