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After a few leaks, it’s now official! F1 2017 [Steam, Feral Mini-site] is coming to Linux and Feral Interactive are porting it. The plan is to release it on November 2nd (Thursday next week!).

Back in August, we had the official F1 Twitter account claim there was a “delay” with the Mac & Linux versions, it then popped up on SteamDB and finally we’re here with the official confirmation.

This was the game for their "ONE RETURN TO WEST NORWOOD, PLEASE" teaser that was initially just "WEST NORWOOD". It then vanished, returned and now it's official!

They just announced it on Twitter:

On November 2nd, by popular demand, FORMULA ONE™ returns to Linux with F1™ 2017.
Swerve to our site to learn more: https://t.co/rv7iQ75ADY pic.twitter.com/wJlBIpQopx

— Feral Interactive (@feralgames) October 27, 2017

It's interesting to note that they specifically say "by popular demand". I'm not going to say that actually requesting titles always works, but it certainly can have an impact.

The game is being powered by the Vulkan API, as confirmed by Feral Interactive in another tweet. This will be their third Linux game to use Vulkan!

On top of that, according to the Feral Store, it will also feature cross-platform online multiplayer with Mac and Windows!

About the game

Win the 2017 World Championship, break every record in the fastest ever F1 cars, and race some of the most iconic F1 cars of the last 30 years. With an even deeper ten year Career, more varied gameplay in the new ‘Championships’ mode, and a host of other new features, both online and offline, F1 2017 is the most complete and thrilling F1 videogame ever.

F1 2017 gives the player unprecedented access to not only the on-track excitement of F1, but also the off-track dealings and vehicle development that goes along with it. The acclaimed career mode is updated to include additional practice programmes to help the driver hone their skills, an expanded Research and Development tree to provide greater depth and control over the development of the car, and the ability to manage engines and gearboxes over the course of the season.

Along with some stunning new locations and compelling characters to interact with, these enhancements all combine to provide the most complete experience in the world of F1 yet.

I should have a review and port report up on the day of release, as usual for all major titles.

Exciting, since most people I imagine would have written off getting another F1 game on Linux, since F1 2015 didn’t sell well enough for a Linux port of F1 2016. I think it’s great that Feral Interactive are willing to test the waters again, but it’s looking like a safe bet since the reviews are showing it to be a rather decent game.

We now have a few quality racing games, but not quite enough just yet. I feel that more like this is essential for the growth of Linux as a gaming platform. I couldn’t be happier about this news! I spent many days on end playing F1 games on the Amiga when I was younger, so a decent one on Linux is going to be awesome. Good stuff Feral, more like this please!

I shall be treating myself to an extra coffee today for this news. I know, pushing the boat out right.

Will you be buying a copy? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Article updated after publishing with new information.

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MintedGamer 27 October 2017 at 10:40 pm UTC
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Awesome! Racing games aren't my favourite type of games but I enjoy them enough for a day 1 purchase for me.
natewardawg 27 October 2017 at 10:51 pm UTC
DamonLinuxPLI think more request have The Witcher 3 or Skyrim... so in my opinion this "popular demand" is not exactly true.

It's up to the publisher (the rights holder) of the game. Popular Demand + Agreement Between Publisher and Feral = Port

If you lack either *demand* or *agreement* there will be no port. If an agreement is available but there's no demand the port won't happen either. It's not bad to demand the above games. The rights holders to those titles may change their minds in a year, or maybe not, who knows.
Debdude1986 27 October 2017 at 11:00 pm UTC
I'll definitely buy this but it will be a few months before I do because of my financial situation. I've been wanting to get Dirt Rally as well but I haven't been able to afford the $60 price tag. Even when it goes on sale I can't afford it lol.
g000h 27 October 2017 at 11:13 pm UTC
Happy that another quality game is coming to Linux. Would be interested in a Linux vs Windows shoot-out (average, minimum, maximum FPS) for the game running with Vulkan on Linux.

And... Happy that Feral are releasing another title to Linux with Vulkan. Even if big publishers aren't fussed about releasing games on Linux, as long as they use Vulkan then future porting or playing of the Windows version on WINE, should make things increasingly better for Linux gaming.

It would be so cool if F1 2017 (Vulkan) ran better on Linux than Windows 10 (Vulkan or DirectX 12). =P
beko 27 October 2017 at 11:21 pm UTC
rustybroomhandleThis is what you want then.
wew.. flashback
Xpander 27 October 2017 at 11:29 pm UTC
wohoo, nice!

a bit late though. 2017 season will end at the end of November, but still better than F1 2015 that was released when the 2016 season started.


Can't wait to play it!
Skully 27 October 2017 at 11:48 pm UTC
Awesome. 3 months late though. Going have lost a good chunk of sales. I have 2 friends that couldn't wait and are now playing it in windows already. I hope they sell enough to keep porting F1 in the future.


Last edited by Skully at 27 October 2017 at 11:49 pm UTC
wleoncio 28 October 2017 at 8:32 am UTC
That's a sure purchase from me, but not right away. I might even buy it directly from the Feral Store, even though the lack of regional pricing makes it much more expensive than Steam for me. Anyway, thank you Feral for bringing F1 to Linux again even after the lackluster (albeit expected) sales of F1 2015, and congrats to the community for figuring out the Radar signal. So perhaps RotTR is next up?
wleoncio 28 October 2017 at 8:34 am UTC
Debdude1986I've been wanting to get Dirt Rally as well but I haven't been able to afford the $60 price tag. Even when it goes on sale I can't afford it lol.

DiRT Rally is 80% off on Steam until November 1st. Games very rarely get deeper discounts than that.
1xok 28 October 2017 at 8:55 am UTC
I'm very pleasantly surprised that they offer it with Vulkan.

This could mean that the differences between Metal and Vulkan are not so big, which would be generally very positive for Linux. Linux ports has often developed piggyback with the Mac ports in the past.

Well, I'm starting to think about a steering wheel. Recommendations?


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