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Age Of Wonders III Officially Nearing Beta For Linux

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I know some of you are wanting this badly, so the good news is that Age Of Wonders III will be officially released on Linux in beta form soon.

Their announcement is copied below:
QuoteThis is an announcement that we’ll have a public Steam Beta for the Update/Patch 1.5 in a couple of weeks. This free update will launch officially together with the upcoming expansion. It will be loaded with new features such as Diplomatic AI profiles, overhauled diplomatic relations and you’ll be able to test the awesome new PBEM mode. (PBEM is now the most played game mode here at the office!).

Also Lascha has been making great progress on the conversions; the Mac and Linux versions of the game are now nearing completion. We hope to have both these versions ready to drop together with the Beta of Update 1.5 on Steam, to launch together with the new expansion.

We could really help use your help to test Mac Linux, PBEM and V1.5 on as many systems as possible!


It's really great news, as I've seen a lot of people talk about how good it is, and another higher-profile game on Linux is exactly what we need.

About the game (From Steam)
Age of Wonders III is the long anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy series. Delivering a unique mix of Empire Building, Role Playing and Warfare, Age of Wonders III offers the ultimate in turn-based fantasy strategy for veterans of the series and new players alike! Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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FutureSuture 13 February 2015 at 9:38 pm UTC
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I will buy the game once it's out for Linux and it's a good port. Full price purchase, naturally. Great to see that this will happen soon!
Cyba.Cowboy 13 February 2015 at 10:01 pm UTC
I've never heard of the series, but I looked it up on Steam and actually went to purchase the original two games... Only to discover that they're not available for Linux-based operating systems!

I don't buy the latter games in a series without buying the originals, so hopefully the other two games get ported to Linux-based operating systems at some point...

It'd be a shame if they don't though, because these games look very similar to the "Heroes of Might and Magic" series.
FutureSuture 13 February 2015 at 10:16 pm UTC
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CybaCowboyI've never heard of the series, but I looked it up on Steam and actually went to purchase the original two games... Only to discover that they're not available for Linux-based operating systems!

I don't buy the latter games in a series without buying the originals, so hopefully the other two games get ported to Linux-based operating systems at some point...

It'd be a shame if they don't though, because these games look very similar to the "Heroes of Might and Magic" series.
Age of Wonders III is the closest we will get to Heroes of Might & Magic on Linux, bar Heroes of Might & Magic III on Linux by Loki.

Also, how did you manage to miss that the previous games are not on Linux? Most curious. Chances are the previous games will never come to Linux.
Teq 13 February 2015 at 10:24 pm UTC
CybaCowboyI've never heard of the series, but I looked it up on Steam and actually went to purchase the original two games... Only to discover that they're not available for Linux-based operating systems!

I don't buy the latter games in a series without buying the originals, so hopefully the other two games get ported to Linux-based operating systems at some point...

It'd be a shame if they don't though, because these games look very similar to the "Heroes of Might and Magic" series.

You've got Civ V, even though the previous games aren't available. This isn't any different in my opinion.
Cyba.Cowboy 14 February 2015 at 2:17 am UTC
FutureSutureAlso, how did you manage to miss that the previous games are not on Linux?

Like I said, I've never heard of the series...


FutureSutureChances are the previous games will never come to Linux.

Only in exceptional circumstances (e.g. a game from a particularly-big developer or a game that I think would otherwise "further the cause for gaming on systems running Linux-based operating systems" ) do I purchase games without purchasing the originals...

I might make an exception for this game though, it truly is tempting, because I run the "Heroes" series via WINE at the moment and this game looks more polished.

TeqYou've got Civ V, even though the previous games aren't available. This isn't any different in my opinion.

I was going to tell you that you were wrong, because I don't recall buying it... But I just checked both my records (I retain digital copies of all my receipts) and my Steam library, sure enough, there it is!

Interestingly, when I go to the Steam store page, it says I own the game, but then has the option to buy the "complete" edition further down... Yet my Steam receipt indicates that I bought the "complete" edition!

My receipt says I got it at a good price though, so I must've picked this up during some sale...
Skarjak 14 February 2015 at 3:11 am UTC
What an odd habit. Especially given that many series will try to shake up the formula as they age, why would you have to buy the originals? It's not like you're missing out on the story...
Hyeron 14 February 2015 at 7:50 am UTC
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CybaCowboyIt'd be a shame if they don't though, because these games look very similar to the "Heroes of Might and Magic" series.
Age of Wonders III is the closest we will get to Heroes of Might & Magic on Linux, bar Heroes of Might & Magic III on Linux by Loki.
Or VCMI and FHeroes2 along with the GOG releases if anyone wants to avoid a huge headache and a truckload of problems with old libs and/or play the HoMM3 extensions, but yeah, so far it's the only contender.
throgh 14 February 2015 at 9:35 am UTC
I hope this game will also available through GOG.com: The Windows-release is there. But lets hope the Linux-version will there also.

Just want no DRM through Steam, because the game itself has this account-force included for playing.
FutureSuture 14 February 2015 at 10:27 am UTC
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CybaCowboy
FutureSutureAlso, how did you manage to miss that the previous games are not on Linux?
Like I said, I've never heard of the series...
And like is common knowledge, Steam games that have Mac OS or Linux clients are explicitly marked as such with icons that are difficult to miss, especially for a seasoned Linux user who has to look out for a Tux icon to make sure it's actually on Linux, hence why I said that this is most curious.
Cyba.Cowboy 14 February 2015 at 11:52 am UTC
SkarjakWhat an odd habit. Especially given that many series will try to shake up the formula as they age, why would you have to buy the originals? It's not like you're missing out on the story...

Usually you are missing out on the story and even if you're not (e.g. with the upcoming "Bioshock: Infinite" release, which is almost completely unrelated to the other "Bioshock" games as I understand it), it's just not "right" to buy the sequels without buying the originals...

Yes it's bizarre - my wife would be the first to agree with you there - but it's just the way I am with games (and films, and books/eBooks, and...), and buying the sequels without buying the originals (even with regards to major titles that will "further the cause" ) drives me batty!

I guess we all have our strange quirks, this is mine.

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