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The E3 2019 Linux gaming round-up

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Since there was actually more from E3 2019 for Linux than I expected, here's a little round-up of things so you don't get lost in a sea of articles. As expected, there's little in the way of AAA games but anyone actually expecting that for Linux hasn't been keeping up. Traditionally, E3 has never really given much information for Linux gamers. There were still a few fun little surprises though!

Coming this year

 

Coming in 2020

 

Crowdfunding

 

Hardware

  • Ryzen 9 3950X and Radeon RX 5700
  • Smach Z handheld - Shipping this year, Linux by default (Windows costs extra). There's been talk of them bringing out a Switch-like dock, to enable the CPU to run faster too.
  • Atari VCS console - March 2020

 

Pinched by Epic Store

  • WHAT THE GOLF? - Epic Exclusive until next year
  • Griftlands - Epic Exclusive until next year
  • Afterparty - Epic Exclusive until next year, waiting to hear more info from the developer

 

Stadia

Since Stadia will work on Linux and it's powered by Linux, here's what is newly announced for it:

  • Marvel's Avengers - Square Enix
  • Watch Dogs: Legion - Ubisoft
  • Uplay+ - an extra subscription service, with access to 100+ games. Not clear how many of those will be on Stadia.

 

Interestingly, we also now know why Valve are going it alone in making their own stand-alone version of Dota Auto Chess. During E3 at the PC Gaming Show, the original creator of the popular Dota 2 game mode revealed that his own stand-alone desktop game is going to be an Epic Store exclusive. It now makes more sense why Valve said, "Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons".

On another Valve-related note that's small, Valve also put out Steam Play Proton 4.2-7 to "Fix for performance and sound regression that affected some games, like Wolfenstein: The New Order.". This was needed, as FAudio was a bit messed-up.

For those curious (we've been asked a few times about this), Paradox Interactive and Romero Games also revealed Empire of Sin, sadly though it seems to be another game published by Paradox that won't be seeing Linux support. Linux was missed out of all the press info they sent.

As for a random bit of non-gaming news, Debian 10 Buster was announced this week to release on July 6th.

Plenty more non-E3 news to come Linux gaming fans! I have a big todo-list and inbox waiting for me, which got pushed back by the surprising number of announcements over the last two days.

I will continue to add to this, as more comes out so check back often!

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Shmerl 11 Jun, 2019
Some weird announcement about The Witcher 3 being developed for Nintendo Switch. It means they are implementing a Vulkan renderer for it after all? With Google trying to attract high profile games to Stadia, it's one step away from it. And two steps away from normal Linux release then.
dpanter 11 Jun, 2019
The Witcher 3 was shown in their E3 Nintendo Direct thing so it appears to be true. Also getting Doom Eternal. They are pushing that little thing for all its got! ^_^
Avehicle7887 11 Jun, 2019
Quoting: ShmerlSome weird announcement about The Witcher 3 being developed for Nintendo Switch. It means they are implementing a Vulkan renderer for it after all? With Google trying to attract high profile games to Stadia, it's one step away from it. And two steps away from normal Linux release then.

Unfortunately, many devs will happily port to everything and skip Linux aside or at the very best give it lower priority. I haven't looked into how Stadia works underneath, will it require games to be Linux native to make part of it? If so, that could be a nice 2 birds 1 stone.
Zelox 11 Jun, 2019
Some interesting title here. But I was hoping to see dying light 2 and borderlands 3, but time will tel I guess. Got a lot to do in dying light 1 and borderlands pre sequal anyways. :)


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sub 11 Jun, 2019
Quoting: Avehicle7887
Quoting: ShmerlSome weird announcement about The Witcher 3 being developed for Nintendo Switch. It means they are implementing a Vulkan renderer for it after all? With Google trying to attract high profile games to Stadia, it's one step away from it. And two steps away from normal Linux release then.

Unfortunately, many devs will happily port to everything and skip Linux aside or at the very best give it lower priority. I haven't looked into how Stadia works underneath, will it require games to be Linux native to make part of it? If so, that could be a nice 2 birds 1 stone.

AFAIK it runs on Linux and AMD hardware (not sure about the actual driver stack) and uses Vulkan.

So no requirement of a Linux client build but it should be low hanging grapes.

But this does *OFC* not mean we will see significantly more of those games on Linux.
The market share of Linux users is still small and probably not worth it for most of the AAA publishers.
Would be great though, but don't hold your breath.
GeoGalvanic 11 Jun, 2019
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What about Stadia news and all the games that will be running on stadia?
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It was great to have this summary page. Thanks.
Liam Dawe 12 Jun, 2019
Quoting: GeoGalvanicWhat about Stadia news and all the games that will be running on stadia?
Added newly announced.

Quoting: 14It was great to have this summary page. Thanks.
You're welcome! :)

Quoting: GuestCall me a Negative Nancy, but I'm not impressed. I wouldn't call any of those titles "big", except maybe Wasteland.
Not sure what you were realistically expecting? E3 has traditionally never had "big" Linux announcements. Again, it's why Steam Play was created to help with the lack of AAA.
Liam Dawe 12 Jun, 2019
Here we go again...not getting into it. I made my point.
Corben 12 Jun, 2019
I'm really curious if we see any benefits in the future through Stadia. Be it direct or indirect. Though it's Linux powered, I'm afraid it's all a black box. So if we hear that Uplay+ will come to Stadia, I'd imagine, wow, they must have Linux versions of their games, so they could publish them on Steam? But I doubt they've ported their catalogue to Linux, so if they don't share any insight, we won't know how this works under the hood. Maybe they are wrapping it with wine/proton. Or Google has its own wrapper.

This causes again a kind of "meh" feeling... Microsoft acquiring more studios that used to release Linux versions, Epic catching more games for exclusivity and thus not giving us Linux version (in the first place), etc... but on the other hand this is really a high level of complaining. We do have many games to play, and until the Linux market share doesn't increase, it won't become a better situation for us. It's just this... "I want it too" thing. The new and shiny cool stuff. And someone else took it, so it's out of our reach.

Well, let's keep buying our games on Steam, so they keep improving Proton and we can at least play most of the Singleplayer things. I mean, even Microsoft is publishing big things on Steam, so chances are good we can play it via Proton...

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