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Developer of The Falconeer looking at Linux builds for the Steam Deck

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Another developer is looking into native Linux builds for their game, this time it's Tomas Sala for The Falconeer in preparation for the upcoming Steam Deck handheld.

"Soar through the skies aboard a majestic warbird, explore a stunning oceanic world and engage in epic aerial dogfights, in this BAFTA nominated air combat game from solo developer, Tomas Sala.

You take on the role of Falconeer, a powerful airborne warrior traversing a vast oceanic world torn apart by generations of poisonous decisions and dissent. Throughout multiple campaigns, you will experience life from many different perspectives and loyalties as you embark on a journey of discovery, and solve the mystery of the Ursee, its people and history."

Writing on Steam, the developer said:

I am diving into linux, no promises. just building test versions in prep for steamdeck. If anyone wants to try out some betas at some point. please join the discord:

https://discord.com/invite/falconeer

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9 comments

pcavalcanti 9 Dec, 2021
This looks so great, love these kinds of games!! I'm clicking that link right now!
Corben 9 Dec, 2021
As this is on Stadia (was included in the Stadia Pro subscription to claim for free), there should already be a port available? Sure, Stadia has some unique adjustments that aren't working on Desktop Linux, but the main work should already be done, I guess.
pcavalcanti 9 Dec, 2021
Quoting: CorbenAs this is on Stadia (was included in the Stadia Pro subscription to claim for free), there should already be a port available? Sure, Stadia has some unique adjustments that aren't working on Desktop Linux, but the main work should already be done, I guess.

It's a Unity game, so he already has a binary ready for testing. I've talked to the developer who provided a temporary key and a beta for Linux but he's having a hard time figuring out how to get Steam to run the Linux binary without making it officially Linux compatible, I guess. Any time you try to run the binary, even through the terminal Steam somehow blocks it saying it's the wrong platform...

Great game, gorgeous, I loved the gameplay, I'll definitely buy it if he manages to get a Linux build going. Fingers crossed.


Last edited by pcavalcanti on 9 December 2021 at 6:39 pm UTC
Jollt 9 Dec, 2021
Quoting: CorbenAs this is on Stadia (was included in the Stadia Pro subscription to claim for free), there should already be a port available? Sure, Stadia has some unique adjustments that aren't working on Desktop Linux, but the main work should already be done, I guess.

Just tested with the dev, a test Linux build is already working, seems it will be ready soon :)
CFWhitman 10 Dec, 2021
Seems like it could be a good candidate to play on my Aya Neo with ChimeraOS once it's working on Steam. Of course, I could try the Windows version through Proton.
pcavalcanti 10 Dec, 2021
Quoting: Jollt
Quoting: CorbenAs this is on Stadia (was included in the Stadia Pro subscription to claim for free), there should already be a port available? Sure, Stadia has some unique adjustments that aren't working on Desktop Linux, but the main work should already be done, I guess.

Just tested with the dev, a test Linux build is already working, seems it will be ready soon :)

Got the chance to try it now as well and it looks good, no glitches, it just works!
alexleduc 11 Dec, 2021
Quoting: pcavalcantiGot the chance to try it now as well and it looks good, no glitches, it just works!

I'm reading more and more "it just works!" when people discuss Linux on the desktop and gaming on Linux and it's super encouraging for the future of it's adoption. Really cool.
pcavalcanti 13 Dec, 2021
Quoting: alexleduc
Quoting: pcavalcantiGot the chance to try it now as well and it looks good, no glitches, it just works!

I'm reading more and more "it just works!" when people discuss Linux on the desktop and gaming on Linux and it's super encouraging for the future of it's adoption. Really cool.

That's been my experience for a while so much so that sometimes I find myself a challenge just to keep things interesting. My current challenge is to figure out how to configure multiple audio outputs on Gnome 41 with pipewire...

Actually, now that I think about it, I also had a problem with ps3 Bluetooth controllers, I use Silverblue and after seeing the error report I had to go back to version 32 to be able to pair my controllers(I was too lazy to downgrade the bluetooth software), once I got back to 35 it kept the configuration and everything works. We couldn't figure out any way to make the controllers work on my wife's Windows 10 computer at all - I don't know how something as simple as pairing Bluetooth devices can be so challenging...
Grogan 14 Dec, 2021
I bought this game last night. It installed seemingly normally, but when I went to run it, it failed with (something like) "could not update this game... invalid app configuration". It was trying to run a not yet available Linux version. Under Compatibility I forced Proton 6.3-8, it did a small download, probably some config, and then the game configured itself and works perfectly. I will await the Linux port.

I enjoyed what I played of it last night. The graphics are comic bookish, but it looks quite good flying around against a backdrop of roiling seas, clouds and mist and lighting changes. I found it somewhat tranquil, and on Easy mode the missions seem pretty forgiving.
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