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Garry Newman from Facepunch Studios has put out a new blog post detailing their final plans for the Linux version of the survival game Rust.

It's quite an open and honest post about the state of things, noting that they didn't really do a good job of actually supporting the Linux version. The post mentions how they never routinely tested it, unless they knew something was wrong. Newman also mentions how the "quiet majority" of Linux gamers accept that they're often a second-class citizen but we shouldn't be as we are paying the same. Which is why they made the decision to stop supporting Linux originally in July last year.

Their plan for the Linux version going forward is to split it away from Windows and Mac, along with getting no new features but it will see "maintenance patches". So Linux owners can still play it and play online together, but not with Windows and Mac players.

Facepunch will also not work on any future Linux games, as they "can't/won't properly support it".

A shame this happened, but nice to finally draw a line under it and know exactly what's happening.

If you are after a survival game that's supported on Linux, I can recommend 7 Days to Die which is really good fun [Humble Store - Steam]. Our livestreamer, Sin, regularly shows it off on our Twitch Channel.

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entropie 12 August 2019 at 12:39 pm UTC
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They are honoring their own name.
g000h 12 August 2019 at 1:13 pm UTC
I feel like commenting that there are lots of other Studios (mainly AAA) which haven't made the effort to release a Linux game at all (or very rarely). And yet, thanks to Proton and WINE, plenty of Linux gamers are buying from those Studios and helping to line their pockets. It would seem appropriate to detest those companies *more*.


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ageres 12 August 2019 at 3:33 pm UTC
g000hI feel like commenting that there are lots of other Studios (mainly AAA) which haven't made the effort to release a Linux game at all (or very rarely). And yet, thanks to Proton and WINE, plenty of Linux gamers are buying from those Studios and helping to line their pockets. It would seem appropriate to detest those companies *more*.
Those studios just don't care about Linux. Garry Newman hates Linux and Linux gamers. The former is better, obviously.
dvd 15 August 2019 at 7:01 am UTC
ageres
g000hI feel like commenting that there are lots of other Studios (mainly AAA) which haven't made the effort to release a Linux game at all (or very rarely). And yet, thanks to Proton and WINE, plenty of Linux gamers are buying from those Studios and helping to line their pockets. It would seem appropriate to detest those companies *more*.
Those studios just don't care about Linux. Garry Newman hates Linux and Linux gamers. The former is better, obviously.

Whatever his opinion of "Linux" might be, it is not fair to say he or Facepunch hate linux gamers. My understanding is that they kept the linux version up to date as long as they could, and even with this decision they at least provided some clarification of wheter they are prepared to support or not. They have done far more than the studios that never release their games on "linux".
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