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Between the Stars, a recent Early Access space action game that looks awesome is coming to Linux, although not any time soon it seems.

Between the Stars is a space action game with RPG growth and real time combat that places you at the helm of an interstellar cruiser. Your mission will be to protect the civilized world from the Children of the Sun, a faction that dominates border planets in the known universe. In order to undertake your mission you must cross the galaxy, face new challenges at each warp jump, and make difficult decisions that affect your ship, crew and the world that surrounds you while upgrading your ship's equipment and fighting in battles to survive.

Funded thanks to people on Kickstarter last year, Isolated Games made it clear that Linux was going to be supported. Although, they never did give a clear answer as to when that would be. They simply said they would work on the Linux version "As soon as we can".

I spoke with the developer now it's out in Early Access to see what their current plan is for Linux support, they told me over email "We plan on having linux support in towards the end of the game's development cycle." so we're in for a wait. I just hope they don't come across any major issues, leaving a port until the last minute has caused issues for other developers who haven't properly planned or even checked if middleware they use actually supports Linux.

You can wishlist/follow it on Steam. At least until then we have titles like EVERSPACE and X4: Foundations to keep us going. For a look at Between the Stars, their trailer is below:

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neowiz73 30 May, 2019
this is something i've waiting for... :)
iiari 30 May, 2019
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If I'm remembering, they did a demo that seemed to work on Proton...
Purple Library Guy 30 May, 2019
Thinking of waiting for space games, just yesterday I was looking at space games on Steam and I saw a page for something called "Lord of Rigel" which isn't out yet but is listing Linux as a platform for when it does. Seems to be a space 4X where you're a new young race in a galaxy dominated by opposing factions of elder races, kind of a Babylon 5 vibe. It says it will release in 2019, but I get the impression their schedule may already have seen some slippage so who knows.
Anyone know anything about this thing?


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Whitewolfe80 30 May, 2019
Ohh get a strong freelancer vibe from this will def keep watching this one
mock²³ 30 May, 2019
Another "space game" that completely ignores Newtonian physics or inertia. How original.
iiari 31 May, 2019
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Quoting: mock²³Another "space game" that completely ignores Newtonian physics or inertia. How original.
Oh, really, you really can't complain about that too much now, as there are currently a good number of titles that allow you do full Newtonian flight, although many of these need to be played through Proton...
Purple Library Guy 31 May, 2019
Quoting: iiari
Quoting: mock²³Another "space game" that completely ignores Newtonian physics or inertia. How original.
Oh, really, you really can't complain about that too much now, as there are currently a good number of titles that allow you do full Newtonian flight, although many of these need to be played through Proton...
Among those that don't, seems worth mentioning Helium Rain.
iiari 31 May, 2019
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Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: iiari
Quoting: mock²³Another "space game" that completely ignores Newtonian physics or inertia. How original.
Oh, really, you really can't complain about that too much now, as there are currently a good number of titles that allow you do full Newtonian flight, although many of these need to be played through Proton...
Among those that don't, seems worth mentioning Helium Rain.
Absolutely Helium Rain. And don't forget X4. Astro Kill is another native title where you can turn off flight assist.

Proton playable games I can think of where you can go partly or fully Newtonian:

Void Destroyer 2 and the first title as well
Elite Dangerous
Angels Fall First
House of the Dying Sun (strafe mode)
I-War 1 and 2 (older)
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