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Psychonauts 2 releases to great reviews but the Linux support is delayed

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Psychonauts 2 from Double Fine Productions and Xbox Game Studios is out now for Windows but the native Linux support has been delayed with no current ETA.

Originally crowdfunded on the Fig website, where Double Fine pulled in close to four million dollars from Fig directly and backers, Linux has been a confirmed platform since day-1. Sadly though, shortly after our last article in an update on Fig they mentioned that Linux (and macOS) would arrive after release which was confirmed again in their Steam FAQ post. Here's what they're currently saying:

We are still working on the Mac and Linux versions of the game. The release date is TBD but we hope to release these versions of the game later in 2021. There is no additional purchase necessary and anyone who purchases the PC version of the game on Steam, GOG, or Humble will also receive Mac and Linux versions.

If you wish to try it with Wine or Steam Play Proton, it won't work out of the box due to reliance on Media Foundation. For users of plain Wine, you'll need to use something like mf-install. However, Steam users can try Proton GE - the community built version of Proton which should work with it. From what we've been told you might need to set it into DirectX 11 mode as a launch option to get around some minor issues by setting -force -dx11. As a reminder though, running it like this is unsupported.

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  • Experience an imaginative, cinematic story that mixes humor and intrigue, brought to you by legendary game designer Tim Schafer (Grim Fandango, Brütal Legend, Broken Age).
  • Explore unique environments using Raz’s ability to dive into people’s brains to battle their inner demons, unlock hidden memories, and resolve their emotional baggage.
  • Leap acrobatically through the air, traversing tightropes and trapezes in a varied, challenging, and joyful platforming experience.
  • Wield a powerful array of psychic powers to blast, burn and levitate things, or even slow down time itself to solve environmental puzzles and battle strange enemies.

You can buy Psychonauts 2 from Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

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Protektor 25 Aug
This is exactly why you don't pre-order a game that promises Linux support. There is no guarantee that it will ever be released and you end up paying for something you can't use.
Arehandoro 25 Aug
I'm looking forward to play the game, but will wait until Linux support is released to buy it in GOG.
scaine 25 Aug
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Glad I was sitting down when I read this. MS buy DoubleFine, promise, promise, promise... delayed. I guarantee this will be We Happy Few all over again.

I hate being so cynical, but MS will never change.
Raaben 25 Aug
Like I said before, this is why I will not crowdfund or preorder. Another game promising Linux support turned eventually/maybe/probably quietly never.
Keyrock 25 Aug
Quoting: ProtektorThis is exactly why you don't pre-order a game that promises Linux support. There is no guarantee that it will ever be released and you end up paying for something you can't use.
I just don't pre-order digital goods at all. For something physical, like a collector's edition that has very limited quantities, pre-ordering makes sense, but for digital goods it makes no sense. Pre-ordering is taking an unnecessary risk.
dibz 25 Aug
Quoting: ProtektorThis is exactly why you don't pre-order a game that promises Linux support. There is no guarantee that it will ever be released and you end up paying for something you can't use.

Doublefine, historically, has released linux games before; In fact, I installed the linux version of Psychonauts (the first one) just yesterday. Granted, they weren't owned by Microsoft until recently. But that said, I have no reason not to believe them at this juncture.
Termy 25 Aug
Quoting: ProtektorThis is exactly why you don't pre-order a game that promises Linux support.
corrected that for you there ;)
There is never a reason beyond the publisher being anti-consumer to pre-order any digital good
Quoteand Xbox Game Studios

Quotethe native Linux support has been delayed with no current ETA.
Hmmm . . . now what relationship could these two things possibly have?
Anza 25 Aug
I guess two parties can play this game too. My plan of buying of Psychonauts 2 has been delayed

If it never actually gets ported I can always pretend that they never made any sequels (https://xkcd.com/566/)
scaine 25 Aug
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Quoting: AnzaI guess two parties can play this game too. My plan of buying of Psychonauts 2 has been delayed

If it never actually gets ported I can always pretend that they never made any sequels (https://xkcd.com/566/)

Loved Alien, and its sequel was AMAZING. Too bad they didn't make any more after that epic film. Game over man. Game over.
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