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Not long after the official PC release, the DirectX 12 exclusive DEATH STRANDING is now playable on Linux with the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer.

Previously exclusive to the PlayStation 4, DEATH STRANDING is the latest game from Hideo Kojima and the first to come from Kojima Productions after the split from Konami back in 2015. The PC release also comes with a little Half-Life crossover and a special Photo Mode.

Valve staffer Pierre-Loup Griffais mentioned on Twitter, that they've put out a new Release Candidate (testing build) of the upcoming Proton 5.0-10 release. The linked issue report on the official Proton GitHub, created by Andrew Eikum from Valve partner CodeWeavers mentions that to run this build you need this setup:

The game does require the latest Nvidia and AMD drivers. We've had success on Nvidia with Nvidia drivers 440.100 and 450.57, and on AMD with Mesa 20.1.3 with LLVM 10.0.0. If you are on AMD and experience a graphics error dialog on startup, please restart the Steam client once to ensure you have the latest Proton configuration settings for the game.

Currently for Proton 5.0-10 the only mentioned change is getting DEATH STRANDING into a working state. Going by comments from people doing early testing, it's a little rough around the edges including: floating objects, crashes and so on—everything you expect from a testing build. Hopefully they will be able to get it into a proper released state soon. Getting a new DX12 title working so quickly under the Proton compatibility layer though is impressive with VKD3D-Proton.

To try it out, you need to opt into the Beta for Proton 5.0 within the Steam client. Here's a quick reminder on how to go about doing that:

If you do wish to buy DEATH STRANDING it can be picked up on Humble Store and Steam.

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TheSHEEEP 16 Jul
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Now I can get bored out of my mind by a complete lack of gameplay on Linux, too!

The_Aquabat 16 Jul
wwwow impressive work! it still looks a little rough, but given the developing pace of vkd3d, I'm pretty sure that in a couple of months it will run fine! that was the case with some dxvk games, it took some time after the release.
TheRiddick 16 Jul
The game has DLSS 2.0, which NGX nvidia drivers might one day enable the use of...
kellerkindt 16 Jul
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Wait what?
Regarding Cyberpunk 2077 which is also dx12 exclusive... so you are saying there is a chance?
kuhpunkt 16 Jul
Quoting: kellerkindtWait what?
Regarding Cyberpunk 2077 which is also dx12 exclusive... so you are saying there is a chance?
Patola 16 Jul
Speaking of drivers, the 450.57 drivers got to the graphics-drivers PPA for Ubuntu 20.04, however they come only in 64 bits packages, thus Steam does not even start. For 18.04 and 19.10 the 32-bits packages are there. So it seems the 32bitscalypse for Ubuntu has started...

As a workaround, changing the ppa sources.list file to point to eoan instead of focal then changing the driver version works and steam starts. A packaged 450.07 working on Ubuntu 20.04 jumping through many hoops and stuff.

Update: the packager (Alberto Milone) responded. He said he made a request to whitelist the new nvidia drivers, so that they are allowed to build i386 binaries. So soon the workaround will not be necessary.

Last edited by Patola on 16 July 2020 at 12:13 pm UTC
Same engine as Horizon Zero Dawn, so here's hoping.
gojul 16 Jul
OMG just bought it for this reason ! I loved MGS V which works on Linux as long as you uninstall SteamVR.
Patola 16 Jul
Quoting: gojulOMG just bought it for this reason ! I loved MGS V which works on Linux as long as you uninstall SteamVR.
What? No, it works with SteamVR installed, it works even with SteamVR running, I just tested it.
micha 16 Jul
Awesome! <3
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