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Noir-inspired detective adventure 'Backbone: Prologue' now supports Linux

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Backbone: Prologue, acting as the demo of an upcoming much larger game from developer EggNut has finally added Linux support today a few months after releasing for Windows.

Originally funded on Kickstarter back in 2018, Backbone is a pixel art cinematic adventure with stealth and action elements. It does look seriously good, the atmosphere is incredible so it's good to see we weren't forgotten about.

A little more about what to expect from it:

Backbone's gameplay is a new take on point-and-click adventure, featuring stealth, exploration and extensive branching dialogues inspired by classic CRPGs. As Howard, you must traverse the different districts of a now walled-off Vancouver, sniff out clues, collect evidence, interrogate witnesses, and choose which leads to follow.

Inspired by film noir, Backbone will submerge you into its dark dystopian atmosphere. Every animation in the game is handcrafted frame by frame, and environments are modeled after real streets of Vancouver, BC. The breathtaking combination of high resolution pixel art and 3D effects like dynamic lighting, pouring rain, volumetric fog and neon lights bring the sprawling city to life. Original doom jazz soundtrack will keep you on the edge with the enveloping veil of bebop and cinematic soundscapes, where every sound tells a story.

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A big 1.1 patch landed today, here's the highlights:

  • Settings menu for visuals and sound.
  • Mac and Linux support.
  • Controller support.
  • Optimization.
  • New fluid NPC animations.
  • Alley truck puzzle polished.
  • Dialogues edited for clarity and snappiness.
  • New original song in The Bite.
  • Tiny and big bug fixes.

You can find Backbone: Prologue free on Steam now. The full game also has a Steam page for you to follow, due to release sometime next year.

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hardpenguin 25 Oct, 2019
Oh hell yes, thanks Backbone team!
stan 26 Oct, 2019
It looks great but I hope the scrolling ingame is not stuttering as much as in the trailer!

Edit: I tried it and it’s much more smooth in reality, but still a lot of slowdowns when coming across interactive elements.

Last edited by stan on 26 October 2019 at 10:31 am UTC
thoughtfulhippo 26 Oct, 2019
That's great news. I backed the campaign and it's good to see them come through on their promise for Linux support.
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