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Porting Civilization: Beyond Earth, Dev Update 6 From Aspyr Media (UPDATED)

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Update
In the comments of the official blog Aspyr have noted they are working on supporting both AMD & Intel:
QuoteMany different versions actually. Once our ATI issues are ironed out, you shouldnt have any issue on FOSS.

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QuoteYes, we are talking with them now. Both Intel and AMD have shown great interest in helping here, and we are confident support for both chipsets will be included very soon.


Original Article
Aspyr Media has posted a new update on the Linux port of Civilization: Beyond Earth. Some bad news this time, as it looks like the port might be delayed and support for Intel and ATI graphics cards might be missing on release.

According to the blog post Firaxis/2K are planning to release a patch for the Windows version. Aspyr intends to release the patch for Mac simultaneously, but unfortunately they have run into some problems with it. The post doesn't specify the nature of the problems, but it's bad news for Linux too, since they want to have the patch in before the full release for our platform.

QuoteLike the Mac version, we’ve been working on implementing the new patch into the Linux version prior to release so that it’s fully up-to-date when it goes live. However, we’re seeing some of the same problems as on the Mac. And like the Mac version patch release, this may cause a delay in the full game’s release on Linux.


For Intel and ATI users there is more bad news, as these graphics card probably won't be supported on launch, due to some issues.

QuoteAdditionally, we’re seeing some graphical problems with Intel and ATI cards on Linux. The performance is good (i.e. no slowdown or chugging frame rates), but there’s still lots of graphical tearing and other anomalies that make it practically unplayable. Though not official yet, it’s likely we’ll drop support for Intel and ATI graphics cards on Linux platforms prior to the game’s launch on Linux.


Hopefully they're able to sort these issues out soon, and we still have our fingers crossed for a release before the holiday season. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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jedidiah_lnx 5 Dec, 2014
Quoting: reference2myselfThis is why I just got a new nvidia card, most games work like crap with ati and intel on linux.

I was a bit shocked when my old Intel Mini was not supported in Civ 5. It really didn't occur to me that a turn based game would require a decent GPU. So I am not really surprised that Linux support for ATI and Intel are lagging.

The state of these drivers is why I have been a long time nvidia user.
Liam Dawe 5 Dec, 2014
Updated the article to note Aspyr are working on Intel & AMD.
pete910 6 Dec, 2014
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Not worried about ATI support, Hows the AMD GPU's support ?
Shugyousha 7 Dec, 2014
They added a new update to their blog entry which sounds very promising:

QuoteBIG UPDATE: Both AMD and Intel have been quick and eager to help with these issues.  With their guidance, we’ve made great improvements over the last 24 hours and while there is still a lot of work to do, we are confident that support for both chipsets will be implemented asap.  We will be back with more info next week, but we wanted to give a heartfelt thanks to the fine folks at AMD and Intel for their help!
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