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Ballistic Overkill to get Vulkan support tomorrow and lots more

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Ballistic Overkill [Steam], one of my favourite FPS games and one we host three servers for is due a huge update tomorrow! It will get early Vulkan support and much more!

You will be able to set what graphics API you want by command line options, like "-force-vulkan" and "-force-glcore". With the ability to see in-game which API is actually running. This sounds great, it already performed really well, but now it might run even smoother.

They added in more AA customization, so you can now pick from FXAA, MSAA 2X-8X and also MSAA + FXAA at the various levels of MSAA.

They are also changing up how actually joining games works. You will be able to see who in your friends list is playing and join the server they are on. One of my personal requests is also being added, which is a queue to join a game, so no longer do you sit refreshing madly to try to join a server your friends are on.

Another of my personally requested features was admin commands, which they will be doing. They are adding in kick, ban and a player priority list for you to customize.

On top of all that, they will also be balancing a few classes and fixing bugs. See the full patch notes here.

This cements Ballistic Overkill even more into my top FPS list on Linux, fantastic. They respond well to feedback and constantly update the game with decent features. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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14 5 years 16 May, 2017
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Quoting: psycho_driverHad absolutely zero interest in this game but I'll buy it when the vulkan renderer is working correctly.
Just because you want to experience a driver API?
Hori 16 May, 2017
Is this game something like OpenArena / Quake ?
I've got it in my wishlist and the Summer Sales are approaching... and I see that people in this community are quite excited about this game so I feel like I have to have it too. :D
Blodoffer 16 May, 2017
Quoting: EhvisSolid 100 fps, so I personally don't need it. I hope it brings in more players though. If anyone want to trade skill for FPS, I'm all ears! :D

Vulkan may bring a hefty input lag boost regardless of your fps, so this is good news for everyone. ☺️
sasann 16 May, 2017
All very welcome improvements. I'm specially looking forward to the queue join system and being able to join a game while spectating it. When I start playing, most of the times, servers close to me are either empty or full so I have to spectate them first to see who leaves, and when somebody leaves, I have to quit the server, try to join in as a regular player which wastes a lot of time.
I also like to see new maps and new skins for both soldiers and guns. Hope they do something about the declining player base too. Maybe make it for free for a week.
razing32 16 May, 2017
Hmm , if the summer sale is coming I might just buy it.

Does cross platform multiplayer work ?
sasann 16 May, 2017
Quoting: HoriIs this game something like OpenArena / Quake ?
I've got it in my wishlist and the Summer Sales are approaching... and I see that people in this community are quite excited about this game so I feel like I have to have it too. :D
It is not quite as fast as Quake. Think Black Ops multiplayer with classes thrown in.
Quoting: razing32Hmm , if the summer sale is coming I might just buy it.

Does cross platform multiplayer work ?
Works perfectly
AzP 16 May, 2017
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Quoting: iskaputtCan this be bought on steam and then played without the steam client? Nothing 32-bits to ever touch my system.

Why would you then buy it on Steam? The Humble Bundle Store has the game, and I assume it is downloadable without Steam (it usually is).
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/ballistic-overkill

Otherwise you can use alternatives to Steam, like itch or Lutris or some other that supports 64-bit natively.
Hori 16 May, 2017
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Quoting: iskaputtI assume it is downloadable without Steam (it usually is).
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/ballistic-overkill
It doesn't have the DRM-Free tag so I assume it's not.

Quoting: iskaputtCan this be bought on steam and then played without the steam client? Nothing 32-bits to ever touch my system.
I would't risk it. Plus it makes no sense buying a game on Steam if you don't plan to play it through Steam. Do you want to buy it there just because it's cheaper (on sale)? If yes, then plenty other stores sell games with DRM-free support, of course, as long as the game does have a DRM-free version.


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razing32 16 May, 2017
Quoting: sasann
Quoting: HoriIs this game something like OpenArena / Quake ?
I've got it in my wishlist and the Summer Sales are approaching... and I see that people in this community are quite excited about this game so I feel like I have to have it too. :D
It is not quite as fast as Quake. Think Black Ops multiplayer with classes thrown in.
Quoting: razing32Hmm , if the summer sale is coming I might just buy it.

Does cross platform multiplayer work ?
Works perfectly

Cool.
Thanks mate.
Will keep an eye on it when it goes on sale. Want to get it for my mates.
Liam Dawe 16 May, 2017
Quoting: AzP
Quoting: iskaputtCan this be bought on steam and then played without the steam client? Nothing 32-bits to ever touch my system.

Why would you then buy it on Steam? The Humble Bundle Store has the game, and I assume it is downloadable without Steam (it usually is).
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/ballistic-overkill

Otherwise you can use alternatives to Steam, like itch or Lutris or some other that supports 64-bit natively.
No, Humble only has Steam keys for this game, you can see this clearly by the Steam logo with the platform icons inside the badge.

Ballistic Overkill is Steam-only game.
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