QuotePatch 1.1 will see the Linux port of Shadowrun Returns sit alongside its Mac and PC brethren as a first class citizen at last. We now have a couple of Linux machines in house, and have been busy ironing out the major kinks internally as fast as we could. We know a lot of you have been waiting patiently for this bad boy, and after we give it a bit of time to cool off in the Beta period (again, the Beta is only available through Steam), we’ll be pushing it live with the rest of the 1.1 goodness. From that point forward, it will receive updates on the same schedule as the Windows and OSX versions.
Side-note: It looks like not all switches are pressed as it still seems to be missing the executable according to reports. It also has no Linux icon yet.
The year is 2054. Magic has returned to the world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Technology merges with flesh and consciousness. Elves, trolls, orks and dwarves walk among us, while ruthless corporations bleed the world dry.
Gripping Tactical Combat: When you’re running the shadows, every turn matters. Choose your actions wisely - move to better cover, charge into melee, or lob a fireball into a crowd of enemies. With the variety of weapons and spells at your disposal, every turn is filled with meaningful choices. A successful run requires commanding a team of runners with the right balance of combat, tech, and magical abilities.
Skill-Based Character Progression: Choose a starting character archetype and build from there! Street Samurai and Physical Adepts use advanced combat skills to dominate the battlefield, Shamans and Mages summon powerful allies and cast deadly spells, while Riggers and Deckers provide critical technological support, projecting their consciousness directly into drones and computer systems. Shadowrun Returns’ classless skill system allows you to grow your character in any direction you choose. Want to start summoning spirits as an ork Shaman and evolve into a cybered-up weapon specialist? Do it!
Engaging 2D/3D Art Style: Shadowrun Returns mixes dynamic 3D characters and lighting with a vibrant, hand-painted environment. Illustrated character portraits bring every conversation to life. Explore a world filled with detail, from the slums of the Redmond Barrens to the extravagant offices of powerful corporations.
I have been looking forward to this so badly, it's insane to think that Linux is getting games like this (even if it is a little late).
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At last, I was feeling that this may never happen. They made good on their promise. In a way, we will also benefit from starting the game without all the game breaking bugs that plagued this game when it came out on Windows and Mac. I often buy the Gold editions of games for that very reason. Who cares if one plays a game 2 years after it came out?
Well I would have agreed about this when the game came out initially, but they have put in a lot of effort to alter the actual gameplay, and they are trying to add content as well. And they are ironing out bugs. The game does not retains all that made the original game great, that is true, but so many sequels suffer from the same predicament.
It is interesting to see that the mobile versions of this game were critically acclaimed, whereas the PC version was shot down. Then again, for mobile users, Freemium (Grrrr) produced by Kazam, EA & Co, actually qualify as games, so I guess they don't really have much choice.
That's a compelling argument you make there. However, it would seem 170 positive reviews on Metacritic by players would disagree. Even the press swayed in favour of 8's and 9's with a few mixed bags thrown in, as is a critic's want. But not a single negagive critics review - that's pretty impressive.
It's not available yet anyway on our platform yet, as it turns out. Lots of folk complaining that it's not actually downloading anything, even after the beta is enabled. One or two reports of success, but the majority are locked out. Apparently down to "propogation issues" which may just sort themselves out over the next day or two. Fingers crossed.