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FEZ has a massive 1.2 update that switches out MonoGame for FNA & SDL2

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Ethan Lee is at it again, the hit indie platformer FEZ has released the big 1.2 update that ditches MonoGame for FNA.

Ethan told me directly that he worked on it himself along with Renaud the main FEZ programmer.

In addition to now using FNA it also now uses SDL to drop the need for OpenTK, switch audio library for better CPU performance, uses SDL2 for gamepads, smoother rendering for different refresh rates, no more letterboxing or pillarboxing and more.

Also interesting is that OpenGL calls are now done on a single thread to avoid driver-specific issues and crashes during loading. Another one for Linux is that they added PS4 light bar support for us.

See the release announcement here. Ethan also did his own post about it on G+.

The update for FEZ is now live on Steam. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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t3g 19 Aug, 2016
If you've seen Indie Game: The Movie, you know all about Phil.

View video on youtube.com
no_information_here 19 Aug, 2016
Quoting: lucifertdarkIf Ethan is looking this way, THANKS MATE! :D
Yes, indeed. Ethan Lee is the man.

This was an awesome game. I can sympathize that the stresses of being a public personality are harsh and I wish Phil Fish all the best in whatever he does next.
opera 19 Aug, 2016
Quoting: MGOidSomebody know what Ryan C. Gordon (icculus) is doing lately? The guy was THE Linux porter some years ago but I did not see his work anymore.
I was wondering this myself lately. Would be nice to know what he is doing nowadays.
Maybe Liam can reach out to him on Twitter.
Nel 20 Aug, 2016
Quoting: MGOidSomebody know what Ryan C. Gordon (icculus) is doing lately? The guy was THE Linux porter some years ago but I did not see his work anymore.
Quoting: operaI was wondering this myself lately. Would be nice to know what he is doing nowadays.
Maybe Liam can reach out to him on Twitter.
He's currently dealing with his QA team to improve SDL.
Pit 20 Aug, 2016
Quoting: Avehicle7887Hopefully they'll also release the update for the DRM-Free version on Humble Bundle, otherwise I won't be able to enjoy this update at all.

Same hope here (so far it's not updated). As I understand FNA is not tied to steam (?), so there should be some hope, even more as it's also on GOG :)
MayeulC 21 Aug, 2016
Quoting: Pit
Quoting: Avehicle7887Hopefully they'll also release the update for the DRM-Free version on Humble Bundle, otherwise I won't be able to enjoy this update at all.

Same hope here (so far it's not updated). As I understand FNA is not tied to steam (?), so there should be some hope, even more as it's also on GOG :)

https://twitter.com/renaudbedard/status/767080954573783044

Quote. @flibitijibibo and I just sent Windows, OS X and Linux builds to GOG and Humble for FEZ 1.12. Coming live in the near future!
Avehicle7887 21 Aug, 2016
Quoting: MyeulC
Quoting: Pit
Quoting: Avehicle7887Hopefully they'll also release the update for the DRM-Free version on Humble Bundle, otherwise I won't be able to enjoy this update at all.

Same hope here (so far it's not updated). As I understand FNA is not tied to steam (?), so there should be some hope, even more as it's also on GOG :)

https://twitter.com/renaudbedard/status/767080954573783044

Quote. @flibitijibibo and I just sent Windows, OS X and Linux builds to GOG and Humble for FEZ 1.12. Coming live in the near future!

That's awesome news, so finally Fez will get the Linux version on GOG. Keep em coming!
emphy 21 Aug, 2016
Quoting: grenadecxCool thing, but I've no respect for Phil Fish after his opinion about streaming content.

Anyone not following, here's an article about it:
Fez Creator Phil Fish: YouTubers Should Pay Game Devs "Huge Portion" of Revenue

I know he is not the one porting it, but still, I suppose he gets revenue somewhere along the line.

Meh, as long as doesn't go around dmca-ing videos I couldn't care less...
Corben 22 Aug, 2016
Just a small thing, the version number is 1.12 instead of 1.2 ;)

I'm impressed how much effort Renauld and Ethan still put in this game. It has been around for quite some time, also on Linux. Nice to see their passion about this.
lucifertdark 22 Aug, 2016
It now works better on Linux than it did on the Xbox360, I'm happy. :D
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