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The 'Heavy Machinery' update for survival game Volcanoids looks awesome

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Oh wow, I really need to check out Volcanoids again. The survival game that has you build and upgrade a big moving drill now has a lot more in it with some other big machinery.

The newly released Heavy Machinery update has expanded the world with lots of different tanks, each of them having weak points you can destroy and it looks thoroughly satisfying! There's also various types of drones that will now be flying around being a total menace, 3 new weapons for players, new anti-air turrets for players and there's even now full controller support which means it might even be a lot more playable on Steam Deck.

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rcrit 30 Sep
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Maybe I should give it another look. I last played it in 2020 and didn't get very far. The crafting and material gathering was just dreadful compared so something like Subnautica. And the combat was meh at best. This video makes it look like almost a completely different game.
Ehvis 30 Sep
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Quite enjoyed it when I played through at least half of it last year. Left the rest until it was properly finished. A bit of an odd, but pretty good game.
ObsidianBlk 30 Sep
Quoting: GuestSecond and this isn't really specific to this game. Every time I see something has a Native Linux build/client anymore I just think "for now." There have been so many games that promised or had that and yanked it. The yank the table cloth off the set table analogy just lingers over every game like a nasty fart.

While I do not disagree with the worry behind this statement, I'm not exactly clear what alternative there is. You could not trust the developer, to which the developer will drop the Linux native due to lack of interest. Alternatively you could actually be happy the developer actively took the time to release a Linux native port in the first place (don't know enough about the game to know if the developer was pressured to do it or it was native from the get go, but I think it was the latter) and buy the game, showing the developer there is actual interest in there being a native Linux port. Going around griping about what might be could only lead to a self fulfilling prophecy.

I say don't make the developer feel damned if they do and damned if they don't about making native Linux ports. Just buy the game if the game looks interesting or don't buy it if it does not. Don't shun it for something the developer may or may not do.
Grogan 30 Sep
Quoting: GuestSecond and this isn't really specific to this game. Every time I see something has a Native Linux build/client anymore I just think "for now." There have been so many games that promised or had that and yanked it. The yank the table cloth off the set table analogy just lingers over every game like a nasty fart.

Every time I see something recent that has a native Linux build, I go and look it up and sure enough, it's Unity. It probably won't be canceled, I think Unity makes it pretty easy to support both. That's one good thing about it (not the most "optimal" game engine).

I've only recently started buying Unity games with confidence again, after years of lockups (the hard boot kind... could ssh in and kill processes, but neither recover nor reboot). I recently bought The Signal From Tolva again, after refunding it 4 years ago.

I'd get this one, but I don't have a good track record with the "Survival" genre, I don't have the patience to craft and collect things to survive and progress. Games like "Subnautica" and "No Man's Sky" (I liked the original game better than what it's become) I have played in "Creative" mode, but I still don't enjoy going through the motions, I just like the exploration part of such games.
14 1 Oct
Since I already own it from years ago, might be time for another try!
Definitly i have to play this game with some friends so much to handle alone i guess.
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Quoting: GuestSecond and this isn't really specific to this game. Every time I see something has a Native Linux build/client anymore I just think "for now." There have been so many games that promised or had that and yanked it. The yank the table cloth off the set table analogy just lingers over every game like a nasty fart.

While I do not disagree with the worry behind this statement, I'm not exactly clear what alternative there is. You could not trust the developer, to which the developer will drop the Linux native due to lack of interest. Alternatively you could actually be happy the developer actively took the time to release a Linux native port in the first place (don't know enough about the game to know if the developer was pressured to do it or it was native from the get go, but I think it was the latter) and buy the game, showing the developer there is actual interest in there being a native Linux port. Going around griping about what might be could only lead to a self fulfilling prophecy.

I say don't make the developer feel damned if they do and damned if they don't about making native Linux ports. Just buy the game if the game looks interesting or don't buy it if it does not. Don't shun it for something the developer may or may not do.

It's less about the alternative and more just that having a Linux build shouldn't be a selling point anymore. So many studios have bailed and used Proton as a good enough excuse at this point it's just marketing BS or political pandering...which is sad.

For the record I am a developer and I *was* using Unity until they decided to break it on Linux unless you use Fedora or Ubuntu. Unity can not be used on the OS that will drive adoption now, Arch/SteamOS.

While i am not a developer the fact that the Unityeditor only works on two distributions is no suprise for me. It is proprietary software. Having support limited to two or three distros is a common scenario. Official support needs to be limited because of the fragmented nature of linux as a whole.
WorMzy 2 Oct
Gah, another game that seems to hardcode keyboards as being qwerty layout.

I'll give it a go, but it might take some getting used to.
Ehvis 2 Oct
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Quoting: WorMzyGah, another game that seems to hardcode keyboards as being qwerty layout.

I'll give it a go, but it might take some getting used to.

I can play it, so it must have key rebinding.
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