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Ori and the Blind Forest won't come to Linux for now, thanks to Microsoft

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For those waiting and hoping for Ori and the Blind Forest to come to Linux, your wait may be longer than expected.

Here's a direct quote from the developer:
thomasmahlerGuys, making ports isn't something we as the developers can decide upon - We signed Ori and the Blind Forest with Microsoft, they paid for the party, so they call the shots. For the time being, Ori will only be available on Microsoft-owned platforms, such as Xbox, Win10, PC.


Other Microsoft published games have made their way to Linux, so it's not out of the question. It depends what sort of publishing deal they signed, still a damn shame though.

About the game
The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, an unlikely hero must journey to find his courage and confront a dark nemesis to save his home. “Ori and the Blind Forest” tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, through a visually stunning action-platformer crafted by Moon Studios for PC. Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, and a fully orchestrated score, “Ori and the Blind Forest” explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all.

Thanks for pointing it out FutureSuture. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Eike 31 Dec, 2015
Quoting: LeonardKI still cannot grasp how such deals can be legal. If it's obvious (as it is here) that the only problem is a deal which distorts the market (especially *for* the almost-monopoly) then it should be not allowed or invalid imho.

Far from being an expert at this stuff, I'd say that yes, they are near a monopoly in terms of os, but this deal does not create any major disruption of the games market, as can be seen from the loads of Linux games available.
ljrk 31 Dec, 2015
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: LeonardKI still cannot grasp how such deals can be legal. If it's obvious (as it is here) that the only problem is a deal which distorts the market (especially *for* the almost-monopoly) then it should be not allowed or invalid imho.

Far from being an expert at this stuff, I'd say that yes, they are near a monopoly in terms of os, but this deal does not create any major disruption of the games market, as can be seen from the loads of Linux games available.

It's not major for sure, but it's unfair anyway.
mao_dze_dun 31 Dec, 2015
Quoting: NyapI personally think that this news is good ~ I came to linux for privacy. By attracting attention, and making more people use linux, we are making it more vulnerable from government wishes to implement backdoors.

Then I think FreeBSD might be a more appropriate choice for you. Also what are you doing at a Linux gaming site? Most games require you to share at least some personal data to at least buy them.
Armand Raynal 31 Dec, 2015
Hi guys, it's been a while since I didn't commented(forgot my login ><).

But when i saw this, i just had to.

I consider microsoft as the natural born ennemy of GNU/Linux, so it does not surprise me that their influence stole us a title.
What surprise me is that there is not more microsoft bashing here at GOL, and everywhere else where we like GNU/Linux.

Microsoft is the only significent reason why we can't play on our favorite system.
Honestly, what is the purpose of directx if it is not to set a monopoly ?
So much time focusing on personnal interest rather than developping better games ...

Those people at microsoft realy annoye me. I understand they have there reasons, but i don't understand those reasons(aka profit, profit and more profit).

<snip> (editor: don't be a dick about it)
/rage quit


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 31 December 2015 at 6:19 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 31 Dec, 2015
Quoting: LeerdeckWhat a stupid click-bait article... and of course directly copied from /r/Linux_Gaming

Actually, we reported on it first, then Phoronix copied it with a clickbait title, and then someone on reddit posted a direct link with the title copied from Phoronix.

We were first, it's not click-bait since the developer directly blamed Microsoft.

Have fun.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 31 December 2015 at 6:33 pm UTC
Eike 31 Dec, 2015
Quoting: Armand RaynalWhat surprise me is that there is not more microsoft bashing here at GOL, and everywhere else where we like GNU/Linux.

Microsoft is the only significent reason why we can't play on our favorite system.

The main reason I don't care too much about Microsoft is that nowadays I can play on my favorite system, and more than I actually have time to play.
Purple Library Guy 31 Dec, 2015
Quoting: NyapI personally think that this news is good ~ I came to linux for privacy. By attracting attention, and making more people use linux, we are making it more vulnerable from government wishes to implement backdoors.
Uh . . . what?
. . . I was going to do a takedown of the idea of secret back doors in open source code and stuff, but--are you really someone who dislikes the idea of games being on Linux, coming to explicate your point of view on a site called "Gaming on Linux"?! Or are you just a common or garden variety troll?
Storminator16 31 Dec, 2015
I'm so confused. By reading the comments, you'd think someone ate a kitten. This really isn't a big deal and there isn't a reason to go nuts over this.
Aryvandaar 1 Jan, 2016
Quotewill only be available on Microsoft-owned platforms, such as Xbox, Win10, PC.

Microsoft don't own the PC platform. When he writes it like that, that is how it looks like.

Also Windows /=/ PC. Operating system - hardware. When will devs learn this?


Last edited by Aryvandaar on 1 January 2016 at 11:48 am UTC
Xodetaetl 1 Jan, 2016
Quoting: Keizgon
Quoting: XodetaetlThe devs did fix the only bug the game had with Wine though, so it's perfectly playable on Linux.

Discussion here: https://steamcommunity.com/app/261570/discussions/0/617330406660903267/%29
And fixed in patch 1: "Fixed text rendering when playing in DX9 mode."

Such an obvious trap. They're just going to take your money and shit on our platform. Are you a masochist or just have no spine? It's time to drop the false empathy for using WINE. It's a double-edged sword and not worth losing the progress we have made with 1750+ native games.
Hey, you're aggressive. I only acknowledged some merit from the dev and informed those who really want to play this game that they can. But indeed I don't support the "zero compromises" attitude, it's an extremist position. The presence of full Linux support weighs heavily on my decision to buy a game or not, but depriving myself entirely from enjoying great games because their creators aren't good pupils... this, would be masochistic. ;)
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