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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Cyba.Cowboy 17 Feb
Quoting: Ehvis
Quoting: Cyba.CowboyIt's no big loss... Feral Interactive do horrible ports, and having a low-quality port available for Linux-based operating systems sends the wrong message to new Linux gamers.

The Feral Vulkan ports they have been making for the last couple of years are the best ever made. Proton can't match it. So that statement is pure nonsense.

Bulldust. I have a number of their games and their ports are "average" at best.

I've even bought a couple of their ports for the Nintendo Switch and every time, I'm not in the least bit surprised to see how low-quality the ports are.

There are exceptions of course, there always are... But in the vast majority of cases, I have found their ports to be rather dismal.

Ironically, 'Tomb Raider' was one of those exceptions - I've always found it to run flawlessly when compared to both my PlayStation 3 and my PlayStation 4 Pro copies, so I was pretty surprised when I read this article.


Last edited by Cyba.Cowboy on 17 February 2022 at 1:35 am UTC
Eike 17 Feb
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Quoting: Cyba.Cowboy
Quoting: Ehvis
Quoting: Cyba.CowboyIt's no big loss... Feral Interactive do horrible ports, and having a low-quality port available for Linux-based operating systems sends the wrong message to new Linux gamers.

The Feral Vulkan ports they have been making for the last couple of years are the best ever made. Proton can't match it. So that statement is pure nonsense.

Bulldust. I have a number of their games and their ports are "average" at best.

When it seems other people have better experiences with the same object, you might try to look if anything could be improved on your side. Of course, bitching around is always a possibility, too...
Zlopez 17 Feb
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Quoting: jensI'm noticing the black structures as well. Really sad since this was the first AAA game I had completed on Linux, loved nearly every minute of that game.
Is there a way to keep the save games when switching to the Proton version?

They should be compatible. It shouldn't matter if you are playing Proton or native version of the game, the save game format should be the same.
slapin 17 Feb
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Quoting: Cyba.CowboyIt's no big loss... Feral Interactive do horrible ports, and having a low-quality port available for Linux-based operating systems sends the wrong message to new Linux gamers.

It is total lie and FUD.
slapin 17 Feb
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Quoting: Zlopez
Quoting: jensI'm noticing the black structures as well. Really sad since this was the first AAA game I had completed on Linux, loved nearly every minute of that game.
Is there a way to keep the save games when switching to the Proton version?

They should be compatible. It shouldn't matter if you are playing Proton or native version of the game, the save game format should be the same.

Depends on game.
jens 17 Feb
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Quoting: Zlopez
Quoting: jensI'm noticing the black structures as well. Really sad since this was the first AAA game I had completed on Linux, loved nearly every minute of that game.
Is there a way to keep the save games when switching to the Proton version?

They should be compatible. It shouldn't matter if you are playing Proton or native version of the game, the save game format should be the same.

Do you know that this works with TR2013 or is this just an assumption?


Last edited by jens on 17 February 2022 at 6:50 pm UTC
Zlopez 17 Feb
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Quoting: jens
Quoting: Zlopez
Quoting: jensI'm noticing the black structures as well. Really sad since this was the first AAA game I had completed on Linux, loved nearly every minute of that game.
Is there a way to keep the save games when switching to the Proton version?

They should be compatible. It shouldn't matter if you are playing Proton or native version of the game, the save game format should be the same.

Do you know that this works with TR2013 or is this just an assumption?

Just an assumption in this case.
jens 20 May
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I just figured that the graphics issues with the Feral port i.c.w. with NVIDIA are solved when using the 515 driver. So no more reasons to move away from the Feral port for me.

(For the sake of testing () I replayed the first chapter of that game, it is imho still a really good game. Both successors are obviously better looking, but story and character wise, Tomb Raider 2013 is still my favorite)


Last edited by jens on 20 May 2022 at 11:43 am UTC
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