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Borderlands 2 Released For Linux With A Sale

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The day has landed folks. Borderlands 2 is now officially available for Linux and it brings us some excellent FPS action.

Courtesy of our friends at Aspyr Media the new port may have a few rough edges (what new port doesn't?), but it's a really great game to have on our platform. The game is also on sale, so there's never been a better time to pickup a copy, or if you already owned it be sure to grab some DLC to show your support.

Getting games like this shows the strength of our platform, and shows that Gearbox and Aspyr Media both see some sort of gaming future for Linux. We did interview Aspyr Media back in July, so check that out if you haven't already.

I still find it amusing that the head of Gearbox told us not to get our hopes up, and this was going on behind the scenes. When I asked Aspyr about it, they had this to say:
Michael Blair, Aspyr MediaYou know its funny because we just happened to approach 2K/Gearbox about the project right after Randy made those comments and have been working on the port since. We hope we made Gearbox proud with our effort. They are amazing to work with, and we are HUGE fans of their work.


We also spoke to Aspyr Media about how the port went and what they expect from the Borderlands 2 on Linux:
Michael Blair, Aspyr MediaWe are SUPER excited to bring this much beloved franchise to Linux and hope that we continue to meet expectations from the unbelievably supportive Linux gaming community.

This port was challenging, for sure. Performance was at the core of our efforts and while ATI and Intel didn’t make the cut for release, we continue to work on performance for those chipsets and hope to come to a level of performance we can stand behind as gamers in the near future.


Important Note
It is currently only supporting Nvidia graphics cards as it seems the Intel and AMD graphics chips don't give enough performance, but this isn't an issue on Mac. Looks like another driver issue. Would this be a good time to gloat that I use Nvidia? Of course it is! Woo!
In all seriousness though I sincerely hope AMD & Intel put out a quick fixed up drivers to enable all Linux gamers to have a decent experience.

Where do I buy it already?!
Also GameAgent.com which is run by Aspyr Media now supports Linux, so you can support Aspyr directly without Steam taking a cut if that's your thing. Seems like a great way to support the developer directly, and you get Steam keys of course. It was something Linux users requested, so they made it happen.

If you don't want to buy Borderlands 2 from GameAgent then grab Borderlands 2 on Steam. Can't see a reason not to support Aspyr Media directly though.

For this release Aspyr will of course realise there will be a lot of cross-over from people who used Windows/Wine, so this is why it's important to pick up a few DLC packs to not only give Aspyr some income, but to show them we are a market worth continuing and I cannot stress that enough.

I've played a fair bit of it already and absolutely love it. I already loved the Borderlands series of games after playing the first game years ago, but having Borderlands 2 on Linux is pure gold gaming.

The visuals are excellent and the game-play gets really frantic. Any shooter fans will be in heaven with it.

Be sure to let us know how you find it in our comments. This is going to steal a lot of my time away, now if you'll excuse me I have some loot to find and some bandits to annihilate.
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Half-Shot 30 September 2014 at 4:09 pm UTC
Zilent 30 September 2014 at 4:13 pm UTC
Is it available to download cause i can't?
Guest 30 September 2014 at 4:14 pm UTC
It isn't marked as available for the Linux on the Steam.
Zilent 30 September 2014 at 4:15 pm UTC
paupavIt isn't marked as available for the Linux on the Steam.
It was when i looked
peterp771 30 September 2014 at 4:16 pm UTC
Fantastic news. And a big thank you to Aspyr Media.
pb 30 September 2014 at 4:16 pm UTC
Fortunately I don't have this game yet. ;-) How big a download is Borderlands 2 GOTY?
HadBabits 30 September 2014 at 4:16 pm UTC
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QuoteUPDATE: Some silly sausage left the Linux content encrypted, we have poked them to fix it.

Ach, mein balls, so blue
FutureSuture 30 September 2014 at 4:18 pm UTC
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Sorry, Aspyr, but I will be passing on this. I simply refuse to buy any of your Linux releases...at such a heavy discount. Once the Game Of The Year Edition of Borderlands 2 is back to full price, and only then, will I purchase a copy for myself and a friend. Such native Linux efforts need to be rewarded and nothing else. Colour me thoroughly uninterested until then.
HadBabits 30 September 2014 at 4:19 pm UTC
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FutureSutureSorry, Aspyr, but I will be passing on this. I simply refuse to buy any of your Linux releases...at such a heavy discount. Once the Game Of The Year Edition of Borderlands 2 is back to full price, and only then, will I purchase a copy for myself and a friend. Such native Linux efforts need to be rewarded and nothing else. Colour me thoroughly uninterested until then.

You could always buy it all the DLC, looks to be $50-60 combined
Guest 30 September 2014 at 4:20 pm UTC
Zilent
paupavIt isn't marked as available for the Linux on the Steam.
It was when i looked
Now it is marked as available .
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