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Feral Interactive just put up a YouTube video to show off Total War: WARHAMMER II running on Linux, it's looking good and they confirmed again their future Linux plans.

What's interesting, is that in this video they did confirm a few interesting bits of extra information. Firstly, they confirmed that Total War: WARHAMMER II is using Vulkan (which we knew already) but the more interesting thing is what they said after. They said "By the way, we do have more sweet sweet Vulkan plans up our sleeves, but they're secret.". It's going to be interesting to find out what they mean by that, since they wouldn't say such a thing if it just meant future ports will use Vulkan, since we already know that as they've said it multiple times before.

Additionally, in regards to a question about Steam Play/Proton being the end of Linux ports, they said "We are happy to say we have lots of plans for Linux, including WARHAMMER II as well as upcoming games like Total War: Three Kingdoms and Life is Strange 2". While those titles were already confirmed previously (I assume this video was recorded before and only now put up) along with the XCOM 2 DLC already released, their wording is interesting as it seems to indicate more are coming which is obviously good news.

They're still not yet confirming a release date, other than later this Autumn.

Anyway, here's the video (Feral said it's played on an Intel Core i7-4790k with 16GB RAM and a Radeon RX 580 8GB):

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Ehvis 16 October 2018 at 10:17 am UTC
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GuestIt would be nice if they ported their old OpenGl games to Vulkan. And also finish up their buggy vulkan renderer in Mad Max.
Deus Ex Mankind Divided would probably see significant gains by switching to vulkan.

I played through Madmax entirely on Vulkan and only encountered a few minor issues. Wouldn't exactly call that buggy.

It might help for Deus Ex though. That's probably the most system hungry game they did so far and the only one that is unplayable for me on 3440x1440. That said, it is especially hard on the GPU, so not sure if it would help that much for my particular case.
Leopard 16 October 2018 at 10:21 am UTC
Vulkan for some older titles would be nice , like Deus EX:MD , HITMAN and Shadow of Mordor.
mahagr 16 October 2018 at 10:46 am UTC
Not to mention X-Com 2 or Tomb Raider 2013 for Vulkan! I'm really waiting new from the latest Shadow of the Tomb Raider, tho..
Whitewolfe80 16 October 2018 at 10:59 am UTC
question on mesa performance and mad max i have a 4gb rx 550 being used on friend windows build. He has decided he wants to try out linux but he gets about 55/60 fps at 1080p med on windows 10. I have no experience mesa under linux as i have always had nvidia cards what sort of frame rate should he expect i understand there will be some performance loss but will it tank it below a playable steady 30 fps ?


Last edited by Whitewolfe80 at 16 October 2018 at 11:00 am UTC
M@GOid 16 October 2018 at 11:27 am UTC
If my experience with Proton means something, Feral is pretty safe. Unless Proton magically hits Gallium 9 levels of performance, their ports will always be better.

And I still keep my promise of "no tux, no bux".
Leopard 16 October 2018 at 12:09 pm UTC
M@GOidIf my experience with Proton means something, Feral is pretty safe. Unless Proton magically hits Gallium 9 levels of performance, their ports will always be better.

And I still keep my promise of "no tux, no bux".

While i'm also keeping No tux , no bucks , with Proton i kinda loosen it up a bit.

For games that is certain to not get Linux ports ( like Skyrim , Doom etc ) , i'm just waiting for sales. Since they are coming to me in a semi-official way now , Valve will provide some kind of support. So , why not?
Liam Dawe 16 October 2018 at 12:15 pm UTC
I will personally be 99% sticking to my own rule of purchasing Linux native games. That 1% allowance is for stuff I simply cannot wait on because it's a favourite OR something I'm sure will absolutely never come to Linux (giving enough time after release to be sure of that like DOOM).
Patola 16 October 2018 at 1:28 pm UTC
That gameplay really hooked me up, although I don't like Skaven. Having spent a lot of money with Feral ports lately, it doesn't seem I will be slowing down...

I love you, feral! Now, if you could just drop the DRM...
chancho_zombie 16 October 2018 at 2:03 pm UTC
hope the vulkan plans are multi gpu support, there are no games with multi gpu on linux, my second gpu is eager for some action.


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MayeulC 16 October 2018 at 2:33 pm UTC
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GuestIt would be nice if they ported their old OpenGl games to Vulkan. And also finish up their buggy vulkan renderer in Mad Max.
Deus Ex Mankind Divided would probably see significant gains by switching to vulkan.

I played through Madmax entirely on Vulkan and only encountered a few minor issues. Wouldn't exactly call that buggy.

It might help for Deus Ex though. That's probably the most system hungry game they did so far and the only one that is unplayable for me on 3440x1440. That said, it is especially hard on the GPU, so not sure if it would help that much for my particular case.

When i played Mad Max the game would lock on me a lot while using vulkan. I had to reboot to get the PC to work again. This is the only game using vulkan that had this effect.

That sort of stuff shouldn't happen at all (the game might lock up, not your system), have you checked your drivers, and/or reported the issue?

Whitewolfe80question on mesa performance and mad max i have a 4gb rx 550 being used on friend windows build. He has decided he wants to try out linux but he gets about 55/60 fps at 1080p med on windows 10. I have no experience mesa under linux as i have always had nvidia cards what sort of frame rate should he expect i understand there will be some performance loss but will it tank it below a playable steady 30 fps ?

I really can't tell it as a general rule. Feral games tend to be 10-30% slower, other ports are usually on par, or around 10% slower. Results will vary depending on his CPU as well. In any case, he better use updated drivers (and kernel). If he wants to try Ubuntu, just adding the padoka PPA should be fine (though also upgrading the kernel won't hurt, usually). He can try some of this on a live stick (though disk i/o might be slower).

Be wary, though: except things to work out of the box!


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