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Total War: WARHAMMER II to be vulkanised

total war warhammer ii to be vulkanised on linux

Total War: WARHAMMER II has some good news. Since Feral Interactive confirm the second instalment will have Vulkanised support. Bringing the epic fantasy strategy series to Linux and Mac this year.

CRYENGINE 5.4 Update releases w/Vulkan Beta

cryengine 5.4 update releases with vulkan beta for linux ubuntu mac windows games

So the latest CRYENGINE 5.4 release offers Substance Designer integration, Vulkan API support, entity components, and more.
Since Crytek just announced the full release of CRYENGINE 5.4. Which is now available for download on CRYENGINE.com. Including new features across Linux, Ubuntu, Mac and Windows.

“The 5.4 release represents a big step forward for the engine. We’ve worked closely with CRYENGINE community members to ensure it includes features. And updates that address their needs,” said CRYENGINE Product Manager Collin Bishop. “We’ve made sure that these additions—particularly in the form of Substance integration and Vulkan API support. Really catering to artists and programmers.”

Ashes of the Singularity gets Vulkan support

ashes of the singularity: escalation gets vulkan support in steam games coming to linux

Stardock released a huge update and a free Co-Op Map Pack DLC . Since it’s available now for massive-scale RTS gameAshes of the Singularity: Escalation. So games Steam weekend sale accompanies today’s release. And the games other DLC are on sale for up to 50% off.

“2.4 is a major update for the game,” said Stardock CEO Brad Wardell. “Nearly every aspect has been improved from the UI. A balance to modding capabilities. As a thank you to our multiplayer community. We’re also releasing a free DLC that includes maps that are specifically meant to play co-op with your friends.”

Ashes of the Singularity: Vulkan update:

Right now, our focus is on continuing to enhance the overall game experience so that the game’s popularity continues to increase.

The Vulkan version also paves the way for a future Linux version. Getting Vulkan is a big step in making Ashes of the Singularity available on more platforms.

So v2.4 also features UI changes, campaign and scenario updates on Steam. Improvements to the overall gameplay experience, and further compatibility for Linux.

Ashes of the Singularity v2.4 Features:

  • UI: A full menu reworking makes the game more accessible with new orbital ability icons, improved chat displays, and more.
  • Campaign and Scenarios: Several scenarios and all three campaigns have an update. Refining difficulty levels, adjusting to the changes of previous updates, and improve the user experience.
  • Modding: Modders have access to more parts of the game and will benefit from several changes that make modding more intuitive.
  • Balance: Changes to air units, anti-air, drones, and dreadnoughts will improve strategic diversity. The Substrate receives some additional changes in order to differentiate themselves from the PHC.
  • Vulkan Support: This graphics-rendering API offers enhanced OS compatibility and performance.
  • Updated Benchmark: The benchmark has an update. So that players can see how well their PC runs under Vulkan.

Support for Vulkan, a graphics rendering API that improves OS compatibility and performance. Since this is also part of v2.4. Ashes of the Singularity was one of the first DirectX 12 games. So this update for Ashes of the Singularity, continues to bring cutting edge technology. Therefore players can benefit by the support for Vulkan.

“We are very excited to see the industry adopting modern APIs such as Vulkan,” said Ritche Corpus, Senior Director and Head of Content at AMD. “These APIs are delivering amazing visual quality and increased performance through better utilization of hardware.”

What about the free Co-Op Map Pack?

The free Co-Op Map Pack DLC also releases now.  Hence this DLC includes 9 brand new maps deliberately for cooperative play. So spawn points now keep teammates close together. Allowing for combination of attacks and strategies. Clearly outlining resources for each player prevents any fighting over spawn locations. Or expansion opportunities and keep the maps fair and balanced for everyone.

The Co-Op Map Pack DLC is completely free and is available now on Steam or through Stardock. To read the full changelog and see some more details, visit the forums. The games also available on GOG and Humble Store, but it’s not on sale.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation retails for $39.99 USD. For more information on the game, please visit ashesgame.com. Hopefully we will have that Linux release soon.

Serious Sam 3: BFE releases for Fusion (Linux)

serious sam 3: bfe releases for fusion linux mac windows gaming

Since the Serious Sam Fusion 2017 are all fresh builds for Serious Sam #gaming. Developer Croteam are also instrumental in releasing #Vulkan support for Linux, Mac and #Windows. Which now includes Serious Sam 3: BFE for Linux, Mac and Windows.

Therefore if you own a Serious Sam game listed below. The Serious Sam Fusion 2017 version of that game will be available Free. Which I’m sure you already know by now.

Since these are all existing (and upcoming) Serious Sam games. This enables seamless integration of new engine features, patches and upgrades.

  • Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter – now available!
  • Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter – now available!
  • Serious Sam 3: BFE – now available!
  • VR versions of all games will be a part of Serious Sam Fusion 2017!

The largest changes include:

  • Changes made to the levels and enemies to fix a so called “churn” with the overall gameplay. Where the game seemed to annoying or monotone. Due to these changes, mainly on Normal difficulty. Some battles were changed, some enemies no longer spawn, and some enemy stats have been changed. In general, the game should be less annoying and difficult to play on Normal.
  • Enemies that had a perfect immunity to non-explosive weapons. Like the Khnum and the Technopolip now have a 50% immunity to non-explosives instead.

Rendering:

  • Fixed some smaller rendering problems in Vulkan.
  • Fixed problem with Spot light’s shadows being vertically flipped under Vulkan and OpenGL (and ES) gfx APIs.

Since I did give Serious Sam 3: BFE some quick gaming, WOW. Such a huge difference now with the Vulkan changes and improvements. So don’t get me wrong, the other games in the Fusion bundle are indeed good. And Vulkan support in that regard is alright, but they’re older games. Yet it’s Serious Sam 3: BFE that really has the marked improvement. Since I remember playing the earlier OpenGL build and it lagged on low settings. Now the performance tester throws me on Ultra and everything’s off the charts fast.

Also, right now the Serious Sam Complete Pack is available with a 91% discount on Steam. This includes Linux, Mac and Windows support too.

Dawn of War III release is live for Linux & Vulkan

dawn of war III and the official release on linux and mac via steam games

Since Feral Interactive announced that #Warhammer40,000: Dawn of War III for Linux. Hence this is the latest episode in Relic Entertainment’s formidable real-time strategy series. The #games release is now live on #Steam for both Linux and Mac, today Thursday, June 8th. Oh and we can’t forget the icing on the cake, Vulkan API support.

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