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Well, the writing was on the wall for some time but this confirms it - it seems Feral Interactive aren't likely to do more Linux ports with the official port of A Total War Saga: TROY for Linux cancelled.

It was announced today that TROY would be finally seeing a Steam release on September 2. Feral did their usual thing on Twitter of quote-tweeting, mentioning it would be on macOS soon after the Windows release. A mention of Linux was totally absent.

Feral replied to a user on Twitter to say:

The Linux port was put on hold while TROY was exclusive to Epic, and we are not resuming development for the Steam release. We will continue to assess the feasibility of porting games to Linux, but there is generally less demand for native titles since Valve’s launch of Proton.

Considering there's a chance that Steam Play Proton might be able to play it from day-1, it's not overly surprising to hear this from Feral considering the cost of porting bigger games with it being far easier for indies. Worth also noting, that TROY was free on Epic Games Store when it first launched, so it would have already eaten into plenty of possible sales.

Part of the problem though, is how most Feral ports lack cross-platform multiplayer with Windows and that type of thing simply won't fly on the upcoming Steam Deck. Add into that issues with saves between the Windows version and Feral ports, that could cause more confusion if they don't sync up. Not only that but since the Steam Deck is basically a PC in handheld form, seeing bigger titles launch for it officially months or years later also wouldn't be a good look.

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kuhpunkt 27 Jul
Quoting: CatKiller

Don't be sad!
Cyril 27 Jul
Here we go... it was obvious unfortunately.
TimeFreeze 27 Jul
And that's why Proton is a double edged blade. Yes it enables us to play a LOT more games than we would have without it. [Though there would still be wine], but it also makes porting less attractive since why put the effort in it when Proton does the job? Sad to hear anyway that Feral doesnt port Total War TROY to linux. I mean personally i'm no huge Total War fan so it doesnt bother me that much. But seeing one of the "biggest" Linux Support studio stopping a port since there is now Proton is just a sad thing. I really hope its just a one time thing with TROY and not permanently stopping Ports. Though with the Steam Deck and even more work done with proton i cant say i would be surprised if Native Ports would just vanish forever.
Hori 27 Jul
Yeah, well... makes sense.
Until Linux becomes important enough... it makes sense for devs to prefer Proton over native ports, because, after all... why pay for developing a new version when the already-existing one works just fine?

For a lot of devs I can imagine that the Linux demand is enough to justify supporting Proton (tho for some not even that), though still not enough to warrant a native port.
PlayX 27 Jul
There is demand for native ports. But if Feral needs months or years to port a game, than I can't blame the people who try proton instead. Games need to be ready on day-1 or a few days after. But not many people want to wait of proton is a working solution.


Last edited by PlayX on 27 July 2021 at 4:20 pm UTC
This is why it's important to get past the chicken/egg market share problem. If the Steam Deck, as well as Steam on Chromebooks which could also have an impact, push us over a certain market share (in a way that would not have been possible without Proton), then hopefully native-from-the-start will become a much more common thing.
But if that doesn't work, well, Proton has a definite downside.
CatKiller 27 Jul
Quoting: Horiwhy pay for developing a new version when the already-existing one works just fine?
In my case, because they'd get 2-10 times as much money from me. But they won't particularly notice just my money, or even if all of us did it, because we're dwarfed my the hordes of Windows users.
barotto 27 Jul
Proton is both the saviour and bane of Linux gaming.

Short term I see a widening catalog of playable games.

But Long term I can see porting companies and Linux professionals losing their job and native versions disappear form the market. There's a risk Linux won't be seen as a target platform ever again. I'm not sure it's a good thing...
Raaben 27 Jul
I fear this is where we slide back to having to solely rely on supporting Microsoft and Windows tech and just hope that Valve remains interested in/able to keep up with them as they're the main driving force behind WINE gaming enhancements these days. Else we'll be back to the old days barely supporting some games years after their release. Future looks bleak again for open APIs; I doubt many devs will go through the work of even Vulkan if it's advertised as not having to make the effort.
fagnerln 27 Jul
Proton is amazing, runs games without headaches, improving the experience by far, no way that's double edged knife, it's completely necessary.

Feral's work is amazing, they are really competent, but the idea of the needing of a company just to release a port is bizarre, problems with multiplayer, dlcs taking a long time to release, patches, etc. We need a first class treatment, the developer should release a Linux version, but this will never happen, so that's why proton is so important.

People need to watch the market, they saw this coming, they should find another way to make money.


Last edited by fagnerln on 27 July 2021 at 4:36 pm UTC
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