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Good news for strategy fans, as Medieval II: Total War Collection is coming over to Linux & SteamOS on January 14th.

It is being ported by the monster porting house Feral Interactive, who are responsible for Alien: Isolation, Shadow of Mordor and more ports.

David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral InteractiveWe’re delighted to be bringing one the best-loved Total War games to Mac and Linux. Medieval II: Total War Collection is a bona fide strategy classic and our most-requested port.


About the game
The Medieval II: Total War Collection combines thrilling real-time battles and sophisticated turn-based strategy in a vast campaign that spans five centuries and encompasses the Crusades, the spread of plague and the proliferation of gunpowder. As a warrior king, players will lead one of 17 factions to supremacy in the medieval world with an artful mix of diplomacy, commerce and war.

On the campaign map, players will build their empire’s infrastructure, cities and trade routes, then master the art of diplomacy to disarm enemies, empower allies and gain the favour of the Pope. On the battlefield, they will conduct siege warfare, command thundering cavalry charges and lead their armies into epic clashes that will bring entire kingdoms to their knees.

The Medieval II: Total War Collection contains the Kingdoms expansion, which includes four standalone campaigns: Discovery of the Americas, Britannia, Crusades, and the Teutonic Campaign.

Min system req
2Ghz CPU
4GB RAM
512MB or better graphics card
SteamOS 2.0 or Ubuntu 14.04 or better.

The game also requires an NVIDIA 600 series+ with Driver Version 352.55.
AMD R7 with Mesa 11.2 driver, and Intel Iris Pro with Mesa 11.2 driver.
AMD GPUs may require Ubuntu 15.10 or later. The Mesa 11.2 driver is still in active development. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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adolson 11 Jan, 2016
It wasn't much of a secret anyhow, since it was pretty evident by SteamDB activity that it was happening.
KimmoKM 11 Jan, 2016
Nice. Medieval 2 isn't my favourite by a long shot by itself, but it has stellar total conversion mods such as Third Age: Total War.
drmoth 11 Jan, 2016
Great game, also played the hell out of it in the day. Very satisfying medieval RTS
neowiz73 12 Jan, 2016
yep, played this many moons ago when I had a windows partition, will be nice to play it again. I've never bought the expansions though. So yeah I guess I'll have to do that now :)
omer666 12 Jan, 2016
At last! Now we just need a Shogun entry.

As for the GeForce 600 requirement, I agree it's quite unpleasing. Even if my GPU is a 660, I don't think this is safe politics. On another hand, it may be related to OpenGL specific requirements for that port (needing some extensions, etc.)

It's been also announced some time ago that the minimum requirement for Vulkan was GeForce 600 series and up, but that full functionality requires GeForce 900. Shifting the minimum requirements to 600+ Gfx may be linked to a future Vulkan adoption (yeah that's unrealistic but who knows :p)
wojtek88 12 Jan, 2016
omer666It's been also announced some time ago that the minimum requirement for Vulkan was GeForce 600 series and up, but that full functionality requires GeForce 900. Shifting the minimum requirements to 600+ Gfx may be linked to a future Vulkan adoption (yeah that's unrealistic but who knows :p)
Seriously? Do you have any link that I can look for this information? I'm not saying I don't believe you, I just need yet another proof for myself that time to buy new hardware has come...
Liam Dawe 12 Jan, 2016
wojtek88Am I missing something or port of the game from 2006 released 10 years later will require GPU released in 2012 or later?
I understand that while porting classic games it's not required to have the requirements of the original game and the target of the port is Steam machine, so mostly the one with NVidia 800+ series, but NVidia 600+ series as a requirement of this port makes me not even considering this game. Mainly because my hardware from 2012 that costed > 1k dollars won't be capable to handle this port..

Nvidia 600 series is now four years old, which in GPU terms is pretty damn outdated now. That's not the actual reason though, just pointing it out.

The reason is Feral probably don't have any 5 series or below to test on, so it's a minimum tested basically. They have said this a few times before on here and reddit.
edddeduck_feral 12 Jan, 2016
omer666As for the GeForce 600 requirement, I agree it's quite unpleasing. Even if my GPU is a 660, I don't think this is safe politics.

This is mostly related to available hardware, it's just not feasible to try and purchase a decade of discontinued hardware (if you can find them) and test a decades worth of cards and CPUs.

It will likely play just fine on many older cards however due to the fact hardware is no longer manufactured and we cannot feasibly test against all those card variations (it would be more work than all our ports so far combined). Our min specifications are the minimum specifications we officially support and have tested ourselves based on the minimum specification hardware series when we started bring games to Linux.
wojtek88 12 Jan, 2016
@edddeduckferal sounds reasonable and fair.
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