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Mad Max and Shadow of Mordor delisted for Linux and macOS on Steam

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It seems Feral Interactive have a few less ports available to buy supported for Linux and macOS to start off 2021 with as both Mad Max and Shadow of Mordor have been delisted for both platforms.

The change happened just before the end of 2020 on both titles, as seen on SteamDB (#1 - #2). On the macOS side, they lost even more as a few Lego titles also vanished and Batman: Arkham City too from mentioning macOS. Why? They all have a common publisher - Warner. Confirming this to me on Twitter, Feral Interactive stated "Hi, these games have been removed from sale on macOS/Linux due to their licenses expiring.".

So what does this actually mean? The Linux ports still exist, still work as expected and anyone who buys them on Steam would still get them too as they're attached to standard purchases. Going forward though, they're not being advertised or supported.

A shame but actually somewhat common. We see this with racing games, football games, and sometimes music also causes issues and more where licenses are often for a specific time period. In this case it's a bit more unique that it only affected the external ports.

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[quote=Hori]This is a very ugly thing that I didn't know about.

Its the reason you cannot buy any of the bond games on steam or any other platform such as 007 goldeneye 007 legends and 007 bloodstone as actvision let the licence expire same thing with some of the lesser games such as wolverine origins and the deadpool game from 2014 it happens fairly often if you own it you have it for life as i have both mad max which is very underrated and shadow of loot box which is okay.
Quoting: sbolokanovLinux is an OS made for people who want power. If one doesn't want power, one shouldn't be playing with it.

This piece got me thinking... Why is Valve still supporting Linux, at this point, if it all comes to this?


Last edited by Mohandevir on 4 January 2021 at 10:39 pm UTC
Swiftpaw 4 Jan
Has GOL recently been covering the obvious decline in major games coming to Linux, and sequels for Linux being cancelled?

I just noticed the dev/publisher removed Linux from the Tunic Youtube video: https://store.steampowered.com/app/553420/TUNIC/
If you use the Internet Archive, you'll see that they removed Linux from the description a while ago.
Swiftpaw 4 Jan
Quoting: Mohandevir
Quoting: sbolokanovLinux is an OS made for people who want power. If one doesn't want power, one shouldn't be playing with it.

This piece got me thinking... Why is Valve still supporting Linux, at this point, if it all comes to this?

Because their bribery deal with Microsoft must be continually renewed, and the threat of Linux must remain to keep the monopoly stronghold money flowing.
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Quoting: Mohandevir
Quoting: sbolokanovLinux is an OS made for people who want power. If one doesn't want power, one shouldn't be playing with it.

This piece got me thinking... Why is Valve still supporting Linux, at this point, if it all comes to this?

Because their bribery deal with Microsoft must be continually renewed, and the threat of Linux must remain to keep the monopoly stronghold money flowing.

Forgot about that part... Thanks for the reminder... It explains Much.

It would hurt much less if I didn't had a 350+ Steam game library that I paid for, in the vast majority, because of the Linux support that came with it.

Think I'll wait for Valve to clean that mess (ProtonDB) in some way, before buying a new game on Steam. If it doesn't happen, Stadia is doing the job, for the moment. Anyway, buying computer parts is nothing short of a miracle, atm... Another argument in favor of Stadia.


Last edited by Mohandevir on 5 January 2021 at 12:19 am UTC
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Quoting: Mohandevir
Quoting: sbolokanovLinux is an OS made for people who want power. If one doesn't want power, one shouldn't be playing with it.

This piece got me thinking... Why is Valve still supporting Linux, at this point, if it all comes to this?

Maybe Valve is still planning on doing something with their SteamOS ?
Quoting: MohandevirThis piece got me thinking... Why is Valve still supporting Linux, at this point, if it all comes to this?

Well, there's good reason to think that Microsoft will slowly be phasing out the "PC" as it is in its current form by turning Windows into a thin client, moving to cloud based software mostly, with gaming being provided by streaming. It's easy to laugh at Stadia, but that too is a real threat to PC gaming in its current form. Desktop PC as it is today will then basically mean not running Windows.

Valve's goal for the contractors working on Proton is to make every single game work on Linux. So yeah, they can either do another round of Steam Machines then, to make sure their catalogue continues to have a place to live.

Or wouldn't it be hilarious if Valve signed a licensing deal with Sony to make the PS6 effectively a Playstation branded Steam Machine?
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Quoting: Mohandevir
Quoting: sbolokanovLinux is an OS made for people who want power. If one doesn't want power, one shouldn't be playing with it.

This piece got me thinking... Why is Valve still supporting Linux, at this point, if it all comes to this?

Because their bribery deal with Microsoft must be continually renewed, and the threat of Linux must remain to keep the monopoly stronghold money flowing.
I'm sure I must have known something about this, but I've lost track. What deal?
Quoting: Mohandevir
Quoting: sbolokanovLinux is an OS made for people who want power. If one doesn't want power, one shouldn't be playing with it.

This piece got me thinking... Why is Valve still supporting Linux, at this point, if it all comes to this?

It's an additional market. As small as it might be. Just because we are not the average user, it does not mean that we do not play games.
Plus it gives them an edge when interacting with Microsoft. So they can keep them in check.

By the way, Proton is not an official flag for supporting titles on Linux. It's just that tool that gives users the option to play games via WINE with a single click (or at least that's what they claim).
And unless the publishers keep track for who play via Proton, one is possibly counted as yet another Windows user.


Last edited by sbolokanov on 5 January 2021 at 10:25 am UTC
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Quoting: sbolokanovAnd unless the publishers keep track for who play via Proton, one is possibly counted as yet another Windows user.
I'm 90% sure Proton plays are counted as Linux ones. Probably read that here in an article.

Now, if some games have other, internal, Steam-independant reporting for platforms that wrongly count WINE as Windows, that's of course a different question.


Last edited by TheSHEEEP on 5 January 2021 at 11:41 am UTC
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