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Supraland stops supporting Linux shortly after leaving GOG entirely

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Supraland, a highly rated open-world puzzle adventure, has now removed mentions of Linux on Steam as the developer is unable to actually support it.

This comes shortly after the developer asked for Supraland to be completely removed from GOG, after being there less than a year citing lower sales. If you read that previous linked article, this news likely won't come as much of a surprise. Checking on SteamDB, it seems they removed the note of Linux support earlier in June. Looking around, the developer mentioned this in the official Discord, "I stopped direct linux support. Using the windows version with proton gives much better results like a much higher framerate.".

This quite likely means Supraland 2 that was funded on Kickstarter, which mentioned Linux as a planned supported platform, won't support Linux either if this is how the developer plans to go forwards.

We've seen how the developer has repeatedly mentioned before that they actually "know nothing about linux". A shame but if you're going to sell your game on a platform, that you don't test it on and don't support in any way, what's the point? It's not good for anyone.


A repeating problem too, the weird expectation that clicking to export in a game engine is enough to sell the game without testing or supporting it, which needs to stop. No one would do the same for Windows or Consoles but as usual, it comes down to the low market share cycle of doom. Developers don't support Linux directly with the lower market share, so less people use Linux and repeat. We're at least seeing a clear upwards trend right now, so perhaps one day we can see more direct support when the user share is big enough.

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Samsai 27 Jun
Quoting: Whitewolfe80Thing for me its too late yes our marketshare has increased but almost every single video/article that says nows the time to try linux has one draw back proton its all they talk about and lutris I use both so i am part of the problem. That problem is of course proton has become the clutch we all rely on for games on linux. We have collectively given up on native gaming with the exception of indie games and the one to three games we get from feral a year. We have already seen developers say use the proton version if you want a linux version that attitude has quickly become the norm.
It's definitely an annoying and stupid trend. People don't realize that Proton is putting our eggs in one ever-growing basket that will eventually collapse in on itself. We need game devs that know how to work with Linux that will contribute to the ecosystem.

But on the topic of "collectively giving up on native gaming", I will point out that there are those of us that still totally reject Proton as the future of Linux gaming.
Ehvis 27 Jun
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The performance argument is a bit of a non-issue. Yes, it is true, but it is true for all UE4 games. The real problem appears to be that the dev(s) are much better at designing games (Supraland was awesome when it still worked), but not so good at the technical side of things. Even with the performance loss, it should have been fine on Linux. The way that later updates got broken was curious. The crash was not something common to UE4 games on Linux, so it's very possible that this is a platform independent bug. It should have been fixed because this may at some point start affecting Windows as well. If they are going to do Supraland 2 and investigating it now would have prevented it.
TheBard 27 Jun
Quoting: Samsai
Quoting: Whitewolfe80Thing for me its too late yes our marketshare has increased but almost every single video/article that says nows the time to try linux has one draw back proton its all they talk about and lutris I use both so i am part of the problem. That problem is of course proton has become the clutch we all rely on for games on linux. We have collectively given up on native gaming with the exception of indie games and the one to three games we get from feral a year. We have already seen developers say use the proton version if you want a linux version that attitude has quickly become the norm.
It's definitely an annoying and stupid trend. People don't realize that Proton is putting our eggs in one ever-growing basket that will eventually collapse in on itself. We need game devs that know how to work with Linux that will contribute to the ecosystem.

But on the topic of "collectively giving up on native gaming", I will point out that there are those of us that still totally reject Proton as the future of Linux gaming.

The problem is not really Proton but the lack of consideration from some delevopers who targeted Linux. I'm totally fine with devs that officially target Proton: doing testing, QA and support as they are supposed to do for any target.

But I haven't seen a single dev doing so for Proton. Proton for devs is just an excuse for doing nothing to support Linux but still accepting money. That's shameful.

As a professional developer myself, and like ALL devs, I know that delivering on production an untested version is very risky and have high chances or being a support nightmare.
I could forgive the dev for not able to support Linux and opt users to use Wine/Proton. However, delisting the game from GOG was the last straw for me, I contacted GOG support at which point they've returned the money in wallet funds.

Shame though, the game was fun when I played it.
CatKiller 27 Jun
Quoting: TheBardI'm totally fine with devs that officially target Proton: doing testing, QA and support as they are supposed to do for any target.

But I haven't seen a single dev doing so for Proton.

No Man's Sky is an example I'm aware of. Hello Games mentioned in their changelogs that they'd done things specifically to help the game work in Proton, and the bugs that I'm aware of (there was an input bug that I experienced, and recently someone was saying in the forum that they'd had connection problems) were also bugs in the Windows version rather than being caused by Proton. The game itself switched to using Vulkan a while back, so they could potentially become Linux devs in the future.
Another case of "if you are not familiar with linux don't port your game to linux", that will just lead to having a bad time. Developing a game for linux is NOT easy and we all have been guilty of spreading the myth that it is.

Frankly my dream is that ultimately one day the OS you run will become irrelevant and then the "native gaming" nonsense goes away for good.
Samsai 27 Jun
Quoting: LibertyPaulMAnother case of "if you are not familiar with linux don't port your game to linux", that will just lead to having a bad time. Developing a game for linux is NOT easy and we all have been guilty of spreading the myth that it is.

Frankly my dream is that ultimately one day the OS you run will become irrelevant and then the "native gaming" nonsense goes away for good.
You do understand that the "if you are not already familiar with X, don't become familiar with X" is a really pointless mantra to follow, right? Why learn new things ever? A better idea to follow is to factor in the time and cost of executing a port properly and not doing this "let's hope and see" approach where devs place their trust on a magic export button. If the time and cost investment seem reasonable, then commit to the port.

Developing a Linux game is no harder than developing a Windows game. You can make it harder for yourself or you can make it easier for yourself, but those are choices one makes. Developers deal with the same sorts of choices all the time: do you invest some time and work up front to ensure your architecture holds in the future or do you do a rush job early on and eventually pay back the technical debt.

As for the final point, it is possible that in the future general purpose operating systems may converge to become nearly indistinguishable from one another. However, if that happens because all alternative operating systems ditch their good ideas to mimic the popular but garbage operating system, that's not progress.

Also, "native gaming nonsense"? I take offense to that.


Last edited by Samsai on 27 June 2020 at 3:58 pm UTC
const 27 Jun
I would have highly prefered had people asked the dev to move the linux build to a beta repo. The way it went, I am quite angry on the loud people who demanded the developer to remove the linux version all together. Switching to Proton is a matter of 2 clicks, but after removing the native version no one can use it any more. That's a decision loud people from the community have tailored and now those who have a different opinion can only live with.
Yes, with that atitute, we will only have proton in a few years. We are ok with developers ignoring the platform alltogether. We celebrate those that *even by luck* create good ports. We even celebrate those that ignore us but implement a Vulkan renderer.
But a developer who supported us for years doesn't release his newest title to linux or has issues to continue support?. Grab your forks.

But hey, maybe Valve will save us. Amazing community.


Last edited by const on 27 June 2020 at 3:11 pm UTC
x_wing 27 Jun
Quoting: EhvisThe performance argument is a bit of a non-issue. Yes, it is true, but it is true for all UE4 games. The real problem appears to be that the dev(s) are much better at designing games (Supraland was awesome when it still worked), but not so good at the technical side of things. Even with the performance loss, it should have been fine on Linux. The way that later updates got broken was curious. The crash was not something common to UE4 games on Linux, so it's very possible that this is a platform independent bug. It should have been fixed because this may at some point start affecting Windows as well. If they are going to do Supraland 2 and investigating it now would have prevented it.

The game works. The only problem is an erroneous deploy on Steam + a bug on the content selection. The attitude makes me remember by a lot to Garry Newman.
x_wing 27 Jun
Quoting: constI would have highly prefered had people asked the dev to move the linux build to a beta repo. The way it went, I am quite angry on the loud people who demanded the developer to remove the linux version all together. Switching to Proton is a matter of 2 clicks, but after removing the native version no one can use it any more. That's a decision loud people from the community have tailored and now those who have a different opinion can only live with.
Yes, with that atitute, we will only have proton in a few years. We are ok with developers ignoring the platform alltogether. We celebrate those that *even by luck* create good ports. We even celebrate those that ignore us but implement a Vulkan renderer.
But a developer who supported us for years doesn't release his newest title to linux or has issues to continue support?. Grab your forks.

But hey, maybe Valve will save us. Amazing community.

I agree with you in some points of the general attitude of the community. BUT the behavior of the dev is far from professional at this point and the way he has been handling the situation is completely nonsense. Anyway, I give you the point that in the past many from the community were more supportive to guys like Garry, which had a way worst behavior than this guy.
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