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Going as far back as the 14th of February of this year, users have been reporting that Legend of Grimrock won't even start on their Linux powered gaming machines sporting GPUs from the Nvidia GeForce GTX 900 series.

Almost Human, developer of the Legend of Grimrock series, is aware of the issue and has responded.

petriWe are investigating the issue.

My guess is that this is some sort of GLSL shader compilation issue on certain nvidia driver version. Reverting the driver to older version may help.


Nevertheless, a gamer in the equivalent Steam thread who claims to have been in contact with this Almost Human employee had the following to say today.

Dr.DisasterJust got a heads up from Petri in this:

AH has tried hard to get the Linux porter to check into this problem but unfortunately the guy seems either no longer available or able to help. So for the moment there is no solution at hand :-/


With Legend of Grimrock 2 being uncertain for Linux, and Legend of Grimrock no longer working for those possessing the newest GPUs from Nvidia, the situation is rather unpleasant.

If you wish to provide feedback, you can do so in Almost Human's forum thread on the matter, or the equivalent Steam thread.
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FutureSuture 29 May 2015 at 4:59 pm UTC
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I have a GTX 980. I was maxing Legend of Grimrock at 3840 x 2160 and it ran at a beautiful 60 frames per second. Now it doesn't run at all. Linux gamers who have an AMD graphics card and are running the open source driver can literally run this game better than me.
adolson 29 May 2015 at 5:08 pm UTC
This highlights one of the bigger issues I have with the outsourcing of porting work. That being said, it appears that it is an issue introduced by NVIDIA - perhaps the devs should reach out to them. If NVIDIA's drivers were open, it would have been fixed months ago, no doubt. Or at least instructions on how to fix could be provided by the community to the devs.
mirv 29 May 2015 at 5:20 pm UTC
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This definitely highlights the importance of FOSS drivers, and FOSS code in general (and that devs should give decent error output to help track down what causes these sorts of problems). Updates can break things, badly, but because everything is closed up, it's difficult to know where the problem is. It could be a bug in nvidia's drivers, or it could be undefined behaviour on the part of Grimrock (due to it affecting only a certain GPU series, I'm going with a bug in nvidia's drivers).
Hamish 29 May 2015 at 5:23 pm UTC
FutureSutureLinux gamers who have an AMD graphics card and are running the open source driver can literally run this game better than me.

While it obviously sucks for those who are suffering from this, I must admit to getting a certain amount of schadenfreude from this. Maybe even a little vindication. ;)
Xpander 29 May 2015 at 5:28 pm UTC
Hamish
FutureSutureLinux gamers who have an AMD graphics card and are running the open source driver can literally run this game better than me.

While it obviously sucks for those who are suffering from this, I must admit to getting a certain amount of schadenfreude from this. Maybe even a little vindication. ;)

i put a mark on my calendar.. thats the first time i hear that game works with AMD and not with Nvidia!
this day is special i guess.. lets drink!
adolson 29 May 2015 at 5:50 pm UTC
Xpander
Hamish
FutureSutureLinux gamers who have an AMD graphics card and are running the open source driver can literally run this game better than me.

While it obviously sucks for those who are suffering from this, I must admit to getting a certain amount of schadenfreude from this. Maybe even a little vindication. ;)

i put a mark on my calendar.. thats the first time i hear that game works with AMD and not with Nvidia!
this day is special i guess.. lets drink!

If this keeps up, I'll make the switch, ending my 14-year NVIDIA-exclusivity!
melkemind 29 May 2015 at 5:53 pm UTC
Maybe GamingOnLinux could compile a list of trusted porters with good track records and make sure game companies are aware of reliable options. I doubt any developer wants the negative attention that comes with a port that is no longer supported.
Hamish 29 May 2015 at 5:56 pm UTC
melkemindMaybe GamingOnLinux could compile a list of trusted porters with good track records and make sure game companies are aware of reliable options. I doubt any developer wants the negative attention that comes with a port that is no longer supported.

A porting resource for developers could be good.
Avehicle7887 29 May 2015 at 7:08 pm UTC
Tried the latest beta driver 352.09, doesn't work either.
mulletdeath 29 May 2015 at 7:16 pm UTC
I wish I had seen that forum thread before I bought the game, as I have a GTX 980 myself. It's very frustrating. What am I going to have to do from now on to make sure that a game I want to purchase that supposedly has Linux support will actually work?
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