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Primordia from Wormwood Studios gets native Linux support

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Primordia, a popular point and click adventure created by Wormwood Studios and originally released in 2012 has officially been released natively for Linux. The developer also previously released their newest title Strangeland for Linux recently.

"Set in a post-apocalyptic world strewn with cast-off machines, Primordia tells the story of Horatio Nullbuilt, a stoic robot who values his solitude and independence. Horatio spends his days studying the Book of Man, sparring with his droid companion Crispin, and tinkering with the airship they call home — a peaceful existence that becomes threatened when a rogue robot steals the energy source that the pair needs to survive."

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Features:

  • An epic storyline about the extinction of the human race
  • Voiceover work starring fan favorite Logan Cunningham
  • Gorgeous post-apocalyptic setting
  • Optional puzzles - learn more about the world the more you play

In the release announcement they said:

After many years, we are very pleased to finally release a native MacOS and Linux versions of Primordia. The Windows version has had nine years for us to squash bugs, while the Mac and Linux releases are fresh out of the oven, so if you hit any snags, please let us know as a comment to this post or on the message board, and we will work quickly to address them. In the meanwhile, we hope new players will enjoy playing the game natively!

You can buy it on GOG and Steam. Although at time of writing GOG do not yet have the Linux build.

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Eike 30 Aug
YES!
Heard very good things about it!
And the developers are the kind of people that want to offer their games to as many people as possible and are porting for this reason.


Last edited by Eike on 30 August 2021 at 8:20 am UTC
Gamewizard 30 Aug
Oh man I played most the way through Primordia on a friends machine years ago. So glad to see it get a official native release.

You could get it to run on Linux by pulling out the AGS scripts and the game assets and get it to work on Linux with the normal AGS Studio builds but it was known to have bugs when doing that.
Cyril 30 Aug
Wonderful, can't wait to try the native version as I already have the Windows version from GOG.
But I'm wondering, what is the difference between this new Linux release and the old one?


Last edited by Cyril on 30 August 2021 at 9:15 am UTC
Eike 30 Aug
Quoting: CyrilWonderful, can't wait to try the native version as I already have the Windows version from GOG.
But I'm wondering, what is the difference between this new Linux release and the old one?

As far as I know, they just couldn't upload it to Steam until now.
Cyril 30 Aug
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: CyrilWonderful, can't wait to try the native version as I already have the Windows version from GOG.
But I'm wondering, what is the difference between this new Linux release and the old one?

As far as I know, they just couldn't upload it to Steam until now.

OK but the old ones Linux/macOS are available on GOG but the store only say Windows support...
Pit 30 Aug
Quoting: Cyril
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: CyrilWonderful, can't wait to try the native version as I already have the Windows version from GOG.
But I'm wondering, what is the difference between this new Linux release and the old one?

As far as I know, they just couldn't upload it to Steam until now.

OK but the old ones Linux/macOS are available on GOG but the store only say Windows support...

Indeed, I own the linux native one since 2015, don't remember in what context, but for sure it must have been advertised for Linux at that time, as I always have the 'linux' filter active when browsing for games....
GOG may not have this newest build but it does have a Linux build. According to my system it's been sitting on my game drive since 2019 and it's a GOG installer. Hopefully it gets the new build soon.
flesk 30 Aug
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According to one of the developers (writer and designer), the old Linux version on GOG used "GOG's proprietary wrapper":

https://steamcommunity.com/app/227000/discussions/0/864969320489551561/?ctp=5#c530646080848689947

... whatever that means. Possibly just a Linux native AGS binary, or maybe an AppImage with Wine?
hatniX 30 Aug
Quoting: fleskAccording to one of the developers (writer and designer), the old Linux version on GOG used "GOG's proprietary wrapper":

https://steamcommunity.com/app/227000/discussions/0/864969320489551561/?ctp=5#c530646080848689947

... whatever that means. Possibly just a Linux native AGS binary, or maybe an AppImage with Wine?

It's a native AGS build on GOG, actually.

I know that GOG made their own native builds for WadjetEye's Blackwell 4 und 5 (Dave Gilbert, aka. Mr. WadjetEye Games, confirmed that during a livestream). So my guess is that they did it for Primordia, too.
Great game.

I also have the old Linux build from GOG. Glad to see it getting updated and put on Steam. Worth playing for any retro point-and-click fan.
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