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Total War: Rome II Will Be Ported To Linux

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Creative Assembly have said to PCGamesN that a port of Total War: Rome II to Linux to support SteamOS gives them no worries.

So strategy fans it looks like quite a beefy title is heading our way! Creative Assembly the team behind the Total War series visited Valve's offices to play with the Steam Controller and talk about SteamOS/Linux, they then spoke to PCGamesN on it all.

QuoteWe’ve certainly got no worries about Linux as a platform, and as you know, we’ve appeared on the SteamOS page, and our intention is absolutely to support the OS.


Hopefully if Rome II goes well for them then they will look at porting their older titles over to Linux as well.

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Guest 10 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from HamishAnd here I was thinking the reason why people were celebrating was because they no longer felt compelled to dual boot...

My sentiments as well.

While I will definitely try out SteamOS, I don't want to have to drop my preferred distro for it.
Anonymous 10 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from Hamish
Quoting: Quote from Anonymousif some games will work in SteamOS and not in other distros, what is the problem? SteamOS will be free, so we can continue with our preferred distro (Ubuntu, Arch, Gentoo, etc...) and install it too

And here I was thinking the reason why people were celebrating was because they no longer felt compelled to dual boot...
I dont think that seems to be a problem at the moment, most Linux systems have some minor differences but have allot of common packages. So far id say every distro can run steam and most games with little to no tinkering involved. In nature Linux is the kernel(and ofc gnu) and you decide what you want to stick on top of it(looking at you arch :)) but at the end of the day there has to be some common thread since theres countless way of doing things, and some distros will probably have to adapt if so that will hardly be the end of the road.
Hamish 10 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from AnonymousI dont think that seems to be a problem at the moment, most Linux systems have some minor differences but have allot of common packages. So far id say every distro can run steam and most games with little to no tinkering involved. In nature Linux is the kernel(and ofc gnu) and you decide what you want to stick on top of it(looking at you arch :)) but at the end of the day there has to be some common thread since theres countless way of doing things, and some distros will probably have to adapt if so that will hardly be the end of the road.

Yes, and I agree with that, which is why there is concern over Mir in this thread, as it breaks that common thread.
Maokei 10 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from Hamish
Quoting: Quote from AnonymousI dont think that seems to be a problem at the moment, most Linux systems have some minor differences but have allot of common packages. So far id say every distro can run steam and most games with little to no tinkering involved. In nature Linux is the kernel(and ofc gnu) and you decide what you want to stick on top of it(looking at you arch :)) but at the end of the day there has to be some common thread since theres countless way of doing things, and some distros will probably have to adapt if so that will hardly be the end of the road.

Yes, and I agree with that, which is why there is concern over Mir in this thread, as it breaks that common thread.
Mir most certainly is a potential source of problem  I agree with you, but even if steamOS is based of Ubuntu I fail to see why they would want to invest their time in it at this point atleast. But then agian maybe it to soon to tell what the outcome till be of mir/wayland on the desktop side of things since none of em are out yet in full fury, I think X is going to be around for another couple of years as the backbone.
s_d 10 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from Hamish
Quoting: Quote from Anonymousif some games will work in SteamOS and not in other distros, what is the problem? SteamOS will be free, so we can continue with our preferred distro (Ubuntu, Arch, Gentoo, etc...) and install it too

And here I was thinking the reason why people were celebrating was because they no longer felt compelled to dual boot...

I agree.

However, I'll dual-boot another distro any day of the week over a paid-for commercial OS (though UEFI secure boot can be an annoyance, regardless).

If we see studios willing to take on Linux porting in general, as long as they consider SteamOS to be one of multiple Linux targets, is a nice thing to see.  To that end, we have seen some developers claim to have chosen to take on Linux porting, in addition to SteamOS, because of SteamOS, and when that happens it makes me happier.  Of course, there are some who have taken on Linux porting, but do so for Steam exclusively, which makes me less happy.

To me, a developer's choice to exclusively develop for SteamOS is only slightly worse than developing for Linux exclusively on Steam (i.e., no direct purchases, Desura, or other DRM-free store).  Either way, it's tied to Steam, which has so far offered little that I'm interested in, personally.
Apopas 10 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from XpanderOfftopic:
wait the SteamOS is confirmed to be based on Ubuntu?
Last time i heard about it, it seemed that they were basing it to gentoo
As far as I remember, it will be based on Debian.
Hamish 11 Oct, 2013
Quoting: Quote from s_dTo me, a developer's choice to exclusively develop for SteamOS is only slightly worse than developing for Linux exclusively on Steam (i.e., no direct purchases, Desura, or other DRM-free store).  Either way, it's tied to Steam, which has so far offered little that I'm interested in, personally.

Yes, and again I agree.
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