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The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep from inXile Entertainment released for Windows in September after a successful Kickstarter, they say they're continuing to work on the Linux version.

While the story isn't much different from their statement in October, they at least continue to communicate. Here's what they said a few days ago:

[…] we also continue to work on the Mac and Linux versions, as well as a few other nice things that we can´t talk about yet.

Now they're part of Microsoft, I'm sure some felt like they might suddenly drop Linux support. Glad to see that's not going to be the case, since it was an included platform on the Kickstarter.

Overall, it seems to have gained a rather mixed reception with both users and other critics alike. Hopefully a lot of the issues will be solved by the time we're able to get our hands on it. As always, we will keep an eye out and let you know about any updates on the Linux version.

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Shmerl 26 November 2018 at 12:45 pm UTC
QuoteNow they're part of Microsoft, I'm sure some felt like they might suddenly drop Linux support.

It's a very likely outcome for their future games, not so much for their current commitments.
TemplarGR 26 November 2018 at 12:49 pm UTC
I really hope Microsoft does not prevent Obsidian and Inxile from supporting Linux in the future. I am sure the chances of this are slim, but i do hope. I am mainly a CRPG and Strategy player so locking those 2 to the Windows store would be bad news for me.
rustybroomhandle 26 November 2018 at 12:58 pm UTC
In all likelihood, not only will future games not support Linux, they'll be Windows store only.
Eike 26 November 2018 at 1:16 pm UTC
I wonder (read: doubt) if the game will be worth buying in the end...
sigmich 26 November 2018 at 1:55 pm UTC
If Obsidian and inXile will drop linux support for future games and make another unpleasant changes I believe that few developers could continue working in other studio or new studio they estalish because there will be a gap in the market. BioWare could take this opportunity.

Maybe this purchase is standard Microsoft move to buy the competition and get it down or even bring it to ruin. It could speed up the decisions of developers to go away and continue making people happy by creating fantastic games. Because everything is about people not about a name of a company.
notinuse 26 November 2018 at 3:01 pm UTC
Remember when Microsoft bought Bungie?
Kimyrielle 26 November 2018 at 3:32 pm UTC
Microsoft will probably make them make console games. That's the only thing they care about. The question therefore is not really about Linux support, but if they will still make games worth buying in the first place. I wouldn't hold my breath, tbh. I am not aware of any example in industry history where a big studio bought a smaller one and still had it make great games. Big business culture and creativity don't mix all that well.
daishord 26 November 2018 at 4:22 pm UTC
KimyrielleI am not aware of any example in industry history where a big studio bought a smaller one and still had it make great games.
Maybe THQ Nordic? They bought a bunch of smaller publishers/developers and afaik those are still able to work in a distinct style.
kaiman 26 November 2018 at 6:08 pm UTC
I had been a bit dismayed when it became clear that there wasn't a same-day release for Win/Mac/Linux, but over time I come to think of what was released back then to Windows users as the beta, while all the rest will get the actual release.

I also believe the game's reception could have been better, had it been released with fewer bugs. And those weren't obscure issues that would inevitable creep up in any moderately complex software, but essential stuff that wasn't working. Just going over the notes of the first couple patches made me really wonder what kind of processes and QA they had in place.
Ketil 26 November 2018 at 7:57 pm UTC
I blame their issues on switching from unity to unreal engine. Not because of the engines themselves, but because they got time to know unity through wasteland 2 and torment, while unreal engine is new for them in this game.

I will keep buying their games as long as they keep porting them themselves.
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