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Games: EVERSPACE 2, Mars Power Industries Deluxe, Road To Nowhere, MOLEK-SYNTEZ, Vertebreaker, DXVK/VKD3D

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  • EVERSPACE 2 is officially funded and on the way to Linux

    After looking a little iffy in the last few days, ROCKFISH Games managed to pull it out of the bag and end up getting over their initial funding goal for their space action adventure EVERSPACE 2.

    Their Kickstarter campaign ended yesterday with €503,478 against their €450,000 initial goal. This should hopefully give them enough to create an incredible game. The original was good and this sounds so much bigger it's crazy with a big open world to explore, lots more loot, lots more ships, plenty more to explore and fight above the surface of planets and so on. Sounds like a sci-fi space combat fans dream come true.

  • Relaxing puzzler Mars Power Industries Deluxe comes to PC and it's out now

    After a successful mobile release, Mars Power Industries Deluxe has arrived on PC with expanded content and Linux support right away.

  • Road To Nowhere is a free emotionally charged live-action adventure game coming to Linux

    With a style that looks pretty slick, Road To Nowhere seems like it's going to be quite an emotional adventure game.

    The style they're going for here is inspired in part by 90s adventure games, using real actors that have been rotoscoped in the style of the movie A Scanner Darkly. Road To Nowhere tells the story of an successful introvert software developer, whose life is torn apart by a scandal.

  • The latest Zachtronics game MOLEK-SYNTEZ is about making drugs

    This is a welcome surprise, Zachtronics have released another new game into Early Access. MOLEK-SYNTEZ is all about making drugs out of ordinary industrial chemicals.

    According to what they said, it has a little bit of everything from the other games with some new experiments "in the Zachtronics-style puzzle game space". Along with "lots and lots of benzene rings, which never quite worked right in SpaceChem".

  • Vertebreaker, a new pixel-art side-scroller from former Sonic Mania developer Headcannon

    Headcannon might not be a name too familiar to a Linux gaming focused audience but they're quite well-known for helping with Sonic Mania development and they're now making their own game with Vertebreaker.

    Vertebreaker is a love letter to 90's gaming in the form of a fast-paced action platformer. In Vertebreaker, the way you traverse the environment is the big hook—a grapple hook actually. You will be slinging, swinging, and launching from floors, walls, and ceilings to propel yourself forward and it does look like a huge amount of fun. They've launched a Kickstarter campaign, with a goal of $275K which they need to hit by November 30 and they've had a bit of a slow start.

  • DXVK Lead Developer Philip Rebohle Has Begun Contributing More To Wine's VKD3D

    With DXVK in remarkably good standing for translating Direct3D 10/11 to Vulkan for use by Steam Play (Proton) and Wine, Philip Rebohle who started that project is now contributing more to Wine's VKD3D initiative for mapping Direct3D 12 on Vulkan. 

    As DXVK is working out damn well these days for D3D10/D3D11 games and potentially due to whatever funding engagement he has with Valve, Philip Rebohle is now focusing some attention on VKD3D for doing the same to this Direct3D 12 over Vulkan layer. Just over the past week has been a big uptick in activity from Rebohle. Of his commits, there have been 17 commits by him to VKD3D but 10 of them were just in the past week. 

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