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Another look at what games are coming to Linux throughout 2019

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As a companion to our article in January, here’s another look at even more games coming to Linux across 2019. In that article, I noted around 31 varied games and as expected plenty more have been announced since then. Do check out the previous list if you missed it, as I won’t be repeating any entries in this list!

Many items on this list might be familiar to regular readers, however for those who don’t get the chance to read us constantly (fair enough, news moves quickly) this condensed look will hopefully be another helpful insight.

In no particular order, here’s another bunch of titles coming to Linux throughout 2019. Clicking the title of each game will take you to where you can see a whole lot more about each one.

SkateBIRD

"Drop in, and be a skateboarding bird. Grind on bendy straws, kickflip over staplers, and carve killer lines through cardboard and sticky tape parks. Skate an expansively tiny world with simple controls even a Hawk named Tony would dig. Skatebird can’t fly, but on a board, they soar."

The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep

"The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep is the triumphant return of one of the most iconic RPG series of all-time. Delve into a tactically rich combat system that rewards creativity, solve puzzles to gain treasure and advantages, and discover a beautifully crafted world."

ZED

"ZED is the story of an artist suffering from dementia -- desperately trying to reconnect fragmented memories. The player explores the dreams of the artist’s crumbling mind in hopes of helping him assemble enough meaningful images to leave behind a loving memento and final legacy for his granddaughter. The experience blends adventure, a rich narrative, stirring sentiment, and fanciful world exploration."

Eagle Island

"Explore the avian world of Eagle Island with Quill and one of his loyal owls, Koji. Discover lush forests, treacherous caverns and uncover the ruins of long lost civilizations. Finally, confront the gargantuan deity, Armaura, in a desperate attempt to rescue Ichiro from her clutches.

With its falconry-based gameplay within uniquely generated worlds, Eagle Island is set to a beautifully modernized pixel art aesthetic and provides a breath of fresh air to the platforming genre."

We. The Revolution

"We. The Revolution is a unique game with a singular art style set in the blood-soaked and paranoid world of the French Revolution, where often you could not tell a friend from an enemy. As a judge of the Revolutionary Tribunal, you will have to trudge through this setting passing sentences, playing a dangerous political game, and doing everything in your power to not to be guillotined as an enemy of revolution. At the end of a day you will also confront your decisions with your family and very often they will see it differently."

Vambrace: Cold Soul

"Vambrace: Cold Soul is a narrative-driven game filled with memorable characters, brutal challenges, and deep strategy. To succeed, you must choose perceptive party leaders, camp to recuperate, navigate strange encounters, and survive deadly combat. Will you scavenge for supplies to sell or use them to craft new items for your next expedition? The surface of Icenaire is cold and unforgiving. So, prepare your party well before departing...lest you join the cursed city's undead."

Elteria Adventures

"In Elteria, you have not only the usual MMO or RPG feel, but platformer-like too! The world is made of flying islands, some are large, some are archipelagos of small ones. For ease of movement between them, there are jumper mushrooms, sunflowers, and other fun movement objects. They create a unique platformer feel while remaining a 3D open-world RPG. Some abilities allow you to move even better. "

Graywalkers: Purgatory

"Graywalkers Purgatory is a turn-based strategy RPG set in a supernatural post-apocalyptic world where Heaven and Hell merged with Earth. You play the prophesied hero who is destined to gather all of the Graywalkers, and together lead the war to retake earth from its supernatural conquerors."

We Were Here Together

"We Were Here Together is a standalone online cooperative adventure, the third entry in the We Were Here series.

The game continues the communication-centered adventure in which you and a partner must solve puzzles on an urgent mission to save the expedition... and yourself! This time, expect even more puzzles and discover the story behind the Antarctic expedition."

ASYLUM

"From the creators of cult sleeper hit Scratches and the haunting Serena, comes a chilling journey into the darkest depths of your mind. ASYLUM is an ambitious and intricate horror adventure casting you into the hallucinatory setting of the Hanwell Mental Institute, a silent witness to unimaginable atrocities that transpired between its endless corridors."

BulletRage

"Non-stop adrenaline twin-stick arcade shooter, 4 players Online and Local Co-op and PvP. Over 500,000 weapon combinations, Twitch Extension and lots more, Dash and smash swarms of deadly enemies, using overwhelming firepower with insane power-ups."

Star Renegades

"From the makers of Halcyon 6 comes a challenging tactical rogue-lite RPG set in an endless interplanetary rebellion against an evil authoritarian empire. Lead a ragtag squad of rebels in their desperate fight against overwhelming odds and an evolving adversary."

Backbone

"Backbone is a noir-inspired detective adventure. As raccoon private eye Howard Lotor, sniff out clues, collect evidence, interrogate witnesses, and explore the beautifully rendered 2.5D pixel art environments of dystopian Vancouver."

.Age

"Forget about epic battles, lone heroes, splendid cities, and see how dark the Dark Ages actually were!

In .Age, you are the village elder, spiritual guide of a secluded village. A dark omen was seen above your village and the Apocalypse looms over it. Plan, build, produce, research, lead your Pips in these awful times and protect them as the heavens unfold their wrath on your puny village. Will you find what caused the Apocalypse?

.Age is a turn-based village builder with a heart of stone.
A hybrid between a roguelike-like and a village simulator: FTL meets The Settlers!"

Kubifaktorium

"Build, manage and grow a thriving colony, discover new lands, craft legendary weapons and defeat your enemies. Kubifaktorium will feature different biomes to explore, plenty of resources to exploit, complex machinery to build and interesting production chains to master!"

Undead Horde

"Become a necromancer and raise the dead - Undead Horde is a necromantic action game with elements from RPG, strategy and hack'n'slash. You'll battle against the living who've driven the necromancers and their undead minions into exile. You'll re-animate all kinds of creatures and build an army of up to 100 undead. Your army follows you or attacks by itself depending on your commands."

Sail Forth

"Sail Forth is a procedural sailing adventure about classic naval action and exploring beautiful scenery. Embark on a journey through varied environments, grow your fleet and do battle with pirates, sea monsters, and the sea itself!"

Iron Marines

"From the creators of the award winner Kingdom Rush trilogy comes the most extraordinary space odyssey.

A real-time, dynamic and deep strategy game that will transport you to amazing and unknown planets. Immersive, engaging gameplay, ridiculously appealing art, and a touch of silly humor. Brave soldiers, mighty mechas and powerful aliens await your command to face the greatest challenges."

Guard Duty

"Guard Duty is a fresh take on the graphic adventure genre from Sick Chicken Studios, a unique comedy adventure about love, loss and the end of the world. Experience a story spanning across two radically different time periods, be it the cobbled streets of Wrinklewood or the future dystopia of Neo London, happily ever after has never felt like such a fantasy."

 

Hopefully this quick look gives plenty of you something to look forward to. There's obviously quite a lot more than what I listed in the first part and this second part, these are just titles that grabbed my attention.

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brokkr 5 March 2019 at 1:02 pm UTC
I forced myself to go back and read about each one of these and rejoice... but I won't lie: My first reaction was to do a quick scroll and be sad that Into The Breach is still nowhere to be seen Liam, can't you nudge Subset into telling us if they still mean to follow through on their promises?
liamdawe 5 March 2019 at 1:07 pm UTC
brokkrI forced myself to go back and read about each one of these and rejoice... but I won't lie: My first reaction was to do a quick scroll and be sad that Into The Breach is still nowhere to be seen Liam, can't you nudge Subset into telling us if they still mean to follow through on their promises?
Oh I've tried, they don't seem to reply to me. I'm not reading into it much, they said all along Linux would be later since they felt overworked when they did releases together before. I would be very surprised if they didn't go through with it.
TheSyldat 5 March 2019 at 1:13 pm UTC
We The Revolution look like they took Osmotic Studios "animated origami" home made plugins to the next level ...

( Legit it looks like Orwell season 1 and 2 taken to new heights )

So now I'm intrigued especially with a game making you play a "judge of the people" during the terror ...


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scaine 5 March 2019 at 1:28 pm UTC
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Honestly, if all I get from that list is Iron Marines, I'll still be happy!

I was also looking forward to playing The Last Night, but after a couple of years of limbo, it looks like the studio is struggling financially. Also, I wasn't aware that their creative director, Tim Sorret, was a big gamergate/anti-feminist asshole back in the day, so I've cooled on that one anyway. Wouldn't surprise me if Epic or Microsoft stepped in to make this one happen, but drop Linux and/or Mac support as a result. Shame, because it looked quite pretty, with its bladerunner-y aesthetic.

As for Into the Breach, I don't regret buying it, even if I have to use Proton to play (it's perfect now that the fullscreen issue is resolved by the latest Proton), but the gameplay is just so incredibly unforgiving that I've largely lost interest in it. I've got my money's worth at 30-odd hours, but when you sink two hours into a run, only for it to fall apart because of one-misclick, or one error of judgement, it's not like you can "just have another quick run". I might dip into it a little here and there in future, but it's no Slay the Spire, and certainly no FTL, both of which I have 100+ hours in.
brokkr 5 March 2019 at 1:33 pm UTC
liamdawe
brokkrI forced myself to go back and read about each one of these and rejoice... but I won't lie: My first reaction was to do a quick scroll and be sad that Into The Breach is still nowhere to be seen Liam, can't you nudge Subset into telling us if they still mean to follow through on their promises?
Oh I've tried, they don't seem to reply to me. I'm not reading into it much, they said all along Linux would be later since they felt overworked when they did releases together before. I would be very surprised if they didn't go through with it.

Well, thank you for not letting them forget it then I'm sure it will materialize all of a sudden as an unexpected early Christmas present.
riusma 5 March 2019 at 2:29 pm UTC
TheSyldatWe The Revolution look like they took Osmotic Studios "animated origami" plugins home made plugins to the next level ...

( Legit it looks like Orwell season 1 and 2 taken to new heights )

So now I'm intrigued especially with a game making you play a "judge of the people" during the terror ...

There's also State of Mind (a good story-driven game if you don't mind linear & dirigiste gameplay) with this kind of aesthetic...
Swiftpaw 5 March 2019 at 3:43 pm UTC
And hopefully Serious Sam 4, Tunic, and lots more I don't recall at the moment!
devland 5 March 2019 at 4:12 pm UTC
I really like the articles. They should be recurrent.
Julius 5 March 2019 at 4:24 pm UTC
TheSyldat 5 March 2019 at 5:14 pm UTC
riusmaThere's also State of Mind (a good story-driven game if you don't mind linear & dirigiste gameplay) with this kind of aesthetic...
State of mind does have some "animated origami" trappings yes but they toned it waaay down it's mostly the characters that have it . While the rest of the world is more of a direct representation.

Here we're legit seeing just like in Orwell the whole world is like that.
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