Time to round-up some of the smaller items we unfortunately didn't get time to go over this week, grab a coffee and relax with a short read of some good stuff.
First up - Flatpak 1.11.1 officially solves the issue of newer Proton versions not running correctly inside Steam Flatpak, look out for distribution updates. Linux gaming with compatibility layers just got even better - nice!
On the subject of compatibility layers for running Windows games on Linux, the community-built Proton-6.9-GE-2 has been released as a quick follow-up to solve issues with Resident Evil Village. If you want to know more about Proton and Steam Play, see our dedicated area.
The KDE camp have been continuing their mass clean-up of Plasma to improve all aspects of it. Developer Nate Graham released the usual blog post to go over recent works done. One of the huge and exciting bits from this week is that Plasma has seen a major reliability improvement for Wayland on NVIDIA hardware!
7 Days to Die got a Alpha 19.5 release bringing Twitch Integration along with: Voxel mesh pooling, Chunk decal and model dither fading, Distant terrain decreases mesh detail when farther, a gfx dtmaxlod console command and also allowing selection of steering mode on controllers by pressing DPad down. The performance improvements should make it smoother than ever. You can buy it from Humble Store and Steam.
Excited by the upcoming first major upgrade for Valheim? Well, you're in for a wait. They're sticking to their "when it's ready" approach and not offering timelines oh, and they also bought a horse - but no we're not getting horses officially in the game. They say the Hearth and Home update is coming along with "many new items and mechanics being finalized". You can buy it from Humble Store and Steam.
Want to play Among Us on Linux? Epic Games are currently giving it away, and it can run with Wine quite well. Downloading it is easy with the likes of the Heroic Games Launcher. It's not supported though, so the usual caveats apply: it could break, and they don't need to fix it. You might need to mess with the region settings to have it properly work with others, apparently double-clicking can help there, weird.
Tesla (yes, that Tesla) are advertising a "Linux Game Development" position which mentions the need to understand the likes of "Linux, Mesa, Vulkan, OpenGL, Proton/Lutris, Wine, etc.". Will be interesting to see what they're up to, but it's most likely related to improving their in-vehicle entertainment systems.
- Grab Company of Heroes 2 and Company of Heroes 2 - Ardennes Assault free on Steam to keep!
- Make sure your computer info is up to date on your profiles, as our User Statistics generate on the 1st of each month.
- Check out our most recent interview!
- The latest monthly GOL Website update is live in the forum.
- SteamPal could mean big things for Linux Gaming
Hope you all have/had a good weekend!