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Update: Feral Interactive emailed me to correct the record that they're not actually doing a Linux port this time. They said the Creative Assembly FAQ post was incorrect. Feral are now doing macOS only.


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SEGA and Creative Assembly officially announced Total War: PHARAOH today for release in October 2023, and as usual Feral Interactive will be doing their Linux and macOS ports. For those who will be waiting for the Native Linux build, you'll need to wait a bit longer as noted at the bottom of the official FAQ.

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"There are few periods more iconic than Ancient Egypt; fraught with political intrigue, cataclysmic events and grand war campaigns, it's the perfect setting for a Total War title," said Game Director, Todor Nikolov. "As Pharaoh, you must save Egypt from the cusp of destruction and guide your people through the calamitous Bronze-Age collapse. It is up to you to either survive or fade into history." 

Features:

  • Shape Your Dynasty - The Pharaoh is dead, and the people of Egypt, Canaan, and the Hittite empire cry out for a new leader. Many desire the power of the throne, but the path to becoming Pharaoh is a perilous one. As the leader of these great nations, you must overcome societal collapse, face natural disasters and fight to protect your people against invaders from far off lands. 
  • With a choice of eight Faction Leaders from three rich cultural hubs, step into their unique playstyles and take charge of deadly and diverse unit rosters. Whether you’re charming the courts as a peerless diplomat, charging into battle as an unwavering commander or causing chaos as a fearless warlord, become a leader that history will remember. 
  • Unearth Ancient Egypt - On your journey to becoming Pharaoh, uncover a beautifully lush and vibrant recreation of Ancient Egypt at the height of its power. From the fertile banks of the river Nile to the windswept, arid deserts of the Sinai Peninsula and the mountainous crags of ancient Anatolia, this magnificent visual reimagining brings the beauty and brutality of Egypt’s most tumultuous era to life. 
  • Epic Dynamic Battles - Enemy armies aren’t the only challenges to overcome on the battlefield. Lead your soldiers through sudden and dramatic shifts in weather, such as thunderstorms and sandstorms, and witness the tides of battle turn as it directly impacts the surrounding terrain. Beware the threat of fire too, as battles can become engulfed in flames, striking and spreading across the battlefield as it burns forests and damages the foundations of enemy settlements. 
  • Customize and Play Your Way - With a brand-new Campaign Customisation feature, no two campaigns will ever feel the same. Determine how you play with an extended range of campaign customisation options, such as random starting positions for all factions, detailed resource settings, the ability to toy with natural disasters and much more. With an abundance of options, stack the odds against yourself for an added challenge or become an unmatched power to breeze your way to victory. 

At release it will cost:

  • Base Game: £49.99 / $59.99 / €59.99
  • Deluxe Edition: £61.17 / $72.87 / €72.87
  • Dynasty Edition: £77.96 / $91.46 / €91.46

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pete910 May 23, 2023
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QuoteFeral Interactive will be doing their Linux and macOS ports.

So they are still around then!

They seemed to have dropped off the map the last few years or so.
KohlyKohl May 23, 2023
Quoting: pete910
QuoteFeral Interactive will be doing their Linux and macOS ports.

So they are still around then!

They seemed to have dropped off the map the last few years or so.

Total War: Three Kingdoms had a patch in December and they haven't updated the Linux version yet. I think they are more focused on porting to iOS these days.
ripper81358 May 23, 2023
While i am all for native ports i wonder if this will pay off in any way for Feral Interactive. I realy enjoyed many of their ports prior to the release of Steamplay/Proton but i guess that most games run even better with proton than a native port nowadays. Another problem with the Feral ports has always been compatibility in multiplayermode. In most cases multiplayer was restricted so that you could only connect to other players on linux or maybe Mac. Given the fact that almost all potential players running the games on windows rendered the port useless as soon as you want to play with others.
Teodosio May 23, 2023
On no, another port. When will they learn to develop their games multiplatform?

Quoting: ripper81358While i am all for native ports i wonder if this will pay off in any way for Feral Interactive. I realy enjoyed many of their ports prior to the release of Steamplay/Proton but i guess that most games run even better with proton than a native port nowadays. Another problem with the Feral ports has always been compatibility in multiplayermode. In most cases multiplayer was restricted so that you could only connect to other players on linux or maybe Mac. Given the fact that almost all potential players running the games on windows rendered the port useless as soon as you want to play with others.

Feral ports run worse than Proton because a "port" is very different from "native". I am tired of ports.
Native: develop your application to run on a platform
Port: take an application developed for another platform, and try to patch it up after the fact to run on a different platform.


Last edited by Teodosio on 23 May 2023 at 4:09 pm UTC
lucinos May 23, 2023
Quoting: ripper81358but i guess that most games run even better with proton than a native port nowadays. Another problem with the Feral ports has always been compatibility in multiplayermode

This is my question too. That said the port may well be better than proton. Also the reason they are doing it is that if you port to Mac then Linux port is about zero cost (their workflow is probably to port first to Linux as this is the easiest way to get rid of windows dependencies, and then port from Linux to Mac.
Liam Dawe May 23, 2023
Quoting: lucinosAlso the reason they are doing it is that if you port to Mac then Linux port is about zero cost
I've no idea what you've been reading but that's really not true, especially given the completely different graphics APIs used - Vulkan and Metal. There's a whole bunch of other differences to take into account to from filesystem to sound system.
lucinos May 23, 2023
Quoting: Liam Dawegraphics APIs used - Vulkan and Metal.
This is actually a reason to do it this way. It is much easier to translate from Vulkan to Metal than from D3D to Metal. There even exist MoltenVk.
stuff May 23, 2023
Woohoo, Feral still alive in the Linux Space! I owe them a lot of great ports, nice to see them back!
Liam Dawe May 23, 2023
Update: Feral Interactive emailed me to correct the record that they're not actually doing a Linux port this time. They said the Creative Assembly FAQ post was incorrect. Feral are now doing macOS only.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 23 May 2023 at 4:20 pm UTC
mr-victory May 23, 2023
Quoting: Liam Dawethey're not actually doing a Linux port this time.
:facepalm:
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