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Tomb Raider's Linux port from Feral Interactive delisted on Steam

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It seems more Linux ports from Feral Interactive are no longer advertised on Steam, with the latest being Tomb Raider (2013).

This follows on from the same happening with Mad Max and Shadow of Mordor in Early 2021. Much the same, the Linux version is no longer advertised but it is still available to install. Later that year in April 2021, Feral did bring out Total War: ROME REMASTERED but then we also saw that Feral confirmed in July 2021, that they would no longer be porting  A Total War Saga: TROY to Linux - citing "generally less demand for native titles since Valve’s launch of Proton".

Given how far things have come, the original Tomb Raider OpenGL port wasn't a particularly good show for Linux gaming. Compared with later ports that used Vulkan, it did not perform well. Seems like the port was in a rough state overall now too, checking back on it today and it wouldn't run unless forced to use the Steam Linux Runtime container and in-game there were lots of graphical problems on NVIDIA.

Currently, Feral are working on the Linux port of Total War: WARHAMMER III, which is due out for Windows on February 17 with Linux (and macOS) "in Early Spring" according to the Steam store page.

We have reached out to Feral for comments, will update if they reply.

Update - 15/02/22: Feral press replied to say "The Linux version of Tomb Raider (2013) has been removed from sale due to the license expiring for that specific title. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider are still available to purchase on Linux.".

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jordicoma 15 Feb
Can you install the native version? It's one of my favorite games on Linux.
I don't know for the performance, but it runs better than the last one with my gf660.
And probably I'm strange, but I prefer a slow running native game than having to run it on proton/wine and the developers no supporting Linux.
On steamdb it's still listed as Linux https://steamdb.info/app/203160/
Liam Dawe 15 Feb
Quoting: jordicomaCan you install the native version? It's one of my favorite games on Linux.
I don't know for the performance, but it runs better than the last one with my gf660.
And probably I'm strange, but I prefer a slow running native game than having to run it on proton/wine and the developers no supporting Linux.
On steamdb it's still listed as Linux https://steamdb.info/app/203160/
As written in the article:
QuoteMuch the same, the Linux version is no longer advertised but it is still available to install.
Leopard 15 Feb
Quoting: jordicomaCan you install the native version? It's one of my favorite games on Linux.
I don't know for the performance, but it runs better than the last one with my gf660.
And probably I'm strange, but I prefer a slow running native game than having to run it on proton/wine and the developers no supporting Linux.
On steamdb it's still listed as Linux https://steamdb.info/app/203160/

Like it happened with previous Feral delistings, you still get Linux build by default.

It is just they don't offer support anymore, they also don't get any sale revenues due to their licensing deal has ended.
x_wing 15 Feb
Worked flawlessly for me back then and it still does.
Leopard 15 Feb
Quoting: EhvisFor Steam Deck it would probably help greatly to skip the native port. Unlike the next two TR games, this one was still OpenGL and there are a couple of areas where framerate suffered greatly. This was way back when I still played on a GTX970, but I don't think it was the GPU that was the limiting factor. I have no desire to play this game again, so I won't be testing it.

That game was too stuttery to enjoy on Proton last time i checked.

Surely native port has some low perf issues in general, but at least it provides a mostly smooth experience.
Solitary 15 Feb
Quoting: Leopard
Quoting: EhvisFor Steam Deck it would probably help greatly to skip the native port. Unlike the next two TR games, this one was still OpenGL and there are a couple of areas where framerate suffered greatly. This was way back when I still played on a GTX970, but I don't think it was the GPU that was the limiting factor. I have no desire to play this game again, so I won't be testing it.

That game was too stuttery to enjoy on Proton last time i checked.

Surely native port has some low perf issues in general, but at least it provides a mostly smooth experience.

Last time you checked might have been too long ago to be relevant. Stuttering sounds like shader issue and that has improved significantly in last few years.
melkemind 15 Feb
Quoting: jordicomaAnd probably I'm strange, but I prefer a slow running native game than having to run it on proton/wine and the developers no supporting Linux.
On steamdb it's still listed as Linux https://steamdb.info/app/203160/

Is it maybe time to rethink what "supporting Linux" means? Many devs are now purposefully tuning their games to make sure they work in Proton, which is a free and open source Linux program. By supporting Proton, aren't they, by extension, supporting Linux?
skye 15 Feb
Thanks for your work Feral
Beamboom 15 Feb
It's sad - an era is over. The era of excitement and optimism over "native" ports. It was a good run, and the atmosphere was electric!

But to be totally honest here, I have more often than not ended up forcing the Windows version w/proton on the games where there was a native alternative. It simply worked better.
CatKiller 15 Feb
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Quoting: melkemindBy supporting Proton, aren't they, by extension, supporting Linux?
For me: no.

Testing in Proton is definitely better than not testing in Proton, and I'll give a game developer more money because of that, but that's not supporting Linux, which would get them more money still.

Even if they're testing in Proton, if it turns out that an update breaks their game in Proton are they going to drop the update or drop the game running in Proton? That there could be a question there shows that you're not getting support. If they're "supporting the Steam Deck" and their game doesn't work on your Linux machine, are they going to help you or not? That official support for Linux machines in the minimum requirements box gives you something to point at should it not work, which is valuable and means that I'll pay more for a game that supports Linux than one that merely supports Proton.
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