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Games: Proton, Reigns: Game of Thrones, Hollow Knight: Godmaster, Crazy Justice, 7 Billion Humans, War Brokers, Feral's Tease

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  • Some thoughts on Valve’s new Steam Play feature and what it means for Linux gaming

    With the dust settling on the absolute bomb that Valve dropped with the new Steam Play feature, I’ve had a little time now to think about the broader implications. It’s obviously a lot to process and these are just my own personal thoughts.

    In the short time Proton has been live, the Linux gaming community has come together in a way that I've not seen in all the years I've been doing this. Looking at the GitHub page for Proton, there's already masses of people submitting issues, mentioning games that work perfectly to add to Valve's whitelist of games, people submitting code to help the project along and so on. There's also a massive document on Google Docs, with people submitting their findings on how games run. Seems like it's off to a rather good start!

  • Reigns: Game of Thrones announced with native Linux support

    Reigns: Game of Thrones [Official Site] has been announced by developer Nerial and publisher Devolver Digital that will continue the swipe left or right mechanic of the previous titles.

    Like Reigns and Reigns: Her Majesty it will have full native Linux support. It's due out on October 18th and you can pre-purchase now (not that we ever suggest doing so). I actually found Reigns: Her Majesty strangely addictive. The incredible simple gameplay makes it an incredibly accessible game and I imagine it lending itself rather well to a Game of Thrones setting. Swipe left and you might be king, swipe right too many times and you might get stabbed in the back—sounds about right.

  • Hollow Knight: Godmaster is the final free content update that's now out

    Hollow Knight is now finished as Hollow Knight: Godmaster was just released as the final chapter of the Knight's story. It was originally going to be called Gods & Glory, but they changed the name of this final update.

    Explaining the reason for the name change, the developer said it's do it "doesn’t conflict with the title of a certain mobile game, made by a very large, very powerful video game company".

  • Despite promising an Early Access release, Crazy Justice is out only for backers for now and it's rougher than expected

    I'm not really sure what Black Riddles Studio are doing with Crazy Justice [Steam] at this point, as they seem to change their mind about it constantly. They constantly said Early Access was coming out on August 23rd. When actually, it wasn't at all.

  • 7 Billion Humans from Tomorrow Corporation is now out and it's fantastic

    7 Billion Humans will have you automate swarms of office workers with programming to solve puzzles and it's out now with native Linux support.

  • The first-person shooter with a Battle Royale mode 'War Brokers' updated, input issues fixed on Linux

    The more I play of War Brokers, the more I come to appreciate it. It has a number of different game modes along with a recently released Battle Royale mode that's actually quite fun.

    After I previously wrote about it, I discovered Unity input bugs affected it and reached out to the developer. One day later, it's already fixed for us with an updated version of Unity. That's what I love to see, that's how you do good Linux support!

  • Feral Interactive are teasing a brand new native Linux port
  • Feral Teasing New Linux/macOS Port; Feral Interactive Has A New Shareholder

    It's a busy week for Linux gaming with the Wine/Proton-based Steam Play from Valve, continued graphics driver improvements, and some activity in the Feral camp.

    Feral Interactive has taken to Twitter to tease a new port that's coming to Linux and macOS. They tweeted, "5PM on a Friday, we're getting ready for the #BankHolidayWeekend to start, and the Feral Radar decides to kick into life with a new blip for macOS and Linux. Well, whatever. We'll fix that rusty old thing on Tuesday. Okay, bye!"

Belated Coverage of Wine/Proton

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  • Steam Play Now Lets You Play Windows Games on Linux

    Valve made an announcement today which might put an end to Windows’ monopoly in PC gaming. A Wine-like compatibility wrapper has been integrated into Steam which should allow Windows games to run on Linux-based systems with relative ease.

  • WoW! Steam Play For Linux Now Lets You Play Windows Games

    According to the latest reports, the well-known American video game developer and digital distribution company, of course, I am talking about the Valve’s well-known Steam Play for Linux now lets you play Windows games.

  • Steam Play adds Linux compatibility to 27 games

    A week ago HEXUS reported upon sightings of compatibility tools being tested on Linux-based SteamOS systems. Much of what was gleaned from that pre-launch leakage has now materialised, as Valve has launched a new version of Steam Play. Steam Play aims to bring more titles with Linux support to Steam's catalogue, and two years ago Valve started working on improving the quality and performance of Windows compatibility solutions for Steam games. Now a new Steam Play Beta includes a modified distribution of Wine, called Proton, and DirectX 11 and 12 implementations are now based on Vulkan for compatibility and performance.

  • Steam Play update brings Windows games to Linux

    Valve has introduced an update to Steam Play which is designed to make a raft of previously Windows-only games playable on Linux.

    Announcing the Steam Play update on its website, Valve said: “In 2010, we announced Steam Play: a way for Steam users to access Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Steam games with a single purchase. More than 3000 of the games that have been added to Steam after that point has included Linux support, with more titles being added every day. Since then, we’ve continued to look for ways to make more titles easily accessible to Linux users.

  • Steam for Linux Now Runs Windows-Only Games

    Valve has dropped a new version of Steam Play and upended our expectations in doing so. According to the company, it’s now possible to play games that were formerly considered Windows-exclusive in a Linux installation. To call this the Holy Grail of crossover computing would be an exaggeration — but not by much. Linux developers have worked on projects like Wine for decades with the explicit goal of improving game compatibility and performance when running Windows software under Linux. Now, according to Valve, that dream has been realized — or at least, it’s starting to be.

Games: DXVK, ATOM RPG, Fort Triumph, Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story, Trüberbrook, Mono/Unity Problems

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"Steam vastly improves life for Linux gamers" (and Lots More "Proton" Coverage)

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  • Steam vastly improves life for Linux gamers

    It probably won't obviate the need for Linux gamers to beg for ports of their favorite games. But Steam's update to Steam Play, its buy-once, play-on-any-platform engine, intends to improve its ability to deliver a no-compromise gaming experience when playing Windows games on a Linux box. And it'll make it easier for developers who use the popular Vulkan engine to create compatible games.

    In an announcement on its Steam for Linux group on Tuesday, Valve rolled out a beta of the new version, with an initial list of more than 25 games that have been checked for compatibility. It includes a couple of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War games (Dark Crusade and Soulstorm), Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Tekken 7 and Nier: Automata. Steam seems to be going through the entire catalog checking existing games, creating a whitelist of titles that deliver an "identical (save for an expected moderate performance impact) experience."

  • Steam Now Plays Windows-Only Games on Linux

    Valve wants as many gamers as possible able to play titles from the Steam store, which is why for the past eight years buying a Steam game meant getting Windows, Mac, and Linux versions if they were available. This is called Steam Play, and it just received a major overhaul to open up thousands more games to Linux.

  • Linux Users Just Got Access to More Steam Games

    Linux users now have access to many more Windows titles on Steam with a new version of Steam Play, according to a blog post from Valve on Tuesday.

    While those who use the Linux operating system currently have access to “more than 3000” Linux-compatible games in the Steam Store, this new update will eventually give them access to the entire back catalog of games previously only playable by Windows (and sometimes Mac) users.

    Steam Play, released 2010, allows users to purchase games once on Steam and then have access to the title on all available computer platforms for the game, whether PC, Linux, or Mac. This new update to Steam Play is a huge upgrade for Linux users. Valve also wrote that there is an added benefit for developers who can “easily leverage their work from other platforms to target Linux.”

  • Valve's newest version of Steam Play aims to make Windows titles playable on Linux

    In brief: Valve has always cared about its Linux fanbase, but its latest announcement makes that clearer than ever - the company has rolled out a new version of Steam Play that integrates several third-party compatibility tools directly into the Steam Client, making it easier than ever for Linux gamers to play otherwise-incompatible titles.

    Last week, we reported that Valve appeared to be working on a set of compatibility tools that would streamline the process of playing Steam games on Linux machines.

    The information came from a series of database files obtained by the Steam Tracker team, but details were vague, and much was left to the imagination - all we really knew at the time was that the toolset would be an upgraded version of the aging Steam Play.

  • Valve's Steam Play Brings Windows Game Compatibility To Linux Via Vulkan

    Valve is working to bring more games to Linux users by rolling out a new beta version of Steam Play, which includes a modified version of Wine, called Proton, to provide compatibility with Windows game titles, the company announced. This essentially allows Linux users to run native Windows games without a Linux port or major hoops to jump through.

  • Steam Play update breaks more games out of Windows and onto Linux

    MORE GAMES ARE COMING TO LINUX thanks to an update to Valve's Steam Play service that enables Windows-only games to run on the open source operating system.

    Steam has been available on Linux for some time but a lot of games on the platform were limited to only running on Windows 10 machines. Now, however, thanks to an update to Steam Play that allows users to access their Steam library on Mac and Linux machines, gaming on Linux looks to be getting a shot in the arm.

  • Latest Steam update allows for more games to be played on Linux

    For years now, Valve has been making strides with Steam to get away from the closed-off environments of the Windows and App Stores that Microsoft and Apple provide. Valve is all about user freedom and allowing people to play games the way they want. One of the ways Valve did this was by creating a Linux distribution dedicated to getting more game support on the operating system. While somewhat successful, this newest update may be the biggest push yet.

    Valve has announced that its "Steam Play" program just received an update that will, essentially, emulate Windows playback on Linux. Called "Proton," this new compatibility tool replicates the functions of WINE, another popular piece of compatibility software for the Linux OS. Since the biggest hurdle to getting games running on Linux is a lack of Direct X support, Proton shifts Direct X 11 and 12 functionality to the newer Vulkan API and even natively supports all Steam supported gamepads.

  • Steam Play brings Windows games to Linux

    Steam for Linux launched in February 2013, bringing Valve's popular digital distribution platform off Windows for the first time. Prior to its release, users had been working around the lack of Linux support by installing Steam via the Wine Windows compatibility wrapper; the native Steam client did away with the need for this workaround, but at the cost of only supporting titles that developers had marked as natively supporting Linux. For those with a hefty library of Windows-exclusive titles, the only solution was to keep two copies of Steam installed: One copy of Steam for Linux to install native Linux titles, and one copy of Steam for Windows running via Wine to install native Windows titles.

  • Valve’s new Steam Play beta boosts Linux as a rival to Windows PCs for gamers

    Valve is best-known these days for its monstrously popular online storefront Steam, but has also spent much of the last six years quietly developing tools and technology to enhance Linux as an ecosystem for PC gaming, making the open-source operating system a more viable alternative to Windows PCs for some gamers.

  • Steam for Linux Now Runs Windows PC Games: Valve

    Valve has announced that the Linux version of its Steam client can now play Windows PC games complete with native Steamworks and OpenVR support. This is a result of the company's efforts to improve quality and performance of Windows compatibility solutions for Steam games by supporting Linux compatibility layers like Wine and eventually integrating these tools directly into Steam so games would run as if they were made for Linux to begin with. The end result is a modified, open source distribution of Wine known as Proton for the Linux version of Steam.

Games: Crazy Justice, 'FCK DRM', Molecats, The Other Half, PULSAR: Lost Colony, War Brokers

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Wine and a Lot More Coverage Today About Wine-based “Proton”

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Steam and Wine in Steam Play

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  • Steam for Linux now lets you play (some) Windows games on Linux

    Valve’s Steam game platform supports Windows, Mac, and Linux. But up until recently it was up to developers to decide which operating systems to support… and the vast majority are Windows-only, followed by a smaller number of apps that support macOS and around 3 thousand that support Linux.

    But now the number of Steam games available to Linux users is a little longer… not because developers have ported their games to support the operating system, but because Valve has launched a new version of Steam Play that makes is possible to play some Windows games on Linux computers.

  • Steam Can Now Run Some Major VR Apps Without Microsoft Windows

    Valve released an update for Steam on Linux that should allow some of the most popular VR games to run on VR-ready computers without Microsoft Windows installed.

    The new feature could hold enormous potential for Valve to support next generation standalone VR headsets based on Linux or SteamOS. In the near-term, the feature could also lower the cost for some early adopters who want to enjoy top tier games like Doom VFR, Google Earth VR and Beat Saber but don’t feel like shelling out the cost for a Windows 10 license alongside their shiny new VR-ready PC. It might also have an effect on VR arcades which could bypass the cost of Microsoft’s operating system.

    The new feature is described as follows: “Windows games with no Linux version currently available can now be installed and run directly from the Linux Steam client, complete with native Steamworks and OpenVR support.”

  • Valve makes Windows games playable on Linux with Steam Play update

    Heads up developers, if your players have been asking for a Linux-compatable version of your game, Valve's announced that delivering that version should be much easier going forward.

    In a post on the Steam community forums, Valve representative Pierre-Loup Griffais announced that Valve is releasing a new version of Steam play that includes a new feature for Linux users. Using an improved version of the compatibility software Wine known as Proton, Griffais states that Linux users can now play games on Steam that are meant to run on Windows.

  • Steam gets built-in tools to let you run Windows games on Linux – now available in beta

    Valve’s name for its cross-platform initiative – is getting a major update, with built-in tools allowing you to run Windows games on Linux. We saw the first hints of the feature last week, and today Valve has confirmed it. It’s available right now in beta, so if you want to test the compatibility features on your own Linux install you don’t have to wait.

  • Steam adds Proton, making Windows games playable on Linux (at least in theory)

    Last week we wrote about Valve potentially folding support for a WINE-style compatibility wrapper into Steam, allowing Linux machines to play Windows games with minimal hiccups. Now it’s a reality. Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais made the announcement on the “Steam for Linux” group today.

    The forum post is long and very detailed, and if you’re personally invested in Linux gaming it’s probably worth a read.

  • Steam Play beta lets Linux gamers play some Windows-only titles

    There were whispers about it just last week but now it’s totally official. Steam Play, which was originally intended as a single-purchase system for buying games that run on Windows, Mac, and Linux, is taking cross-platform compatibility to the next level. Yes, Valve is now testing running Windows games on Steam on Linux. And, much to the satisfaction of Linux and open source advocates, it’s doing it the right way by building on and supporting initiatives that will benefit not just Steam but the entire Linux ecosystem as well.

Games: GOG, Radiis, Humble Spooky Horror Bundle 2018, Steam Play

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  • Grab your Harpoon as Nantucket is now available for Linux on GOG

    Nantucket, the rather interesting seafaring strategy game from Picaresque Studio now has a Linux version on GOG that was released today. The Linux version was officially released earlier this month after a few months of being in beta, so it's good to see a GOG release have a reasonably quick turnaround.

  • Strategy game Radiis has no moving units, only buildings and it's out now

    If you're after a strategy game that brings things back to basics and has no moving units, take a look at Radiis. Developed by Urban Goose Games and release last month, Radiis will have you conquer a map using only buildings and it strangely works.

  • The Humble Spooky Horror Bundle 2018 is live with three Linux games

    The Humble Spooky Horror Bundle 2018 just launched and while it doesn't have all titles on Linux, what it does have for us is good.

  • Valve’s “Steam Play” uses Vulkan to bring more Windows games to Linux

    Valve announced today a beta of Steam Play, a new compatibility layer for Linux to provide compatibility with a wide range of Windows-only games.

    We've been tracking Valve's efforts to boost Linux gaming for a number of years. As of a few months ago, things seemed to have gone very quiet, with Valve removing SteamOS systems from its store. Last week, however, it became clear that something was afoot for Linux gaming.

    The announcement today spells out in full what the company has developed. At its heart is a customized, modified version of the WINE Windows-on-Linux compatibility layer named Proton. Compatibility with Direct3D graphics is provided by vkd3d, an implementation of Direct3D 12 that uses Vulkan for high performance, and DXVK, a Vulkan implementation of Direct3D 11.

Play Games From Your Nvidia GameStream-Enabled PC On Your Linux Desktop With Moonlight

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Moonlight (or Moonlight Game Streaming) is an open source client implementation of Nvidia's GameStream that allows you to stream your games and applications from a GameStream-compatible PC to another device, be it another Windows computer, a macOS or Linux desktop, Chrome OS, or an Android or iOS device.

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  • The Linux version of Graveyard Keeper is now available on GOG

    Need to hide a few bodies? Graveyard Keeper is now available for Linux on GOG after being missed at the release.

    It was actually added a day or so after the initial release. Sometimes the Linux version is missing when a game is released on GOG, as the Linux team at GOG discover issues in it. The game did indeed have some pressing issues at release, a fair few have been fixed now so it is quite a bit better.

  • Life is Strange 2 officially revealed with a new trailer

    While we don't yet know about Linux support, I will honestly be shocked if Feral Interactive didn't port Life is Strange 2. Especially since they ported the original to Linux and are currently porting Before the Storm which is a little delayed.

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 5 now has a Steam page and it's going to release with Linux support

    Currently scheduled to release "Fall 2018", The Jackbox Party Pack 5 is the latest pack of crazy party games from Jackbox Games, Inc. and it should be coming out with Linux support.

  • Combat helicopters are coming to War Thunder in the next update

    Gaijin Entertainment have announced that combat helicopters are coming to War Thunder [Steam, Official Site] along with a teaser trailer.

  • The action RPG Underworld Ascendant is now releasing in November

    The action RPG Underworld Ascendant [Official Site] from OtherSide Entertainment is now going to release on November 15th and they have a new trailer. They previously said it would be September, so hopefully the extra time will make it a better game.

    Last we heard from them, they were still planning Linux support although they didn't have a specific date nailed down for the Linux version just yet, so do keep that in mind.

  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night delayed again, this time until 2019

    Not for the first time, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been delayed and will now launch in 2019.

    Writing in a Kickstarter update, they confirmed it's to increase the quality of the game as a whole after they gathered feedback from a special backer demo. Delays sadly happen and if we can get a decent game out of this then I will be happy. Hopefully it will give them time to ensure the Linux version is nicely polished too. The Vita version was cancelled along with this announcement.

  • Die for Valhalla! is an action RPG that has you possess enemies and objects

    A supernatural Valkyrie with the ability to possess things, what could possibly go wrong? Go ahead and Die for Valhalla!

    Released back at the end of May with full Linux support, Die for Valhalla! offers an action-RPG with single-player and local co-op options for up to four people.

  • BATTLETECH has an expansion named FLASHPOINT coming out this November

    Even though they still haven't managed to get the Linux version out yet, Harebrained Schemes and Paradox Interactive have announced the FLASHPOINT expansion for BATTLETECH. As a reminder, we spoke to the developer earlier this month about the Linux version which they do hope to release soon.

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