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The Linux version Civilization: Beyond Earth might not support certain graphics cards


As PC players continue to wait for Firaxis’ big upcoming #patch for Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, #Aspyr is hard at work getting the same patch running on Mac and finishing up #development on the Linux version, though the latter might not run for everyone at launch.

In the latest developer post from Aspyr, the Mac and Linux developer that has worked with 2K for the ports of several games, we get an update for both the currently available Mac version and the in-development Linux port of the new Civilization title. The next big step for the Mac version is actually the next big step for the PC version. Firaxis has a patch in the works that’s set to add more balance into the game and clean up a few lingering bugs.

Aspyr’s goal is to get this patch out to Mac users at the same time it rolls out to PC users so cross-platform multiplayer matches can continue uninterrupted. Since we haven’t seen a solid date on when the patch will go live for PC players, however, it’s difficult to say what the timeline is for any of this.

Like the Mac version, we’ve been working on implementing the new patch into the Linux version prior to release so that it’s fully up-to-date when it goes live. However, we’re seeing some of the same problems as on the Mac. And like the Mac version patch release, this may cause a delay in the full game’s release on Linux. It’s still too early to tell right now, but we’ll keep a close eye on the situation and relay any news to you in our weekly updates.

Another goal for Aspyr‘s developers is to get this big patch ported to Linux, so the Linux version of the game will be fully update upon its release. The last time we got an update, the Linux version was estimated to be two or three weeks behind the Mac version in development. If that schedule holds true, Linux users could see their own Beyond Earth port released within the next two weeks.

At launch, though, there’s a chance that not every graphics card will be supported by the Linux version. According to Aspyr, Intel and ATI graphics cards are causing trouble with the Linux port, so the developer says that it’s “likely” that these graphics cards will not be supported on Linux at launch. Nothing has been confirmed yet, though.

We are seeing some graphical problems with Intel and ATI cards on Linux. The performance is good (i.e. no slowdown or chugging frame rates), but there’s still lots of graphical tearing and other anomalies that make it practically unplayable. Though not official yet, it’s likely we will drop support for Intel and ATI graphics cards on Linux platforms prior to the game’s launch on Linux.

Civilization: Beyond Earth is now available on PC and Mac, with a Linux port coming soon.

December 5th update:

Linux Game News reached out to Aspyr Media, as there seem to be some concerns from our readers. Here is the response:

We keep our bug tracking in-house for now, but you can assure readers that both AMD and Intel will be supported chipsets in the very near future.

In fact, we’ve worked with them closely over the last 24 hours and fixed most if not all of our graphical anomalies mentioned in the Dev Update. While we may not ship with official “support” for AMD/Intel (because we are running out of time for our deadline), both will be in a very playable state.

Sourced from: gamenguide


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  • BriansProjects
    Dec 04, 2014 9:16 pm

    If they’re seeing a problem with “graphical tearing and other anomalies”, it’s a problem on their end, not with Mesa. It’s more likely that not that they coded the game in a way that supported Nvidia chipsets but nothing else. No other Linux (or Mac) publisher has run into these issues. It’s extremely disappointing of Aspyr.

    • Linux Game News
      Dec 06, 2014 4:16 pm

      Aspyr Media will be releasing Beyond Earth for Intel and AMD graphics cards. That much we have confirmed.
      This will not happen for the upcoming Linux. Which is a benefit, they admit to having development issues and will extend porting and make sure the public has a proper final release.
      We give Aspyr Media a big kudos for bringing the news forward and re-assuring fans, despite graphic card support.