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News just coming out of E3, Double Fine Productions founded by Tim Schafer has been acquired by Microsoft. Specifically, they're now part of Xbox Game Studios.

I'm sure most of you know Double Fine Productions, who are responsible for developing games like: Psychonauts, the upcoming Psychonauts 2 (which is supposed to release for Linux), The Cave, Broken Age, Costume Quest, Day of the Tentacle Remastered, Grim Fandango Remastered and plenty more.

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This does mean their future titles are less likely to be released for Linux, but it shouldn't affect Psychonauts 2 which was crowdfunded on Fig and advertised a Linux version back then. If we hear anything concerning Psychonauts 2, we will let you know as we've emailed them today to find out. Updated: They've confirmed on Twitter, that Psychonauts 2 is still planned for Linux.

This is on top of Obsidian Entertainment, inXile Entertainment, Ninja theory, Compulsion Games, Undead Labs and more who Microsoft previously acquired. With the recent Stadia reveal from Google, perhaps this is Microsoft's way of fighting back? To keep a ton of games locked to their systems?

For those wanting to see some of Psychonauts 2, here's their brand new trailer from E3:

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It also has a Steam store page up you can wishlist/follow it on.

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Whitewolfe80 9 June 2019 at 10:03 pm UTC
Honesty not surprised Tim Shaffer has proven time and time again he cannot manage money why broken age took ages to be a complete game because he spent all the money on the first part and had to get financing to finish up the project. So him going with a company with the size and resources of MS and taking his company with him from a purely business point of view makes sense. I would not trust fig given fig requires no demos or proof that a project exsists before you can back a project.
Termy 9 June 2019 at 10:05 pm UTC
QuoteThis does mean their future titles are less likely to be released for Linux

They even specifically mention that in the video (with different audio quality too, so it seems that was edited in later):

Tim SchaferGoing forward, we will be focusing on Xbox Game Pass and PC

Well, Linux is PC, more than anything else ;)
But yeah, i doubt MS-Studios will release Linux-Ports :/
Tchey 9 June 2019 at 10:06 pm UTC
Well, the money is certainly good... and that's it. RIP good studio.
GustyGhost 9 June 2019 at 10:27 pm UTC
eldaking 9 June 2019 at 10:34 pm UTC
WorMzyOh well, Microsoft loves Linux right, so presumably all Double Fine releases will now have day one Linux support. \o/

They do love Linux, the server OS that they use for their cloud services. They contribute to the kernel and all. They don't feel threatened by Linux, because they develop a desktop OS and in decades Linux was never able to really compete with Windows on desktop. But they want their desktop OS to be convenient for developers, so that people that develop for servers don't have to use a server OS on their desktops, thus they created WSL.

I don't think we will see Microsoft actively push software for Linux any time soon. But I don't think there is going to be any overt hostility against it either - sabotaging Linux probably would have a bigger PR cost than actual strategic gain. They might even allow some software to be ported occasionally (like the crowdfunded games) just because it shouldn't really be a big risk for them; it's not like at this point they need to draw away crowds from Linux to Windows.

Hopefully they are making a big mistake and it costs them everything.
Asu 9 June 2019 at 10:39 pm UTC
we can only hope...
Liam Dawe 9 June 2019 at 10:44 pm UTC
Article title updated to reflect the confirmation, new trailer added in.
Sir_Diealot 9 June 2019 at 10:50 pm UTC
If it is to counteract Stadia... Stadia uses Linux, so they might actually discourage Linux ports since they are one step towards the game running on Stadia?
elmapul 10 June 2019 at 1:05 am UTC
wich means, by buying their games we will be giving money to microsoft...
doomiebaby 10 June 2019 at 1:05 am UTC
JahimselfWell bye bye Tim Schaffer, your games were great. You supported linux, but joining the most evil forces of the universe for the futur of mankind, is a no go for me. If I was abble to get all my games from your studio refunded, I would do it right away. Good luck in your trip into hell.

well i wasn't gonna put it quite that way, but... well yeah .w. i think more than a few of us feel similarly. no, ms does not love linux like we love linux
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