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We briefly covered Diluvion [Steam, Official Site] before, as the developers were considering Linux support, looks like they decided to! A beta was mentioned and it looks like it might be up to test now.


I say may, since I don't own the game to test it. Here's what the developer said on Steam:
QuoteHey guys, some good news. We're going to be setting up a Linux port in the beta branch on Steam today. If anyone is willing to give it a try we would very much appreciate your feedback! The port doesn't currently have audio, unfortunately, but that's something we hope to resolve pretty soon. Let us know if the game is launching or not, and if you encounter any problems while it's running.

Usually, this requires you to opt-in to a Beta on Steam, by right clicking on the game, going to properties and then selecting it in the Beta tab. Going by SteamDB, it looks like it might already be up for testing.

The game only launched in February, so it's really pleasing to see them get a build ready for Linux gamers so quickly.

Thanks Cybolic & Corben for sending it in!
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Nanobang 20 April 2017 at 12:08 pm UTC
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That looks ... nice! Very, very nice. Third "person" underwater action with strategic cutaway noodling. I'm intrigued.

My one hesitation with this beta, as indeed with all Linux betas on Steam, is I simply don't want the purchase to count as anything but a Linux purchase --- but to be honest, I don't know if it would or not. I've been following the Brotherhood lads as they work to bring STASIS to Linux, but I've not bought that either, for the same reason. Now I'm wondering if (and frankly, hoping that) I'm all wrong and buying these games but only playing the Linux beta will count as a Linux purchase. Could someone please enlighten benighted old me about this?
neowiz73 20 April 2017 at 12:11 pm UTC
I seen Bikeman stream this on Twitch awhile back, I was thinking at the time, I hope this comes to Linux
Beamboom 20 April 2017 at 12:23 pm UTC
Another quite mediocre release with bland reviews getting a Linux port to squeeze out those last dineros out of the project. That's how I see it, unfortunately. :/

http://www.gamerankings.com/pc/194343-diluvion/articles.html

It looks pretty cool, though. I'll give it that.


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F.Ultra 20 April 2017 at 2:33 pm UTC
BeamboomAnother quite mediocre release with bland reviews getting a Linux port to squeeze out those last dineros out of the project. That's how I see it, unfortunately. :/

http://www.gamerankings.com/pc/194343-diluvion/articles.html

It looks pretty cool, though. I'll give it that.

Looks like most negative reviews comes from fiddly controls. Hopefully that is something that they can and/or will improve.
Beamboom 20 April 2017 at 6:48 pm UTC
F.UltraLooks like most negative reviews comes from fiddly controls. Hopefully that is something that they can and/or will improve.

Fiddly controls, camera issues, bad interface, unpolished, multiple bugs... To quote Destructoid:
"I can't remember the last time I had to go to a game's forum to get a bug resolved just so I could advance. It's a lesson in wonderful concept and poor execution."

https://www.destructoid.com/review-diluvion-422788.phtml


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razing32 20 April 2017 at 7:23 pm UTC
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I was gonna mention every person having a different opinion on a game but if the issues are around bugs and controls that's pretty much less opinion and more objective issue.

Good to know.
F.Ultra 21 April 2017 at 4:15 pm UTC
Beamboom
F.UltraLooks like most negative reviews comes from fiddly controls. Hopefully that is something that they can and/or will improve.

Fiddly controls, camera issues, bad interface, unpolished, multiple bugs... To quote Destructoid:
"I can't remember the last time I had to go to a game's forum to get a bug resolved just so I could advance. It's a lesson in wonderful concept and poor execution."

https://www.destructoid.com/review-diluvion-422788.phtml
I ignored the comments about bugs due to the "to get a bug resolved", too me that sounds like the devs are active and are fixing the bugs as soon as they are found.
Anza 22 April 2017 at 8:46 am UTC
NanobangThat looks ... nice! Very, very nice. Third "person" underwater action with strategic cutaway noodling. I'm intrigued.

My one hesitation with this beta, as indeed with all Linux betas on Steam, is I simply don't want the purchase to count as anything but a Linux purchase --- but to be honest, I don't know if it would or not. I've been following the Brotherhood lads as they work to bring STASIS to Linux, but I've not bought that either, for the same reason. Now I'm wondering if (and frankly, hoping that) I'm all wrong and buying these games but only playing the Linux beta will count as a Linux purchase. Could someone please enlighten benighted old me about this?

I would suppose there's difference if port is done internally or by external porter. If port is done internally, game developer can interpret the numbers as they see fit. They get exactly the same amount of money for each sale anyway. Though there's no absolute guarantee that port will ever leave the beta stage.

For external porters, it sounds like that at least Feral Interactive has contract where they get money only from Linux sales.

F.Ultra
Beamboom
F.UltraLooks like most negative reviews comes from fiddly controls. Hopefully that is something that they can and/or will improve.

Fiddly controls, camera issues, bad interface, unpolished, multiple bugs... To quote Destructoid:
"I can't remember the last time I had to go to a game's forum to get a bug resolved just so I could advance. It's a lesson in wonderful concept and poor execution."

https://www.destructoid.com/review-diluvion-422788.phtml
I ignored the comments about bugs due to the "to get a bug resolved", too me that sounds like the devs are active and are fixing the bugs as soon as they are found.

Sounds like developer just didn't do enough testing. Pretty good game for somebody who actually enjoys finding bugs
Nanobang 22 April 2017 at 2:36 pm UTC
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AnzaI would suppose there's difference if port is done internally or by external porter. If port is done internally, game developer can interpret the numbers as they see fit. They get exactly the same amount of money for each sale anyway. Though there's no absolute guarantee that port will ever leave the beta stage.

For external porters, it sounds like that at least Feral Interactive has contract where they get money only from Linux sales.

Thanks Anza, that answers part of my concern: who gets the money. But the other part of my concern --- who gets the credit? --- remains a mystery. What will the port be tallied as a Linux version on Steam and so add (however incrementally) to Linux's overall reported market share? Or will it add a drop in Window's already oceanic reported market share?
Anza 22 April 2017 at 3:34 pm UTC
Nanobang
AnzaI would suppose there's difference if port is done internally or by external porter. If port is done internally, game developer can interpret the numbers as they see fit. They get exactly the same amount of money for each sale anyway. Though there's no absolute guarantee that port will ever leave the beta stage.

For external porters, it sounds like that at least Feral Interactive has contract where they get money only from Linux sales.

Thanks Anza, that answers part of my concern: who gets the money. But the other part of my concern --- who gets the credit? --- remains a mystery. What will the port be tallied as a Linux version on Steam and so add (however incrementally) to Linux's overall reported market share? Or will it add a drop in Window's already oceanic reported market share?

Statistics that game developers see are usually not revealed publicly.

Pretty much only publicly available Steam statistics are the ones gathered in the Steam survey. For that you can't do much more than to keep using Steam only on Linux and hope you'll get selected for the survey. AFAIK SteamOS doesn't count as Linux, so to be on the safe side, stay away from that.
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