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Fast-paced neo-retro shooter 'Tower 57' is still coming to Linux

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Tower 57 [Official Site], a fast-paced neo-retro shooter that I originally wrote about back in the summer of 2016 is still coming to Linux, although there's still no date for it.

The game was originally funded on Kickstarter way back in September of 2015, where the developers gained over €51K in funding. A Linux version was mentioned all over the Kickstarter, but sadly years later it's still not out. Today, they've officially released a version of it for the Amiga (seriously) and in the Kickstarter update they do specifically mention a Linux version is still coming—with no expected date.

I have to say, I'm a little shocked that the Amiga stretch-goal saw a priority over Linux support. Anyway, here's their launch trailer to remind yourself of what it is:

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As you can see, it's a pretty decent looking shooter, inspired by some of the classics like Chaos Engine. I've been wanting to play this for so long, hopefully the wait will be over this year. Will keep you updated if they eventually make good on their word.

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Bidinou 13 March 2018 at 2:21 pm UTC
Yeah, Amiga port first :-)
Not a big deal as we get a thousand new games a year anyway !
I pre-ordered this one 2.5 years ago, boxed version :-)
Eike 13 March 2018 at 2:51 pm UTC
What does he mean by "only runs on "modern" Amigas"?
Like in Amiga 1000 or like an "Amiga 2018"?


Last edited by Eike at 13 March 2018 at 3:04 pm UTC
madpinger 13 March 2018 at 2:56 pm UTC
wtf.
Perkeleen_Vittupää 13 March 2018 at 3:14 pm UTC
Um, did they like party that €50k away for 2 years, now back to work apparently with much nothing but a fine hangover?

Amiga is still a thing too!?
Alm888 13 March 2018 at 8:00 pm UTC
Well, good luck selling this to Amiga guys/girls. They definitely won't see my money.
Bidinou 13 March 2018 at 10:00 pm UTC
"Modern" Amigas = Amigas from the 80s or 90s with PowerPC accelerator boards + (mostly) PCI GFX board (Cybergrafx / Picasso 96 = "retargetable graphics" that makes no use of the original Amiga customs chips
with AmigaOS 4 or MorphOS (PowerPC AmigaOS reimplementation)
*or* PowerPC machines from the early 2000 with AmigaOS 4 or MorphOS (the machine itself has nothing to do with an Amiga ; the OSes are compatible with 68k apps that make no use of the custom chips)
*or* AROS (OpenSource AmigaOS reimplementation) on a regular PC.

Well, there was a revival at the beginning of the 2000 with new machines & OSes... I bought a Pegasos = PPC machine meant to be used with MorphOS in 2002...
prowler 14 March 2018 at 2:39 am UTC
I backed this because it promised a Linux and an Amiga version (I have an AmigaOne X1000 and run Linux as my main OS).

In regards to the Amiga port, from what I remember, they reached out to the Amiga community and got developers who were used to working on the platform to develop it. This means it was a third party which developed the Amiga version.

Personally, I am not aware of how they plan on doing the Linux development.
cprn 14 March 2018 at 10:11 am UTC
I was always sceptic with those promises. But now, after quite a few got broken, I will never again buy until the game's released and proven to work flawlessly.
slaapliedje 14 March 2018 at 9:35 pm UTC
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prowlerI backed this because it promised a Linux and an Amiga version (I have an AmigaOne X1000 and run Linux as my main OS).

In regards to the Amiga port, from what I remember, they reached out to the Amiga community and got developers who were used to working on the platform to develop it. This means it was a third party which developed the Amiga version.

Personally, I am not aware of how they plan on doing the Linux development.

I was trying to post something similar, apparently fell asleep, and then closed out the app on my phone.

I was kind of hoping for an old school Amiga port, since I currently only have OS4 running under FS-UAE, but I guess I could test it out there and still play it on 'Linux'.
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