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Borderlands 2 Released For Linux With A Sale

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The day has landed folks. Borderlands 2 is now officially available for Linux and it brings us some excellent FPS action.

Courtesy of our friends at Aspyr Media the new port may have a few rough edges (what new port doesn't?), but it's a really great game to have on our platform. The game is also on sale, so there's never been a better time to pickup a copy, or if you already owned it be sure to grab some DLC to show your support.

Getting games like this shows the strength of our platform, and shows that Gearbox and Aspyr Media both see some sort of gaming future for Linux. We did interview Aspyr Media back in July, so check that out if you haven't already.

I still find it amusing that the head of Gearbox told us not to get our hopes up, and this was going on behind the scenes. When I asked Aspyr about it, they had this to say:
Michael Blair, Aspyr MediaYou know its funny because we just happened to approach 2K/Gearbox about the project right after Randy made those comments and have been working on the port since. We hope we made Gearbox proud with our effort. They are amazing to work with, and we are HUGE fans of their work.


We also spoke to Aspyr Media about how the port went and what they expect from the Borderlands 2 on Linux:
Michael Blair, Aspyr MediaWe are SUPER excited to bring this much beloved franchise to Linux and hope that we continue to meet expectations from the unbelievably supportive Linux gaming community.

This port was challenging, for sure. Performance was at the core of our efforts and while ATI and Intel didn’t make the cut for release, we continue to work on performance for those chipsets and hope to come to a level of performance we can stand behind as gamers in the near future.


Important Note
It is currently only supporting Nvidia graphics cards as it seems the Intel and AMD graphics chips don't give enough performance, but this isn't an issue on Mac. Looks like another driver issue. Would this be a good time to gloat that I use Nvidia? Of course it is! Woo!
In all seriousness though I sincerely hope AMD & Intel put out a quick fixed up drivers to enable all Linux gamers to have a decent experience.

Where do I buy it already?!
Also GameAgent.com which is run by Aspyr Media now supports Linux, so you can support Aspyr directly without Steam taking a cut if that's your thing. Seems like a great way to support the developer directly, and you get Steam keys of course. It was something Linux users requested, so they made it happen.

If you don't want to buy Borderlands 2 from GameAgent then grab Borderlands 2 on Steam. Can't see a reason not to support Aspyr Media directly though.

For this release Aspyr will of course realise there will be a lot of cross-over from people who used Windows/Wine, so this is why it's important to pick up a few DLC packs to not only give Aspyr some income, but to show them we are a market worth continuing and I cannot stress that enough.

I've played a fair bit of it already and absolutely love it. I already loved the Borderlands series of games after playing the first game years ago, but having Borderlands 2 on Linux is pure gold gaming.

The visuals are excellent and the game-play gets really frantic. Any shooter fans will be in heaven with it.

Be sure to let us know how you find it in our comments. This is going to steal a lot of my time away, now if you'll excuse me I have some loot to find and some bandits to annihilate. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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GoCorinthians 30 Sep, 2014
downloading!
0ttman 30 Sep, 2014
Quoting: GoCorinthiansdownloading!


I would like to know how?
FutureSuture 30 Sep, 2014
Quoting: HadBabits
Quoting: FutureSutureSorry, Aspyr, but I will be passing on this. I simply refuse to buy any of your Linux releases...at such a heavy discount. Once the Game Of The Year Edition of Borderlands 2 is back to full price, and only then, will I purchase a copy for myself and a friend. Such native Linux efforts need to be rewarded and nothing else. Colour me thoroughly uninterested until then.
You could always buy it all the DLC, looks to be $50-60 combined :P
The Game Of The Year Edition of Borderlands 2 is only 34.99 GBP. No reason not to pay that times two to persuade Aspyr to bring more games to Linux.
Maelrane 30 Sep, 2014
Just one little thing I find rather annoying is the main page of the steam store right now:

"Coming to STEAMOS Borderlands The Pre-Sequel!"

"Now on STEAMOS Borderlands 2"

Nowhere is mentioned that Linux = SteamOS or rather that SteamOS is just one distro of Linux. Something like "SteamOS/Linux" would be great :/

Just a small thing, as said, yet annoying to me.
Guest 30 Sep, 2014
I've bought it altho I have seen that it isn't supported on AMD GPU's, should I file bug repport?
mirv 30 Sep, 2014
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I'll be waiting to see if it actually does work with fglrx and/or Mesa drivers. Just personally, I don't like the idea of an nvidia-only "release" (public beta is different, but a full release...no).

I also realise this won't make me popular, and I'm sure I'll cop a lot of flak for it, but something smells wrong to me as well. I know AMD's drivers can be very much improved in certain areas (particularly threading), but I'm not convinced that a native (I assume) port couldn't have worked around much of this. Seeing so much else work just fine with both Intel and AMD, or at least to a decent level (even if performance could be increased), I'm going to lay at least some of the blame on Aspyr. That's my opinion, though naturally I'm sure others disagree.

Basically, I'll be watching this closely before I pay any money.
Maelrane 30 Sep, 2014
Quoting: mirvI'll be waiting to see if it actually does work with fglrx and/or Mesa drivers. Just personally, I don't like the idea of an nvidia-only "release" (public beta is different, but a full release...no).

I also realise this won't make me popular, and I'm sure I'll cop a lot of flak for it, but something smells wrong to me as well. I know AMD's drivers can be very much improved in certain areas (particularly threading), but I'm not convinced that a native (I assume) port couldn't have worked around much of this. Seeing so much else work just fine with both Intel and AMD, or at least to a decent level (even if performance could be increased), I'm going to lay at least some of the blame on Aspyr. That's my opinion, though naturally I'm sure others disagree.

Basically, I'll be watching this closely before I pay any money.

I'm with you all the way. I'll stick with my AMD and the open source drivers. Every other game just works fine so I see no need to switch to Nvidia.

Still I hope they'll come around the difficulties.
dsngjoe 30 Sep, 2014
This just brought lots of joy to me. I cant wait till I get home tonight!!
Half-Shot 30 Sep, 2014
Quoting: paupavI've bought it altho I have seen that it isn't supported on AMD GPU's, should I file bug repport?

Depends on the drivers. If your on open drivers and you find odd things chuck it on the bug reporter.
Guest 30 Sep, 2014
Its kinda weird that when I try to download it it gets marked as downlaoded, but download time was like 2 seconds.
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