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Interplay updating many classic titles on Steam to add support for Linux

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Interplay Entertainment announced today they're updating many of their classic titles to support Linux. A lot of it of course is thanks to the excellent free and open source DOSBox, which allows thousands of classic to play on modern systems without much hassle.

First of the announcements was that Battle Chess 4000 is now available on Steam, and it comes straight out of the gate with builds setup for Linux too. On their Twitter, Interplay mentioned:

As part of the drive to bring our classic pool of games to an entirely new generation of gamers, we will also update our back catalogue today, providing Tux & Apple support for heavyweight titles such as Earthworm Jim, Stonekeep and Descent!

Tux and Apple being Linux and macOS if that wasn't clear.

Going over their list of games on Steam there's quite a few. Here's some that added Linux builds recently:

Worth noting that Descent 3 already had Linux support, as porter Ryan Gordon did some work back in 2020 to re-port the game along with many tech upgrades for modern Linux gaming.

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Tags: DOSBox, Retro, Steam
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M@GOid 15 Oct
Screamer 2 is already available for Linux, huuuuuummmmm. The only arcade rally game to ever come close to the sweet Sega Rally controls, at last in my mind...

Also, MDK is already there, but only for Windows. Lets hope they release it to Linux soon.

But beware: there is plenty of people complaining about the quality of the DOSBox setup, so make sure the game you want was already bug-fixed after the launch.
jarhead_h 15 Oct
Quoting: M@GOidAlso, MDK is already there, but only for Windows. Lets hope they release it to Linux soon.

It has been my understanding that Shiny suffered a catastrophic storage failure with the source code for the original MDK, so there's no fixing or updating it. This is why MDK2 got the HD treatment but not the first game.
fagnerln 15 Oct
Ignition is amazing, but sadly the version available on Steam is the DOS version. The "win32" version is far superior, but if you want to play, need to find it in some yaaarrrr site. It works flawlessly on WINE
CFWhitman 15 Oct
For Descent and Descent 2 you will get a nicer experience extracting the assets and using them with DXX-Rebirth.
Craggles086 17 Oct
Quoting: foggerYou can already play those games easily on Linux with DOSBox. I don't know why they are selling those games on Steam or GOG when most of those those games can be downloaded for free, legally, at archive.org.

Battle Chess was released by Interplay for the Commodore 64 in the mid 80’s
So yes, a bit of history there. But better full screen support with upscaled graphics
for modern displays would make the Descent series worthwhile for me.
Looking forward to playing Descent 2 on the Steam Deck.

So does this mean native Linux support, or through Proton?
slaapliedje 17 Oct
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Quoting: Craggles086
Quoting: foggerYou can already play those games easily on Linux with DOSBox. I don't know why they are selling those games on Steam or GOG when most of those those games can be downloaded for free, legally, at archive.org.

Battle Chess was released by Interplay for the Commodore 64 in the mid 80’s
So yes, a bit of history there. But better full screen support with upscaled graphics
for modern displays would make the Descent series worthwhile for me.
Looking forward to playing Descent 2 on the Steam Deck.

So does this mean native Linux support, or through Proton?
Descent is already native.
TheRiddick 17 Oct
Someone should use machine learning on battle chest and get it updated to 4k, lol ç
would be cool, maybe.
beko 18 Oct
QuoteM.A.X.: Mechanized Assault & Exploration

Just by the off chance that anyone is still into this and wants to multiplayer: Mechanized Assault & eXploration Reloaded is still out there.

The release is basically fine but very old.
The GIT develop branch has a lot of changes under the hood (mostly moving to SDL2) but we didn't reach release quality [yet]. It also uses CMAKE nowadays so it should be way easier to compile too.

Disclaimer: Yes, that's kinda my baby.
slaapliedje 18 Oct
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Ha, someone on Steam was complaining that the sound was terrible on Battle Chess. Yup, having played it somewhat recently on the Atari ST, Amiga and DOS... DOS definitely has crappy sound. The Amiga and ST version aren't great either, but still has better sound.
berarma 18 Oct
Those games were already available for Linux on GoG.
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