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It looks like more classic Topware Interactive games are coming to Linux

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It seems Topware Interactive are continuing their Linux push with their classic games and I've noticed a few more that seem to be coming.

- World War II: Panzer Claws
- World War III: Black Gold
- X-Blades

Those titles all recently appeared on SteamDB, which isn't confirmation, but we already know Topware are planning to release as many of their classic titles on Linux as possible. They already done a few recently too.

It's likely they will all use a pre-configured version of Wine like their previous classic titles that came to Linux. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Leopard 2 December 2016 at 11:13 am UTC
Although they're not top notch games,that's an example how Linux gaming can improve.

For example:Witcher 1 needs that kind of Wine port.Simple,install with one click.

We need much more old games with Wine ports.There is no need for old stuff OpenGL native port.
rustybroomhandle 2 December 2016 at 11:43 am UTC
This is great for game preservation purposes. These may be Windows titles, but one day when they stop working on Windows, they'll still work on Wine, since it's open source and they can maintain the compatibility.
DamonLinuxPL 2 December 2016 at 12:48 pm UTC
LeopardAlthough they're not top notch games,that's an example how Linux gaming can improve.

For example:Witcher 1 needs that kind of Wine port.Simple,install with one click.

We need much more old games with Wine ports.There is no need for old stuff OpenGL native port.

If someone ever port The Witcher 1 to Linux - this should be native port. Because game use old Aurora Engine and this engine have support for Linux and OpenGL API. CD Projekt RED change in engine rendering part, so I think if any middlewara is not a problem, they should make it native. But this is only my hope.
Leopard 2 December 2016 at 12:52 pm UTC
DamonLinuxPL
LeopardAlthough they're not top notch games,that's an example how Linux gaming can improve.

For example:Witcher 1 needs that kind of Wine port.Simple,install with one click.

We need much more old games with Wine ports.There is no need for old stuff OpenGL native port.

If someone ever port The Witcher 1 to Linux - this should be native port. Because game use old Aurora Engine and this engine have support for Linux and OpenGL API. CD Projekt RED change in engine rendering part, so I think if any middlewara is not a problem, they should make it native. But this is only my hope.

CD Projekt completely abandoned Linux community,so my only hope is still a Wine port.
PublicNuisance 2 December 2016 at 3:11 pm UTC
The more the merrier. I could do with some X-Blades action on Linux.
Seegras 2 December 2016 at 3:23 pm UTC
LeopardFor example:Witcher 1 needs that kind of Wine port.Simple,install with one click.

Oh, no. Dead wrong in that case. Because The Witcher 1 only needs an engine Upgrade. It runs on Unity 3.5.2f2; Unity works on Linux from Unity 4 on.
tmtvl 2 December 2016 at 3:38 pm UTC
I have a feeling that the "get port -> complain" cycle will result in "don't get port -> complain".

Both achieve the same result, but the second one takes less time and effort.
Keyrock 2 December 2016 at 4:15 pm UTC
Seegras
LeopardFor example:Witcher 1 needs that kind of Wine port.Simple,install with one click.

Oh, no. Dead wrong in that case. Because The Witcher 1 only needs an engine Upgrade. It runs on Unity 3.5.2f2; Unity works on Linux from Unity 4 on.
The first Witcher game runs on BioWare's Aurora Engine. I've pretty much lost any faith I might have had in CDPR's Linux efforts at this point, I find it much more likely that Xoreos will be what eventually allows us to play this game.

Anyway, back on topic. A big thanks to Topware for continuing to bring these games to the Penguin, even if they aren't up my alley. The 2 wargames are not my jam and the game with the anime girl doing flips in her battle bikini (bikinis are famous as the strongest armor known to man) isn't particularly well rated, but I still appreciate the efforts and I'm sure some people will like some of these games.


Last edited by Keyrock at 2 December 2016 at 4:23 pm UTC
enz 2 December 2016 at 5:23 pm UTC
I hope that they not only release a Wine wrapper of their games once but also support them properly.

I bought Two Worlds and it worked well initially but after I needed to re-install it after a computer and Ubuntu upgrade, it no longer works because it starts up with a default resolution of 1600x1200, which is not supported by my monitor and leaves the computer in an unusable state.
DrMcCoy 2 December 2016 at 7:38 pm UTC
DamonLinuxPLIf someone ever port The Witcher 1 to Linux - this should be native port. Because game use old Aurora Engine and this engine have support for Linux and OpenGL API.
CD Projekt RED completely replaced the renderer, though, making it use Direct3D. They'd need to completely rewrite the renderer again, to OpenGL, because theirs uses features not available in the old renderer.

As for middleware... It uses SpeedTree. No idea if it supported Linux back then and/or if the old data files are an issue.

In short, porting The Witcher 1 won't be easily.


KeyrockI find it much more likely that Xoreos will be what eventually allows us to play this game.
Sorry if I sound like a broken record, but we still need more contributors.
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