Linux #gaming is getting better, slowly but surely, and it looks like The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings might be the next shot in the arm for the open source operating system.
The Witcher 2 had, only recently been spotted in the #SteamDB for Linux, speculating that a new native Linux version might be in the work. Now, not even a month apart from that incident, Linux users are now able to download the 18GBs of the game to their Linux system, with but only one caveat.
Further, GOG.com, which is owned by Witcher developer CD Projekt RED, recently announced its digital distribution platform will show up on Linux this fall with 100+ games. GOG.com said in an official post that it wants to bring games that already have Linux versions, but it’ll “also be bringing Linux gamers a variety of classics that are, for the first time, officially supported and maintained by a storefront like ours.”
Another fact that cements the game’s launch on Linux is the fact that the game has a version already released for Mac OS X, which uses OpenGL. Since the game is running smoothly on Mac, it points to the fact that the game engine is OpenGL friendly and is not just using Wine Wrappers to get the job done. So, in all possibility, a Linux version is anything but confirmed. Additionally, if Witcher 2 gets a native Linux release, there is also a possibility that their new games Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 might also get Linux support at the get go. Both the games are scheduled for 2015 release, giving them enough time for a native Linux version. Whatever maybe the case, keep an eye out here as we shall cover the news as they come in.
CD Projekt RED has yet to confirm or deny whether this is actually happening or not, but we have some good supporting evidence. And now, according to an image floating around on Reddit, the Witcher 2 files are already available for download for users who have purchased the game on any other platform at no extra cost at all!
From Linux Game News:
BUT……considering the fact that you will encounter the disappointing error, for now, you might want to wait for further updates from CD Projekt RED.
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