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Wasteland 3 now available on Linux from inXile Entertainment

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inXile Entertainment have today officially released Wasteland 3 for Linux (and macOS), following on from their successful Fig campaign in 2016 and Windows release in August 2020.

Following on from the events in Wasteland 2 from 2014 (you don't need to play it), Wasteland 3 is a modern squad-based RPG with challenging tactical turn-based combat. This time it has a deep and reactive story full of twists, turns, and brutal ethical decisions. You get to create and customize a squad of up to six Rangers, plus you get a powerful customizable truck too which you can equip with some fun weapons.

From the brief release announcement, "We greatly appreciate your patience as we worked to bring the game to these OS’, and we’re happy to have it playable for you before the end of the year. We hope you enjoy exploring post-apocalyptic Colorado during your holiday break.".

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Currently, the co-op ability for both Linux and macOS is limited. For Linux there is no co-op on GOG at all as they depended on GOG Galaxy which GOG have still not ported to Linux, plus on Steam the co-op is only compatible between Linux and macOS together (Windows is by itself). The "Direct Connect" option is also not available but will be coming in an update in January.

You can buy Wasteland 3 from GOGSteam or the Humble Store.

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ugly 18 Dec, 2020
Quoting: HamishAny word on Linux support for Wasteland Remastered?
I bought it a month or so ago. Out of the box, it is not playable using Proton. The game starts, you can access the menu and start a new game. But after the intro text, there is a loading screen that hangs forever. I'm assuming it's a video playback issue (mfplat). There are workarounds but I didn't bother to try.


I backed Wasteland 3. I was able to play last night for about 15 minutes. The game worked for me. No crashes in the small amount of playtime.

But I did have issues with some texture flickering and visual artifacts. Not enough to make it unplayable, you could see everything. But distracting enough that I'll wait a little bit.
beko 18 Dec, 2020
Quoting: Avehicle7887The first time I saw Linux logo on a retail game was many years ago with Unreal Tournament 2004. Much as retail boxes are becoming a thing of the past, it would be great to see Linux icon on them.
I've that box but there were several boxed games before :>

Dem… Loki Software was too early for it's time.


Last edited by beko on 18 December 2020 at 5:31 pm UTC
Eike 18 Dec, 2020
Quoting: kokoko3k
Quoting: headless_cyborgPeople complain about lack of cross-platform MP yet many buy it on sites like Fanatical where it's most likely counted as Windows purchase. That's a part of the problem.
Just bought Deluxe edition on Steam to support RPG Linux devs, we need more games like this supported natively.
I don't get it.
You buy it on fanatical, you give your money to the linux developer which is the same of the windows version.
You activate on steam, you play on steam, they know you are on linux.

What am i missing here? Seriously.

We know that the OS is evaluated in the weeks after the sale. It might be the case that these keys already count as sold, so the target OS is already set in stone - and it defaults to Windows.
robvv 18 Dec, 2020
Quoting: randylAn official supported native port is released within 6 months of the Windows release, but then balk because "the price is too high".

Linux gamers are then puzzled why commercial game developers continue to balk at releasing and supporting native ports.

There was a time when I had stupid amounts of money to throw at games, but now I have a family that time has long since passed. Not all of us have £54 to spend on a game.

I will always support a Linux release, but within my budget. I imagine plenty of Wintendo users baulk at that price too.
kokoko3k 18 Dec, 2020
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: kokoko3k
Quoting: headless_cyborgPeople complain about lack of cross-platform MP yet many buy it on sites like Fanatical where it's most likely counted as Windows purchase. That's a part of the problem.
Just bought Deluxe edition on Steam to support RPG Linux devs, we need more games like this supported natively.
I don't get it.
You buy it on fanatical, you give your money to the linux developer which is the same of the windows version.
You activate on steam, you play on steam, they know you are on linux.

What am i missing here? Seriously.

We know that the OS is evaluated in the weeks after the sale. It might be the case that these keys already count as sold, so the target OS is already set in stone - and it defaults to Windows.

Oh, it might be, but still, haven't the developer access to stats like what operating system are using their users?

Well, i asked it:
https://steamcommunity.com/app/719040/discussions/1/4576185279362284784/


Last edited by kokoko3k on 18 December 2020 at 6:04 pm UTC
Trias 18 Dec, 2020
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Quoting: Eike
Quoting: kokoko3k
Quoting: headless_cyborgPeople complain about lack of cross-platform MP yet many buy it on sites like Fanatical where it's most likely counted as Windows purchase. That's a part of the problem.
Just bought Deluxe edition on Steam to support RPG Linux devs, we need more games like this supported natively.
I don't get it.
You buy it on fanatical, you give your money to the linux developer which is the same of the windows version.
You activate on steam, you play on steam, they know you are on linux.

What am i missing here? Seriously.

We know that the OS is evaluated in the weeks after the sale. It might be the case that these keys already count as sold, so the target OS is already set in stone - and it defaults to Windows.

Such thing is possible, I think. And now I'm suddenly worried about my backer key...
:(.
Eike 18 Dec, 2020
Quoting: TriasSuch thing is possible, I think. And now I'm suddenly worried about my backer key...
:(.

Thanks for backing this game!
ziabice 18 Dec, 2020
Before I can't play the game because Proton can't run it, now I can't play it because Steam keeps on downloading the Windows version instead of the Linux one.

Yes, I already unchecked the "Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool" option, deleted all the original downloaded files, restarted Steam several times, (re)downloaded several times, but nothing helped me. Any advice?
logge 18 Dec, 2020
It's a definit buy, but I was repelled by the 60 bucks on steam. Let's see, I will sleep over on it an buy it on fanatical tomorrow.

Edit: I want to mention that typo: wasn't it wastelands 2 that was released in 2014 and made my days then?


Last edited by logge on 18 December 2020 at 8:49 pm UTC
tuubi 18 Dec, 2020
Quoting: loggeEdit: I want to mention that typo: wasn't it wastelands 2 that was released in 2014 and made my days then?
Which typo do you mean? I assume you mean this sentence:
Quoting: Liam DaweActing as a sequel to their 2014 hit, Wasteland 3 is a squad-based RPG
What that means is that Wasteland 3 acts as a sequel to the previous game in the series, which is indeed Wasteland 2, released in 2014. I guess you got confused by the sentence structure?

EDIT: Heh, now my comment doesn't make sense anymore. Thanks Liam. Good edit though.


Last edited by tuubi on 18 December 2020 at 9:23 pm UTC
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