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Feral Interactive are asking what you want ported to Linux again

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Feral Interactive, the porting studio behind a lot of great games available on Linux are asking for some feedback again on where they should go next.

In the past, they've teased how they feed port requests into "THE REQUESTINATOR". Looks like my number three from when they asked in November 2018 turned out okay with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. As always though, we want additional ports to buy and more varied titles to play through.

On Twitter today they posted this:

What game would you like to be ported to macOS, Linux or mobile platforms in 2020, and why?

Is there a game in dire need of porting? Let us know why it’d be perfect on your favourite platform and your answer could feature in our next newsletter: https://feralinteractive.com/xx/register/

Feral have already ported a ton of games to Linux including Alien Isolation, Life Is Strange, Before the Storm, Life is Strange 2, Mad Max, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS (and many other Total War titles), XCOM and XCOM 2 plus more. Their work is great, especially now they're all-in with Vulkan the performance is great too so more would be thoroughly welcome.

How about you mention your top three most wanted Linux ports in the comments? I'll start:

  1. MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD
  2. DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT
  3. Borderlands 3

Right now, those three would be seriously good to have properly supported on Linux. As for the why? Well, 1+3 are already massively popular games and with Borderlands 3 coming to Steam this year, it would be a nice surprise. As for Dragon Ball, I'm a huge fan of it and having such a game ported and supported on Linux would be a huge boon.

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peta77 17 January 2020 at 11:54 pm UTC
clatterfordslim... How do you persuade these companies to even consider Linux? ...

Remember, a wishlist is what is being asked; so actually anything is a valid request... it's rather that feral needs to know to which guys it does make sense to talk to as there's enough potential customers... so, enough requests/demand and feral making a good offer regarding implementation and support and anything might happen... as you already mentioned, feral managed to get some very fine stuff on linux, so why not hope they are able to manage to get a great deal again for other popular games / franchises?
Nezchan 18 January 2020 at 3:39 am UTC
clatterfordslim
Laboratoryo_ni_NeilFeral Interactive needs to partner with other publishers such as BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment and CAPCOM.

Resident Evil 3 Remake and Dragon Ball FighterZ on Linux would be awesome.

How do you persuade these companies to even consider Linux? Square Enix shocked me when they teamed up with Feral Interactive in the first place giving us Life Is Strange and the Tomb Raider serials. No doubt it takes months of meetings, possibly begging in there somewhere too??

idk about SquEnix, but the Life Is Strange devs were showing interest from the first episode, save that the middleware they chose made it difficult. Even then, they were saying future projects would be done with Linux in mind.
clatterfordslim 18 January 2020 at 5:28 am UTC
Comandante Ñoñardo
clatterfordslim
Laboratoryo_ni_NeilFeral Interactive needs to partner with other publishers such as BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment and CAPCOM.

Resident Evil 3 Remake and Dragon Ball FighterZ on Linux would be awesome.

How do you persuade these companies to even consider Linux? Square Enix shocked me when they teamed up with Feral Interactive in the first place giving us Life Is Strange and the Tomb Raider serials. No doubt it takes months of meetings, possibly begging in there somewhere too??

The only one running with the financial risk of the Linux porting is Feral; they buy the publishing rights for Linux and Mac and pay for the porting work.
The original publishers don't have to pay anything..

I did not know that, but they still have to get permissions obviously? Would be great if they could get CAPCOM and RockStar.
Eike 18 January 2020 at 10:45 am UTC
clatterfordslim
Comandante ÑoñardoThe original publishers don't have to pay anything..

I did not know that, but they still have to get permissions obviously? Would be great if they could get CAPCOM and RockStar.

They do need to get permissions, the source code, and maybe a little help to get it all up (maybe stuff is missing to get the game together or something). But I still wonder why not more companies do that, given it's very little to no financial risc for them.
clatterfordslim 18 January 2020 at 12:47 pm UTC
There are some blooming clever people out there, as I can play Resident Evil 2 remake without it crashing out. I just wish the instructions to get it going were clearer, as they were actually wrong on a few things and after pulling my hair out, then thinking outside the box, it all came together. I'm someone who never gives up and will keep trying especially where Linux is concerned. I will do a video on how to get it running and yes you could use Glorious Egg Roll but you still have to get MF-Plat from Windows 7 and it needs to be the correct version, as GE has taken all of that out of their Proton scripts. Resident Evil 7 does nothing but crash on the intro movie after pressing start which is a shame. Proton has come along way though, just wish there was a way for WINE to legally have MF-Plat, but as it stands it's owned by Microsoft, even though Winders 7 has gone End Of Life.

The thing is though I would love to see RE2 native, as suffering from lip sync problems through Proton. Though I did read that it does on Winders as well.


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clatterfordslim 18 January 2020 at 1:17 pm UTC
Eike
clatterfordslim
Comandante ÑoñardoThe original publishers don't have to pay anything..

I did not know that, but they still have to get permissions obviously? Would be great if they could get CAPCOM and RockStar.

They do need to get permissions, the source code, and maybe a little help to get it all up (maybe stuff is missing to get the game together or something). But I still wonder why not more companies do that, given it's very little to no financial risc for them.

I literally thought that to get companies to port their games, that the porting companies had to jump through hoops and have loads of meetings, persuading the said companies. Instead it's a case of the porters paying for the rights and the scripts, with no payout from the actual game company. But like you say if something is missing in the code or it's going to be a nightmare to port, plus money spent on time and staff to rewrite code?? But that's where Vulcan comes in, to surely make the port easier? No doubt they have to get permissions again to add Vulcan in the first place? Maybe I'll ask Feral Interactive on that one.

All I know is that Feral Interactive are really good at porting games and it would be great if they could get RE2, RE3, RE7 GTA5 though that is a massive game and it would be a really big download.


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Salvatos 20 January 2020 at 10:28 pm UTC
Well holy shit, if Horizon:Zero Dawn is coming to Steam I definitely want Feral to port it now!
gardotd426 21 January 2020 at 1:32 am UTC
I really hope they port something that DOESN'T already work well with Wine or Proton. Something with EAC, maybe, since EAC has a native Linux client that works fine, so that wouldn't be a problem. Preferably a big title like Apex Legends, which is one of the games that keeps people from switching. That would be the best for Linux in the long run by far.
furaxhornyx 21 January 2020 at 5:01 am UTC
SalvatosWell holy shit, if Horizon:Zero Dawn is coming to Steam I definitely want Feral to port it now!

Wow, I didn't know that, but if it is real, that would be great !
Ehvis 21 January 2020 at 10:27 am UTC
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SalvatosWell holy shit, if Horizon:Zero Dawn is coming to Steam I definitely want Feral to port it now!

Agreed. For many reasons! Even though I've seen the entire game on live stream, I'd still pay full price to Feral for a Linux port without blinking. The game is that good. Feral ports are fantastic. But most importantly, it would be a different source than where Feral currently ports from. And that's something I would like to see more than any specific game.
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