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With quite good looking graphics and gameplay that has me wanting to see more, Broken Lines could be a good tactical RPG for Linux and it's releasing later this year. This is one we completely missed from Gamescom!

The squad has crash-landed behind enemy lines, in the heart of Eastern Europe. With no officers, no leaders, and no intel, they must find an unbreakable resolve if they are to survive. But with only their training and instincts to guide them, survival becomes a difficult goal.

It recently appeared in the Linux section on Steam, with the developer confirming to me on Steam Linux will be supported and they've tested it to ensure it works. Interesting to see that mentioned, since Linux is often left until the last moment.

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It's being developed by PortaPlay, who made the 2016 real-time tactics game Tales from the Void (no Linux support on that one) which seems to have been largely ignored by press and gamers alike so hopefully Broken Lines will do better.

Feature Highlight:

  • Tactical RPG with diverse characters. Experience the story through the eyes of each soldier as they fight for survival in an alternative WW2 setting.
  • Turn-based planning with simultaneous execution (WeGo turn-based gameplay)
  • Authentic tactical choices: suppression, destructible cover, realistic ballistics, and camouflage are at your disposal.
  • Rogue-like campaign structured with different narrative paths, resources, and permadeath.
  • A challenge for even the most experienced gamer. A far-reaching moral system means that the soldiers may desert at any moment if you prove to be incompetent.
  • An emotional story, tense atmosphere, and multiple endings based on the decisions that you make.

You can wishlist and follow Broken Lines on Steam, releasing towards the end of this year.

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Eike 25 September 2019 at 10:41 am UTC
It's not only coming to Linux, they've even tested it!
Well, some do less, I guess.
g000h 25 September 2019 at 12:26 pm UTC
Looks interesting. Liking the fact that it is suitable for multiple replays.
Nanobang 25 September 2019 at 2:02 pm UTC
Luminous and beautiful. Stunning, really.

If soldiers desert (because I will prove to be incompetent) can I shoot them as they leave? How about hunting them down and then killing them for desertion? I mean, I can't have word getting out about my incompetence now, can I?

Joking aside, it's wishlisted. I've wishlisted "Tales from the Void" as well. These devs have some truly original ideas!
Dorrit 25 September 2019 at 4:59 pm UTC
Oh no, female characters where they never existed, again.
Why not an ebony Greta Thunberg as Joan of Arc? Yeah, lets rewrite History completely, facts are for racists.
tuubi 25 September 2019 at 6:00 pm UTC
DorritOh no, female characters where they never existed, again.
Why not an ebony Greta Thunberg as Joan of Arc? Yeah, lets rewrite History completely, facts are for racists.
What part of "alternative WW2 setting" didn't you understand? Or are you simply not a fan of fiction?
Eike 25 September 2019 at 6:28 pm UTC
DorritOh no, female characters where they never existed, again.
Why not an ebony Greta Thunberg as Joan of Arc? Yeah, lets rewrite History completely, facts are for racists.

What do female characters have to do with racists?
Feel free to look up racism e.g. here.
fredrikfritte 25 September 2019 at 6:44 pm UTC
Looks stunning, will look out for it ;)
Dorrit 25 September 2019 at 6:56 pm UTC
EikeFeel free to look up racism e.g. here.
Yes, Wikipedia is an unbiased source for political charged definitions (I'm being sarcastic).
Facts are for bigots
14 25 September 2019 at 7:05 pm UTC
I was really hoping this would be a cooperative multiplayer game... but it still looks so good that I might get it to play all by myself.


Last edited by 14 at 25 September 2019 at 7:05 pm UTC
Eike 25 September 2019 at 7:58 pm UTC
Dorrit
EikeFeel free to look up racism e.g. here.
Yes, Wikipedia is an unbiased source for political charged definitions (I'm being sarcastic).
Facts are for bigots

*yawn* Show me your source that racism is about using female characters.
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