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After a successful crowdfunding campaign on Fig that included a Linux version, we're in for an extra wait as Outer Wilds is now going to be releasing on the Epic Store first.

In the backer update sent out a few days ago, they said:

Outer Wilds will first be released on XBox One and on PC via the Epic Games Store, with additional platforms coming later. Rest assured that we read all of your comments and our goal is to bring the game to your preferred platform as quickly as possible. We will keep you up to date with the latest info here.

This is after I spoke to the developer personally back in 2017, where they refused to confirm a Linux version really was being done despite their Fig campaign having a Linux icon and a statement saying "we’re planning to release Outer Wilds on PC, Mac, and Linux through Steam next year" on the actual Fig page. They never did reply to my final question back then, to ask why a Linux version was listed so clearly on Fig if "Linux is still to be determined" as they told me in a previous reply.

So it may eventually go back to Steam, it might also see the Linux version that they originally advertised but who knows what will happen. I can absolutely understand a developer wanting and needing more funding, most crowdfunding campaigns don't cover what developers really need. Still, it's yet another part of the new console-style wars of the PC stores and we're in for more.

To be clear, this is not Outer Worlds from Obsidian Entertainment, which is also an Epic Games Store exclusive. The names are pretty similar so it's easy to be confused.

For those interested, IGN have some fresh gameplay in the below video:

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I have reached out to the developer, Mobius Digital, to see if they are able to clarify their current plans for the Linux version of Outer Wilds. I will update this article if they reply with a statement.

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callcifer 13 May, 2019
Quoting: x_wingARMA I (aka Operation Flashpoint) has a Mac/Linux only repo.

Check it out:

https://steamdb.info/app/65790/info/
https://steamdb.info/app/594550/info/
That's great! I was pretty sure it wasn't possible.
slapin 13 May, 2019
If Epic supported Linux I'd be fine with their marketing policy. Now what they do is remove nice games from Linux support, which makes me sad and makes me hate Epic store with all my soul. Otherwise I do not care.
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Screw them.
Beamboom 13 May, 2019
Six months plus or minus makes very little difference for me. I sure hope this one arrives on our shores eventually, cause it sure looks sweet!
Rooster 13 May, 2019
Sounds like bad news to me. Well, I'm a man of my word:

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/easy-anti-cheat-are-apparently-pausing-their-linux-support-which-could-be-a-big-problem.14069/comment_id=153905

There goes 10e from my wallet. (I brought Lisa, a game which is supposed to be "Like Earthbound with Perverts".)
Nanobang 13 May, 2019
Quoting: liam...they refused to confirm a Linux version really was being done despite their Fig campaign having a Linux icon and a statement saying "we’re planning to release Outer Wilds on PC, Mac, and Linux through Steam next year" on the actual Fig page. They never did reply to my final question back then, to ask why a Linux version was listed so clearly on Fig if "Linux is still to be determined" as they told me in a previous reply.

These hucksters sound like they never really planned to bring it out on Linux, aside from the lip-service given to scam a couple dollars from the Community, soooo I prolly woulda just said "fuck em" anyway. But given their abandoning all of Steam to suckle at the syphilitic teat of Epic, I recommend absolutely no sexual contact with them whatsoever.


Last edited by Nanobang on 14 May 2019 at 11:59 am UTC
TobiSGD 13 May, 2019
Quoting: slapinIf Epic supported Linux I'd be fine with their marketing policy. Now what they do is remove nice games from Linux support, which makes me sad and makes me hate Epic store with all my soul. Otherwise I do not care.
The only reason Epic can give the publishers a bigger share is because they invest next to nothing into their platform. No forums, support, workshop for mod support, ... .
Valve, on the other hand, is not only making all the investments to make their platform a better place, they also improve game development by developing tools like OpenGL debuggers or supporting the development of open source graphics drivers.
Unless that doesn't change, I will always prefer Steam and not buy anything from the Epic store.
Purple Library Guy 13 May, 2019
Ehhh, I don't give a fig.
mylka 13 May, 2019
cant they all just make it exclusive for epic supported OS? mac and windows? so they can still release the linux version in other stores
Termy 13 May, 2019
Quoting: mylkacant they all just make it exclusive for epic supported OS? mac and windows? so they can still release the linux version in other stores

that would require for them to care - and at least judging by their communication with the fans...they simply don't
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