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CRYENGINE 3.8.1 Adds Official OpenGL & Linux Support

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Today is already a good day, you can now add CRYENGINE to the official list of game engines that support Linux, so here's to hoping more games can come over.

This means games like Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Evolve, Crysis (I can dream!) and many more can easily come over to Linux. It's still probably not a click of a button, but it means developers have far less work to do.

QuoteNew API: OpenGL Support
Starting with 3.8.1, we are shipping a fully-featured OpenGL rendering implementation with CRYENGINE, which goes hand in hand with Linux support for your games (see below).

New platform: Linux
As previously announced, we are adding Linux support for your Game.exe. While you will still need Windows to use the Sandbox Editor, you can now release your commercial games on Linux as well as on PC- and of course, there are still no royalties whatsoever!


See their full announcement here.

It's doubtful we will see any older games coming over, that is unless developers really care about their older games. It's a shame, as we do need a back catalogue of older games, and not just newer games. If Crytek ported their Crysis games over to Linux, that would be a great showcase for their engine, but I extremely doubt they would. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Ilya 20 Jun, 2015
So excited about KC: D (isn't that one coming by the end of this year?), I'm also getting Evolve when that comes out!

EDIT: Kingdom Come ETA is Q2 2016, end of 2015 might be beta or sumfing
pd12 20 Jun, 2015
=) I think that's all the "major" engines (that aren't built just for 1 franchise/developer) now on Linux - CryEngine, Unity, UE, Source 2 ...

all aboard the Star Citizen hype train! =P Coming soonTM
hugin84 20 Jun, 2015
Don't get your hopes up, even if they wanted to, Crytek couldn't release any games of the Crysis series for Linux because EA hold the rights to the IP.
Smaloki 20 Jun, 2015
Pretty sure that Crysis was built on CryEngine 2, so it would have to be ported to CE 4 first (although they stopped using version numbers after CE3, so technically it's not called CE4, but just CE). Not sure how big of an effort that would require.

I think that the latest Crytek games are more likely to be ported - personally, I'm hoping for Ryse: Son of Rome, though one of the Crytek devs stated on the Steam forums that they weren't planning on porting Ryse to Linux.


KC: D looks great, too. And Star Citizen of course, although I'm not that interested in it.
mirv 20 Jun, 2015
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Any idea what version(s) of OpenGL is/are supported?
tony1ab 20 Jun, 2015
To have official support doesnt mean games will use it. But I hope games will use it.


Said this, Lichdom: Battlemage's devs stated that the game didnt come to Linux for the lack of support of this engine. Come to the forums and help add some more pressure on the developer now that it has. ;)

You could use the forum post by Liam :D , who I've just pasted the link of this new to.

http://steamcommunity.com/app/261760/discussions/0/540736587180256619/
linux_gamer 20 Jun, 2015
Really good news, but at this point no practical use for the Linux gamers. Unless one dev with publishing rights will read this and recompile his stuff.
amonobeax 20 Jun, 2015
Hopefully this will help changing "ports" to actual linux versions of the games.

Now that Unity3D, Unreal4, Source2, and Cryengine3 (to mention a few) have linux support, let's hope it will boost our platform.

I'm crossing fingers cause I guess the next 2 generations of game releases will show how this changes (engine supporting linux) will change things for us.


Peace!
Mountain Man 20 Jun, 2015
Quoting: amonobeaxNow that Unity3D, Unreal4, Source2, and Cryengine3 (to mention a few) have linux support, let's hope it will boost our platform.
There's really no excuse for developers not to support Linux any more, especially with the nearly 2-million Linux users currently on Steam.
Kristian 20 Jun, 2015
Quoting: hugin84Don't get your hopes up, even if they wanted to, Crytek couldn't release any games of the Crysis series for Linux because EA hold the rights to the IP.

EA published the Crysis games, but Crytek themselves own the IP.
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