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CRYENGINE to get improved Linux support

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In a recent 'meet the team' blog post interview, David Kaye the Lead System Engineer at Crytek talked a little about his role and how improved Linux support is coming.

If you didn't know, CRYENGINE added support for Linux as a platform for games along with a full OpenGL implementation back in 2015. However, that's only for getting your game onto the platform, what if you wanted to develop with CRYENGINE on Linux? Seems they're working towards that too!

Here's a little important cut from the post:

What is your main focus at the moment?

My main focus at the moment is improving workflows for our developers. One way we’ve done this is by implementing a code review/test compilation workflow using Helix Swarm, which moves multiple pre-submission steps into one. In parallel to this, I am also working on porting the resource compiler to Linux.

There's also this which was pretty interesting too:

What feature are you most looking forward to coming to CRYENGINE next?

I’m looking forward to rolling out improved cross-platform support. It’s a subject that’s important to me and I’ve already been working behind the scenes to bring the resource compiler to Linux as part of this process.

I will also be happy if we can roll out some more CMake improvements. There are many good features, but I think we can still make the experience a little smoother. It’s always rewarding to make a change that simplifies somebody’s workflow.

It will be interesting to see if this is part of a wider attempt to bring the entire CRYENGINE editor to Linux. It sure would make it a more attractive option for developers I'm sure. 

We do already have Unity, Unreal Engine, Godot Engine and many more that have their actual editors on Linux, so it's only natural Crytek would want to get in on it too.

See the full post here.

Thank to TinFoilHat in our Discord for the tip!

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Egonaut 15 January 2018 at 11:36 am UTC
QuoteHowever, that's only for getting your game onto the platform[...]
Like there would be any Linux game, based on the CryEngine, at all, right? SNOW had initial Linux support, but it was so broken, that the developers cancelled it and pulled the Linux client back. We should get Homefront: The Revolution, but that's cancelled too. Any other CryEngine game for Linux out there?
facePlanted 15 January 2018 at 11:55 am UTC
What about Amazon Lumberyard (and Star Citizen) ?
MayeulC 15 January 2018 at 12:04 pm UTC
Egonaut
QuoteHowever, that's only for getting your game onto the platform[...]
Like there would be any Linux game, based on the CryEngine, at all, right? SNOW had initial Linux support, but it was so broken, that the developers cancelled it and pulled the Linux client back. We should get Homefront: The Revolution, but that's cancelled too. Any other CryEngine game for Linux out there?
https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/kingdom-come-deliverance-may-not-come-to-linux-at-all-more-bad-news.8697

Edit: although that's Lubmberyard IIRC. Maybe count Star citizen as well.


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Egonaut 15 January 2018 at 12:20 pm UTC
MayeulChttps://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/kingdom-come-deliverance-may-not-come-to-linux-at-all-more-bad-news.8697

Edit: although that's Lubmberyard IIRC. Maybe count Star citizen as well.
Yes, they might come to Linux, which is still not clear. I won't hold my breath
Beamboom 15 January 2018 at 12:20 pm UTC
Cryengine will forever have a special place in my heart because of Crysis 2 - the coolest FPS I've played this decade. But... I thought this engine for all practical purposes was dead now? Are there new games released on it nowadays?


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tuubi 15 January 2018 at 12:55 pm UTC
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BeamboomCryengine will forever have a special place in my heart because of Crysis 2 - the coolest FPS I've played this decade. But... I thought this engine for all practical purposes was dead now? Are there new games released on it nowadays?
A few, apparently.
Shmerl 15 January 2018 at 1:07 pm UTC
Didn't Crytek have a major financial crysis, and recently also tried attacking Star Citizen?

See http://www.pcgamer.com/cloud-imperium-responds-to-cryteks-star-citizen-lawsuit/


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Eike 15 January 2018 at 1:09 pm UTC
tuubi
BeamboomBut... I thought this engine for all practical purposes was dead now? Are there new games released on it nowadays?
A few, apparently.

I've removed Homefront from the list, and Snow is an "upcoming video game", which leaves... none.
razing32 15 January 2018 at 1:46 pm UTC
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Egonaut
MayeulChttps://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/kingdom-come-deliverance-may-not-come-to-linux-at-all-more-bad-news.8697

Edit: although that's Lubmberyard IIRC. Maybe count Star citizen as well.
Yes, they might come to Linux, which is still not clear. I won't hold my breath

That was my last pre-order.
I stopped pre-ordering anything after that.
Still hurts how stupid I was.
tuubi 15 January 2018 at 2:48 pm UTC
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Eike
tuubi
BeamboomBut... I thought this engine for all practical purposes was dead now? Are there new games released on it nowadays?
A few, apparently.

I've removed Homefront from the list, and Snow is an "upcoming video game", which leaves... none.
He wasn't asking about Linux games. Just games in general.
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