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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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officernice 22 Feb
Lord Carmack prophesized this ages ago; emulation is the way forward for Linux. His will be done.
TheRiddick 22 Feb
You mean translation-layer... Emulation is what Console-Emulators do, wine/proton/dxvk/vkd3d are translation layers.
Alm888 22 Feb
Quoting: elmapulits not about the ammount(sic) of games, but the time you spend playing then, its worth?
there are tons of free games for android that, while they are free, they dont(sic) worth our time. time is the most important thing in life, money? you can won on lotery(sic) and get rich and never need to worry about it again, but time? you cant recover that, and you only realize when its too late.
yes, i'm talking about myself.
Are you serious right now?

So, having a loot run in "Project Zomboid" or building an empire in "X4: Foundations" is somehow worthless, while shooting General Barkovs and G-12s at the "Death Road" or smashing Lenin statues while reading some weepy notes of "GULAG victims" in "Tomb Raider" is a worthwhile activity? Are you implying there are "True Gamers" playing only the best games, while my ex-boss (for example) playing some chess on his "Windows 98" PC at lunch breaks every day just wastes his time on garbage?

Please, come to your senses! We are discussing games, effectively a time wasters, no matter what appearance they have. There are no "must play" "cult classic" games, only those that are fun (to you) and those that are not. And "AAA" does not make a game fun. Expensive? Sure. Resource-demanding? Most probably (those GPUs won't sell themselves, after all). But fun? Nope.

I say it again: good riddance! Good bye to "lootboxes", "game passes", "microtransactions", "always-online DRM" and other exciting attributes of modern "AAA games".
fabertawe 22 Feb
I spent many a happy hour on the Tomb Raiders, Deus Ex, Hitman and XCOM 2. I had no Windows partition (long gone by then) and was very excited to play them on Linux. Some of the few games I was actually happy to pay full price for. Thank you Feral.
einherjar 22 Feb
It would be more smart, if they would use Proton tech to manage the compatibility for games.

That way they could sell TW TWH3 from Release day on and do special optimizations.

But hey, they can use their in House tech too, deliver month later and probably without working multiplayer.
mirv 22 Feb
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Quoting: einherjarIt would be more smart, if they would use Proton tech to manage the compatibility for games.

That way they could sell TW TWH3 from Release day on and do special optimizations.

But hey, they can use their in House tech too, deliver month later and probably without working multiplayer.

"Special optimisations" like....what, exactly?

Don't forget that there is a delay between when the Windows release goes out, and when Feral will receive all the appropriate updates that they can then work on. This is the main source of any delay in release on their part. Feral also have a lot of experience with the way the Total War engine works now, do tweak a lot to make it run quite well on GNU/Linux systems, and they've already proven that if it were up to them then cross-platform multiplayer would work just fine.
elmapul 22 Feb
Quoting: Alm888Are you serious right now?

So, having a loot run in "Project Zomboid" or building an empire in "X4: Foundations" is somehow worthless, while shooting General Barkovs and G-12s at the "Death Road" or smashing Lenin statues while reading some weepy notes of "GULAG victims" in "Tomb Raider" is a worthwhile activity? Are you implying there are "True Gamers" playing only the best games, while my ex-boss (for example) playing some chess on his "Windows 98" PC at lunch breaks every day just wastes his time on garbage?
i dont know what kind of game YOU play, i do know what kind of game i played, i wasted tons of hours on shit games because they were "free" or stuff like that, i was so used to not have money to buy anything, that i start accepting any shit that was free as an alternative to not having anything to play, instead of pirating games like everyone else do.

i'm not saying YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME, i'm saying i am and i want to make sure that no one else does what i did.
that is why i'm asking you to reflect upon your actions.
are you really playing an game because its fun? or are you locked F.O.M.O. due to some gimicks like daily login reward?
i havent played tombraider to know if its worth, but i played a lot of games games like DDKR64 , and competing in the time trial against my brother was one of the best experiences ever, that i forgot how good it was when i got used to play any shit, forgot to value my time.

Quoting: Alm888Please, come to your senses! We are discussing games, effectively a time wasters, no matter what appearance they have. There are no "must play" "cult classic" games, only those that are fun (to you) and those that are not. And "AAA" does not make a game fun. Expensive? Sure. Resource-demanding? Most probably (those GPUs won't sell themselves, after all). But fun? Nope.

I say it again: good riddance! Good bye to "lootboxes", "game passes", "microtransactions", "always-online DRM" and other exciting attributes of modern "AAA games".
yes i completely agree that gacha/lootbox, gamepasses, mtx, online drm, are BULLSHIT.
that is exactly the kind of experience that i recomend everyone to boycot.
that said, the moment that you use some thing as basis for comparission, is the moment i know you dont have anything better to compare with.
mylka 22 Feb
was kinda clear since hitman 2 did not get a linux version

you need people like 4A games. they made a linux version of metro 3, although it works pretty good with proton

sadly AAA games (onyl if they use directx) need a GOOD native port the most for best performance.
or mimimi games with desperados

if steam deck makes devs using VULKAN more often, then we wont see any disadvantage with proton anymore. that would be a big win against MS.
Quoting: elmapul
Quoting: Alm888Are you serious right now?

So, having a loot run in "Project Zomboid" or building an empire in "X4: Foundations" is somehow worthless, while shooting General Barkovs and G-12s at the "Death Road" or smashing Lenin statues while reading some weepy notes of "GULAG victims" in "Tomb Raider" is a worthwhile activity? Are you implying there are "True Gamers" playing only the best games, while my ex-boss (for example) playing some chess on his "Windows 98" PC at lunch breaks every day just wastes his time on garbage?
i dont know what kind of game YOU play, i do know what kind of game i played, i wasted tons of hours on shit games because they were "free" or stuff like that, i was so used to not have money to buy anything, that i start accepting any shit that was free as an alternative to not having anything to play, instead of pirating games like everyone else do.

i'm not saying YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME, i'm saying i am and i want to make sure that no one else does what i did.
that is why i'm asking you to reflect upon your actions.
are you really playing an game because its fun? or are you locked F.O.M.O. due to some gimicks like daily login reward?
i havent played tombraider to know if its worth, but i played a lot of games games like DDKR64 , and competing in the time trial against my brother was one of the best experiences ever, that i forgot how good it was when i got used to play any shit, forgot to value my time.

Quoting: Alm888Please, come to your senses! We are discussing games, effectively a time wasters, no matter what appearance they have. There are no "must play" "cult classic" games, only those that are fun (to you) and those that are not. And "AAA" does not make a game fun. Expensive? Sure. Resource-demanding? Most probably (those GPUs won't sell themselves, after all). But fun? Nope.

I say it again: good riddance! Good bye to "lootboxes", "game passes", "microtransactions", "always-online DRM" and other exciting attributes of modern "AAA games".
yes i completely agree that gacha/lootbox, gamepasses, mtx, online drm, are BULLSHIT.
that is exactly the kind of experience that i recomend everyone to boycot.
that said, the moment that you use some thing as basis for comparission, is the moment i know you dont have anything better to compare with.
I don't think you are talking to someone who doesn't know what their taste is, I think you're talking to someone with quite definitely decided preferences, and those preferences do not include AAA games. So you just come off like someone telling someone their taste is shit and they should like what you like, and really that doesn't work.
einherjar 22 Feb
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: einherjarIt would be more smart, if they would use Proton tech to manage the compatibility for games.

That way they could sell TW TWH3 from Release day on and do special optimizations.

But hey, they can use their in House tech too, deliver month later and probably without working multiplayer.

"Special optimisations" like....what, exactly?

Don't forget that there is a delay between when the Windows release goes out, and when Feral will receive all the appropriate updates that they can then work on. This is the main source of any delay in release on their part. Feral also have a lot of experience with the way the Total War engine works now, do tweak a lot to make it run quite well on GNU/Linux systems, and they've already proven that if it were up to them then cross-platform multiplayer would work just fine.

As it works OOTB with Proton, they could release it immediately and then do optimizations if needed.

So using the Proton tech would save them lots of time and maintain and optimizations can also be done.

And they will surely get it early enough for testing with Proton.
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