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The patch to bring cross-platform online play for Linux players of Civilization VI has been long delayed, with Aspyr Media now getting a little help from Intel.

After cross-platform originally being planned for early in 2017, Linux gamers have sadly been left waiting. By the looks of it, we're also behind on normal patches right now too.

Writing on Steam earlier, a rep from Aspyr Media said this:

[…] This issue naggingly staying around is certainly not due to lack of effort on our part.

I'll also remind the forum that xplatform is confirmed fixed in this patch. 

Also, in reply to a user jokingly telling them to blink if it's a third-party issue, they said:

Lol...no blinks...this one is on us. Intel has been kind enough to jump in and help.

We still don't know exactly what the issue is, since Aspyr Media haven't said. They gave a hint that it was due to a serious crash on a specific Intel chipset although they're likely not able to give out any technical details on it.

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TemplarGR 17 October 2018 at 7:46 pm UTC
Perhaps support for amdgpu and radeonsi would be fine as well. IIRC CIV VI has no official support for those drivers at all and there are a lot of serious issues with the port when attempting to run them on Linux using MESA...

It doesn't help that the ports of Civ V and Beyond earth are BROKEN and crash constantly...

I am very dissappointed with Aspyr i don't remember a single port from them without serious issues. Especially when those games become older, they tend to break in many ways... I just hope Civ VII port goes to Feral...
Kimyrielle 17 October 2018 at 7:54 pm UTC
I guess Aspyr is no longer really a porting house, so I can soft of understand why that's no longer a priority for them. I hope Firaxis will work with Feral in the future, or - god forbid - actually start multi-platform development in-house.
Leopard 17 October 2018 at 8:26 pm UTC
TemplarGRPerhaps support for amdgpu and radeonsi would be fine as well. IIRC CIV VI has no official support for those drivers at all and there are a lot of serious issues with the port when attempting to run them on Linux using MESA...

It doesn't help that the ports of Civ V and Beyond earth are BROKEN and crash constantly...

I am very dissappointed with Aspyr i don't remember a single port from them without serious issues. Especially when those games become older, they tend to break in many ways... I just hope Civ VII port goes to Feral...

I have Civ5 , Fahrenheit , Borderlands 2 from Aspyr and they work without issues. Though i'm on Nvidia.
Spacesurfer 17 October 2018 at 8:28 pm UTC
The delay sucks but I don't think the negativity towards Aspyr is warranted. They are still one of the top porting houses and need all the support they can get. Let's not do what people did to CD Projekt Red.

Take as much time as you need guys. We're anxious but will be thankful when it comes and works well. I still remember doing a Civ V LAN night with two buddies. One Windows, one Mac and me running Linux. It worked well and I'll never forget it.
lunix 17 October 2018 at 8:32 pm UTC
TemplarGRPerhaps support for amdgpu and radeonsi would be fine as well. IIRC CIV VI has no official support for those drivers at all and there are a lot of serious issues with the port when attempting to run them on Linux using MESA...

It doesn't help that the ports of Civ V and Beyond earth are BROKEN and crash constantly...

I am very dissappointed with Aspyr i don't remember a single port from them without serious issues. Especially when those games become older, they tend to break in many ways... I just hope Civ VII port goes to Feral...

Same for me, their ports are usually worse than running games on wine with no extra config. The performance of their ports are terrible but the worst thing is the constant crashes and glitches. Civ5 constantly crashes for me on ubuntu(!) just like civ6 which doesn't even work properly(black screen at leader dialogues etc.).

KimyrielleI guess Aspyr is no longer really a porting house, so I can soft of understand why that's no longer a priority for them. I hope Firaxis will work with Feral in the future, or - god forbid - actually start multi-platform development in-house.

Well, some of feral's ports are better than most native linux games so I'd just trust the porting to experienced developers instead. Proton is also nice, I've a lot more options now.
SadL 17 October 2018 at 8:47 pm UTC
..personally I had no issues with Civ V or Civ VI ..should I feel lucky?

Regardless, I really like Civilization series (big fan since 1991) and I want a native build (obviously it's always good to have other options like proton/wine as well).

The previous comments make me worry a bit about future compatibility. I would hate it if my next gpu (or pc for that matter) had issues running these games. Hopefully Aspyr will fix the issue and then focus on improving the port.


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LibertyPaulM 17 October 2018 at 8:53 pm UTC
With all these people complaining about the Civ VI port I am bewildered as haven't had any serious issues on my AMD PC (the window acts weird if you move the mouse away from the game but that's it). I am fine with this being delayed. Better to get it right than risk pushing out something that isn't ready and risk breaking the game, I can't help feeling the criticism of Aspyr is somewhat undeserved here.
slaapliedje 17 October 2018 at 9:00 pm UTC
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I had a period where it wouldn't start, but I think it was due to me missing some libraries.

But I have had Deus Ex (ported by Feral) crash to gnome quite a few times, so it is all very subjective. Software has bugs. It is annoying, but it happens.
Leopard 17 October 2018 at 9:03 pm UTC
SadL..personally I had no issues with Civ V or Civ VI ..should I feel lucky?

Regardless, I really like Civilization series (big fan since 1991) and I want a native build (obviously it's always good to have other options like proton/wine as well).

The previous comments make me worry a bit about future compatibility. I would hate it if my next gpu (or pc for that matter) had issues running these games. Hopefully Aspyr will fix the issue and then focus on improving the port.

From what i understand , they both using AMD gpu's. I'm on Nvidia like you and never had a problem.
cc2600 17 October 2018 at 9:14 pm UTC
I actually reinstalled windows recently to play Civ VI with a friend. That's the thing with crossplay, it's hard to explain to someone that you won't play with them because you're on linux and they are on windows.

Looking forward to crossplay on Civ VI!
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