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Dying Light Major Patch Released, Performance Finally Okay On Linux (UPDATED)

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Hooray for Techland! Dying Light is finally playable on Linux, so you can join us in having some cake. It's not perfect, but far far better!

It took them quite a long time to get here, but they got here, so let’s be thankful!

After we (GOL) paid about £80 for myself and Samsai to have a copy, I finally feel like they are earning our money, well, sort of. The game was obviously not tested on Linux before release, but hey...anyway.

My first trial run of the new patch forced me to quit as it popped up saying Dying Light has become unresponsive, good start. I waited, and it died on its own.

Second launch was fine, and the game has a MUCH better overall FPS, and it now feels VERY smooth and responsive, finally!

Testing it on High textures, Medium shadows, and High foliage now gives between 45-80FPS, considering before that gave 15-30FPS that's a solid improvement.
It's no way near perfect, but it's better for now. When you consider I'm on an Nvidia 970 I should still be getting a fair bit more.

Update: I re-tested the Proteus laptop from Entroware that we have, and it's even playable on it. Check the updated review on page 2 for the screenshot as well.

Update 2: It will still crash to the desktop for me when scrolling through the keybind menus, I did report this to Techland before, and have done, again. It happens on the third screen of the keybinds menu, every time.

Update 3: The game will crash to the desktop a lot for me now, so I am still recommending anyone who hasn't picked it up, to wait.

Release notes:
QuoteFeatures:

* Hard Mode added
* National outfits added
* 4 outfits as a reward for finishing the story campaign added
* Over 50 new weapons added
* New weapon rarity level – extremely rare Gold weapons added

Gameplay:

* Various balance tweaks of weapons, loot chests, shops and crafting
* Various improvements to game quests
* Improvements in natural movement flow

Technical:

* Resolved various stability issues including co-op
* Improved overall game performance

Visuals:

* Various improvements in world and character art

Be the Zombie:

* New option to enable zombie invasions with co-op disabled added

Linux specific improvements:

* Added AMD Radeon support (Please note - the NPC dialogue lip-sync will be enabled in a future patch)
* Improved performance significantly
* Fixed glitch when changing resolution
* Improved mouse scroll speed in map menu
* Disabled SSAO and AA options (TBD)
* Fixed minor rendering issues
* Fixed screenshots capturing
* Fixed crashed related to audio driver


Finally I can enjoy the experience! Or so I thought, the game crashes to the desktop quite often now.

You can find Dying Light on Steam. It's still pretty flaky though! Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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WorMzy 10 March 2015 at 6:11 pm UTC
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Oooh, I may have to spend some money when I get home.
dubigrasu 10 March 2015 at 6:13 pm UTC
Is clearly an improvement in performance, probably with a very good PC it might be playable.
Not for me though: AMD FX8350, GTX 780, 16 GB RAM and I have something like 30 FPS from previously 20.
Hope they don't stop here.
ricki42 10 March 2015 at 6:14 pm UTC
I might actually give this a try now. Though I'm a bit torn on this: on the one hand, I appreciate that they are working on fixing things and actually supporting the Linux version. On the other hand, I don't appreciate that they released it in such a broken state in the first place, basically selling a game that was unplayable for many people.
Segata Sanshiro 10 March 2015 at 6:15 pm UTC
Maybe I've just forgotten how bad it was before, but it seems worse for me or at least certainly not better.

Framerates are secondary to me, as long as they're stable and above 30fps then I just want the best visual experience possible, then if I can achieve that, getting higher framerates is a bonus (this is probably because I generally prefer playing "slower" games where framerates don't make as much of a difference).

I've noticed no considerable improvement in fps, but the game looks worse. Removing anti-aliasing makes the game look crap, I don't know why they've done this. I can't really feel immersed in something where there's jaggies everywhere. That and now I have a new problem where shadows disappear and appear right infront of me... So guess I still won't be playing this for a while.
ricki42 10 March 2015 at 6:16 pm UTC
dubigrasuIs clearly an improvement in performance, probably with a very good PC it might be playable.
Not for me though: AMD FX8350, GTX 780, 16 GB RAM and I have something like 30 FPS from previously 20.
Hope they don't stop here.

What kind of settings were you using? I have a GTX 770, and if the 780 gets about 30 fps, I think I should wait for some more patches after all.
Sabun 10 March 2015 at 6:19 pm UTC
I would grant them some slack ricki42. Unlike many other AAA developers out there not supporting or even porting their games to Linux themselves, Techland is taking it upon itself to do it for us. They want to be better at developing for the Linux platform.

I honestly believe this to be a very good point about them, and since this has only been their second release for Linux (day 1 release at that!) I honestly believe patience is well deserved for their good effort

Plus, Dying Light is an amazing game. Finished it, from beginning to end with an Arch Linux buddy and Windows 8 buddy in co-op. (Not without issues of course, but we can persevere)
Xpander 10 March 2015 at 6:30 pm UTC
zero improvements for me

same old 18-25 FPS no matter if everything maxed or at lowest (except distance slider)
lowering resolution to720p doesnt make difference either

so i dont get why no perf improvements.. its basically same fps as i got with my 660TI

system: FX8320@4,3ghz, GTX 970, 16GB DDR3 1866mhz.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/28788188/ss_10032015_20.26.03.png
coryrj19951 10 March 2015 at 6:36 pm UTC
I still can't really play it... But I did happen to get the "It's all in the writing" achievement just by starting the game...
I just get a rainbow effect over everything, now even before the main menu. I can walk around for 10 seconds fairly smoothly and it just crashes without even freezing or any other warning.

AMD FX 8350 4ghz 8 core
AMD Radeon HD R9 270X
GenericUser 10 March 2015 at 6:40 pm UTC
coryrj19951,You use Linux Mint Right?.Maybe I can help you.First thing I need to know is what driver you are using Open Source or Propreitary?.
Sabun 10 March 2015 at 6:41 pm UTC
coryrj19951I still can't really play it... But I did happen to get the "It's all in the writing" achievement just by starting the game...

Did you previously get all the collectibles to get this? Or did it just randomly unlock? I'm trying to achieve 100% achievements in this, so any info you can share is valuable to me

Sorry to hear about it crashing and having rainbows, that sucks.
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