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Feral Interactive are teasing a new Linux port, time to start guessing

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If it wasn't enough that Feral Interactive are porting Life is Strange 2, Total War: WARHAMMER II and Total War: THREE KINGDOMS to Linux they're also teasing another new Linux port. They also only asked a few days ago to send port requests to them so they're really quite busy for us lately.

Popping up on their port teaser radar today was this "CRYPTIC OBSCURITY":

It's currently sat in the "Quite Soon" part of their radar, not that it really means all that much as it's very ambiguous but it is always a good bit of fun. I've said before how I hoped they would start announcing things sooner, looks like they're going to do so since they've announced multiple titles only in the last few months and now we're here again.

I honestly can't imagine what Linux gaming would be like without the titles Feral has ported, hope to see this continue for many years to come.

So grab your thinking caps, brew up something tasty and start your guessing.

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Brisse 15 November 2018 at 7:33 pm UTC
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rustybroomhandleIf it is Shadow of the Tomb Raider, they better reveal it soon because they are losing sales in droves to Steam Play.

This is why Wine/Steam play is a double edged sword.

Wine has it's place for older unsupported software but I get the feeling that devs will make their game work in steamplay and claim Linux support. Which in turn will hit devs like Ferral as they will be deemed unneeded.

I still wont by a game even if it does work in wine/steam play well, the old saying "No tux NO bucks!"

In a world where 100% of all Windows games would run in Proton in a way that's 100% indistinguishable from running it in Windows...why would it still matter if the port is native?

Because that's what Valve wants to do.

When Valve inevitably moves gaming into the cloud and run games on Linux-servers, either native or Proton, even Windows users will be Linux gamers. There might come a time when platform becomes irrelevant.

Not that streaming games from the cloud will be feasible in a long time. Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia, Google, EA, Ubisoft and others are investing big in this area as we speak, but their initial offerings will fail because the internet infrastructure to support it doesn't exist and latency will always be an issue no matter how much they think they can mitigate it.

But yeah, there could come a time when consoles are just thin clients and the games are streamed from Linux servers, and at that point pretty much every gamer will be a Linux gamer even if they might not even be aware of it.
Whitewolfe80 15 November 2018 at 7:45 pm UTC
Hopeing its shadow of tomb raider since we got the other two but too much to hope for am guessing palladins
wvstolzing 15 November 2018 at 7:50 pm UTC
BrisseBut yeah, there could come a time when consoles are just thin clients and the games are streamed from Linux servers, and at that point pretty much every gamer will be a Linux gamer even if they might not even be aware of it.

At that stage we're just hijacking the definition of 'linux gamer', though -- I mean, we don't call PS4 gamers 'FreeBSD gamers', though that's what runs underneath those systems. 'Linux gamer' pretty unambiguously means 'fellow who sets up or purchases a piece of hardware with Linux -- not a weird abstraction layer like Android, but something that makes it possible to get root access, install packages, etc. (so SteamOS qualifies) -- as its OS, and uses it to run games'. If streaming *ever* becomes *the* default channel for playing games, then 'Linux gamer' won't have much of a meaning anymore.
Dedale 15 November 2018 at 8:06 pm UTC
Anyway, we cannot expect proton to become "perfect". You will still have some modicum of overhead, some platform specific gaming hardware will not work with it. And i do not know what kind of legal Damocles's sword hangs over it.

I like the ports but i hope we reach a stage where "many" games are released in native form with performances at least on par with windows if not better.


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mao_dze_dun 15 November 2018 at 8:15 pm UTC
Is there an unannounced Total War game?
thelimeydragon 15 November 2018 at 8:37 pm UTC
The picture is of petroglyphs of Pusharo which are in Peru.

and as other's have said.. it's highly likely to be Shadow of the Tomb Raider. As that has a Peruvian jungle in it.
donbastiano 15 November 2018 at 8:57 pm UTC
KimyrielleIn a world where 100% of all Windows games would run in Proton in a way that's 100% indistinguishable from running it in Windows...why would it still matter if the port is native?

Because that's what Valve wants to do.
I installed Proton for some test but I'm not very comfortable/confident with Microsoft things, like dll and Directx, on my pc, I think I will remove it at all in short time. Having a native port feels just right
Hope to buy SoTR soon on Linux but probably, sorry, on the first sale...


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TheRiddick 15 November 2018 at 9:04 pm UTC
Early release of Cyberpunk 2077 for Linux only! YES, finally!!!

If CDPR did that we probably have rioting in the streets! lol


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jens 15 November 2018 at 9:10 pm UTC
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"Shadow of the Tomb Raider" would be wonderful and a first day purchase from me. Assuming that the picture represents the Nazca lines in Peru, SotTR would actually fit.

sa666666No matter how good Proton becomes, or how many games it enables for Windows, I just can't kill that nagging feeling that it will be a story of "winning the battle but losing the war".

In my opinion it's the other way around. Linux is loosing some native games in the sort term due to Proton. But in the end Proton may help to substantially increase Linux market share and visibility to reach a point where Linux will be considered earlier in the gaming development process. This may lead to more native games in the end.


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wvstolzing 15 November 2018 at 9:14 pm UTC
jensBut in the end Proton may help to substantially increase Linux market share and visibility to reach a point where Linux will be considered earlier in the gaming development process. This may lead to more native games in the end.

Wine contributes to making people less dependent on windows licenses; that can only help Linux adoption in the long run.
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