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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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Swiftpaw 10 June 2019 at 1:28 am UTC
R.I.P. Double Fine.
Purple Library Guy 10 June 2019 at 2:54 am UTC
Well, double fuck.
Phlebiac 10 June 2019 at 3:55 am UTC
Another one bites the dust.
14 10 June 2019 at 4:17 am UTC
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WorMzyI don't think we will see Microsoft actively push software for Linux any time soon.
If we're talking about games, agree. The fact that Visual Studio Code works well on a Linux desktop tells me they are at least trying to support as many people as possible creating things on their cloud platforms, and that means developer tools and frameworks like WSL as you mentioned, Code, and .NET Core.

But what is my opinion of MS? Well... let's just say I've been considering moving to a different part of the U.S. because the tech industry in my area is too entrenched in MS and other old-fashioned vendor relationships for my style.
flesk 10 June 2019 at 6:38 am UTC
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Sad news.
Maki 10 June 2019 at 7:17 am UTC
I don't much trust Microsoft, but they've made some surprising moves recently where Linux has not been the kicked dog for once, so I'm somewhat positive they may do some positive stuff for the PC-gaming market and actually include us as a userbase in future projects?

But Double Fine Productions dropped the ball on Spacebase DF-9 and other projects and they can take a flying leap over the moon for all I care.
I'm still waiting for that game to get some semblance of a 1.0 release that actually has working content in it. As it stands now it's unplayable and Double Fine doesn't respond to support requests on it.

Here's hoping the big M kicks them into fixing some of their older works as well as creating new content.
LibertyPaulM 10 June 2019 at 7:51 am UTC
The fact that this is Microsoft buying the company is mostly irrelevant. Smaller innovative companies getting sucked up by huge corporations is always terrible for the company being bought and the market at large. Its like AB InBev buying up every micro brewery that gains a large following.
Eike 10 June 2019 at 8:16 am UTC
elmapulwich means, by buying their games we will be giving money to microsoft...

... for a Linux game. Sounds fair to me. If Microsoft would support Linux games - which I won't believe (except for existing obligations) before I see it -, I'd happily support their commitment(*).

(*) Could I use "engagement" here?

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Disharmonic 10 June 2019 at 8:24 am UTC
MS seems to be buying up most of the Indies with a good track record and strong fan base. It's pretty clear they want to have a large number of exclusives for the next generation of consoles and this sucks for gamers.
Arehandoro 10 June 2019 at 11:36 am UTC
As much as I like Tim Schafer, or his studio, we can't deny that he is a bit of a Judas and would sell his soul to the highest bidder without contemplation whatsoever. Which actually he just did to Microsoft so it shouldn't surprise me, yet still annoying.

I guess Psychonauts 2 will be the last game I buy from them.
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