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BATTLETECH gets an opt-in Linux beta on Steam

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Harebrained Schemes have made good on their promise to have a Linux beta for their tactical ‘Mech combat game. It works well with a few caveats.

The Linux version of BATTLETECH [Official Site] has seen some delays since the game’s launch earlier in the year. The communication from the developer has been spotty at times so it’s good to see that they’ve finally gotten around to delivering on a Linux version for the game. It’s not quite bug-free yet so it’s available to download by opting into the “public_beta_linux” branch on Steam.

There’s a few known issues for the game, though none that are real show stoppers:

  •  When customizing the name of a ‘Mech or a Lance, the characters you type are doubled. So a W would appear as WW.
  • Some menus may be extra light or extra dark depending on your system’s screen resolution.
  • Hyperlinks are not functional on SteamOS only.  
  • Logging into a Paradox account always ends in a failure on the first attempt on SteamOS only.  
  • Multiplayer on SteamOS has intermittent connection issues (better as host than joiner).
  • Refreshing the save game list can sometimes hang on the main menu. Restarting the game should fix the issue 

The developers have asked that any Linux-specific issues found in the beta should be reported here.

I’ve played a few minutes of this beta and can tell you that it otherwise seems to run just fine. I did part of a skirmish mission and started the campaign and things seem to be running as they should be. I’m looking forward to exploring the game and seeing if it’s any good as I’m a fan of giant robots blowing each other up.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before the developers quash all the bugs and make a full release of the Linux version. It’s been a long wait since the original Kickstarter campaign. At least there’s the silver lining that we’re also getting several months’ worth of updates and quality of life improvements that have been added since launch.

You can get BATTLETECH on Steam. You can also get it on GOG and the Humble Store but note that the opt-in beta is Steam-only.

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Joeyboots80 28 September 2018 at 8:37 pm UTC
Yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!! Hold on........ Yayyyyyyyyyyy! Ok I'm done.
Patola 29 September 2018 at 1:41 am UTC
Ehvis
14I don't understand why a group of people that willingly choose to be in a 1-2% minority would develop an entitled and demanding attitude. It is our choice to play on the underdog platform. Man up and create reasons to deserve respect.

Interesting, isn't it. Especially considering that HBS has been exceptionally good towards Linux and deserve nothing but respect for their determination in getting us those games.
That's actually easy to understand. Linux users are already a minority; they tend to generate low sales compared to Windows users. And what happens if you delay a minority game? Considering most of games sales are made during the very few first weeks, you automatically cut off a big percentage of what is already a minority. So if you were going to earn, say, 5% of your income from Linux users if you had a 0-day title, with the delay you would have 2%. Harebrained Games is purposefully adopting a strategy that harms themselves and their faithful Linux customers. When Linux gamers complain about that, it is at the same time annoyance for being a second-class citizen and a facepalm for the developer influencing them to NOT buy the game.

This is specially true if they happened to promise a 0-day Linux version... Which they did. You see, their kickstarter backers feel cheated for that.


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drmoth 29 September 2018 at 7:54 am UTC
PatolaHarebrained Games is purposefully adopting a strategy that harms themselves and their faithful Linux customers. When Linux gamers complain about that, it is at the same time annoyance for being a second-class citizen and a facepalm for the developer influencing them to NOT buy the game.

There goes that entitlement again. Seriously, go play on Windows if that's your attitude, and I'm referring to all the complainers in this thread.

Yes they broke a promise they made during Kickstarter. Game development is hugely complicated and doesn't always turn out as expected. Very often there are delays. So if there's a major technical hiccup, the Linux release will get postponed. That's just a fact of life until we can get our numbers up. We've seen this happen time and time again. Leave the game broken for 95% of your users? Or try and release a broken game to 1% of Linux users? No, you fix the game for 95% of your users, then get on to releasing for the minor platforms later. It makes total sense to me and I don't mind waiting, as long as the port arrives eventually (which it has).

Pretending that the devs have any control over this is showing your ignorance of the game dev process....and makes you look like yet another entitled whining gamer.

HBS have given us some GREAT Linux games. Show them a little respect.
Schattenspiegel 29 September 2018 at 8:06 am UTC
Hmm...menu and intro videos and character creation play nicely but I am stuck on the prepping for battle screen in the native beta :-(
EDIT : SOLVED by putting LC_ALL=C %command% into the launch options
Bug report browsing reveals quite a few similar issues in the windows version but I guess I will try to see if Lutris comes up with similar problems - another 7 hours download then ...


Last edited by Schattenspiegel at 30 September 2018 at 8:41 pm UTC
mirv 29 September 2018 at 10:12 am UTC
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PatolaHarebrained Games is purposefully adopting a strategy that harms themselves and their faithful Linux customers. When Linux gamers complain about that, it is at the same time annoyance for being a second-class citizen and a facepalm for the developer influencing them to NOT buy the game.

There goes that entitlement again. Seriously, go play on Windows if that's your attitude, and I'm referring to all the complainers in this thread.

Yes they broke a promise they made during Kickstarter. Game development is hugely complicated and doesn't always turn out as expected. Very often there are delays. So if there's a major technical hiccup, the Linux release will get postponed. That's just a fact of life until we can get our numbers up. We've seen this happen time and time again. Leave the game broken for 95% of your users? Or try and release a broken game to 1% of Linux users? No, you fix the game for 95% of your users, then get on to releasing for the minor platforms later. It makes total sense to me and I don't mind waiting, as long as the port arrives eventually (which it has).

Pretending that the devs have any control over this is showing your ignorance of the game dev process....and makes you look like yet another entitled whining gamer.

HBS have given us some GREAT Linux games. Show them a little respect.

I will, politely, disagree with _some_ of what you said. I do agree that there shouldn't be entitlement, but HBS don't deserve praise for things like promising beta access to GNU/Linux users and then just not doing it. They have a lot more control over things than you suggest, and their communication was (and is) seriously not good.
Windows users are still lacking localisation last I heard.
So they buggered up in more places than one. Recognising that, in a respective and reasonable manner, I think helps more in the end.
Especially as there was no problem getting a Mac version out so much earlier.
Basically I'm middle ground: no praise from me, no anger. Not worthless, but worth less than asking.

Which is probably fine - still a purchase, assuming I find it on GOG (again, personal preference thing).
Avehicle7887 29 September 2018 at 11:35 am UTC
Personally I'm fine with waiting a bit more for the Linux version, there's only 1 thing that bothers me terribly though - the pre-order bonuses. Why do Linux users have to be punished with lack of content because the game wasn't ready for their platform and it's not even their fault? I understand it's just a few extra skins, but it's enough to consider it a deal breaker for me.

Call me whatever you wish, I know my reasoning may seem wrong to some people, it sounds counterproductive to our platform, but let me just say that doesn't mean we have to be treated as second class citizens and if someone doesn't speak up, devs will keep making the same mistake over and over. I'll gladly pay to have that the DLC.


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melkemind 29 September 2018 at 2:41 pm UTC
TcheyOn my 4-5 years old computer, it runs good enough on "Medium". It's turn based, so it's not a big issue if the frame rate is not over the top.

The framerate is not over the top on Windows either. I think it's just a limitation of the Unity engine or the game developers...or both.
nitroflow 29 September 2018 at 3:43 pm UTC
SchattenspiegelHmm...menu and intro videos and character creation play nicely but I am stuck on the prepping for battle screen in the native beta :-(

Bug report browsing reveals quite a few similar issues in the windows version but I guess I will try to see if Lutris comes up with similar problems - another 7 hours download then ...

Have you tried adding LC_ALL=C %command% to the launch options? Fixed all the issues I had.
Colombo 29 September 2018 at 10:35 pm UTC
drmothThere goes that entitlement again.

I would suggest to stop repeating words if you don't know what do they mean.
Patola 30 September 2018 at 7:32 am UTC
drmothThere goes that entitlement again. Seriously, go play on Windows if that's your attitude, and I'm referring to all the complainers in this thread.

Yes they broke a promise they made during Kickstarter. Game development is hugely complicated and doesn't always turn out as expected. Very often there are delays. (...)

So, let me see if I understand... If you pay in advance someone that promises something and they don't fulfill the promise, you should not complain? You are wrongly "entitled" to expect that promise to be true? Did I understand your point correctly? Colombo just said you don't know what entitlement means, and I guess I agree with him.

And stop saying you don't mind about the delay, because it's not about you. For every potential linux buyer not minding about the delay, there will be n others that do, and the linux sales will go down whether they are "wrongly entitled" or not. Can at least the complaint about how stupid this is as a commercial strategy be made? Because we want the company to succeed with Linux, but for that they will have to do much better.
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