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Feral Interactive have finally confirmed the Linux release date for Shadow of the Tomb Raider after announcing it for Linux back in November last year.

They've said today it will officially release as "Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition" on November 5th! Looking around at dates, technically this is the earliest we've seen any of the newer Tomb Raider series arrive on Linux. The first Tomb Raider came to Linux in 2016 after an original 2013 release, with Rise of the Tomb Raider arriving on Linux 2018 after an original 2016 release and we get the final game in the reboot trilogy next month!

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Since we've waited on it for just over a year after release, we get the fancy Definitive Edition which comes with its entire collection of DLC so it's not a bad package for a patient gamer to get. Feral's previous port of Rise of the Tomb Raider performed really well too, so I've no doubt this will.

One thing the Linux version will not support is Ray Tracing, as Feral Interactive confirmed to GamingOnLinux over email.

Feral announced it on their official site, Twitter, press emails and so on. They also have a fancy mini-site setup for it if you're after a bit more information. We also still have Life is Strange 2 and Total War Saga: TROY to come from Feral yet.

Will you be picking up a copy when it releases? We shall have a livestream of the fun no doubt, be sure to follow us on Twitch for when that happens.

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1xok 16 Oct, 2019
The late release date may not be a coincidence. There may be a strong connection with the Stadia version of the game. I have written down my thoughts here:

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/forum/topic/4096
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: Jewgeni Filippowitsch IwanowskiI've also been waiting for it and will buy it as soon as it's available.

Maybe I'm too old to be needing the greatest and newest games. I appreciate what's already there and as I don't spend that much time gaming anymore I might never fully finish my (rather medium sized) backlog. That's okay for me as long as once in a while there are some gems like this one released to brighten up the day.

As I don't have much time for playing anymore, I can also still satisfy my gaming needs with native ports (and whitelisted Proton games). For the same reason, I'm keeping my backlog of bought games small (half a dozen games or so). But the reason for writing...: How many games is "rather medium sized"? :-D
My "medium sized backlog" counts circa 15 titles, but perhaps I'll seriously play only half of them. I don't want to urge myself playing games just because I own a copy (= have a license...). By getting older that became more and more okay with me.
jens 16 Oct, 2019
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Quoting: 1xokThe late release date may not be a coincidence. There may be a strong connection with the Stadia version of the game. I have written down my thoughts here:

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/forum/topic/4096

I don't think so. My bet is that Feral really just waited for the Definite Edition. Note that this version will be released on other platforms as well on November 5th: https://tombraider.square-enix-games.com/en-us/news/shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-definitive-edition

Thus one might even consider this as a day one release ;)


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YoRHa-2B 17 Oct, 2019
Quoting: DesumGoing to be interesting to compare Feral's pre-baked Vulkan wrapper to DXVK.
For starters, expect the Feral port to run smooth as butter right from the get-go. DXVK stutters a lot in this game because it has to compile so many shaders at draw time; Feral will just compile everything during the loading screen like they did with Rise. They can do that because they know what the game will do in advance, even if it's just a simple solution similar to DXVK's state cache.

Then, maybe (hopefully) they'll base their port on the D3D12 renderer which is much faster than the D3D11 one. Other than that, Wine itself also has significant overhead in SotTR for some reason, even with Fsync and all the Proton 4.11 improvements.

Feature-wise, expect to lose HBAO+. RTX and DLSS don't work on Proton anyway.

Saves may be incompatible with the Windows version of the game. This is basically the only gripe I have with Feral's games, it's annoying and seems somewhat unnecessary.


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sub 17 Oct, 2019
Quoting: mirvSome random thoughts, and disclaimer: these are just ideas, I've no idea if any of this is actually the case. Just pondering really.

As an additional point about this game: it's been listed as coming to Stadia. Given that Feral have ported it to both Metal (presumably, or possibly MoltenVK I guess, though I doubt) and Vulkan, it's likely that Feral have also done the work for this game on Stadia.

Hmmm. Take it with a grain of salt but I read *somewhere* that this is not the case.
The Stadia version is not based on Feral's work.
Eike 17 Oct, 2019
Quoting: subHmmm. Take it with a grain of salt but I read *somewhere* that this is not the case.
The Stadia version is not based on Feral's work.

I'd consider this very interesting (and surprising).
Can you find this *somewhere*?
sub 17 Oct, 2019
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: subHmmm. Take it with a grain of salt but I read *somewhere* that this is not the case.
The Stadia version is not based on Feral's work.

I'd consider this very interesting (and surprising).
Can you find this *somewhere*?

Quoting: Grim85When Stadia was announced I asked them [Feral] on Twitter if the footage of Shadow of the Tomb Raider was their work and they said it was not

https://www.phoronix.com/forums/forum/phoronix/latest-phoronix-articles/1132685-shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-coming-to-linux-on-5-november?p=1132779#post1132779


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mirv 17 Oct, 2019
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Quoting: sub
Quoting: mirvSome random thoughts, and disclaimer: these are just ideas, I've no idea if any of this is actually the case. Just pondering really.

As an additional point about this game: it's been listed as coming to Stadia. Given that Feral have ported it to both Metal (presumably, or possibly MoltenVK I guess, though I doubt) and Vulkan, it's likely that Feral have also done the work for this game on Stadia.

Hmmm. Take it with a grain of salt but I read *somewhere* that this is not the case.
The Stadia version is not based on Feral's work.

That's normally why I say that I'm just pondering. I mean, there is a case for Square Enix to do it internally because it might make future titles easier to release on Stadia. And what makes sense to me with what I know about, well a company might have other considerations. We might end up not knowing too - I'd not be surprised if both Feral and Square Enix are tight lipped about it all.

So I'm perfectly happy if my pondering is entirely wrong, but at least I have fun thinking about it.
Liam Dawe 17 Oct, 2019
Reply from Feral today as people asked:
QuoteShadow of the Tomb Raider won't support ray tracing on Linux.
Eike 17 Oct, 2019
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Quoting: Grim85When Stadia was announced I asked them [Feral] on Twitter if the footage of Shadow of the Tomb Raider was their work and they said it was not

https://www.phoronix.com/forums/forum/phoronix/latest-phoronix-articles/1132685-shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-coming-to-linux-on-5-november?p=1132779#post1132779

Hm, thanks. Couldn't find this with Google or on Twitter directly, but I'm not sure I would if it exists. :)
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