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Update 15/09/18: Online play on Linux is now working! Controls still need sorting.

Honestly, I'm extremely surprised at this. The Battle Royale game The Culling [Steam] has today gone free to play and the Linux version once again works to an extent.

It was one of the most promising Battle Royale games around, one of the earliest too (long before PUBG and Fornite were a thing) and they had Linux support in their original release. Linux support was sadly completely broken eventually and they ended up making so many changes people left it. They've now re-released it, free and with some updates to try to revive it.

I've tested it today and the training worked fine, apart from it thinking I had a gamepad. Excited by this, I tried some online games and while they work for a minute or so you end up getting this:

I imagine this is an issue with Easy Anti-Cheat, which a number of games have. They probably need to do some tweaks to get it fully working on Linux, but other games have it with Linux so it is possible.

I mentioned this to the developer on Twitter and they told me "We will continue to look into Linux issues moving forward". I'm hopeful, because to this day the only other Battle Royale game we have is the game mode in War Brokers. While I like War Brokers, it's still nothing like this. Battle Royale games are extremely underserved on Linux, so I hope they manage to fix the kicking issue. Once fixed, it will be a game I will happily play on Linux.

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Xpander 14 September 2018 at 5:27 pm UTC
same issue, hope it gets resolved fast
hardpenguin 14 September 2018 at 6:57 pm UTC
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There I was thinking that Liam finally got his Battle Royale fix Especially after Crazy Justice disappointment!

Seriously though, please let us know once they fix the issues with online gameplay on Linux and I'll be glad to jump into this one!
liamdawe 14 September 2018 at 7:23 pm UTC
hardpenguinThere I was thinking that Liam finally got his Battle Royale fix Especially after Crazy Justice disappointment!

Seriously though, please let us know once they fix the issues with online gameplay on Linux and I'll be glad to jump into this one!
I will shout it from the rooftops.
Spud13y 14 September 2018 at 8:24 pm UTC
The developer made an apology video after The Culling 2 bombed pretty much immediately. There's an article on Eurogamer about this. Afterwards, it was about $8 or so (until recently, obviously). I was kind of moved by that honesty, so I bought the game. Didn't really work and I had to use my taskmanager to quit out of the game completely.
thelimeydragon 14 September 2018 at 11:49 pm UTC
Just tested it, connected/ran fine. Only issue I had was with changing keybinds.
mylka 15 September 2018 at 1:51 am UTC
played it 2 rounds. no problems. little stuttering now and then
loading times are way too long and the combat system is kinda boring
hardpenguin 15 September 2018 at 1:10 pm UTC
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After last two comments I tried it out and it turned out I also can play the game without problems.
liamdawe 15 September 2018 at 3:50 pm UTC
I can confirm it works now!

They badly need to sort controls, but it works! Here's some:

E - Interact, craft.
X - Drop.
Q - Push.
Left mouse - Hit.
Right mouse - Block.
Middle mouse - Throw.


Last edited by liamdawe at 15 September 2018 at 4:42 pm UTC
fenevadkan 15 September 2018 at 7:03 pm UTC
it works for me too fine on nvidia GTX770. Just tired a solo online game. I ended up 5th survivor

Stuttering is gone if you tick in Vsync.
Expalphalog 16 September 2018 at 1:02 am UTC
Tried the tutorial. Shot someone in the face with a charged arrow and it barely did any damage. That alone is enough to tell me this is not a game for me.
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