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Total Mayhem Games drops Linux support for We Were Here (updated)

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Update 25/06/20: they also dropped support for We Were Here Too as of June 25. This was announced here in a very casual and uncaring manner too. They also entirely removed the Linux build from Steam.

The release of this update also means we are ending support for Linux and 32 bit versions of We Were Here Too. You might have noticed this already happened for the other We Were Here games.

Checking back on the first game, We Were Here, they also entirely removed the original Linux build there a few days earlier. That wasn't much of a problem as it was a free game but We Were Here Too was a paid game.


Original article below:

Total Mayhem Games have announced that We Were Here, a co-op puzzle game series, will no longer support Linux. Currently the series is made up of We Were Here (which is free), We Were Here Too and We Were Here Together.

The first two had Linux support, with the third being released in October last year without a Linux version. Now they're dropping support for Linux completely (and VR too). Perhaps not entirely unexpected then if they weren't continuing it with newer games. Why though? As they said in an announcement yesterday:

Regretfully, we are announcing that we will no longer support Linux going forward. We know this will come as a disappointment to some of you, but it simply isn't practical to provide support considering how quickly the software is changing and the limited number of people who actually use Linux to play We Were Here games.

They've already removed the SteamOS/Linux icon on the store page for We Were Here (the free one), although currently the Linux build is still there. We Were Here Too doesn't seem to have been touched…yet, and it's not clear if it's only going to be dropped for the first one as this still has the SteamOS/Linux support icon.

A real shame, as We Were Here Too is actually a pretty fun game and one we took a look at before. If this situation sounds familiar, it's because Rocket League also dropped Linux support earlier this year.

This is the constant struggle of a niche platform. We are at least slowly trending upwards going by the Linux user share on Steam. Until we grow a lot though, we aren't likely to see consistent developer support. A lack of developer interest is part of the reason Valve teamed up with CodeWeavers to create Steam Play Proton too, so there's at least something to fallback onto.

If you missed it, we also recently went over some interesting Steam milestones for Linux.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Misc, Puzzle, Steam | Apps: We Were Here
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randyl 25 Jun
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The announcement came across extremely dismissive and off-hand to me. I don't get why anyone would try and excuse that sort of behavior as thought the developers are victims here. They aren't. The victims are the users they lied to, took their money, and then left them hanging. Hopefully these clowns will end up on the failed trash heap along with others of their ilk.

Bottom Line:
If they didn't know how to support a platform and the costs associated with doing so, they shouldn't have taken money for it.

The only right thing to do here is for them to refund the money to Linux users. The next right thing to do here is for Valve to kick them off the platform. I've reported the game, like I do all the clowns that pull this. This is yet another reason why the video game industry needs much more oversight and regulation in our own countries and globally.
stan 9 Aug
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BTW I asked for a refund for We Were Here Too, explaining that I had bought it to play on Linux and hadn’t had a chance to play it yet, but Valve flat out refused because I had bought it more than 2 weeks before.

And it did not work with Proton when I tried it, but I see it is rated platinum now… So maybe there’s hope this wasn’t completely wasted money.
Patola 9 Aug
Quoting: stanAnd it did not work with Proton when I tried it, but I see it is rated platinum now… So maybe there’s hope this wasn’t completely wasted money.
This made me curious, specially because you have not registered your PC information like distro and GPU for people to help. Other modern (DX11+) games run correctly on your PC with proton? A Platinum game on protondb assumes you have the correct hardware and libraries to run proton.


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