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Feral Interactive have no plans to update their Linux ports for Steam Deck

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Since we were asked a lot about this, we reached out to porting studio Feral Interactive to see if they had any plans to update their Linux ports for the Steam Deck.

Feral have ported a number of titles to Linux in the past including Alien Isolation, XCOM & XCOM 2, Total War: WARHAMMER I & II, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, HITMAN, the Tomb Raider series, Life is Strange & Before the Storm & Life is Strange 2, Dirt Rally and the list goes on. They also have a port of Total War: WARHAMMER III upcoming in "Early Spring".

After waiting quite a while, they replied today with an official statement about Steam Deck support:

Our most recent Linux titles are officially supported on Ubuntu only, and we do not currently have any plans to update games for further compatibility with Steam Deck or its operating system, SteamOS 3.0. If players encounter issues with Feral's native Linux versions of games on Steam Deck, we recommend playing them via Proton.

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jrt 21 Feb
If they don't support the biggest gaming focussed Linux install base they don't need to bother with ports at all imho.

I think they will focus more on mobile and console ports going forward.
Sadly this was inevitable. Proton basically does their job for them and takes money and business away from them, it should be no surprise that now proton is so stable and advanced that porting studios like these guys don't try to port to Linux or update their ports as much anymore, after all, proton has already done it for them.

Big game studios won't want to contract them because "Why? Linux gamers can just use proton since it works, why do we need feral to do it?"

It's sad but it's true, whatever way it went proton was always going to hurt the small porting houses if it was successful.

But still, you must show them respect and gratitude for the work they did for the Linux community in the early days.

I do however believe they will find another way to make money or find a way where their services are still required.
That was easy to predict. Proton took Feral's business. Why should they update the ports for Steam Deck, since the feral ports have not been even selected as compatible with SteamDeck, but only the Proton versions.
As far as I know, all Feral games that lack Windows multiplayer have not been included in compatibility.
Quinn 21 Feb
Absolutely disgusting statement from Feral but their GNU+Linux native games will work on any distro. It's not like they can restrict them to Ubuntu.

I'm not buying anymore games they've ported or developed going forward, which is fine by me.


Last edited by Quinn on 21 February 2022 at 4:44 pm UTC
ShabbyX 21 Feb
Feral is not Feral anymore.
Raaben 21 Feb
Isn't this not really up to them but rather the publishers/studios they had contracts with?
mirv 21 Feb
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Kind of not sure what people are expecting Feral to update? The whole point of the Steam Deck is that it doesn't need games to be built specifically for it. Nobody is expecting all their Windows titles to be updated to target this one particular hardware device, so not sure why Feral is being singled out here.
jens 21 Feb
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Completely understandable.
Quoting: mirvKind of not sure what people are expecting Feral to update? The whole point of the Steam Deck is that it doesn't need games to be built specifically for it. Nobody is expecting all their Windows titles to be updated to target this one particular hardware device, so not sure why Feral is being singled out here.

Many Windows-only games are being updated for Steam Deck. Controller support, correct controller glyphs, readable text, support for the quick suspend mode, on-screen keyboard support.

That said, I don't think Feral is really making any money off Linux any more. I'm not even sure it's worth running ported games any more if they're just going to drop support anyway.


Last edited by rustybroomhandle on 21 February 2022 at 5:12 pm UTC
Raaben 21 Feb
Quoting: rustybroomhandleI'm not even sure it's worth running ported games any more if they're just going to drop support anyway.

Are Windows games supported forever?
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