The Wandering Village, a city-builder set on the back of a giant animal is now confirmed to be having Native Linux support at the Early Access release. Created by Stray Fawn Studio, the same team behind Nimbatus - The Space Drone Constructor, Retimed and Niche - a genetics survival game.

"In a world where mysterious plants are spreading all over the earth, emitting toxic spores as they grow, a small group of survivors seeks shelter on the back of a giant, wandering creature they call 'Onbu'. Become their leader, build their settlement and form a symbiotic relationship with the creature to survive together in this hostile, yet beautiful post-apocalyptic world that now surrounds you."

They don't have a really up to date trailer, with their Xbox reveal being their newest:

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I spoke to the developer some time ago and they weren't sure if they were doing Linux support or not. Their plans have changed, with confirmation to me via email that it will have full Linux support including at Early Access. A Linux build is already their for their Closed Beta and they continue improving it.

For players interested on Steam Deck, they do have plans for gamepad / controller support on PC / Linux but that will come later in Early Access.

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KROM 15 Jun
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I've played the demo during one of Steams Indie Demo Days and really enjoyed it. It had some fresh gameplay elements, which is kind of rare to see when you've played hundreds of games. Really nice to hear that there will be a native version. Looking forward to it.
Anza 15 Jun
Quoting: KROMI've played the demo during one of Steams Indie Demo Days and really enjoyed it. It had some fresh gameplay elements, which is kind of rare to see when you've played hundreds of games. Really nice to hear that there will be a native version. Looking forward to it.

Building and caring about your "vehicle" make it feel quite different. Also usually you can't fail in building games, but Wandering Village is not that easy.
Cool! The demo already worked fine with Proton, but this is still good news. It still needs some polish, but it's a promising seed of a game and the 2D hand-drawn sprites in a 3D world make for a pretty interesting graphical style.

When you open the demo there's also a big splash screen photo of the dev team, and it made me think about how we never really see that in games. Sure, there'll probably be a list of credits when you finish the game somewhere, but seeing that photo reminded that games are made by real people, not just a scrolling list of names on a screen. It really humanized them in my mind. I dunno, it just stood out to me because I can't remember another game that did anything like that.
Anza 15 Jun
Quoting: PhiladelphusWhen you open the demo there's also a big splash screen photo of the dev team, and it made me think about how we never really see that in games. Sure, there'll probably be a list of credits when you finish the game somewhere, but seeing that photo reminded that games are made by real people, not just a scrolling list of names on a screen. It really humanized them in my mind. I dunno, it just stood out to me because I can't remember another game that did anything like that.

It's not totally unheard of. System Shock 2 did that with the end credits. When going far back enough, even having the credits wasn't sure thing. One of the first easter eggs in a game was developers name.
eldaking 16 Jun
Quoting: Anza
Quoting: KROMI've played the demo during one of Steams Indie Demo Days and really enjoyed it. It had some fresh gameplay elements, which is kind of rare to see when you've played hundreds of games. Really nice to hear that there will be a native version. Looking forward to it.

Building and caring about your "vehicle" make it feel quite different. Also usually you can't fail in building games, but Wandering Village is not that easy.

Oh, but you can. There are two kinds of building games: those where you are all "oh joy, I got a pumpkin!" and those that are all "the flash freeze killed all our crops and then the werebadgers killed the only villager that could plant more".
Phlebiac 16 Jun
What happens when the host creature gets an itch, and rolls over to scratch all those pesky parasites on its back?
Quoting: PhlebiacWhat happens when the host creature gets an itch, and rolls over to scratch all those pesky parasites on its back?
Given its biology, I'm not sure it can roll over.

I'm kinda interested in how your villagers get up there in the first place though—the game kinda glosses over it.
Anza 16 Jun
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Quoting: PhlebiacWhat happens when the host creature gets an itch, and rolls over to scratch all those pesky parasites on its back?
Given its biology, I'm not sure it can roll over.

I'm kinda interested in how your villagers get up there in the first place though—the game kinda glosses over it.

Initially they could get up there when creature is sleeping. After that there's gradually more options like making the creature lie down or building some kind of lift system.

I don't remember game explicitly telling those things. Patrols just somehow return and get wood and stone up there.
Eike 16 Jun
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Quoting: Philadelphus
Quoting: PhlebiacWhat happens when the host creature gets an itch, and rolls over to scratch all those pesky parasites on its back?
Given its biology, I'm not sure it can roll over.

I'm kinda interested in how your villagers get up there in the first place though—the game kinda glosses over it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panspermia ?
Quoting: Philadelphus
Quoting: PhlebiacWhat happens when the host creature gets an itch, and rolls over to scratch all those pesky parasites on its back?
Given its biology, I'm not sure it can roll over.

I'm kinda interested in how your villagers get up there in the first place though—the game kinda glosses over it.
Yeah, while I was watching I was thinking, OK, if it lets its tail drag sometimes you could probably get on there and walk up to the back . . .
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