The Fun Pimps are working towards another huge upgrade for the survival game 7 Days to Die, with a new experimental build out now to try.
It's a massive upgrade again to many areas of the game, and it does sound quite exciting. One of the best survival games available on Linux, easily. Alpha 19 can be tried out in the "latest_experimental" Beta branch on Steam. Keep in mind it will be unstable since it's not yet ready for everyone. With that in mind though, it's still fun to try. Some of what's new includes: Linear Color Space Lighting, Improved Gamepad Support, New Survival System & Critical Injuries, Interactive Loading Screen, Food and Water Bars in the UI and even HD Characters, like my friend pictured below while exploring myself earlier.
They've done some seriously good work on the updated models, which they said not only look better but will actually result in slightly better performance due to using less "draw calls". Certainly makes things more interesting and even a little bit scarier.
Other updates include a Dynamic Music System (not on Linux yet), Quest Improvements, a new system for improved on-screen directions to help you locate important items in the world, the hand-made Navezgane map was expanded and the random map generation was improved too, lots of new environment art and the list goes on.
I feel it's also important to note they've added in some data tracking with "Super Nimbus and GameSparks", which they say will continue from Alpha 19 until the "Gold" release. They're capturing things like how you die, XP earned and other gameplay but they've said no personal info is being captured. Doesn't appear to have an opt-out ability either.