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Dying Light Released For Linux, Some Thoughts, You May Want To Wait

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It's quite hard to contain my excitement about this game, but as always we will give it a fair look and tell you what we think about Dying Light. This is not a full review, but a look at what you can expect with the game right now on Linux.

This was tested with an Intel 4670K and an Nvidia 970 4GB GPU, so I don't exactly have low-end hardware.

NOTE: We will continue to update this as we find more issues. Updates from the developers will be at the bottom.

My initial thoughts
Wow, this game sure does look pretty, and my settings aren't even on the highest, and with a 970 at the helm even on Linux it runs really smooth. The opening cinematic does not disappoint either, and I really enjoyed the action-packed start to the game.

Right now one glaring bug on Linux is that people's mouths don't move when they talk (reported here), and while not game-breaking it is very funny, but it does ruin the immersion somewhat. It's also a little creepy to have someone stare at you, talking, and their mouths aren't moving. Mouths move during small cut-scenes, but not in general game-play.

You get a "survivor sense" pressing Q to help you locate items, which gives massive yellow arrows, so that doesn't look right at all. See this shot:
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Overall, for a new high-profile game it's great to have it on Linux, but the issues could put a few people off. It is brand-new hot off the shelves though, so bugs are to be expected.

The blurring when you run is horrible, and it actually makes me feel a little bit sick, so I seriously hope they fix it to allow us to adjust it. It doesn't look good at all, and if you get that blurry in real life when you move a bit quicker, then see a doctor. Windows users seem to be able to turn it off, so it seems our setting for it just doesn't work.

The frame-rate is a bit up and down even with my rig, so they have a fair amount of optimizations to do. Especially when moving around it can jump from 30-70, but this is normal for high-profile games at release, as they always seem a bit rushed to hit deadlines. Once you get outside the FPS tanks to make the game unplayable sluggish, and I mean you're looking at an average of 20FPS and below, and this does not make for a nice experience. This does not seem like it's Linux-only, as checking even one forum post and reddit it seems it happens on Windows too. When checking again a few minutes later there are masses of people complaining about performance issues across all ranges of hardware.

Considering the FPS issues across both platforms, it seems the developers will have to fix it, as it's not Linux-only.

Holding down TAB to change weapons also seems to make the game freeze up a bit, and you can't seem to be able to change weapons that way as nothing seems to work (reported here).

The major game-breaker is at night when you first spot a special blistered zombie, you enter the safe room and...game input freezes. Confirmed this with our caster Samsai who also has the same issues. I have added it to my support ticket, and put it on the Steam forum here.

You also cannot secure safe-zones on Linux, so that's a major gameplay feature that just doesn't work.

Turning it down to 720p stops it being so sluggish, but the game still has a low FPS and isn't smooth enough to be enjoyed.

I don't often blast developers and I hope they don't see this as me being too harsh, but it seems no quality control was done on the Linux release, hell, even The Witcher 2 was less broken at release than this.
I mean, considering how widespread the problems are and how easy they are to reproduce, how were the issues not caught?

I don't know what Techland are like for supporting their games, so hopefully they won't let us all down, otherwise the reviews will blast this game quite badly, including ours.

Please comment with your FPS once outside, and tell us your hardware. I am currently testing with everything on lowest, and I've set the view distance to the lowest now too, and it seems to be a tiny bit more playable.

Check out Dying Light on Steam if you wish to try it. Personally, my advice is to hold off until we confirm patches fix it.

Prominent critic Total Biscuit confirms it too.

Hmm I take back what I said about Dying Light performance. At some point between this morning and now FPS cut itself in half

TotalBiscuit (@Totalbiscuit) January 27, 2015

When we watched his Stream last night, it was fine.

About the game (From Steam)
Dying Light is an action survival game presented in first-person perspective. The game is set in a vast and dangerous open world. During the day, you roam an urban environment devastated by a mysterious epidemic, scavenging for supplies and crafting weapons to help you defeat the hordes of mindless, flesh-hungry enemies the plague has created. At night, the hunter becomes the prey as the infected grow in strength and aggression - but even more lethal are the nocturnal, inhuman predators that leave their hives to feed. You will need to make use of all your skills and any available means to survive till dawn.

Updates
A developer posted this in one thread:
QuoteHi everyone,

We're aware of the issue and are now working on fixing it. It is most likely related to a specific hardware setup.

To help us get it right ASAP, please provide your hardware specifications in this thread if you are experiencing stuttering/FPS drops.

Not to be too harsh here, but even looking for 5 minutes tells me it's not specific hardware, it happens on AMD/Intel and on Nvidia/AMD.

I have an official support ticket open with the issues, so we will update you if they reply to it. We will also re-review it if they manage to make it playable. Update, they replied to my ticket with:
QuoteHi Liam Dawe,

Thanks for your feedback. We will work on it.


It's also worth noting that actual review keys for this game were handed out on the launch day to game journalists. While we don't expect to get keys for big games, usually at least the bigger sites get keys to write their reviews well in advance. It seems there was some shady business with the way press copies were handled.

This is one of the most broken game launches on Linux, ever.

To end it on a lighter note: The developers are still new to Linux, so hopefully in time they will learn and fix it.
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Lapinopl 27 January 2015 at 10:25 am UTC
Its around 14-16 FPS on my 770(outside). Lowering the resolution and other settings don't really help. My advice it is to wait with your purchase.
sub 27 January 2015 at 10:36 am UTC
Oh, not available in my region.

I guess this prevents me from suffering 5-8 FPS on my rusty, heavily outdated Radeon HD 7950.
Feist 27 January 2015 at 10:38 am UTC
I've only played for about 40 minutes by now, so I don't have that many impressions to share. However, since even playing the game at all, should technically be quite beyond my computer specs, I can't feel anything but pleased with my initial experience.

My specs:
AMD FX-4100
Nvidia GTX650
340.65 proprietary driver
8 MB RAM

Playing at 1920x1080 with medium textures, low shadows, AA on, no motion blur,no ambient occlusion.

The game has this far been running pretty smooth, with no difficulty running around, fighting or crafting. I expect things will take a serious turn for the worse, once I enter the open, outdoors game-world but considering that I never expected to play this game "for real" at all before my computer was upgraded...no complaints.

EDIT: There was just a 85mb patch, so maybe the issue with "the mouths" has been fixed.
Segata Sanshiro 27 January 2015 at 10:41 am UTC
Wasn't expecting it to work great on release either. Think I'll wait for them to fix the bugs, then for the Zero Punctuation review to come out and buy it then
liamdawe 27 January 2015 at 10:52 am UTC
Post updated with a twitter quote from a critic, and a quote from the developer.
pb 27 January 2015 at 11:16 am UTC
I have yet to see an AAA game that runs perfectly upon release. ;-)
Samsai 27 January 2015 at 11:32 am UTC
Yup, it's pretty much unplayable at the moment. I can't complete the first non-tutorial mission and the framerate outside is abysmal.
Xpander 27 January 2015 at 11:54 am UTC
Just Terrible:

View video on youtube.com
c3027367 27 January 2015 at 12:11 pm UTC
Added to wishlist, Ill buy it if they fix it so I will be able to get 60+FPS avg. on minimal settings on my i7-3770k and GTX660Ti, or no buy.

Does anyone have some technical info about Chrome 6 engine, from Linux point of view? Like what OGL version do they use, do they use wrapers, translators etc?
Interzeroid 27 January 2015 at 12:18 pm UTC
Is there HBAO+?
About performance. People, do you use Steam OS and the latest drivers for your videocards?
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