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Atari Vault released for Windows, Linux build coming soon

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Update: They posted this in reply to someone in a forum topic I started
QuoteWith experience in software development, you should be familiar with hardware issues. The average game, when porting only has to consider control configurations for one game; this package has 42 distinct control schemes. The number of configurations is quite astounding, more than average modern game. It take a long time work through these things. Still, the Linux version is coming shortly. Launch has also exposed a few issues on the Windows side that we're going to patch (for the benefit of Linux too) before the Linux build is released.

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It would have been nice to have this simply mentioned to begin with, then the outlook would have been more positive. I am a big fan of open communication and they failed here, but it's great to see it's coming still.

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Another developer going the silent route on previous plans. Atari Vault was confirmed by the developers to be releasing on Windows and SteamOS/Linux, but Mac later. Now it has launched with no hint about Linux.

To save you going to our old article linked above, here's the image:
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It released yesterday with no mention on Linux/SteamOS.

I seriously don't get what is so damned hard about developers being open about previously confirmed platforms.

We have reached out to them to ask what's going on, but I doubt Atari will even see our message as they probably get thousands daily.

This guys, is why you don't pre-order, I'm glad I stick to my rule. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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GustyGhost Mar 25, 2016
AnxiousInfusion's wallet is another payment to launch without promised Atari support.
enz Mar 25, 2016
To be fair, he said "we are targeting a release on Steam OS", which sounds more like an intent than a promise. A promise would have been if he had said "we will do a release on Steam OS".


Last edited by enz on 25 March 2016 at 8:01 pm UTC
melkemind Mar 25, 2016
Isn't this the same publisher as RollerCoaster Tycoon World? It sounds like Atari has some serious internal and external communication breakdowns.
Liam Dawe Mar 25, 2016
Quoting: enzTo be fair, he said "we are targeting a release on Steam OS", which sounds more like an intent than a promise. A promise would have been if he had said "we will do a release on Steam OS".

That's exactly the same meaning, but adjusted wording.
Slackdog Mar 25, 2016
No great loss - nothing in there that can't be had on MAME anyways....
Nyamiou Mar 25, 2016
Don't be like that, they just haven't uploaded the SteamOS build yet. We won't have Day-1 release for all our game. They probably remove the SteamOS mentions so that Linux people don't buy the game now but only after Linux release as to avoid messing up the numbers.

Also they did add the Linux depot as the same time they added the Windows one, yesterday (SteamDB. It was no mistake, they just haven't uploaded the the Linux build yet.


Last edited by Nyamiou on 25 March 2016 at 10:59 pm UTC
Fishticon Mar 25, 2016
This was actually the ONLY Linux game I was looking forward to lately. It saddens me that they did this. I didn't pre-order but I was thinking of buying it and waiting, but then I seen this new article.
BillNyeTheBlackGuy Mar 26, 2016
Overreacting much? Modern day Atari has always been crooked, but I don't see what they did wrong here. Most linux game release have never been day one. They NEVER promise a day one release. They simply said they're targetting a Linux release date.


Last edited by BillNyeTheBlackGuy on 26 March 2016 at 1:01 am UTC
MintedGamer Mar 26, 2016
I agree with your comments about not pre-ordering. I pre-ordered Total War Warhammer as it had Linux support announced, and now on the Steam page only has Windows is listed as an OS :( I've asked the community manager what the plans are for Linux, but not had any reply. I can understand that the developers run into issues but I just wish they would keep people informed if their release plans change.
Liam Dawe Mar 26, 2016
Quoting: BillNyeTheBlackGuyOverreacting much? Modern day Atari has always been crooked, but I don't see what they did wrong here. Most linux game release have never been day one. They NEVER promise a day one release. They simply said they're targetting a Linux release date.
You and I obviously have very different views on things. If a developers says it will have a Linux version, and right up until release it mentions Linux, I expect a Linux release.

Call it whatever you want, but it's crap communication and I expect better.

They never promised a day-1 release, but it should never have mentioned Linux on the store page if it wasn't going to be. People pre order and spend their money on what developers say remember, only to get burnt by missing Linux versions time and time again.

Also, their wording implies a Linux day-1 release. If you read it properly. They mention Mac is after the target of Windows and Linux/SteamOS.

You may think it's overreacting, but I will keep pointing out developers that do stuff like this.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 26 March 2016 at 7:28 am UTC
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