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Insurgency: Sandstorm releases soon, Linux support still confirmed with no ETA

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Insurgency: Sandstorm, the team-based, tactical FPS that's acting as a sequel to the first standalone Insurgency title is releasing soon. Linux is coming, but no ETA.

During a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), New World Interactive were asked about the status of Linux support. Here's what they said:

Thanks! We are still planning on adding Linux and Mac support post-release but have no updates or estimates on when it will happen.

- Michael

While it's not exactly different to what they said before, the importance of this is that NWI continue to confirm they will be doing Linux support. I think getting that confirmation more than once is important. It keeps the Linux version in their minds and shows them there's interest when people keep asking about it. Such shooters might be quite common on Windows, but they're lacking on Linux.

They also have a new video it show it off:

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I have to say, I'm personally very excited by it. We do have the first Insurgency game on Linux, but it's showing its age now. Sandstorm is improved in many areas, not just when talking about graphics. The weapon handling, the sounds, the maps—everything is bigger and better from what I've seen of it.

It will feature:

  • Sequel to the indie breakout FPS Insurgency, now with 5 million units sold. Sandstorm is reborn, improved, expanded, and bigger in every way. 
  • Character and weapon customisation to show your battle-hardiness.
  • Unprecedented audio design with positional voice-chat for realistic teamwork, and heart pounding ambient audio to bring you into the battlefield.
  • Peek around corners, tactically breach doorways, use smoke to cover your team’s advance, and call in air support.
  • Battle across expansive maps in up to 16-versus-16 player game modes, or 8 player co-operative against AI, now with machine gun mounted drivable vehicles.
  • Competitive multiplayer features including matchmaking, broadcasting UI, and replays.

You can follow it and wishlist it on Steam, ready for the eventual Linux release. Let's hope they don't keep us waiting too long.

Hat tip to HardPenguin.

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cRaZy-bisCuiT 5 December 2018 at 11:38 am UTC
Haven't this addon being released ages ago? But not for Linux?
Boldos 5 December 2018 at 11:45 am UTC
Dunno, but these messages from developers, like "Linux support still confirmed with no ETA", keep piling up a bit lately...
And I'm getting quite impatient and unsecure about such game releases...

Somehow, the future (with respect to these releases) suddenly feels somehow darker... as if developers kept postponing Linux releases indefinitely as a rule now...


Last edited by Boldos at 5 December 2018 at 11:46 am UTC
liamdawe 5 December 2018 at 11:52 am UTC
cRaZy-bisCuiTHaven't this addon being released ages ago? But not for Linux?
No. The open beta for Windows starts on December 8th. It's not an addon, both this and the previous games are standalone complete games. Before that, there was a mod but that's years old.
BielFPs 5 December 2018 at 12:03 pm UTC
Quote8 player co-operative

riusma 5 December 2018 at 1:02 pm UTC
BielFPs
Quote8 player co-operative


And 5 vs 5 players, at least we can have a bit of Rainbow Six Siege vibes!
hardpenguin 5 December 2018 at 2:22 pm UTC
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cRaZy-bisCuiTHaven't this addon being released ages ago? But not for Linux?

liamdaweNo. The open beta for Windows starts on December 8th.

To be precise, people who pre-ordered could play the game for some time already (on Windows, of course). Now they are heading straight for the full release
Whitewolfe80 5 December 2018 at 6:04 pm UTC
BoldosDunno, but these messages from developers, like "Linux support still confirmed with no ETA", keep piling up a bit lately...
And I'm getting quite impatient and unsecure about such game releases...

Somehow, the future (with respect to these releases) suddenly feels somehow darker... as if developers kept postponing Linux releases indefinitely as a rule now...

I fully agree we are seeing more and more devs getting gun shy about linux even older previously linux friendly studios are moving away from it like 11 bit studios id be lying if i said it was not a concern because gaming is my main hobby its what i do to relax, am not against steam play i just dont want it to be the only option.
fedotix 5 December 2018 at 7:39 pm UTC
Can't Wait ... hope will be soon on linux.
14 6 December 2018 at 1:17 am UTC
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I will buy it when it comes to Linux. My friends and I really like Insurgency, easily more than Counter-strike. I can play it with my Windows friends, which is a huge plus.
matou68 6 December 2018 at 6:35 pm UTC
no ETA ?
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