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BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION the latest game from THE BROTHERHOOD (CAYNE / STASIS), has been updated for Linux and it now appears to work great across AMD and Intel GPUs with the open source Mesa drivers.

BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION is a 2D isometric adventure game set in the distant future. Explore a post-apocalyptic landscape, solve puzzles, meet new friends and make powerful enemies, mediate conflicts and fight for your life as you unravel the secrets of the world around you.

Originally releasing in February this year, BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION then came to Linux in Beta shortly after in March. From there, the developer has continued to polish it showing some real care and attention on the Linux version.

It seemed they were facing issues with Mesa drivers (AMD / Intel) and video rendering with the Unity game engine, thankfully they've now solved it. Explaining in a little more detail on Steam, they mentioned using a shader to enhance video playback output but it wasn't failing nicely and created a black box so they've managed to sort it—great! Now even more people can enjoy it easily on Linux.

Not seen it before? It certainly seems to live up to the BEAUTIFUL part of the name and it's got quite a positive user rating on Steam. Check out the trailer below:

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You can pick up BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION for Linux on Steam.

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Corben May 7, 2020
Now that's quite some dedication to support Linux! They even bought an extra machine with AMD GPU to reproduce the issue.
I hope there are now enough Linux buyers to justify the costs of the extra machine and still be a net positive in the end!
Thank you so much THE BROTHERHOOD!
Avehicle7887 May 7, 2020
Hopefully the Linux version will make it to GOG soon, not many games sell me with the official trailer but this one did.
Ehvis May 7, 2020
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I completely missed that the Linux build was put public already. Thanks for the reminder so I can rectify my non-ownership tonight! :D

Last edited by Ehvis on 7 May 2020 at 2:21 pm UTC
Arehandoro May 7, 2020
Oh, now that explains my issue the other day when I was going to give it a go!
logge May 7, 2020
Quoting: CorbenThey even bought an extra machine with AMD GPU to reproduce the issue.
I hope there are now enough Linux buyers to justify the costs of the extra machine and still be a net positive in the end!
Here I go and buy it!

Last edited by logge on 7 May 2020 at 3:59 pm UTC
Rooster May 7, 2020
It does look interesting, if only I wasn't so short on time and money. Welp, wishlisted.
shawnsterp May 7, 2020
This slipped through the cracks for me. Looks interesting!
x_wing May 10, 2020
There are still some issues with Mesa that are kinda a game breaker. In my case I found that the codex doesn't show text or images, which will completely stuck you in the beginning of the game. Fortunately you can workaround the issue with "-force-vulkan" game argument. In my case I also set an env. variable in order to activate vsync (game internal config doesn't work with vulkan).

TL;DR: if you have a Vulkan supported GPU with Mesa you must set as game args this options in order to properly play

MESA_VK_WSI_PRESENT_MODE=fifo %command% -force-vulkan

If you have a radeon gpu, don't buy this game yet or wait for starting playing it! (believe me, you will get stuck in no time in the game).

Last edited by x_wing on 10 May 2020 at 5:12 pm UTC
Cyril May 23, 2020
In case some didn't notice, the Linux release is now up on GOG too!

QuoteRequires a 64-bit processor and operating system. OpenSuSE Tumbleweed is working. Linux Mint is working. Arch Linux is working. Check forums for more info.

That's pretty nice too.
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