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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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jens 15 November 2018 at 9:18 pm UTC
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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.

Yes, sure. Though with gaming, Proton counts as Linux, Steam in Wine counts as Windows.


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sa666666 15 November 2018 at 9:20 pm UTC
jensIn 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.
Hopefully it goes that way. My pessimism is from actually being around in the OS/2 and DOS era, and watching OS/2 disappear when it basically became redundant once it was DOS/Windows compatible. Developers saw that they could just develop for Windows and not worry about OS/2, as it was compatible. We all know how that one ended.

So I see some dangerous parallels here. But maybe I am just being overly pessimistic. If you're into computers for long enough, you begin to see history repeat itself. Just gives me an uneasy feeling.

Anyway, enough of a distraction from this thread. I hope (and expect) this to be Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which will be a day-1 buy for me. I won't buy the Windows version for exactly the reasons stated above.
TheRiddick 15 November 2018 at 9:22 pm UTC
Proton is great but it starts becoming less attractive as you scale up resolution, perfect for 1080p and 1440p but to run 4k decently you need 2080TI which is in fantasyland with the inflated price tag.

It's a option between 40-45fps under Proton, or 60-65 fps under Windows, it's just unfortunate. I can't stand sub 50fps on average.
Feist 15 November 2018 at 9:49 pm UTC
sa666666
jensIn 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.
Hopefully it goes that way. My pessimism is from actually being around in the OS/2 and DOS era, and watching OS/2 disappear when it basically became redundant once it was DOS/Windows compatible. Developers saw that they could just develop for Windows and not worry about OS/2, as it was compatible. We all know how that one ended.

So I see some dangerous parallels here. But maybe I am just being overly pessimistic. If you're into computers for long enough, you begin to see history repeat itself. Just gives me an uneasy feeling.

Anyway, enough of a distraction from this thread. I hope (and expect) this to be Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which will be a day-1 buy for me. I won't buy the Windows version for exactly the reasons stated above.

I've thought quite a bit about that parallel, ever since "Proton" first was announced. (I think I used OS/2 Warp for about a year, it came preinstalled on a laptop) It has kept me (still keeps me) feeling rather ambivalent about the whole project. I just hope the situations then and now are far to different, for there to be any risk of a similar outcome.


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Arranmc182 15 November 2018 at 10:00 pm UTC
somebody1121Shadow of the tomb raider?
Exactly what I was thinking the same considering they have ported the last two Tomb Raider titles to Linux, I would be all over this if it comes to Linux.
qptain Nemo 15 November 2018 at 10:00 pm UTC
NeptNutzQUESTION: Assuming it is Shadow of the Tomb Raider, what's going to happen when the Feral version finds my Proton version already tending the penguin egg?
A regular update that overwrites the existing content as necessary? It works that way with Proton replacing native versions, I'd imagine it works that way in the other direction. Might involve full redownload if the depots aren't set up to reuse the same data.
wvstolzing 15 November 2018 at 10:24 pm UTC
The analogy with windoze vs. os/2 might actually work the other way around.

Being perfectly compatible with windoze *applications* made os/2 redundant for its purposes. It's hard to imagine Wine having the same effect, because application development on Linux is typically done using open source, cross-platform toolkits in the first place. No one's going to abandon the GTK or Qt projects because of wine.

As to all the lower level software projects, wine is totally irrelevant to them anyway.

But on the other hand, for so many home users, the main selling point of windoze is that it still owns the high-performance 'triple aiaiaiai' gaming world. Mobile OSs, & webapps, etc., already made a dent in their hegemony in the office software space, so gaming is now an even more significant reason to own a windoze pc. Compatibility of the sort that wine introduces weakens that very reason.


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fedotix 15 November 2018 at 10:29 pm UTC
Let's Go Crazy ....
I dream about some good FPS !!


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silentprocyon 15 November 2018 at 10:34 pm UTC
After a couple people mentioned Petroglyphs of Pusharo, a quick Google image search turned up these...
https://www.palotoaamazontravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Pusharo.jpg
https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Petroglyphs-of-Pusharo-MANU-national-park-Dept-of-Cusco-photo-R-Hostnig_fig12_287815507

Compare to Feral image...
https://www.feralinteractive.com/images/upcoming/Cryptic+Obscurity+.jpg

From the little bit I've skimmed/learned, there are some explorers (and also pseudoarcheologists) that think the petroglyphs have some connection with the lost city of Paititi, which apparently is a key place in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
http://www.granpaititi.com/index.php?id=124&lang=en
http://www.exploringtraditions.com/pusharo-and-the-search-for-paititi-the-lost-city-of-gold-part-i
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2016/01/11/move-over-machu-picchu-the-discovery-of-paititi-the-secret-city-of-gold-may-change-peru-forever


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jens 15 November 2018 at 10:41 pm UTC
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jensIn 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.
Hopefully it goes that way. My pessimism is from actually being around in the OS/2 and DOS era, and watching OS/2 disappear when it basically became redundant once it was DOS/Windows compatible. Developers saw that they could just develop for Windows and not worry about OS/2, as it was compatible. We all know how that one ended.

So I see some dangerous parallels here. But maybe I am just being overly pessimistic. If you're into computers for long enough, you begin to see history repeat itself. Just gives me an uneasy feeling.

Anyway, enough of a distraction from this thread. I hope (and expect) this to be Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which will be a day-1 buy for me. I won't buy the Windows version for exactly the reasons stated above.

Yeah, that's a valid thought. Let's hope the future turns out in favor of Linux.
I remember OS/2 Warp too, I experienced there for the first time that you could do two things at the same time on a computer. In my case creating archives in one window and already copying the first part onto a floppy ;).


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