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Developers of We Happy Few have started working on the Linux version

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Finally, developers of We Happy Few [Official SiteGOG, SteamHumble] from Compulsion Games started working on the Linux version, and they plan to be ready on or shortly after the release of the game which is scheduled for April 13 next year.

They posted an update on their Kickstarer page:

Hey guys! I've been working in the shadows for a while now, but since this is my first weekly: Hi! I'm Maarten, working as a freelance programmer, mostly tasked with engine support. That means my stress levels are *slightly* lower than those of the other programmers, and I get to work on some fun stuff! :) You may know me from such features as Video Support or Community Localization, but this week I'm hacking away at the Linux build for We Happy Few. Good news for our Linux fans, we're making good progress there. We sorted out all compilation issues, and are now fixing third party lib per lib. It's a cumbersome process, between switching to/from Linux, toolchain mismatches, having to figure out each lib's build process, etc - but hey, the thrill of the challenge is what we're programmers for, right?

It will be interesting to see how it will progress. So far their communication has been superb, and hopefully they’ll continue that trend for their Linux work too.

From their press release:

We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who have their own set of not-so-normal rules. 

Currently announced for Xbox One, Windows, Mac and Linux, We Happy Few is currently on Microsoft Game Preview / Steam Early Access. The Mac and Linux version will arrive shortly after the final release of the game.

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Keyrock 2 September 2017 at 7:48 pm UTC
I'm really glad they seem to be doing the port in-house, rather than contracting it out to a 3rd party. I have all types of love for Feral, Aspyr, Virtual Programming, Icculus, TTimo, Ethan Lee and the like, but when a studio does the port themselves they learn how to code for Linux, learn how to deal with the pitfalls, and learn all the tricks of the trade, vastly increasing the chances that their next game will come to The Penguin, and it may even be coded with Linux in mind right from the start in future games.


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Beer 2 September 2017 at 7:50 pm UTC
This is fantastic news.. I've been following this game for years now and always had this lingering worry that they were going to drop linux at some point.
Darkdisorder78 2 September 2017 at 8:18 pm UTC
Can't trick me. Doubt it will come on time or at all.
kf 2 September 2017 at 8:20 pm UTC
BeamboomOh come on, that's like saying Bioshock would be "just another shooter".
I don't wanna seem like a dismissive asshole, but Bioshock was marketed at some point as a spiritual successor to System Shock 2. The setting is cool, sure, but compare it to SS2, and it really is just another shooter.
ikey 2 September 2017 at 9:59 pm UTC
Personally I can't wait until the Linux builds are available, from what little I've seen of the "first minutes" and the trailers it looks like a real fun game.
MintedGamer 2 September 2017 at 11:40 pm UTC
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I'm really looking forward to this game, it looks like it will have an interesting story and concept. I'll be keeping an eye on the development.
Shmerl 3 September 2017 at 2:18 am UTC
SolitaryToo bad this kickstarted indie title became another "AAA" game after deal with Gearbox, now with pre-order bonuses, season passes and hiked up price.

How is their price hiked exactly? Their previous price was in-development one, so naturally release price will be higher (since they released their last in development version before the final release if I understand correctly). If you didn't expect the higher price in the end, you just had incorrect expectations. If you just consider their final price to be unfairly high - that's a different matter, and more a matter of opinion already.

For the reference, you can have backed the game during crowdfunding to get the best price for it.


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Shmerl 3 September 2017 at 2:22 am UTC
kf
BeamboomOh come on, that's like saying Bioshock would be "just another shooter".
I don't wanna seem like a dismissive asshole, but Bioshock was marketed at some point as a spiritual successor to System Shock 2. The setting is cool, sure, but compare it to SS2, and it really is just another shooter.

Authors said several times, that it's incorrect to compare this game to Bioshock, it's quite different and expecting it to be new Bioshock is probably a bad idea. However it has dystopian inspirations, so there are some similarities.
PublicNuisance 3 September 2017 at 3:15 am UTC
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Shmerl
SolitaryToo bad this kickstarted indie title became another "AAA" game after deal with Gearbox, now with pre-order bonuses, season passes and hiked up price.

How is their price hiked exactly? Their previous price was in-development one, so naturally release price will be higher (since they released their last in development version before the final release if I understand correctly). If you didn't expect the higher price in the end, you just had incorrect expectations. If you just consider their final price to be unfairly high - that's a different matter, and more a matter of opinion already.

For the reference, you can have backed the game during crowdfunding to get the best price for it.

The price has almost doubled and is still early access. It cost just a few dollars less than a AAA game at full price. I could understand if it was fully released but it's not. I'm still interested in it but there's not enough drugs in the world I could be on that would make me think an Early Access game is worth full AAA price.
Shmerl 3 September 2017 at 3:23 am UTC
PublicNuisanceThe price has almost doubled and is still early access. It cost just a few dollars less than a AAA game at full price. I could understand if it was fully released but it's not. I'm still interested in it but there's not enough drugs in the world I could be on that would make me think an Early Access game is worth full AAA price.

I suppose don't buy it then until release? It's not like we need it anyway - Linux version is not planned for in-development releases. And the currently raised price was caused by their deal with physical retail who demanded that. Otherwise it doesn't make any sense.


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