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A look at some top Linux games released in 2018

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If you're new to Linux and you're wondering what notable releases have made their way to Linux in 2018, here's a quick list of some good stuff on the table.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, we have to cut it down somewhere! Otherwise, it will go on forever as there's been rather a lot. We're a long way from Feb, 2013 when Steam was officially released on Linux that's for sure. I remember being able to keep track of releases every day, now it's practically impossible.

Top 20 Linux games released in 2018 (in no particular order):

  • Surviving Mars
  • Northgard
  • Cultist Simulator
  • Overload
  • Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War
  • Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
  • Horizon Chase Turbo
  • The Station
  • Ion Maiden (preview campaign)
  • Dead Cells (early access, final release really soon)
  • Ruiner
  • For The King
  • Iconoclasts
  • Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition
  • N++
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Full Metal Furies
  • Wizard of Legend

Honourable mentions to Turok and the recent Linux beta of Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Desperados - Wanted Dead or Alive, POSTAL Redux, SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics and there's likely more of these revamped/enhanced releases that added Linux support this year.

Even with my massively cut-down list, that's nothing to scoff at for sure. There's tons more on the way, with some already announced like:

  • Crazy Justice - "Sometime between July 20th - July 30th"
  • Chasm - 31st July
  • This Is the Police 2 - 2nd August.
  • State of Mind - 15th August.
  • Two Point Hospital - 30th August.
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker - 25th September.
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm - "Soon - FeralTime™".
  • Total War: WARHAMMER II - "Quite Soon - FeralTime™".
  • INSOMNIA: The Ark - No ETA.
  • Victory At Sea Pacific - No ETA.
  • Battletech - No ETA.
  • Imperator: Rome - No ETA (possibly 2019, no specific date set).
  • We Happy Few - No ETA.

The list of games still coming, goes on for rather a lot time. Naturally, there's plenty not yet announced that we're aware of as well and no we won't give any hints as to what—sorry.

To see more, browse through our Coming Soon selection (not always complete, sometimes we forget to add the tag).

Inspired by this reddit post, thought it was time for a new one.

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dpanter 25 Jul, 2018
Shout out to Techland for supplying a crazy amount of extras for Dying Light in 2018 with their "10-in-12" program (OK they started late 2017 but the majority was during 2018 ;) )

Peace, Death was a nice little gem which eventually saw a Linux version on Steam in march, and it is good-o. :)

I'm still stoked that Overload (the Descent-like 6DoF shooter) was made by the actual guys who made Descent... it just makes me happy.
ProfessorKaos64 25 Jul, 2018
How does Overload compare to Descent Underground?
I have Descent Underground from, I think Kickstarter a while back. Is this the same trleam? How do they compare?
dpanter 25 Jul, 2018
ProfessorKaos64How does Overload compare to Descent Underground?
I have Descent Underground from, I think Kickstarter a while back. Is this the same trleam? How do they compare?
Only played the Overload playable teaser so far but everything feels right, know what I mean? Classic Descent was what, way back in '95 or something. It's possible that I could have the ol' rose-tinted glasses on when reminiscing... ;)
Teamwise, take a look: https://playoverload.com/team/

Didn't try Descent Underground, but from what I read online the reception was rather underwhelming.
Liam Dawe 25 Jul, 2018
dpanter
ProfessorKaos64How does Overload compare to Descent Underground?
I have Descent Underground from, I think Kickstarter a while back. Is this the same trleam? How do they compare?
Only played the Overload playable teaser so far but everything feels right, know what I mean? Classic Descent was what, way back in '95 or something. It's possible that I could have the ol' rose-tinted glasses on when reminiscing... ;)
Teamwise, take a look: https://playoverload.com/team/

Didn't try Descent Underground, but from what I read online the reception was rather underwhelming.
Is Descent Underground even still going? Was removed from Steam ages ago.

Overload is fantastic, made by some original Descent developers.
BTRE 25 Jul, 2018
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liamdaweIs Descent Underground even still going? Was removed from Steam ages ago.
They just delisted it because they didn't want to keep doing Early Access for whatever reason. There have been sporadic updates on kickstarter/elsewhere (and a dev comment less than a week ago on steam) and I think the latest is that they're aiming for a full release in the Fall. But who actually knows?
Asu 26 Jul, 2018
gamesworkshop! Inquisitor martyr on mac and linux please!
lucifertdark 26 Jul, 2018
liamdawe
dpanter
ProfessorKaos64How does Overload compare to Descent Underground?
I have Descent Underground from, I think Kickstarter a while back. Is this the same trleam? How do they compare?
Only played the Overload playable teaser so far but everything feels right, know what I mean? Classic Descent was what, way back in '95 or something. It's possible that I could have the ol' rose-tinted glasses on when reminiscing... ;)
Teamwise, take a look: https://playoverload.com/team/

Didn't try Descent Underground, but from what I read online the reception was rather underwhelming.
Is Descent Underground even still going? Was removed from Steam ages ago.

Overload is fantastic, made by some original Descent developers.
I have all of the originals & both of these new ones & while Descent Underground has possession of the name, Overload has possession of the game. Descent Underground isn't a bad game but Overload eclipses it totally, it just IS the definitive modern Descent game even without the name.

It looks very much like Descent Underground has been abandoned by the developers as it hasn't been updated since September 2017 & removing it from Steam was just bad.
skinnyraf 26 Jul, 2018
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Asugamesworkshop! Inquisitor martyr on mac and linux please!

Considering Dawn of War II and III, then Total War: Warhammer I and II, it would be great if we had all GW-licensed games on Linux. Then Valve could release a Warhammer-branded line of Steam Machines.

Well, obviously joking, but... :)
MeissnerEffect 26 Jul, 2018
I think Life is Strange will be an interesting release. Feral have committed pretty hard to using Vulkan for their ports, so it's highly likely that they want to use it for LiS too. The problem is that Vulkan does not have "Stream Output" like support which is required to render the character models in LiS, this prevents the game from being played using DXVK for instance.I imagine Feral will have a similar headache....I wonder how they'll solve this problem.
Kabouik 26 Jul, 2018
Helium Rain will most likely release in 1.0 this year, and it is already a real jewel in its current state, the gameplay is great and there is a lot of depth in the mechanics and the economy. It's not only a good game by Linux standards (a platform on which fewer games are available), but I believe it's also one of the best space games so far, including Windows-only games.


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