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Civilization VI [Steam] is being ported to Linux by Aspyr Media and I’m seriously excited for the release. I’m able to confirm a little early for you that it will release on February 9th.

Aspyr Media will announce this all today to confirm I am correct. To settle any doubt, I previously confirmed that it really was coming. Update: Aspyr Media tweeted to confirm this.

For the multiplayer side, Aspyr Media have confirmed that the Linux version will be compatible with the Mac version. Neither will currently be compatible with Windows, I will have more about that in my interview with them which will be published after the release.

Due to the delay, they will also be releasing the Linux version along with a discount on all versions of the game.

We will have a livestream on the day of release, so prepare your eyes for a treat of my attempts to take over the world — badly. Keep an eye on our Twitch channel for notifications: https://www.twitch.tv/gamingonlinux
I will attempt to make this livestream last an entire game, or until I really do have to do something else.

Required specifications
OS: Ubuntu 16.04 / SteamOS
CPU: Intel Core i3 530 or AMD A8-3870
CPU Speed: 2.93 GHz
RAM: 6 GB
Hard Disk Space: 15 GB
GPU (NVIDIA): GeForce 650 (AMD and Intel GPUs are not currently supported)
VRAM: 1 GB

About the game
Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.

We shall have our review up at release. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Eike Feb 7, 2017
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Quoting: KimyrielleHonestly, the probably biggest application of Civ multiplayer is LAN, and chances are that computers in the same use the same OS, no?

... and the biggest application of Civ isn't multiplayer to begin with.
rea987 Feb 7, 2017
Quoting: Mountain ManThat's incorrect. It will count as a Windows sale because it's a Windows key. Steam keys are OS specific.

That's what I am wondering; yeah, in that scenario it's counted as Windows sale but considering that the game was activated and played only on Linux, it should be counted as Linux "play" if there is such thing.

Quoting: NasraOn french Civilisation V boxes, Linux is clearly on the box... I don't know if it is counted for Linux sales...

Those Civ V boxes are probably issued after the Linux port was released; so they should be counted as Linux sale. But boxes without Linux logo are with the Windows keys. So, activating a Windows boxed game which gained Linux port later is no different than activating a Windows key from 3rd party website.
Colombo Feb 8, 2017
Quoting: KimyrielleHonestly, the probably biggest application of Civ multiplayer is LAN, and chances are that computers in the same use the same OS, no?
No, not for some time already. And assumption of same OS in of nearby computers is not valid at all as well.
KuJo Feb 8, 2017
Another twitter-User questioned:
-> https://twitter.com/AngryPenguinPL/status/829060597069258752
Quote"for clarification, we speak about AMDGPU-PRO (closed source driver) or RadeonSI (open source driver) or maybe both?"

Aspyr answered:
-> https://twitter.com/AspyrMedia/status/829064127716941826
Quote"Future's a bit unclear. Again, both are possible, but don't expect anything anytime soon."

My answer to this:
https://twitter.com/KUJoppich/status/829258684756787200
Quote"For me too: Future is unclear. No proper AMD support - a buy is not an option. Don´t expect it anytime soon."

I am an AMD-User. With no AMD-support and having potentially never cleaned up these issues the money for the game would for me be thrown out of the window.


Last edited by KuJo on 8 February 2017 at 4:36 pm UTC
cRaZy-bisCuiT Feb 8, 2017
Quoting: Kimyrielle
Quoting: cRaZy-bisCuiTPlease don't split the gaming community Aspyr! It's already sad Feral couldn't fix their cross-platform multiplayer.

What is the reason to buy a Multiplayer game if you can't find people to play with since the Linux and Mac community is rather small? Also if I can't play with my friends I don't see any reason to buy your game. Sorry.

Honestly, the probably biggest application of Civ multiplayer is LAN, and chances are that computers in the same use the same OS, no?
Actually friends of mine use almost only Windows. We also had a LAN party where I did use Linux and it worked pretty fine. Many games worked well natively with cross platform Multiplayer like Dota, Counter Strike and Insurgency. Still for those games you'd need to play online even while being the same room.


Still its no excuse to say some people may favor playing via lan LAN over playing on the Internet. You still split the community. I'm still unhappy with Warhammer 40k - I'd like to play it but almost no one is playing it on Linux.
voyager2102 Feb 8, 2017
Quoting: Kimyrielle
Quoting: cRaZy-bisCuiTPlease don't split the gaming community Aspyr! It's already sad Feral couldn't fix their cross-platform multiplayer.

What is the reason to buy a Multiplayer game if you can't find people to play with since the Linux and Mac community is rather small? Also if I can't play with my friends I don't see any reason to buy your game. Sorry.

Honestly, the probably biggest application of Civ multiplayer is LAN, and chances are that computers in the same use the same OS, no?
Nope,...
me -> Linux
wife -> MacOS
kid 1 -> Windows
kid 2 -> Windows

Luckily the kids are out overnight on the weekend, so I can play with my wife on the weekend ;)
KuJo Feb 8, 2017
Hm, Pierre-Loup Griffais mentioned on twitter, that with the recent radeonsi-drivers civ6 works fine:

QuoteCivilization VI appears to work fine on recent RadeonSI, for what it's worth.
-> https://twitter.com/Plagman2/status/828751336367730689

It is not explained in detail, but i assume that with "recent" Mesa 13 aka Mesa 17 is meant. The AMDGPU-drivers made a big step in combination kernel 4.9 + Mesa 17. <- that's what I am playing with actually.

Maybe that civ6 is a maybe for me now. But i will wait on user reviews after launch.
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