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Terra Nil gets better performance and Linux support

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Terra Nil, a building game about restoring nature just got upgraded with better performance they've now officially released their Native Linux and macOS versions too. I thoroughly loved the early builds of Terra Nil before they turned it into a full game, so I will at some point soon be checking it out and it seems the waiting on it has paid off with all the improvements.

In addition to Linux / macOS support here's what else has changed:

  • Combining meshes
  • LODs
  • Reduced draw calls for some materials
  • Speed up loading times by precomputing hashes
  • Improve tile highlighting
  • Rework tile rules
  • Precomputing texture atlases
  • Remove a significant amount of cruft from gameplay tiles
  • More water quad work and gameplay tile optimization
Polish and Bug Fixes
  • Improve edge panning and capturing the cursor
  • Use more exact number for whether seeds should get ticked in seed bank
  • Fix sunflower radiation softlock
  • Add screenshake toggle setting
  • Off-screen recycling arrows are now on an ellipse, so not overlapping with UI
  • Add hover tooltip text for zen mode
  • Changing building tabs doesn’t count as hovering
  • Show speed controls when first vehicle spawns, if before tier 3
  • Click behind handbook to close it
  • Clicking on background of seed bank closes it
  • Fix bug where you can close handbook while it's opening
  • Add monorail dirt transport vehicle for dredging
  • Fix: bamboo nursery changes to skyscraper correctly on undo
  • Fix a bug where water would show at the wrong height when excavating a cliff tile
  • Fixed a bug where building can sometimes have ghosts

The developers also teased some "bigger, more exciting changes for upcoming updates" and more news is to come on that. Original trailer is below if you've not seen it:

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Back in July 2023, the developers also announced they donated $95,000 to the Endangered Wildlife Trust thanks to sales from Terra Nil.

You can buy it on Humble Store and Steam. Also GOG but no Linux build yet.

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Samsai Oct 5, 2023
Ah, finally. Enjoyed the old version and have been waiting in case the new version might get Linux support. Happy to buy it now.
sonic2kk Oct 5, 2023
This is made by Free Lives, who also made the excellent Broforce, which has great Linux support. That doesn't automatically mean this game is good or similar, but something to keep in mind for those conscious of supporting/promoting Linux-friendly developers.
Cyril Oct 5, 2023
Yes! Fingers crossed for the GOG release!
BalkanSpy Oct 5, 2023
Now that is some beautiful and relaxing trailer.
And that the Netflix logo at the end of the trailer? I had no idea you could play games via Netflix.
Cybolic Oct 6, 2023
Quoting: BalkanSpyNow that is some beautiful and relaxing trailer.
And that the Netflix logo at the end of the trailer? I had no idea you could play games via Netflix.
Don't get too excited, it's only for mobile games. Netflix has also been removing PC versions of games in order to herd people to their mobile service, so I'm not too thrilled about the whole situation.
Lib-Inst Oct 6, 2023
always nice to see native linux support.
BigRob029 Oct 17, 2023
I also played tons of Terra Nil in beta.
On release I've maybe put in 1 hour. It's playable for free on mobile with a Netflix login and as easily accessible as it is.... have yet to get re-wrapped up in it.
Cyril Nov 14, 2023
It seems GOG have now macOS and Linux builds! I don't have the game to confirm it though.
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