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City-building strategy game 'Banished' is no longer having a Linux port

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This is a weird one, after blogging for a while about porting Banished to Linux (and Mac), the developer seems to have given up on it.

I'm sad, because it's a game I still haven't played and was really looking forward to a Linux version. I find it strange, because they previously blogged about the process and everything seemed to be going so well. They even said the game was actually running on both platforms back in February.

That's changed, since the latest blog post where they said:

This will likely be the last update of Banished, except for any major bug fixes. The OSX and Linux versions development has stopped, and won’t be released. Going forward I’ll be focusing on new games and projects.

It's possible it was just taking too much time. It's also possible that sales of this early-2014 title have dropped off, making the developer reassess what they're doing. Shame to see all their work go to waste and for us to get no game.

Hopefully Icculus, or someone else can pick up the port and finish it.

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cybercyst 13 September 2017 at 6:03 pm UTC
I bought it hoping for the port. I've put in for a refund, here's hoping...
bradgy 13 September 2017 at 6:07 pm UTC
Got this one in a bundle when I was still using Windows. Never really played it as I was waiting for the Linux version. Disappointed but not surprised.
kf 13 September 2017 at 6:07 pm UTC
cybercystI bought it hoping for the port.
Have you learned your lesson yet?
fabry92 13 September 2017 at 6:13 pm UTC
It's developed from only one person. So he should have a resources for port. Avid
Samsai 13 September 2017 at 6:18 pm UTC
This is indeed yet another example of why purchasing a game immediately when a port is announced or hinted at is a bad idea. Stay patient, hold onto your precious currency and wait until you can actually get a product for your money.

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harshbarj 13 September 2017 at 6:29 pm UTC
Wish I could get a refund on the game now. I bought it when he was talking about making a Linux port a long time ago. Guess from now on I no longer support games till they deliver on their promises.
hardpenguin 13 September 2017 at 6:30 pm UTC
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Heartbreaking. I was looking forward to it. Perhaps some third-party source could port it, that would be great.
DamonLinuxPL 13 September 2017 at 6:44 pm UTC
Not a surprise but they add OpenGL render to Windows version or OpenGL is still not finished? If is finished then better for us because it should better run in WINE.

Anyone know?
phimath 13 September 2017 at 6:45 pm UTC
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Man this sucks. This is one my favorite games and I have been very patiently waiting for years for it to come to Linux. Really disappointed!
jsa1983 13 September 2017 at 7:26 pm UTC
Giving it a second thought... What about Icculus' offer to help porting games (https://www.patreon.com/posts/request-for-13971037)? Does the dev know about that?

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