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Klabater drops Linux and macOS support for Crossroads Inn

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Crossroads Inn and later Crossroads Inn Anniversary Edition from developer Klabater was crowdfunded in March 2019 and later released in October 2019 and now Klabater are leaving Linux and macOS behind.

This is one title that's had a bit of a rough history. At release it was a complete mess, so much so that they later rebranded it to Crossroads Inn Anniversary Edition and it didn't exactly get much better from there. On Steam it has a Mixed overall score from users, on GOG it's a low 2.3 / 5 stars and across Metacritic it also has a rather low 59.

Seems like Klabater are starting to distance themselves from it with an abrupt announcement on Steam that mentioned:

We are working to get patch 3.0.6 playable for Mac and Linux users however, once that is complete, support for these platforms will be discontinued.

That was it, all that was said about dropping two platforms. Not even a basic and simple apology, no details on why it's being done. I have to admit my disappointment in Klabater on the handling of this game.

This has been added to a list of other games that did the same on our Wiki. A real shame when this happens but thankfully it's not exactly a game that was turning any heads. Even so, it's still a reminder that this does happen at times. It is again another part of the reason that Valve likely teamed up with CodeWeavers to bring Steam Play Proton to play Windows games unofficially, but that doesn't change the frustration of paying customers being supported, and then one day just - not.

We did reach out to Klabater to ask for further clarification to no reply.

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TheSHEEEP 14 Apr
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"An attempt was made"
Ph03nix 14 Apr
I really don't want to jinx it, but exactly that is what I guess will happen to Heliborne too. Klabater took over the game from JetCat Games, gave it an overhaul and called it Enhanced Edition. While they are gathering bugs and trying to fix their Enhanced Edition the voices about the future for Linux and Mac versions went pretty silent. At least the scores of the reviews are better in comparison to Crossroads Inn. So I just hope, that what happened to Crossroads Inn won't be the new trend of this Publisher.
beko 14 Apr
Well. This one is still collecting dust on my Wishlist. I never purchased it because of the mess it was according to reviews. That's some bucks saved, I guess.
hardpenguin 14 Apr
Booo.

I am pretty sure they had good reasons but it is a pity they did not care enough to share them with us.
CatKiller 14 Apr
Quoting: hardpenguinBooo.

I am pretty sure they had good reasons but it is a pity they did not care enough to share them with us.

It's generally quite straightforward: they aren't very good at game development.

The, "oh, but the sales," or, "oh, but the fragmentation," or, "oh, the graphics drivers," are just flimsy excuses because they don't want to admit to themselves that they kinda suck at their job.
gojul 14 Apr
This game simply sucks. So not a big loss...

For the wiki the situation of wargame red dragon is weird. The last update broke the game, they fixed it with a 13.5 GB patch (!) so dunno what to expect.


Last edited by gojul on 14 April 2021 at 11:15 am UTC
hardpenguin 14 Apr
Quoting: CatKillerIt's generally quite straightforward: they aren't very good at game development.

The, "oh, but the sales," or, "oh, but the fragmentation," or, "oh, the graphics drivers," are just flimsy excuses because they don't want to admit to themselves that they kinda suck at their job.
No. And saying things like this only proves you have no idea not only about game development but also project management.
Quoting: hardpenguin
Quoting: CatKillerIt's generally quite straightforward: they aren't very good at game development.

The, "oh, but the sales," or, "oh, but the fragmentation," or, "oh, the graphics drivers," are just flimsy excuses because they don't want to admit to themselves that they kinda suck at their job.
No. And saying things like this only proves you have no idea not only about game development but also project management.

Yes but to be fair it also sounds like this company has no idea what project management is either
CatKiller 14 Apr
Quoting: hardpenguin
Quoting: CatKillerIt's generally quite straightforward: they aren't very good at game development.

The, "oh, but the sales," or, "oh, but the fragmentation," or, "oh, the graphics drivers," are just flimsy excuses because they don't want to admit to themselves that they kinda suck at their job.
No. And saying things like this only proves you have no idea not only about game development but also project management.

Making a game multiplatform from the start lets you make your game better cheaper, faster, and easier even if you never make a single sale on another platform. When you're looking for bugs to squash you want to throw your code at everything you can find. Different compilers, different environments. Bugs in your code might be elusive (but still present) in one environment, but be able to be replicated every time in a different one, which lets you find it and fix it. Making something work on Linux gets you a whole bunch of different compilers and environments for free, which helps you debug your code that you might also be using on Windows, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, wherever. And, hey, now that your application is nicely modular and spec-compliant, with separation of tasks, and survives all sorts of changes in environment, you've got handy entry points should you want DLC, or to help with modding through Steam Workshop if you want.

But please, tell us more about how sloppy coding practices aren't a sign of sloppy coding practices.
kaiman 14 Apr
Quoting: bekoWell. This one is still collecting dust on my Wishlist. I never purchased it because of the mess it was according to reviews. That's some bucks saved, I guess.
Same here. I might have bitten if the Linux version had made it to GOG, but that seems totally out of the question now.
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