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Feral Interactive confirm DiRT 4 for Linux due "in the next couple of months"

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The first Linux port from Feral Interactive this year will be DiRT 4, the 2017 racing game from Codemasters.

This isn't a surprise of course, as Feral Interactive already confirmed DiRT 4 for Linux back in December last year. With their latest newsletter that just went out, it says this:

You heard it here first...DiRT 4 on track to macOS and Linux
Our next major desktop release will be DiRT 4, Codemasters’ nonstop rally game, launching on macOS and Linux in the next couple of months

Feral's original announcement trailer can be found below:

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I'm excited to give it a go, although it hasn't had the best reception from users overall as it's sat with a "Mixed" rating on Steam. Going by Metacritic as well, users have mixed feelings there too whereas it seems actual critics mostly liked it. Obviously I can't comment on that right now, since I've not personally played it. The main reason I am excited about it, is the feature to generate your own stages so it shouldn't get too stale and that sounds quite interesting. Feral's work is usually great and I expect this port to perform well given their recent Vulkan-powered games have been good.

I just hope the Linux release is at the shorter end of "months", since we're already closing in on two years since the game released for Windows so that's quite a gap (and that's being kind).

As a reminder, Feral aren't stopping in their tracks with DiRT 4. We also have Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Life is Strange 2 to be officially ported later this year.

Are you looking forward to it? Will you pick up a copy? Do let us know in the comments.

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kit89 28 February 2019 at 5:08 pm UTC
Woooo!
Schattenspiegel 28 February 2019 at 5:21 pm UTC
I'll probably buy it in the next couple of years then ;-)
sub 28 February 2019 at 5:22 pm UTC
Why not Dirt Rally 2.0?

Is Codemasters against a simultaneous Linux release?

Don't get me wrong. It's not that DiRT 4 is a bad game (I don't know) but it doesn't help the platform, if AAA game ports usually appear years later (if at all). Reception outside hard-core Linux gamers is that the platform is not worth to be served on release.
wleoncio 28 February 2019 at 5:30 pm UTC
It's always nice to see how Feral keeps getting port jobs, it shows that there's money to be made on Linux gaming even with Proton (not to mention racing sims are kind of a niche genre). However, I hope they're not expecting to make heaps of cash on this port, given how DiRT 4 is not as well-reviewed as DiRT Rally and DiRT Rally 2.0 has been getting nothing but silver+ ratings on ProtonDB.
tuubi 28 February 2019 at 5:56 pm UTC
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I'm ready when you are, Feral. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is another one I'm excited for.

subWhy not Dirt Rally 2.0?

Is Codemasters against a simultaneous Linux release?
I haven't given up hope yet. Doesn't have to be now, as long as it's coming.
adomas 28 February 2019 at 5:57 pm UTC
Ohh can't wait for this one. DiRT Rally was a great port! I hope DiRT 4 will be great one too! As of now I play DiRT 4 with the help of Proton on Steam. Runs not bad, but I think native Linux port will give me a performance boost.
chancho_zombie 28 February 2019 at 6:18 pm UTC
wleoncioIt's always nice to see how Feral keeps getting port jobs, it shows that there's money to be made on Linux gaming even with Proton (not to mention racing sims are kind of a niche genre). However, I hope they're not expecting to make heaps of cash on this port, given how DiRT 4 is not as well-reviewed as DiRT Rally and DiRT Rally 2.0 has been getting nothing but silver+ ratings on ProtonDB.

works awesome with proton, problem is that online multiplayer doesn't work. IMHO I think they should focus on Shadow Of War, it doesn't even start with proton, cuz the denuvo stuff.

that got me thinking they _could_ prevent games running in proton if they wanted, it would make a lot of ppl angry but I think I would agree if that protects their revenue, because in the end, more money equals more games.

(It would spur lots of controversy, it would make gamers _really, really_ angry, anti-features is the worst thing to do to a program or game)


Last edited by chancho_zombie at 28 February 2019 at 6:27 pm UTC
peta77 28 February 2019 at 6:36 pm UTC
Yeah, I'll definitely get that one as soon as it is released for Linux. Hope they're doing Dirt Rallye 2.0 as well; would be great.
ElectricPrism 28 February 2019 at 6:48 pm UTC
Dunc 28 February 2019 at 8:28 pm UTC
subWhy not Dirt Rally 2.0?

Is Codemasters against a simultaneous Linux release?
I get the feeling they're not actively against it; they're just not that bothered. I'll be surprised if Feral don't get around to it eventually, though.

But I agree that it doesn't exactly help promote Linux as a gaming platform.
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