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Edge Of Eternity [Official Site] is an upcoming RPG that looks quite amazing, however, they're still waiting on Unity supporting stuff they need before having a Linux version.

To jog your memory, it was funded on Kickstarter way back in 2015 with $161,246 pledged from 4,045 backers. Linux was not a stretch goal and they even had a demo for us as well. 

However, back in December of 2016 they claimed they were waiting on Vulkan support in Unity before getting an alpha out of the Linux version. After speaking to them on their Steam forum recently they said they are in fact still working on the Linux version, although it seems they're going with OpenGL now and they gave a list of what they need from Unity3D here. They also said in that post, that they actually dropped some plugins that were blocking them from bringing it to Linux, so that's nice to know.

You can also see an older trailer of it on their YouTube, as they don't seem to have any up to date gameplay videos on it. They will be at Gamescom next month, so we should see fresh gameplay from that. Some shots they gave out at the end of last year looked quite nice though:

Hopefully they will manage to get the Linux version out, it sounds like it's still a while away from releasing.

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melkemind 9 July 2018 at 11:52 am UTC
Let's hope the name of the game isn't foretelling how long it'll take to release.
Ehvis 9 July 2018 at 12:05 pm UTC
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If only someone from another company that has experience in 3D graphics with OpenGL/Vulkan, like Feral, would join unity. Someone like that could pick up such a list and push a little. Oh wait .....
TheSHEEEP 9 July 2018 at 12:15 pm UTC
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That list honestly doesn't look like it will come true any time soon.
Not exactly small things to implement, and if the Unity devs didn't bother to do so for Linux, I doubt they'll change their mind.
Eike 9 July 2018 at 12:22 pm UTC
QuoteThey also said in that post, that they actually dropped some plugins that were blocking them from bringing it to Linux, so that's nice to know.

Sounds like they're serious about it...
liamdawe 9 July 2018 at 2:09 pm UTC
TheSHEEEPThat list honestly doesn't look like it will come true any time soon.
Not exactly small things to implement, and if the Unity devs didn't bother to do so for Linux, I doubt they'll change their mind.
They just replied again with this when asking if they've tried the most up to date Unity build:
QuoteYeah even the beta version and like i said we are in touch with them concerning those issues
ObsidianBlk 9 July 2018 at 2:23 pm UTC
Eike
QuoteThey also said in that post, that they actually dropped some plugins that were blocking them from bringing it to Linux, so that's nice to know.

Sounds like they're serious about it...

If they were serious, why did they initially include those plugins at one point at all? If they were serious, why didn't they fully evaluate the engine they were using and it's ease of port for all platforms they intended to target for. If they were serious, why not just apologize that they screwed up (if Linux was their intent) instead of putting the blame on the engine? If Linux wasn't official or only an experiment, why tease us with a demo? That's like taking a kid down to Orlando Florida, driving past Disney, then mumbling "the car's out gas".

I really don't want to sound like one of "those Linux people" developers are always scared of, but let's face facts here. Linux will not be taken seriously as a game platform if we don't freaking grumble about developers pussyfooting around as they are. Linux as a stretch goal, Linux a little while after the Windows release, all of it excuses by developers who are too scared (whether financially or developmentally) or ignorant. People don't play games on Linux because most anything that looks good (almost) ALWAYS puts us second... and not just second in terms of a few days or weeks, but more often then not, months to YEARS. Who, other than an already converted Linux user, would ever want to consider a platform where the developers are that sketchy?

Personally, I think we should stop with the "at least they're trying" bullshiz and tell them the truth.
You know WHY you see such low sales in your Linux port (that came out months to years later because you didn't know what you were doing)? It's because, if we had any interest in your game at all, we've probably already WATCHED your game on Twitch or YouTube for that entire time. By the time you actually DO release on Linux, most have probably FORGOTTEN you even exist!

I'm not a fool. I know Windows has the biggest market share, but if the developer truly wants to support all three platforms (Win, Mac, Linux), then the hardest part is up front. Pick the tools and libraries/engines that work for all those platforms and develop them AT THE SAME TIME. Sure, it might extend the development time by a few months, so the developer needs to budget for that. If they can't, then they need to just admit that and quit with the "maybe" or "stretch goal" crap because... really... they don't care enough for those extras to begin with and they'll just piss the platform users off.

That's my two cents.
KuJo 9 July 2018 at 2:36 pm UTC
If I read that correctly, the Unity engine has had Vulkan support for 1-2 years already:
-> https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/unity-56-is-now-available-with-full-vulkan-support.9430

In May the Vulkan support for the Linux-Unity editor was even released in a beta version:
-> https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Unity-2018.2-Beta

What are they waiting for??
Ehvis 9 July 2018 at 2:39 pm UTC
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KuJoWhat are they waiting for??

If you would actually read the linked post, you'd already know what they are waiting for.
KuJo 9 July 2018 at 2:44 pm UTC
Ehvis
KuJoWhat are they waiting for??

If you would actually read the linked post, you'd already know what they are waiting for.
I've read and these are the OpenGL requirements because they are now panning to OpenGL.

My question is, what kind of Vulkan support are they waiting for? Vulkan is already supported since V5.6 and therefore March 2017(!)!
-> https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/unity-56-is-now-available-with-full-vulkan-support.9430

Did you read the links in my posting?


Last edited by KuJo at 9 July 2018 at 2:50 pm UTC
QUASAR 9 July 2018 at 2:44 pm UTC
Seems interesting, will try it when it's ready.
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